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by Biro
Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: 7th century seax and sheath
Replies: 2
Views: 6030

Re: 7th century seax and sheath

Verrry nice...
by Biro
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Spurs - supplier?
Replies: 2
Views: 1703

Re: Spurs - supplier?

Awesome! thanks Phil!
by Biro
Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Spurs - supplier?
Replies: 2
Views: 1703

Spurs - supplier?

Any suggestions of where to go to buy some simple prick-spurs (with a very small prick - oo-er! - a safety requirement..) suitable for 13c?

I'm just looking for off-the-shelf, don't have the budget for custom-made - but can do the leatherwork myself.

Ta.
by Biro
Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kite Shield Boss??
Replies: 9
Views: 7954

Re: Kite Shield Boss??

Is that really a caparison, or is it a limitation of the material or craftsman to do individual horses legs given it's size?
by Biro
Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6070

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

I know! I tried my best not to mention it. I really did. The problem is though without evidence of it for that period, how can you re-create it? There is evidence of mail being work just over the cotte as late as the 13c - so regardless of whether they had textile armour in the earlier periods, I'm ...
by Biro
Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6070

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

And back to the question of generic 'Dark Age' re-enactment - I'm pretty sure we're looking at a timeframe before aketons/gambesons/jacks (whatever we want to call them) were present. So without any real evidence of specialist 'arming clothes' - I would assume that the mail just goes over 'normal, e...
by Biro
Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 59592

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Wow. The battle every 2 hours.. Not enough time to be worth de-armouring between. . Not really sure I have the energy for that,. Not three days of it, with a long drive etc.

Maybe 20 years ago...
by Biro
Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6070

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

UN-hardened leather is really quite bad at protecting from bladed weapons (I'm reliably informed)
by Biro
Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6070

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

Oily chainmail can ruin a good tunic; Absolutely.. (which is one reason to wear two.. an old, plain, oily one to take the damage) Maybe linen over wool would work better as it wouldn't snag as much and would last longer in terms of wear.. The problem with leather is that it doesn't breath - and cer...
by Biro
Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6070

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

Wool. Maybe two of them if you want that bit more protection.

Leather? Absolutely not.
by Biro
Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...
Replies: 12
Views: 4752

Re: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...

I'm of the 2-gamby view (but it's hard to say for sure since you never see them shown with different colours). Kingsmirror describes wearing a gamby over mail (and one under) - makes sense to me that if you couldn't afford mail, the two gambies (with the same kind of thickness/construction) is still...
by Biro
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...
Replies: 12
Views: 4752

Re: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...

Heh, yeah. I often (stupidly) try to use common sense to see if what I observe well, makese sense! I'm convinced that there was a shift from spear+shield to 2-h weapons amongst infantry when going from the 12th to the 13th century. It makes sense when you look at it next to armour developments. Henr...
by Biro
Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...
Replies: 12
Views: 4752

Re: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...

I suspect this one is probably the best you'll find: http://www.medievaltymes.com/courtyard/images/maciejowski/leaf10/otm10va&b.gif It's difficult to guage who would be a serjent and who a knight - especially since is wasn't uncommon for serjents to be mounted too. I tent to look at this image a...
by Biro
Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Carrying arrows in the belt
Replies: 5
Views: 2606

Re: Carrying arrows in the belt

The chronica Majora shows an archer shooting with arrows in the belt. To be fair, he was in a boat so couldn't stick them in the ground, but it does indicate that it was done.
by Biro
Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...
Replies: 12
Views: 4752

Re: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...

There are some depictions to be found. If you have a copy of ospreys English mediaeval knight 1200 to 1300, page 12 shows one on an elephant! The Mac Bible also has an image of an infantry man in a siege with a large, earlier style flat topped kite. You could also try looking at the dead in the manu...
by Biro
Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Padded Armour - Collars
Replies: 9
Views: 3557

Re: Padded Armour - Collars

However, if it is the case that such things have no evidence to base them on, is it not the case that the manufacturers / vendors of such items are guilty of both mis-representing them as being from the medieval era and also of defrauding their potential customers who might be buying these items at...
by Biro
Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Patterns for Medieval soft kit.
Replies: 7
Views: 2581

Re: Patterns for Medieval soft kit.

