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by Hobbitstomper
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Silk serving on Mary Rose arrows
Replies: 32
Views: 6968

Not really. The wrapping threads are almost perpendicular to movement of the arrow, and nicely spaced so the air flow can rejoin the shaft before it hits the next winding. 10 windings around a 10mm diameter arrow with a 1/4 mm thick thread gives 77mm^2 of increased frontal area which is about the sa...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Silk serving on Mary Rose arrows
Replies: 32
Views: 6968

Silk makes sense if you consider that you don’t need much silk and it is easier to make fine silk threads than linen. Finer threads reduce drag and mean longer ranges. Compared to the cost of making an arrow, the increase in costs from a few feet of silk thread might have been marginal.
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: silk
Replies: 10
Views: 1621

Tudors?

They make crisps and upset the Spanish don't they?

Not me.
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: silk
Replies: 10
Views: 1621

I've got some raw silk fabric that I want to dye in reasonably big pieces of up to 6m of fabric. Please can someone tell me a good way of doing it to get consistent results without spending a lot of cash.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Who makes custom embroided fabric for the reenactment world
Replies: 18
Views: 2682

Well im not sure if it is embroided or woven but the one that is more likely to be found in 13th century. Something similair to the patterns on this or black with fleur be lys. http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.historicenterprises.com/images/products/big/473_large.jpg&imgrefur...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:15 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: viking shield find
Replies: 7
Views: 3663

Are you sure that is the same object? I'd have thought the one they dug up was still in a lab being cleaned and covered in chemicals. It has got a hole in the middle and I couldn’t see any sign of a handle. The hole is just where you’d stick a flower pot if you had a table like the nice round ones i...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: viking shield find
Replies: 7
Views: 3663

Table top!
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 8071

You'd act as an arrow magnet.
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mail Mittens/mufflers help
Replies: 15
Views: 2477

Shields, hauberks and hand protection seem to go together in pictures. Round shield or round topped kite can go with a short sleeve hauberk and no hand protection. Flat topped kite or heater almost always goes with full arm and hand protection. It makes sense as the hand becomes really vulnerable if...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mail Mittens/mufflers help
Replies: 15
Views: 2477

I did mine differently- making mittens instead of modifying existing ones. I made the back of the mittens out of mail and the other side out of thin leather. The 2 sides are just sewn together with thronging. Between the hand and the mail I tie in a 1/8” thick layer of linen and wool padding that ma...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Silver & goldsmithing tools - research / help needed!
Replies: 21
Views: 5665

Also maybe worth looking up: “A silver saga” as some excellent pictures of Viking jewellery. There is a book about Viking period treasure hoards in Scotland which might be relevant if you are after inspiration. No tools in it, just lots of pictures of Hiberno-Norse bling. Not cheap but a good refere...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: "TRAYTESE OF THE POYNTES OF WORSHIP IN ARMES"
Replies: 4
Views: 1123

"a cote of armes of sengle tarten ye beter for avauntage in fighting"

Hoots, man. Evidence! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:28 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Silver & goldsmithing tools - research / help needed!
Replies: 21
Views: 5665

£60 for that book is the right price. If you want a shock look up Medieval European Jewellery by Ronald Lightbown (note spelling). £500+ to you sir, if you can find a copy! If anyone has a copy of this book I can borrow for a little while I'd really appreciate it. Another good resource is the portab...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: layered linen
Replies: 15
Views: 2804

I wouldn’t glue the stuff together. Linen itself is cut-resistant and can be sewn to become stiff. If you glue it then it will be rigid so impossible to get on and off. Also rabbit skin glue doesn’t like sweat. You’d get bad fungal things going when the protein in the glue gets damp. I wouldn’t put ...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Dec 12, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cuir boille (sp) Leather armour help wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 2494

What I have done: Emboss (not carve) Soak in hide glue Nail around former (if you don’t nail it then it will not form properly when it shrinks) Bake Leave to dry for a day Take off former Leave to dry for several more days. Paint and varnish The balance of heat and time is the hard bit and the best ...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:08 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Looking for references to spearfighting
Replies: 15
Views: 5459

Depends which Normans you are talking about.

