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by Hobbitstomper
Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sabre and two handed sword history.
Replies: 53
Views: 16805

Re: Sabre and two handed sword history.

Like a Yorkshire billhook without being a billhook?
Or a tool used for splitting timber with a strong, long handle so it can be wiggled free if it gets stuck.
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:32 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sabre and two handed sword history.
Replies: 53
Views: 16805

Re: Sabre and two handed sword history.

Sounds like you are trying to cut with the sword. This is eaier wih a curved sword. Stop it! Hit with the blade so that it chops, without moving along in a cut, and twist the bade to take the energy from the blow. This is easier with a straight blade. It is fast and looks devastating but is really a...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:49 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Under Armer.
Replies: 33
Views: 11635

Re: Viking Under Armer.

Mail can stop stabs, prticularly when it has paddng underneath to soak up the energy of a blow. They still use mail in stab proof armour.
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sabre and two handed sword history.
Replies: 53
Views: 16805

Re: Sabre and two handed sword history.

Earliest picture I have seen of a 2H sword in use is late 13th/early 14th and scandinavian. The Germans may have used them a bit earlier than this but not very successfully. The weakest link in a shield wall is the bloke without a shield and carrying a weapon that is shorter than a spear. In re-enac...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Under Armer.
Replies: 33
Views: 11635

Re: Viking Under Armer.

Anyone who doubles up in a medieval battle field will probably not last very long. However, someone who is trained to take a bit of pain will ignore stuff that would make the average person crumple up and cry for his mummy. Wrestlers and rugby players regularly abuse each other far worse than you se...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Buckler From Hull
Replies: 28
Views: 5138

Re: Wooden Buckler From Hull

Very good thought. One of those big bag ones. Or the top of a bellows powered musical instrument like an organ.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:57 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Ideas for Tudor rat catcher
Replies: 10
Views: 11236

Re: Ideas for Tudor rat catcher

Not sure of the 17th but from what I read the 19th century approach would involve:

Terriers
Big sticks
Several of the poor or children (to use sticks)
Something to block up the escape holes
Antiseptic (for dogs)
Thick boots with trousers inside them
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Help
Replies: 5
Views: 3107

Re: Viking Help

"The Viking Art of War" by Paddy Griffith has a whole chapter on the composition of Viking armies. Don't know how good it is.
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making a gambi
Replies: 7
Views: 1891

Re: Making a gambi

I've made a couple. There can be a big investment in time to do them- up to 50 hours for a hand sewn, multi layered linen gambeson quilted with lines. Sewing machines would reduce this a lot. For an over the head one get a tunic pattern and copy it for the basic shape, allowing a bit extra on the bo...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Help
Replies: 5
Views: 3107

Re: Viking Help

It probably depends what you call nobility. The sagas individually name small numbers of high ranking nobility among shiploads of people (dozens to thousands). To pay for the ships needs someone who was pretty rich. I can’t imagine a common slave going viking but there would not be enough high ranki...
by Hobbitstomper
Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Under Armer.
Replies: 33
Views: 11635

Re: Viking Under Armer.

A comfy sofa you can wear. Nice.

I am sure I saw some Germans wearing leather sofas at Tewkesbury a while ago. Maybe sponsored by DFS.
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: metal finishes
Replies: 6
Views: 1859

Re: metal finishes

Nothing wrong with shiny helmets but don’t bother polishing off the big scratches. Just take out the small ones to make it shine. Dark and matt helmets seem like a good idea until you wear them in the sun. I think that finish could be fire scale. Throw it in a forge to trash the metal for a while an...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ailettes
Replies: 3
Views: 1407

Re: ailettes

The ones on the sides of the shoulders are not really defensive. They would just get knocked out of the way against a cut to the neck. If you wanted something defensive then they would be bigger and lie flatter against the mail or be on the neck itself. They are on the wrong part of the shoulder to ...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chainmail skirt?
Replies: 3
Views: 1510

Re: Chainmail skirt?

If for re-enactment on the cheap (butted mail), ebay.
If for authentic re-enactment (riveted mail) , Capapie.
If for dressing up to alternative clubs or LARP (welded butchers mail), theringlord.com
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 5262

Re: Targe?

The Battle of Buckie is a good enough concept to get its own wikipedia entry.
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 5262

Re: Targe?

