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by Medicus Matt
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: 7th century seax and sheath
Replies: 2
Views: 6230

7th century seax and sheath

Something I've just finished, a seax and sheath based on two very similar finds (one from Southampton and one from Suffolk).
Blade by Binnsy, castings by Blue, both of whom did excellent jobs of making exactly what I wanted.

Everything else is by me.

seax1.jpg

seax2.jpg

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by Medicus Matt
Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6217

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

And back to the question of generic 'Dark Age' re-enactment - I'm pretty sure we're looking at a timeframe before aketons/gambesons/jacks (whatever we want to call them) were present. So without any real evidence of specialist 'arming clothes' - I would assume that the mail just goes over 'normal, ...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6217

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

As a complete outsider to the period in question. Surely the wearing of mail in its self is an indicator of status in this time frame? A significant amount of time energy and resource would have gone into its production. Not as such, no. Aethelred Unraed commanded that every 8 hides of land must pr...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6217

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

By the way Matt, you said embroidered kirtles were ‘posh’ not me; woollen embroidered kirtles are wholly practical, as well as pleasing to the eye. :makeup: Posh is always a subjective term. Let's say 'nice' instead. :D The best image we've got of what I would imagine to be warriors of some means (...
by Medicus Matt
Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6217

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

surofdunholm wrote:
Medicus Matt wrote:Why would you wear a posh, embroidered tunic on the battlefield, under mail or otherwise?


Because this would usually befit the status of the character; from an Anglo-Saxon perspective.


And your evidence for that in a later Anglo Saxon context is...?
by Medicus Matt
Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: whats best under chainmail ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6217

Re: whats best under chainmail ?

Why would you wear a posh, embroidered tunic on the battlefield, under mail or otherwise?
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Shipping Swords to the USA?
Replies: 3
Views: 2646

Re: Shipping Swords to the USA?

Alexander wrote:If you sell swords to someone in the US... does that make you an international arms dealer? :^)


Bit late for that...
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:36 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Shipping Swords to the USA?
Replies: 3
Views: 2646

Re: Shipping Swords to the USA?

Never had any problems. When shipping them in their finished scabbards, I usually just label them 'theatrical prop' and send them by Parcel Force. Not had an issue yet.
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Roman soft kit
Replies: 1
Views: 1909

Re: Roman soft kit

Albion Falconry wrote:Would need to be around the time of the Roman occupation of Britain?

Cheers in advance


Any particular bit of that 400 year period or doesn't it matter?

I'll alert a couple of people to your request.
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kite Shield Boss??
Replies: 9
Views: 8264

Re: Kite Shield Boss??

Useful thread with lots of interesting examples on the ever informative 'MyArmoury'..
http://www.myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=26755
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What is this Sword
Replies: 5
Views: 2309

Re: What is this Sword

John Waller wrote:Tiger chasing deer hilt..


S'a rabbit, not a deer. Seen a few talwar with tiger/rabbit hilt furniture (like this one http://www.ancientarms.biz/servlet/Detail?no=1597).

I'd guess at it being Afghan. Clever Rabbit and the stupid tiger is an Afghan folk-tale.
by Medicus Matt
Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:42 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kite Shield Boss??
Replies: 9
Views: 8264

Re: Kite Shield Boss??

Tiddles wrote:From what I have seen it is more common on the road top kite shield and not seen on the flat top kite shield's.


I don't think it's as clear cut as that. I know that the famous image of Geoff Plantaganet shows him with a flat top shield with a boss on it. That's mid 12th century.
by Medicus Matt
Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Kite Shield Boss??
Replies: 9
Views: 8264

Re: Kite Shield Boss??

Why do some Kite shields have a Shield Boss when from what I understand they are strapped the arm. Not held with the hand like a round shield. Force of habit. Something to catch and deflect your opponents sword blade with. Something to smash your opponent in the chops with. Take your pick. Nobody r...
by Medicus Matt
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Hound of the Baskervilles.
Replies: 2
Views: 2524

Re: Hound of the Baskervilles.