A good guide: http://forest.gen.nz/Medieval/articles/Tunics/TUNICS.HTML Worked very well for me.. (pic): http://s914.photobucket.com/user/DoCReenactment/media/Harewood%202013/IMGP0048_zps5d5ef11b.jpg.html?sort=3&o=24#/user/DoCReenactment/media/Harewood%202013/IMGP0048_zps5d5ef11b.jpg.html?sort=3...
by Biro
Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Padded Armour - Collars
Replies: 9
Views: 3557

Re: Padded Armour - Collars

There are plenty seperate collars shown in the mac bible, as mentioned - but not of the style you're talking about. These are just the collar and don't include the shoulder/chest part. Of course from a manuscript, who can say whether they were padded or not.. I've com across literary references of b...
by Biro
Tue May 28, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Harewood House - Spacehopper jousting
Replies: 3
Views: 3300

Harewood House - Spacehopper jousting

by Biro
Mon May 20, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Has anyone seen these swords used?
Replies: 10
Views: 4179

Re: Has anyone seen these swords used?

The "Practical" name generally refers to mass-produced stuff by Hanwei, which arrives in the UK at about £30 wholesale. They're available from several places at about £60-80 including delivery by UK post. Although these don't look anything like the Hanwei range - or anything like that sty...
by Biro
Sun May 12, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hose maker sought
Replies: 9
Views: 2898

Re: Hose maker sought

They should advertise that better. I've certainly been put off buying from there more than once simply due to the additional costs.
by Biro
Thu May 09, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 59592

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I actually think it's a really, really good "Brave" interpretation.
by Biro
Wed May 01, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 59592

Re: Bannockburn 2014

I'm curious if someone did want to contact the "movers and shakers" from the Uk reenacting scene, what would that list look like? Who are the "top ten" most influential people in terms of providing numbers for events in UK reenactment at the moment? :) I'm not sure they really e...
by Biro
Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 59592

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Hm.. I did have half an eye on this for a future event... Now? May have to get some wood just in case I need to fashion a bargepole.. Watching carefully...
by Biro
Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Newbie's guide to kit buying
Replies: 53
Views: 40218

Re: Newbie's guide to kit buying

I'd say it depends a lot on when you start.... We have new members starting now and we're telling them to get shoes/hose/braes... the rest can be loaned by the group. We had new members starting right at the end of the display season - all they will be doing is training for the next 7-8 months - so ...
by Biro
Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: how low are braies ?
Replies: 13
Views: 4679

Re: how low are braies ?

Here's a c13 pic: http://dawnofchivalry.wikispaces.com/Hose You can see that the back is kind of mid-thigh-ish, the front goes all the way up to where it attaches to the braes - but the braes also hang quite low (the waistline on them was really low too - just sitting on the hip-bone). You'll also n...
by Biro
Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Skin-tight maille....?
Replies: 15
Views: 4363

Re: Skin-tight maille....?

Agh.. this is really annoying me because I can't find my sources on this. Been so long since I looked into it. There are a couple of images/effigies/carvings(can't remember - gah) which do show a slit. Most show it being vertical (ie in the direction of wrist to fingers), but there is one showing it...
by Biro
Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: medieval oatcake recipe?
Replies: 14
Views: 14768

Re: medieval oatcake recipe?

Any ideas on stopping them from sticking to your knuckles (and burning them!) while you flatten it?

Also, would I be correct in thinking that this was just the 'base' oatcake, and that there may have been other variations of it - with other 'stuff' thrown in where available? Berries/fruit etc.
by Biro
Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chainmail Query
Replies: 14
Views: 4391

Re: Chainmail Query

Underarms should be fairly straight forward. You have your tube for the body, with a slit left for each armhole, so if you look at it from the side while pulling the armhole open it will be an upside down teardrop shape. Then if you have the sleeve you are to join with the same amount of links width...

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