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by zauberdachs
Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Winter weather clothing?
Replies: 25
Views: 7195

Re: Winter weather clothing?

Oilskin is canvas waterproofed with linseed oil isn't it?
by zauberdachs
Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Winter weather clothing?
Replies: 25
Views: 7195

Re: Winter weather clothing?

The problem is finding pitch pine trees though. I don't quite know what they look like, but am confident, by a process of elimination, that there aren't any near me. Which is annoying. If you're still up in Scotland I'd be gobsmacked if there wasn't a pine forest within walking distance. To identif...
by zauberdachs
Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Winter weather clothing?
Replies: 25
Views: 7195

Re: Winter weather clothing?

Go on, try it in the rainswept mountains of South Island. That would be a good test. That sounds like an excellent plan! Though to be fair with 25-30 degree heat at the moment thinking of cold weather clothing is difficult :) Making pitch sounds like a relatively easy process provided you have acce...
by zauberdachs
Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Winter weather clothing?
Replies: 25
Views: 7195

Re: Winter weather clothing?

Pitch is plant derived and the same as resin isn't it? Definitely black, the source of the expression "pitch black." I would imagine it could make a garment both harder, perhaps the fabric equivilent of heated leather, and waterproof which would be desirable qualities in a garment that you...
by zauberdachs
Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking women on the battlefield....
Replies: 3
Views: 3159

Re: Viking women on the battlefield....

Would it be outrageous to suggest it could be a Queen from a chess set or is this pre-chess?
by zauberdachs
Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Winter weather clothing?
Replies: 25
Views: 7195

Re: Winter weather clothing?

For waterproof garments, the source escapes me at the moment, but is there not "deer skins soaked in pitch" as a particularly Scottish outer garment? *edit* It's from John Major's 1521 history of Greater Britain: "The common people of the Highland (lit. 'wild') Scots rush into battle ...
by zauberdachs
Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Helmet Rivets
Replies: 8
Views: 3130

Re: Helmet Rivets

I wonder if copper and steel form a sacrificial relationship with one rusting more quickly because of the other?
by zauberdachs
Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Leather Vambraces
Replies: 1
Views: 1768

Leather Vambraces

Not had a chance to verify this too closely but some of you might be interested in this: 14th century Tartu - leather and metal.jpg "Arms protection - XIVc. original The excavations in the medieval part of Tartu in 2000 brought to light an amazing find – from a timber-curbed cesspit (latrine) t...
by zauberdachs
Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"
Replies: 14
Views: 11069

Re: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"

Dave B wrote:Anyway, carry on chaps, hammer something together and let me know when you want it stickying.


I have updated the original post and I hope I have managed to assimilate all the points so far. Please let me know if I've missed anything or not accurately reflected what you were trying to say.
by zauberdachs
Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"
Replies: 14
Views: 11069

Re: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"

it would be fine as a sticky as long as it was not looked upon as the rule, Yes, I was thinking of it more as a "FYI" page. If we have it as a sticky then rather than people feeling they had to be snippy or bitchy because they are basically fed up of repeating the same "please explai...
by zauberdachs
Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"
Replies: 14
Views: 11069

Re: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"

Nevertheless, I think he has identified a lot of the shortcomings with debates on this forum It strikes me that it might be nice to raise the bar a little considering that we have many people on this forum with decades of practical research and experience, with university degrees or doctorates, who...
by zauberdachs
Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"
Replies: 14
Views: 11069

Re: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"

chrisanson wrote:i'm sorry but i find that a bit condescending


That's not my intention, how could this be improved?
by zauberdachs
Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"
Replies: 14
Views: 11069

How about a sticky "guidelines to historical discussion"

There is a huge amount of knowledge and experience on these forums and if you want to get the most out of that knowledge then the best way to do that is to ask your question in a structured historian-like way. These guidelines are in no way compulsory but might help you to get the most out of the de...
by zauberdachs
Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Quarterstaff
Replies: 16
Views: 4213

Re: Medieval Quarterstaff

Dave, this might be of use to you: http://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Staff
by zauberdachs
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Quarterstaff
Replies: 16
Views: 4213

Re: Medieval Quarterstaff

But that's why I put the question mark on the end of my sentence. It's only a peripheral interest of mine but in all the treatises I've seen the name has referred to the length rather than the manner of grip. However I haven't studied any of the more modern treatises and if there is one thing that ...
by zauberdachs
Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Quarterstaff
Replies: 16
Views: 4213

Re: Medieval Quarterstaff

Meyer is very much like Spear rather than Quarterstaff as most people would think of it, i.e. you hold it at one end and thrust with the other. Although I understand that is how you use a quarter staff; clue in the question, in that your holding the last quarter of the staff? I've always understood...
by zauberdachs
Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Quarterstaff
Replies: 16
Views: 4213

Re: Medieval Quarterstaff

Dave B wrote:From memory (and I could be wrong) that Meyer is the same weapon, but a different grip. more holding it in the middle and using both ends


Meyer is very much like Spear rather than Quarterstaff as most people would think of it, i.e. you hold it at one end and thrust with the other.
by zauberdachs
Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Buckler From Hull
Replies: 28
Views: 5011

Re: Wooden Buckler From Hull

Colin Middleton wrote:Or is it just the top of a bellows?