Needs a big, fat <LIKE> button.
by Medicus Matt
Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: War Correspondents
Replies: 3
Views: 2368

Re: War Correspondents

Buy this book:- http://www.amazon.co.uk/Front-Line-Clare-Hollingworth/dp/0224028278/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372930464&sr=8-1&keywords=Clare+Hollingworth Clare was the first person to report on the German invasion of Poland and she carried on reporting from a variety of theatres both duri...
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:00 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What does your pitch fee go to ? does a market improve a sho
Replies: 22
Views: 6343

Re: What does your pitch fee go to ? does a market improve a

I was thinking more about professional market organisers, rather than those volunteer nutters who have markets at larger reenactment events.
:wink:
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Later (1110) Norman Shield Construction
Replies: 2
Views: 2022

Re: Later (1110) Norman Shield Construction

Have a read through this thread on MyArmoury. Think you'll find it useful.

http://www.myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=16750
by Medicus Matt
Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What does your pitch fee go to ? does a market improve a sho
Replies: 22
Views: 6343

Re: What does your pitch fee go to ?

imagine shows without a market I don't need to. None of the events that I've organised (including the recent big ones at Old Sarum) have had any traders or markets (or beertents), nor have the vast majority of early medieval events that I've been to over the years. a few bods in kit belting each ot...
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What kind of fur is this lady wearing in about 1650?
Replies: 10
Views: 4210

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

Brother Ranulf wrote:None in England of course


:eh:
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Runic Ring?
Replies: 5
Views: 3451

Re: Runic Ring?

The runes themselves aren't an issue, it's the practice of wearing a ring with runes on it in a 6th century context that I was uncertain about.

Any examples to found in Norway?
by Medicus Matt
Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mouldy-smelling glasses
Replies: 7
Views: 2978

Re: Mouldy-smelling glasses

frances wrote:Bicarbonate of soda, Medicus Matt? the stuff used in cooking? or the white crystals used in cleaning?


Essentially the same stuff, but use the 'baking soda' bicarb.
by Medicus Matt
Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mouldy-smelling glasses
Replies: 7
Views: 2978

Re: Mouldy-smelling glasses

Pack the lot (case with glasses inside) with bicarb and leave it closed for a couple of weeks. Should get rid of any odours and dry out any lingering damp and/or mildew.
by Medicus Matt
Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Gjermundbu helmet....
Replies: 4
Views: 2563

Re: Gjermundbu helmet....

The subject of heating iron with bone-coal and charcoal is something I looked into last year and it's fascinating not just from a metalurgical point of view but also because of the insight it gives us into the aura of mystery which surrounded the smithy. Using human 'bone-coal' it would be possible ...
by Medicus Matt
Fri May 24, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Looking for medieval group near Bristol.
Replies: 5
Views: 2745

Re: Looking for medieval group near Bristol.

Hi everyone. I'm desperately looking for medieval group near Bristol. I'm interested in sword fighting and archery. I've some experience in medieval re-enactment. I'll be grateful for any information. Which bit of 'medieval'? You've got plenty of choice in the Bristol area. For 'early' you've got R...
by Medicus Matt
Thu May 09, 2013 9:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60344

Re: Bannockburn 2014

guthrie wrote:
Communicating with them would be a start, although firstly finding the best way could be difficult,


I can give you Chick's mobile number if you like?
by Medicus Matt
Thu May 09, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60344

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Ayliffe's Steve wrote:
Unless, of course, it is just conincidence that it appeared under my post and you were talking to someone else. If that is the case then I apologise.


It was.
I was.

No apology required though.
by Medicus Matt
Thu May 09, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60344

Re: Bannockburn 2014

guthrie wrote:
Medicus Matt, did you just volunteer?
:devil:


Gods no, I have no interest in re-enacting the anniversary of two lots of Frenchies squabbling over mud.
by Medicus Matt
Thu May 09, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60344

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Ayliffe's Steve wrote:Although, I do not actually recall suggesting that anyone demands anything of anyone.


Did I say you did?
by Medicus Matt
Thu May 09, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60344

Re: Bannockburn 2014

It was a publicity shoot for, surprisingly enough, 'Brave'.
by Medicus Matt
Thu May 09, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Bannockburn 2014
Replies: 232
Views: 60344

Re: Bannockburn 2014

Why not just talk to Chick directly?
I'd imagine that would be a much better way of going about it than going straight to the NTS and making demands.

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