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by Colin Middleton
Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Chainmail making for living history?
Replies: 3
Views: 1698

Re: Chainmail making for living history?

Langley wrote:
Colin Middleton wrote: The other thing that I found invaluable was a few small bowls to put my parts in.

Sorry Colin - needed the mind bleach after reading that...


You filthy deviant! :wink:
by Colin Middleton
Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Chainmail making for living history?
Replies: 3
Views: 1698

Re: Chainmail making for living history?

I've just bought some from Cap-A-Pie for making round rivet mail and they're wonderful. Unfortunately that ones for doing the wedge-rivet links aren't so authentic looking (they're modern pliers that have been altered). I also tend to have a pair of pincers handy so that I can cut links out and a pa...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Spurs - How to wear them?
Replies: 12
Views: 4029

Re: Spurs - How to wear them?

There should be 2 bits of leather on a spur. One should go under the instep and be fixed, the other buckles over the top of the foot to hold it on. That's why most spurs have a double loop on each side. http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Black-Leather-English-Riding-Spur-Straps-Pair-/00/$(KGrHqYOKpUE1qoCznFRBNd...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: replica 15th century glasses
Replies: 4
Views: 1257

Re: replica 15th century glasses

Sweetness and Light (http://www.candlemaker.org.uk/) do wooden framed ones too.
by Colin Middleton
Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century hose - Historic Enterprises
Replies: 7
Views: 2402

Re: 15th century hose - Historic Enterprises

I'm afraid to say that making your own hose is a whole journey in itself, though an exceedingly rewarding one when you've got a pair that fit well.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Common soldiers tents/shelters.
Replies: 8
Views: 3161

Re: Common soldiers tents/shelters.

Thank you.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: early to mid 14c Men's clothes
Replies: 7
Views: 2291

Re: early to mid 14c Men's clothes

Why would you want short sleves in a world without central heating? Best to assume that sleeves are long and rolled-up, or even strip off layers if you need to cool down.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4940

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

Excellent post Alice, however I would like to challenge a few of the comments. Hopefully this will generate some useful discussion, rather than pick appart your superbe guidance. The argument that leather (especially unboiled leather) is stiffer than linen is fatuous once you have seen a well made w...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Common soldiers tents/shelters.
Replies: 8
Views: 3161

Re: Common soldiers tents/shelters.

Grymm wrote:Late 15thC Burgundian camp with thatched shelters
Image

That's the one that I couldn't find! Where is it from?
by Colin Middleton
Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded Jack
Replies: 5
Views: 2122

Re: Padded Jack

No, just a tip. Be careful to make sure that your arm-hole is deep enough. If not, you'll get a bunching of the layers of padding in your shoulder as you bring your arm forward, which can cause bruising along the line of the joint.

Best wishes

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Attachment of mail skirt
Replies: 5
Views: 1511

Re: Attachment of mail skirt

I use a narrow belt, run through a fold of thin leather. This thin leather is folded double to produce a casing for the belt to run through, but where the leather is sewn closed, I've trapped the mail in between. This stops the mail from rubbing the thread, so the thread lasts really well. It is eas...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 4940

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

I don't know what was actually worn in the period, but a few things come to mind: 1. Mail will pull and tug at the fabric underneath. Wool will suffer really badly from this. A tightly woven linen will stand up to it better and leather even better still. 2. To prevent penetrateion of a weapon that h...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century hose - Historic Enterprises
Replies: 7
Views: 2402

Re: 15th century hose - Historic Enterprises

It's generally considered that the fabric that they use (boiled merino jersey) was not available or used in the 15th C. However they are well shaped and provide an excellent, snug fit that looks far more authentic than many custom fit hosen in more appropriate fabrics can manage. The only way you wi...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Sword Fullers
Replies: 3
Views: 1857

Re: Sword Fullers

As I'd understood it, the fuller is used on cutting/hacking blades to give strength across the blade (like I beams in building). The diamond section or hollow ground section (I'm not aware of ridges being ADDED, more that everything else is taken away, leaving the ridge) gives strength along the bla...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Glove makers?
Replies: 11
Views: 3421

Re: Glove makers?

