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by Biro
Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Skin-tight maille....?
Replies: 15
Views: 4363

Re: Skin-tight maille....?

I have an osprey book kicking around somewhere that clearly shows a period illustration of mail being 'bagged' over the belt,.so the body definitely had a fair amount of width to it. However my sleeves are quite heavily tailored, with a cup added at the elbow and a sharp taper on the forearm. It's c...
by Biro
Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chainmail Query
Replies: 14
Views: 4391

Re: Chainmail Query

Hehe - good point. My integrals look like gorrilla-arms if the mitt is left off and the sleeve just left to hang.
by Biro
Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chainmail Query
Replies: 14
Views: 4391

Re: Chainmail Query

My guess - and this is just a guess mind.. is that it's due to expansion. On the body, it's weight pulls it down, which also pulls the rings horizontally inwards giving a snug fit even if it could stretch to be much wider than the wearer. This gives moving/breathing room and also gives a denser weav...
by Biro
Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Attaching Sleeves to Chainmail shirts
Replies: 8
Views: 3498

Re: Attaching Sleeves to Chainmail shirts

Not really sure - are you talking about attaching sleeves to the body, or tapering sleeves? Normally I'd expect to see there to be no special 'join' between the sleeves and body - so if the shirt is laid out with the arms to the sides giving a T shape, the direction of the weave is constant through ...
by Biro
Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Winter weather clothing?
Replies: 25
Views: 7077

Re: Winter weather clothing?

Hm, I wonder if that's describing the same thing as the 13c kings Mirror:

'the chief protection, however, is the gambison made of soft linen thoroughly
blackened'

Thoroughly blackened? Daubed with pitch?

I wonder why though?
by Biro
Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 17
Views: 4575

Re: Helmets

The 12c Lewis Chessmen are probably the earliest representation I've seen of what could be called a kettle hat.

Edit - and here's a pic:

http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/hi ... page=20942
by Biro
Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 17
Views: 4575

Re: Helmets

Never done the shooty thing so honestly have no idea - but wouldn't the brim 'interfere' with the bowstring?
by Biro
Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: The Swords Of Mercia Society
Replies: 19
Views: 8404

Re: The Swords Of Mercia Society - Reenactment

Good stuff.

I know how much effort goes into putting on a believable, up-close, 1-on-1
by Biro
Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 7934

Re: What does the public see?

Didn't read the whole thread (I have to go and lie down to rest this broken leg of mine), but glasses is the one thing that has stopped the wife from taking up re-enactment. She can't do without them (not to mention the danger of not being able to see, there's also the inevitable migrane that will c...
by Biro
Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: New Group seeking Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 2885

Re: New Group seeking Questions

I struggled with Children's costumes. Historic Enterprises in the US look like they do a good deal on them but I found delivery too expensive, but I think they do one of the UK markets. Maybe you could arrange something to collect there? In the end I made my own and bought the shots from John Watson
by Biro
Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: 14th-15th Century Groups in Durham.
Replies: 9
Views: 3474

Re: 14th-15th Century Groups in Durham.

Not Durham city - but we're in County Durham - just(Hartlepool) - and not c14, but c13 (although may do the odd early c14 event). We have a localish event (Darlington)coming up in a few weeks - come and see us and have a chat - see if yu think you'll be interested - although I won't be there persona...
by Biro
Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: British culture 's questions
Replies: 18
Views: 6813

Re: British culture 's questions

Strange. They don't all look like history questions.. I'm especially bemused by Q6. Surely only a current local(ish) resident will know that answer with any real certainty. You may as well ask what the Grangetown area of Teesside is like.... Grangetown was still a sh1thole last time I drove through...
by Biro
Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: New group wanted N/E England
Replies: 16
Views: 5009

Re: New group wanted N/E England

Oh, that's us! We're based in Hartlepool with a couple of members from Stockton and Newton Aycliffe. We primarily focus on combat, with our current LH area pretty much built to support that - but we would like to find a couple of individuals who really want to focus on the LH aspect so we can improv...
by Biro
Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hoods
Replies: 4
Views: 2484

Re: Hoods

Separate. In fact I'd hesitate to say that women wore hoods at all. I don't remember seeing any women wearing hoods in any 13c manuscripts.

I have seen cloaks lifted up over the head though but only during religious observances
by Biro
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Which Maille Links?
Replies: 6
Views: 2060

Re: Which Maille Links?