Sorry Alan. Stupid mistake. Should have realised as Glaswegians prefer knives and samurai swords.
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:38 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Warrior battle quotes/War prayers.
Replies: 17
Views: 11702

Re: Warrior battle quotes/War prayers.

Kill them all, The Lord will know his own.

-Abbot Amery, seige of Beziers (probably in French or Latin)
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 5262

Re: Targe?

Theory blown then.
Can't see horses who are used to cannon being too bothered by rattles. But i don't do horses.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 5262

Re: Targe?

Cheers Phil. It would be a good equivalent pike/spear block to Scottish Schiltrons much earlier. At least it shows strapped targes can work with pikes or big spears.
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 5262

Re: Targe?

Re the Glaswegians. In terms of practicality, wooden handled, centre grip bucklers are rubbish with long 2H spears. Metal handled ones might be better if they had thin grips. Strapped small shields might be most practical as they would allow both hands to grip the spear properly with only a leather ...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Targe?
Replies: 27
Views: 5262

Re: Targe?

Not Scottish but:

"as brood as is a bokeler or a targe"- Chaucer, referring to a big hat.

There are pictures in a 12th century manuscript of "vikings" with short tunics and bare legs. (Also toeless shoes and socks and wooly hats :lol:). No kilts.
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Moved topic (used C12th 3rd crusade templar items)
Replies: 37
Views: 7173

Re: WTB the following (used C12th 3rd crusade templar items)

To provide some pedantry as Mr Griffin suggests… Spangenhelms are old hat for 1190. Pot helms are too late. I’d go for a single piece nasal helmet, a flower pot type nasal helmet or an early faceplate one. There are big changes in helmets around this time (maybe down to meeting different armies on t...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: maille shorts
Replies: 12
Views: 2145

Re: maille shorts

Those look like mail hot pants. Suggest you get on to one of the more "specialist" mail making sites. Someone will have made them. theringlord.com's forum is probably a good place to start. The problem you get with mail near the top of legs is that it will catch and hook on to the mail on the other ...
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Handgonnes at Towton
Replies: 23
Views: 3151

Re: Handgonnes at Towton

Don’t forget, modern guns can explode to. That is why they are proof fired with a high charge before they can be used. Even after this, they can still kill their operators if misused or not maintained. There is a balance of cost, performance and risk that is easy to get wrong. I think the quality, c...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Chain maille between 1350 and 1490
Replies: 8
Views: 2053

Re: Chain maille between 1350 and 1490

4 in to 1 is pretty much the only medieval weave apart from a tiny amount of 6 to one and Japanese armour (which wouldn’t reach here). Other (modern) weaves such as elfweave and dragonscale are heavier for no real benefit apart from looks. 4 in to one can be tailored to expand and contract in all di...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Roma Antigua?
Replies: 5
Views: 2831

Re: Roma Antigua?

Obsolete, overweight steam bags? The scream of worn joints as ancient machines struggle to get up a slight hill? Primed to explode at any minute from high internal pressure and years of abuse? Could be any re-enactment group.

If it was Saxons then it was probably Regia Anglorum: www.regia.org
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: kovex ars falcions
Replies: 48
Views: 8708

Re: kovex ars falcions

Narvek is right. Cutting with a sword is probably harder after doing re-enactment. When I hit closed foam pool floats in a re-enactment style with a sharp sword nothing much happened. A big noisy impact but no cutting at all. Skin is tougher than pool floats. Repeat but projecting force and drawing ...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates Vs Brigandine Vs Breast Plate
Replies: 41
Views: 11617

Re: Coat of Plates Vs Brigandine Vs Breast Plate

Good choicce. Make sure you get a jack with properly sewn on arns and get some advice about styles. A tailored 15th century jack will look out of place in 1200 and vice versa. However, no one will tell if you put a mail shirt over a 15th century jack to play at 1200 knight/sergent.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Conquest
Replies: 41
Views: 14490

Re: Conquest

The castle was great.
De Bec cowered in fear from the power of our mighty siege machine.
There was too much fine food again.

Don’t forget that the Conquest doctor can also do jewellery and there is a bit of archery to.
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: silly question
Replies: 13
Views: 3274

Re: silly question

For butted mail Roy King's square section links are nicest if you can get away with them. They are not authentic but they are strong, light and well made. £6 a thousand and you will need 20-30000 depending on size. Or capapie rivetted mail is almost £300 for a 3/4 sleeve malshirt. You can probably g...