Many years ago, I got a pair of gloves made by an Ian Middleton. A quick Google search turned up this site http://www.raptorcraft-traditionals.co.uk/traditional_falconry_gloves.html . It sounds like the same guy, but I can't find any pictures of people that I recognise. Best of luck Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Gjermundbu helmet
Replies: 6
Views: 2721

Re: Gjermundbu helmet

I Googled 'viking helmet'. I see what you mean.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Gjermundbu helmet
Replies: 6
Views: 2721

Re: Gjermundbu helmet

I can make a few guesses, but what kind of things are wrong on the 'off the shelf' versions of this helmet that you see knocking around?

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Almain rivet armour
Replies: 12
Views: 3828

Re: Almain rivet armour

You flash git!

It's really nice to see some-one looking the part! :D Go get them sir! :thumbup:
by Colin Middleton
Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mid 13thC footsoldiers - and their elusive shields...
Replies: 12
Views: 3514

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

Biro wrote:perhaps lance upgrades (that disk that I can never remember what its called that sits in the shoulder),


Grapper?
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Almain rivet armour
Replies: 12
Views: 3828

Re: Almain rivet armour

A very nice example.

I was looking at the one in Winchester the other week and was struck by how nicely it was shaped and made, even though it's 'cheap and nasty' 'munitions grade' armour.

Best wishes

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Padded arms for Gambeson
Replies: 1
Views: 1132

Re: Padded arms for Gambeson

Take the normal way to make a sleeve (look at the Medieval Tailor's Assistant for guidance). You'll need to add a bit more size to it as it will shrink when you quilt it. You may want to make the sleeve with a break at the elbow, to allow you to build more space in there. I've not tried this yet mys...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arm Guards - Medieval Archers 1300 / 1500
Replies: 5
Views: 2134

Re: Arm Guards - Medieval Archers 1300 / 1500

Hear, hear!
by Colin Middleton
Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What kind of fur is this lady wearing in about 1650?
Replies: 10
Views: 3009

Re: What kind of fur is this lady wearing in about 1650?

Didn't we have European Beaver fur at some point? When did that go out of use/availability?

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Weight and composition of coin
Replies: 9
Views: 2479

Re: Weight and composition of coin

While we're on the subject of coins, I was in the British Museum the other weekend and noticed that they had a hoard of big gold coins in their Medieval Gallery. IIRC they were 14th or 15th Century and English, but were much larger than the angels that Dave sells. Does anyone have any guesses what t...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: where to start :0
Replies: 11
Views: 3005

Re: where to start :0

Surely you mean pan-European fashions? No, the MTA focus' on English fashion in the Middle Ages. Many of these garments may be common across Europe, but others aren't (for example, the MTA doesn't cover Italian tie-on sleeves or the various continental head-dresses that were in use). There are patt...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: where to start :0
Replies: 11
Views: 3005

Re: where to start :0

The MTA does ENGLISH clothing. Irish may well be quite different.

However at that point, the clothes are likley to be quite loose fitting and easy to make, so if you can face the sewing, you can save yourself a lot of money by making your own.
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Weight and composition of coin
Replies: 9
Views: 2479

Re: Weight and composition of coin

I'd better start saving my pennies then!

40 of them to a half-angel isn't it? :D

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Weight and composition of coin
Replies: 9
Views: 2479

Re: Weight and composition of coin

As late as 1485 there were still coins from the reign of Edward I (1272 - 1307) circulating in large quantities along with those of all the monarchs from Edward I through to Richard III Which answers the question that I was about to ask (about the Edward IV half-angel on the Mary Rose). Have you an...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: trenchers................and the square meal story
Replies: 18
Views: 8970

Re: trenchers................and the square meal story

I'm pretty sure that I saw some in the displays at the new Mary Rose museum last week (dip in the middle, but no 'salt hole'). Obviously they're reproductions, but I'd have thought that they'd have properly researched them. They also had the flat board type too.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Hand Turned Medieval Beer Tankards
Replies: 20
Views: 8817

Re: Hand Turned Medieval Beer Tankards

Yes please, I'll have two. I know Gareth has made some earlier ones with nice silver rims. They don't have to have fancy rims and decorations, but the right profile and maple ones seem to be v popular. I know that Robin Wood does some like the Met example, but they're horrifyingly expensive (it's a...

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