Sounds like a silly thing to do when an upset Saxon might just bury the broken end in your leg to make a point.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:21 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Looking for references to spearfighting
Replies: 15
Views: 5459

As far as I knoe there aren't any. There are plenty of pictures in the classic spear above head position but that it is. Spears are mentioned in the Viking sagas but they don't say how people fought. About 20 years ago a book on Okinowan martial arts gave their very short spear and small shield kata...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chain Mail Links
Replies: 31
Views: 2665

You can make a very effective weave that looks like the "banded" pictures by replacing every 3rd row in mail with a wider washer. It is heavier and less mobile than normal mail but it explains some of the characteristics of C14th hauberk patterns. It should also stop arrows far better than...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chain Mail Links
Replies: 31
Views: 2665

:roll: So what about banded mail and ringmail and platemail whats the difference mister? light blue touchpaper retire to D&D forum hehehehehe Careful or I'll belt ya with me guisarmeglaivebillhammerandtongsblurglecruncheon and is a +5 magic flaming silver one so there :P Ha, my bronze sword of ...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chain Mail Links
Replies: 31
Views: 2665

Banded mail was a concept invented by the Victorians to reflect pictures/effigies seen around 1300. It is usually shown as rows of alternating large rings with one or two lines/bands between them. It may or may not have existed (probably not but it is possible to make something that looks very close...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chain Mail Links
Replies: 31
Views: 2665

Hraefn wrote::roll:
So what about banded mail and ringmail and platemail whats the difference mister?



light blue touchpaper retire to D&D forum hehehehehe
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:42 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval farming tools
Replies: 9
Views: 3115

A long straightish single handled blade, usually 18-24" is very common in agricultural communities throughout the world (bolo, machete, seax). In more temperate areas where the undergrowth is woodier they tend to be shorter and heavier (like a bill hook). In metal poor areas an axe is cheaper. ...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Financial aid for business's ?
Replies: 26
Views: 3445

Doorman work over the winter? I suspect you have the necessary confidence, social skills and physical presence. Might have to get a licence off your local authority first- Dreadnought might know.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:04 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Question for the archers among us
Replies: 57
Views: 14818

There are pictures of arrows in belts on the Mackijowski Bible and maybe on some of the 13th century apocalypses. I think that you have to consider what they are using arrows for. If you are shooting Bambi’s mum and not travelling far you probably don’t need a quiver (3-4 arrows for a hunter/poacher...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Oct 02, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Mail coifs
Replies: 6
Views: 2518

If it is a cap-a-pie one then I think they are made in a way which is not quite right. The quality of the rings is superb but the pattern is made to minimise construction time. You need to find the row at the jaw level where the number of rings seems to double, seperate the top and bottom halves, cu...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 27667

A bit of pointless speculation but a "fox with a tail" hasn't had it bitten off by a pack of dogs (or cut off by a game keeper) so could signify someone who was cunning or wary.
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Salt box
Replies: 3
Views: 2028

Salt was cheaper than most people think (and are taught in schools). One of the archeological organisations in Worcester procuced a really good booklet about the Droitwich salt industry. Around the time of the conquest Droitwich was meant to be producing up to 10000 tons of the stuff. It was used al...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 27667

I was just interested. There is very little reliable information on prices unless you do the digging yourself.
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 27667

On the black stuff in foxbummery times... Local black cloth (not sure if it is wool or linen) cost about 12 times as much as (white linen) canvas. Basically, the canvas price in pence is around the Scottish black price in shillings. Fancy imported French black cloth cost 3-4 times as much as the loc...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1250 Knights Hospitaller
Replies: 20
Views: 4649

2 speculative options: Something rigid under the mail such as a hardened leather curie that you can see the edge of or The mail itself. Using a rigid tripod type structure with 2 short legs (shown)on the arm/shoulder joint and one long arm on the top of the shoulder. This will keep the surcoat off t...

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