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by Trading-Dragon
Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 14390

I do profoundly apologize if that comment of mine has caused anyone distress!
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:12 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 14390

Industrial stapler? Why? I just hold mine in place with clothes pegs all the way around and then drill and stitch (don't like tacked rims. The tacks drop out and some poor sod will eventually stand on one). Don't like tacks either, that's why I used to quickly staple on the rawhide so it never EVER...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:41 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 14390

How about some really thick veg-tan leather instead of rawhide? i was thinking at least 3mm +. My usual method of making round body shields is to staple the rawhide on with an industrial stapler for ease of construction and then cover the whole thing in pliable leather. Looks neat and is easy to mak...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:34 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Iron shield rim - how to attach?
Replies: 10
Views: 6148

Thanks for the hint. Shall try clout nails! And I wouldn't worry too much - the shield is getting cut down and made into a buckler for late medieval use. And considering that we already allow Uncle Roger's steel heater shields for a bash-about in full tin, a steel-rimmed buckler really doesn't stand...
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:49 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 14390

If you feel keen you might even consider asking your new group if anyone would care to show you how to make your own clothing/shoes/etc.

Part of the appeal of re-enacting is that folks suddenly discover an interest in arts and crafts they didn't even know existed!
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:43 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Iron shield rim - how to attach?
Replies: 10
Views: 6148

Iron shield rim - how to attach?

I've been toying with attaching an iron rim to an old round shield I've got. Cut a bit of sheet metal into segments and am now wondering how to best attach it to the ply. Was considering either blued carpet tacks or solid rivets but I'm not sure if the carpet tacks wouldn't just pop out and the rive...
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 14390

oh and ignore any idea of extra moderna rmour under your tunics etc personally speaking if you ahve to do that you shouldnt be playing the game And personally speaking (as a trained nurse): if you ever had to comfort one of your mates who was crying his eyes out because bits of bone were sticking t...
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 14390

WorkMonkey wrote:I wear all my tunic arms tight on the forearm, I dont think I'd be able to get anything underneath them :shock:
I suppose it depends. I've been graced with really thin, cat-like arms. Plus, I made the sleeves of my tunic just a little bit wider to fit the riot gear under it.
by Trading-Dragon
Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:21 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 14390

Oh yes - and most importantly, get your soft kit sorted first. Someone else probably told you already - but one can't say it often enough...even to some old veterans, who should know better. :?
by Trading-Dragon
Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 14390

I would also like to add that an axe is very demanding to fight with since they are extremely top-heavy. You can get them made from brushed aluminium or have them specially made with shaped cut out of the axe-head to reduce weight but they're rare, expensive and look knaff. For a beginner I'd say sw...
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 30336

Depends on whether you want to go far or hit hard, mate. :lol:
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates
Replies: 41
Views: 10349

At least in some german city-states during hanseatic times it was very common for the guilds to be responsible for the city's defence, thus every guild kept it's own store of weapons and armour. Polearms and crossbows were handed out frequently to watchmen from their respective guilds. Most people h...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17319

The blue ones are also commercial pallets, which are 10 quid a piece. They are valuable to companies and they don't like to part with 'em. :( The white ones are just scrap once unloaded and businesses have to pay money to get rid of them, therefore they are usually up for grabs, with the exception o...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates
Replies: 41
Views: 10349

Apparently the armour worn at the battle of Wisby is thought to have been bought in especially for the occasion. Some of the finds are looking more like recycled lamellars though, especially those with really small lames, so what they got may have been recycled or surplus equipment from somewhere el...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17319

Pallets are mostly pine these days - we get the odd beech or ash pallet at work, but they're rare.
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17319

Because I'm lazy. :lol:
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17319

Showfights are the main reason why I'd like to dispose of my shield quickly. It's just one of the staples of our performance. A little while ago i was pairing up against an elderly chap. He had a whooping hand and a half, I had an arming sword and a heater. You'd be amazed how quickly the kids and o...
by Trading-Dragon
Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17319

I've noticed a few shields in our group suffer from weapon hits cutting the surface, like scisors. I think it's caused by there being too little give behind the surface layer, though I've yet to work out the solution to that one. as for strapping, I use a fixed strap for the hand (not too tight), w...
by Trading-Dragon
Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:54 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 30336

One of the interesting things about medieval war bows and their arrows is that as opposed to other activities like hunting or target shooting, for example, you want to use as heavy an arrow as you can manage with your bow. Compared to arrows we use in modern target or field archery a war arrow is fr...
by Trading-Dragon
Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 30336

Yep. We've all drawn the same conclusions Errm. Not so quickly. I'm not sure we've at all drawn the same conclusions at all. I rather object to you saying so, when the content of the posts are to the contary. There seems, for instance, to be quite a range of opinions on the effectiveness of arrows ...
by Trading-Dragon
Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:08 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 30336

Yep. We've all drawn the same conclusions: Shooting in the killzone VS. clout shooting Deflective armour VS. gaps in the armour Levies in soft kit VS. elite man-at-arms in a tin can many broadheads VS few bodkins But the basic question remains: why was the warbow so effective? We have a good idea of...
by Trading-Dragon
Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17319

Good point about the Gesso! My partner is an artist and actually has a tub of the stuff somewhere...I wish I'd thought of it myself. D'oh! :lol:
by Trading-Dragon
Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17319

I am proud to report that my latest attempt to make a curved ply heater-shaped shield blank was an overwhelming success..! I've now got a 13mm thick piece of plywood with a very pleasing curve and perfect glue lines! From here on my plan is to carefully drill round the edges, lace on some thick rawh...
by Trading-Dragon
Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:42 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 30336

Interesting point, actually. How many ill-equipped levies does it take to steamroller over one fully armoured knight (dismounted, as in the english style of warfare)? Or rather, how dangerous are untrained levies to a minority of men-at-arms with decent kit? I'd feel quite confident myself to take o...
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: lacquering leather armour (has become Archer vs Armour)
Replies: 141
Views: 30336

I just remembered something i have once read while researching types of arrowheads...though I am afraid i can't offer the source, I simply don't remember which book it was. If memory serves, the overwhelming majority of arrowheads excavated from medieval battlefields (definately english but again, c...
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: bizarre weapons and armor
Replies: 76
Views: 27987

BTW, what is the translation of ahlspiess? I'm guessing 'awl-spear'. Eelspear- as in thing for catching eels. It could both be right. 'Ahle' translates to both 'eels' and 'needle' in old germanic. So it could literally be an 'awl-spear', as in a very long and pointy blade for precision stabbing. So...
by Trading-Dragon
Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you hang your legs?
Replies: 38
Views: 7981

Sorry, my bad: the percieved historical way.

:lol:
by Trading-Dragon
Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:31 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you hang your legs?
Replies: 38
Views: 7981

I had a special belt made, out of REALLY thick leather, very much like what you can see here: http://www.pitbullarmory.com/acessories.html Basically the big flaps spread the weight better over your hips and help it rest more securely and comfortably. An arming doublet is still the historical way to ...
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:28 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 33655

I feel also very strongly about it but in a different way: i call it 'experimental research'. The point is that there may have been jigs such as Lucy's in use. we just don't know and we most likely never will know because our sources are finite. It is at the very least highly unlikely that new illus...
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates
Replies: 41
Views: 10349

If we could all see the picture, Darren, I'd be ever so grateful. especially of closeups!