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by Hobbitstomper
Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 21183

Archer- They are not bow draw weights (lbs force) but arrow kinetic energy values (ft lb force). It isn’t that easy to convert between the two as it depends upon the length of the draw, the type of the bow and the efficiency of the energy transfer. I put them in as an arrow energy level good enough ...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 21183

This is what they recommend for bow hunting in the US (multiply by 1.4 to turn in to Joules) < 25 ft. lbs. Small Game (rabbit, groundhog, etc.) 25-41 ft. lbs. Medium Game (deer, antelope, etc.) 42-65 ft. lbs. Large Game (elk, black bear, wild boar, etc.) > 65 ft. lbs. Toughest Game (cape buffalo, gr...
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 21183

Arrows don’t oscillate backwards and forwards noticeably along their length. They do oscillate sideways a bit but that is not going to help them going straight in to a target. If anything it will make them flex and buckle when they hit something hard. Any flex in the arrow will reduce the power of t...
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Hand guns 14th/15th century
Replies: 74
Views: 15420

If you don't mind stainless and know enough about metal to buy the right grade and type:

http://www.stabarn.co.uk/e107_plugins/wrap/wrap.php?9

There is a big tollerence on their measurements so expect the delivered stuff to be out by up to 0.1" diameter.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 21183

I think there is a bit of a myth about the power of arrows. Imagine a knife weighting a few ounces thrown out of a car passing at 110mph. That is what an arrow is like. They are not like bullets which have massive energy and high velocity. The things bullets do with shock waves and cavitation will n...
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Chainmail Coif
Replies: 1
Views: 895

Google for a mailshirt pattern and you might find one at the bottom. Sounds weird but the best online mailshirt pattern has a pretty good coif pattern attached.
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 21183

I think mail on the outside gives better protection but becomes impractical after a certain thickness (about 8mm when compressed). Mail over thick padding (30 layers of cloth will be very thick) needs a lot more mail and will be heavier. More importantly, it is a lot less flexible so arms and should...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Trekking Opporchancity
Replies: 4
Views: 2483

I think The Vicus have done several of these along Hadrians wall. They are up at Corbridge this weekend but I don't know if they are walking the wall.

Contact phone numbers are on www.thevicus.org.uk (And pretty sharpish. If they can help there is not much to organise kit.)
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 21183

I’ve played with crossbow quarrels on linen armour. I found sharp broadheads are better at going through cloth than bodkins. Blunt broadheads are not (which is why you’d want them hardened so they can cut through any mail without being bluntened and then the padding underneath). Bodkins should be a ...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: help needed with strapping a late norman helmet.
Replies: 11
Views: 3011

What I did on my coif was to tailor the it so the front matches my neck and jaw. This allows a chin strap to work. Going upwards it needs to go in at the neck then out again for the jaw- using one triangular expansion either side of the jaw. Then you can turn your head easier with less drag on the m...
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 21183

Hardening with hide glue and heat works well but you wouldn’t want to start with finished armour. Varnish and paint then stops the glue from absorbing water and the armour from falling apart. I’m a bit dubious about a lot of leather armour. The Victorians liked it but cows are not arrow proof (there...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:07 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial.
Replies: 36
Views: 10085

Mad Monk, I have a question about gold/garnet jewellery. Is the gold matrix that holds the garnet in place soldered together with the garnet or soldered seperately then the garnet added later? Garnet can resist a lot of heat before it looks like it would do bad things and soldering the whole lot tog...
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: thick cotton saxon cloak
Replies: 29
Views: 7755

I question the wisdom of sending a re-enactor down to a petting zoo because he is after a pair of shoes. It is a bit like sending a Norman re-enactor to a cake factory or a wood turner for a stroll in the local forest.
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Aug 05, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: thick cotton saxon cloak
Replies: 29
Views: 7755

I question the wisdom of sending a re-enactor down to a petting zoo because he is after a pair of shoes. It is a bit like sending a Norman re-enactor to a cake factory or a wood turner for a stroll in the local forest.
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial.
Replies: 36
Views: 10085

.........or pick little garnet crystals out of a softer rock (you can get garnet in mica- apparently from Gothenburg to but don’t tell Redwald). Interesting considering how many parallels there are with SH and southern Sweden. Apparently garnet in mica can come in little flat gemstone quality piece...
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:35 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial.
Replies: 36
Views: 10085