Good thought!
by zauberdachs
Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on making an Early CoP/Armoured Surcoat
Replies: 13
Views: 2922

Re: Advice on making an Early CoP/Armoured Surcoat

Colin Middleton wrote:As Zauberdachs says, nails and rivits are interchangeable. Many medieval manuscripts call rivits nails.


They are often called "arming nails" in the manuscripts which slightly confused me when I first started reading them...
by zauberdachs
Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Buckler From Hull
Replies: 28
Views: 5011

Re: Wooden Buckler From Hull

this design would be a lot of work for a simple lid to cover a pot. what benefit would odd running grain give to a lid? (and alot of arseing around for a crafts person) and all the lids found in york are are just one slab of wood not stacked together slabs. Indeed. However it does answer the questi...
by zauberdachs
Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Buckler From Hull
Replies: 28
Views: 5011

Re: Wooden Buckler From Hull

Just been looking through the "Archaeology of York, small finds 17/13" (ISBN1902771109) that focuses on Wood and Woodworking. Pages 2262 - 2265 has wooden pot lids and almost all of the examples given have holes, apparently for stoppers.
by zauberdachs
Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: New Essay: "Celtic Warfare: Fact or Fiction?"
Replies: 21
Views: 4357

Re: New Essay: "Celtic Warfare: Fact or Fiction?"

Ben_Kerr wrote:Anyway I hope you enjoyed the essay in either case and can understand my word choices.


Sorry, yes! Very much enjoyed and good to see something that someone has worked upon and crafted :)
by zauberdachs
Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: New Essay: "Celtic Warfare: Fact or Fiction?"
Replies: 21
Views: 4357

Re: New Essay: "Celtic Warfare: Fact or Fiction?"

Exotic would be a better word than outdated, certainly no one at the time ascribed an ancient origin to the costume.

1521 John Mayor's description of "wild scots"
by zauberdachs
Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: archaeology on this anyone ?
Replies: 27
Views: 4492

Re: archaeology on this anyone ?

As to the 'I'll chop the sleeves off to make it more comfortable' argument, you're wearing it to stop people putting sharp things in you. If you chop the sleeves down, you're exposing your fore-arms to attack and they're an easier target than your torso becuase they're out infront of you. Is it rea...
by zauberdachs
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: New Essay: "Celtic Warfare: Fact or Fiction?"
Replies: 21
Views: 4357

Re: New Essay: "Celtic Warfare: Fact or Fiction?"

I think, like the above, every time I read the word "Celtic" I winced on inside so I'm not going to continue their theme. Assumptions like "Celtic Culture" are a pain and take a very long time to fade. One thing though, on the subject of assumptions that take a very long time to ...
by zauberdachs
Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Buckler From Hull
Replies: 28
Views: 5011

Re: Wooden Buckler From Hull

The handles in the above images are probably flush though with the knuckles going into the boss rather than needing the handle to curve outwards. The hole could be to allow you to put something in, like a masher for example, and mash without taking the lid off? Pure speculation. Quite a few of the &...
by zauberdachs
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on making an Early CoP/Armoured Surcoat
Replies: 13
Views: 2922

Re: Advice on making an Early CoP/Armoured Surcoat

Lindsay wrote:I would have thought some sort of nail would be better than rivets, they can push through the fabric more easily then you can clip the point off and peen down the rest.


Nail / Rivet pretty much the same thing out of the forge :)
by zauberdachs
Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Advice on making an Early CoP/Armoured Surcoat
Replies: 13
Views: 2922

Re: Advice on making an Early CoP/Armoured Surcoat

I had a COP made from canvas. It was good and it looked more convincing than the "normal" type made from leather. Some recommendations: 1. Base it on a historical design such as Wisby designs. 2. Don't use pop rivets. Not only will you end up looking like a film extra from Braveheart but t...
by zauberdachs
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Buckler From Hull
Replies: 28
Views: 5011

Re: Wooden Buckler From Hull

That's quite interesting, is the boss just a flat piece of iron?
by zauberdachs
Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Edward III's Sword
Replies: 18
Views: 5346

Re: Edward III's Sword

Does the Codex show 6'8 swords being used? I don't recall there being any pictures in the manuscript, but you can check it out for yourself: http://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Codex_Döbringer_(MS_3227a) practicing a little Lechtenhauer, felt that using the bigger and longer sword took needed different tech...

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