As I understand it was through the 14c that wedge rivets appeared. Not sure how quickly it really took off or how long it was until round were phased out (if at all). Some more info here: http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=21351&p=284095&hilit=schmidt#p284095 Erik...
by Biro
Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:33 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Help sought on 'authentic' armour
Replies: 10
Views: 3783

Re: Help sought on 'authentic' armour

That - admittedly very basic - description should have me covered for a fairly large span of history in my 'target zone'. Right? Right? :worried: It puts you firmly in the 14th century - so not a massive span of your target period. Given your target of 12-14c, you'll struggle to have an authentic s...
by Biro
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:37 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Another Newbie
Replies: 4
Views: 2283

Re: Another Newbie

Most that I know of are mentioned in this thread: http://www.livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=28873 But they're all south of the Tyne. I'm not really aware of what there is that is more Newcastle/Northumberland based though. I think there may be a Roman group ot two around, but ca...
by Biro
Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A question about Coat of Plates
Replies: 2
Views: 3611

Re: A question about Coat of Plates

The lack of overlap on the plates is the main thing making it essentially a non-functional piece of equipment. Thrusts will slide and find the gaps, as for cuts? well, they're generally worn over mail which already gives very good cutting protection anyway. That Weinhausen effigy is the only one I k...
by Biro
Thu May 31, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: General History
Topic: British culture 's questions
Replies: 18
Views: 6813

Re: British culture 's questions

Strange. They don't all look like history questions..

I'm especially bemused by Q6. Surely only a current local(ish) resident will know that answer with any real certainty. You may as well ask what the Grangetown area of Teesside is like....
by Biro
Wed May 30, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: from good to worse
Replies: 9
Views: 2962

Re: from good to worse

Soo - dragging back on topic. Mine was trying to integrate my mail coif with the hauberk. This was on my old butted set. Took me effin ages to get it fitted - joining rings running in different directions, contending with unnecessary coif expansion joining to a small neck-hole on the hauberk. Then g...
by Biro
Wed May 30, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: British culture 's questions
Replies: 18
Views: 6813

Re: British culture 's questions

What's the source/purpose of these questions?
by Biro
Tue May 15, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Something I've been busy with over the winter
Replies: 10
Views: 4682

Re: Something I've been busy with over the winter

I must be doing something right then 8-)


Next project - getting fit enough to move in it :lol:
by Biro
Thu May 03, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Medieval Reenactment near Durham
Replies: 15
Views: 8191

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

We have a small, local(ish) event May 19th at Sedgefield Medieval Fayre. Come along, have a chat and see if you like the look. Most of our training sessions are on a Sunday (not sure if you're still in Durham at weekends) - but we're starting the display season now - so pretty much half of the weeke...
by Biro
Thu May 03, 2012 1:29 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: Medieval Reenactment near Durham
Replies: 15
Views: 8191

Re: Medieval Reenactment near Durham

We're in Hartlepool - doing 12-13c
by Biro
Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re: 14thC Islamic kit
Replies: 49
Views: 13685

Re: 14thC Islamic kit

Not quite 14c - but some inspiration (and good reading regardless)...

http://www.myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=18577
by Biro
Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Newbie Help
Replies: 16
Views: 4370

Re: Newbie Help

Hi Lillicat, Strictly speaking, 11-14c is high-medieval :wink: If I may offer a suggestion. For that period, low-status clothing didn't change an awful lot - but you could run into problems when you have people wanting to portray high-status (or in other words have something prettier :D ). There wer...
by Biro
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Photographs taken on 1917 Kodak camera
Replies: 4
Views: 2934

Re: Photographs taken on 1917 Kodak camera

How do you take pics of..

British soldiers in a trench, 1916


with a 1917 camera?

Hehe - seriously nice pics though.
by Biro
Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:03 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1260 to 1300 hand protection
Replies: 4
Views: 1647

Re: 1260 to 1300 hand protection

Pretty much just mail gauntlets (ideally joined to the hauberk). But most groups do leather for protection - especially on non-mail-wearers as an accepted re-enactorism. Or simply padded armour gloves (as per your gambeson) - or a combination of both. There were rare instances of hardened leather ar...
by Biro
Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:41 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Leeds armouries question
Replies: 53
Views: 14372

Re: Leeds armouries question

Oo - what's going on at the Leeds Armoury?

I was thinking of having a day out over there sometime over the spring.....

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