Being wasteful on uncut stones was probably not a big issue. Garnet can come in big rocks and the cost of the finished stone will be in the work that goes in to it. Modern mass produced garnets are dirt cheap- you could get enough cheap cabuchons to make the entire Sutton Hoo jewellery for a few hun...
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial.
Replies: 36
Views: 10085

My book says there were garnet deposits in Bohemia and Scandinavia among other places. Fracturing garnet by heat is silly. You'd end up with all sorts of weird shapes. Better to cleave it (can be done), saw it (really easy if you have enough slave monkeys) or pick little garnet crystals out of a sof...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:23 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: viking age sword and pommel (question)
Replies: 20
Views: 6985

thanx for answer:) but actually i was asking about pommel like this one: http://www.vikingsword.com/petersen/ptsn089h.html there is shown, on the fig.81, a bent wire which is making rivets. probably to this wire was attached pommel but how was done it? solder or welded? if was soldering than what m...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: This years Battle of Hastings - Kit Standards
Replies: 42
Views: 13210

But economic slavery is so much cheaper than real slavery. You aren’t obliged to support feed your economic slaves in a bad winter. System worked fine until the black death.
by Hobbitstomper
Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: This years Battle of Hastings - Kit Standards
Replies: 42
Views: 13210

I’m not running the event but here are some opinions: 1. Separate hose are normally essential or you’ll have bare legs and look like a sailor. Joined hose are later and trousers are for unfashionable Englis types. Please do not connect your hose to water sprinklers in front of the crowd. 2. Basic me...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Female archers?
Replies: 71
Views: 10564

Running away could be a better idea than fighting. That way you are seen as less of a threat and are less likely to be targeted yourself. I don’t think that physically weak or small people would fit in with the idea of centrally organised archery. They might have to use lighter arrows to get the ran...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:25 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo-Saxon Barbed spears
Replies: 10
Views: 4752

Should be very easy to do on the edge of an anvil. Adds strength and corrogation might allow air in if it is driven between ribs so the victim falls over quicker. On the original question, there are lots of pictures of barbed spears on the Utrecht Psalter (google it). They are not angons or winged s...
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:18 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: someone asked me about helms
Replies: 6
Views: 3026

You put them on your head and they stop it from hurting.
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:02 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1350 kettle hat
Replies: 7
Views: 1710

Sounds much later (16th century?) to me, but it wouldn't be called a kettle hat if it is. Does it look like something the Spanish would wear to invade South America?
by Hobbitstomper
Fri May 01, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Sort of Friday afternoon musings
Replies: 33
Views: 7732

You can't make good beer from bad water. So good beer is fine to drink. Salt was suprisingly cheap in medieval times compared to what most people think. Vast amounts of salt were produced for tanning and food production. If I remember right, Droitwich produced up to 100000 tonnes of the stuff (or wa...
by Hobbitstomper
Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: looking for a viking group
Replies: 23
Views: 6600

Not my period but you might want to try:

www.gesithas.co.uk
www.ousekjarr.org
www.hwicce.org.uk
www.vikingsonline.co.uk (they have a society finder)
by Hobbitstomper
Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:54 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 8932

Assuming gold is worth 10 times as much as silver and there are 20 shillings to the pound then the belt buckle alone is worth about two coerls. I'm not sure of the value of the shilling that Ethelbert was talking about but it is relevant. Anyway, a king’s word counts more than a coerls so if he says...
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:26 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 8932

These Saxons come cheap. The fine for murdering a Norman ranged between £36 and £44 of silver.
by Hobbitstomper
Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:57 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Something I've been thinking about....
Replies: 34
Views: 8932

Like Matt said. I’ve got enough silver to pay a weregeld for a poor theign and the Sutton Hoo hoard looks like it has far more silver in it than I’ve got. Silver dishes are really heavy. Then you add in the gold which would have been worth 10-50 times as much (I bet Dave the Monier knows the relativ...
by Hobbitstomper
Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Silk serving on Mary Rose arrows
Replies: 32
Views: 7505

According to Mr Rhiengan’s calculator, for a half inch diameter arrow 2/3 to 3/4 of the drag is down to the fletchings (for 3* 4 to 6 square inch fletchings respectively). If you double the drag of the fletched length of the shaft by making it really rough (roughness is important in turbulent flow) ...