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by Trading-Dragon
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:14 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: thick cotton saxon cloak
Replies: 29
Views: 9884

Keeping in mind that he is not a Vegan - his mum is.

So correct me if I'm wrong but might there be the potential of him wearing wool and leather if it's on loan from his group and stays with the group?
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17286

Ah, but it's the FIRST tool, undoubtedly. 8) ...probably in the form of the humble rock. Pick it up and bash things with it until they come apart. Or bash your neighbour, to make him shut up. Or bash your food, so it can't run away... It's tool, weapon AND entertainment, all in one! Brilliant, that ...
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 33537

I think this thread wins an award - pure quality !!! :D I pulled out some old broken arrow shafts to experiment with. The leather 'jig' and loosely bindign the feathers on before spacing and glueing sounds like it might work. Now my only concern is to find a glue that is tacky but not too quick-dryi...
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates
Replies: 41
Views: 10308

Splendid! Will try to source some copies. Much obliged!
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 33537

By the way - i think the hide of certain sea fish could be used for sanding and polishing. Not sure which fish but the hide feels rather like shark.
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:57 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fletching in an authentic setting- a query
Replies: 100
Views: 33537

I have thought about some public arrow making while in camp. Tools and glues are not the problem - I recently acquired some mini-topiary shears which are forge blackened and rather look the part. and i use modern glues filled into a little cork-sealed clay put, with a homemade rough-bristled brush f...
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17286

Anyhow, thanks muchly for a bit of insight regarding shield making here. Seems like i've been spooned rubbish by my mates...where can I put my face? I'll have another go after work today. I am planning to use my own little rig to bend the shield - three ratchet straps, braced with 2 planks that have...
by Trading-Dragon
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:46 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17286

You wouldn't believe that people would be happy to steal nationally-important historical artefacts, would you? :shock: Reminds me of an incident some years ago: a friend of mine owned a civil war - era cavalry saber which was in near mint condition. The blade fought at several battles and could eve...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:08 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: problems making heater shields
Replies: 55
Views: 17286

problems making heater shields

This is a quick one: i'm trying to make a heater type shield out of three layers of 4mm plyboard. I have been told that the middle layer ought to have the grain running horizontally for added strength but i keep breaking it. Has anyone got any practical experience in that regard? And how sturdy is a...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:59 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Coat of Plates
Replies: 41
Views: 10308

Which ones would these be? I'm extremely keen to find a bit more practical information o torso armour of the period, as I'm just experimentally dishing plates in my spare time. I am quite convinced that most depictions, of early CoPs are quite knaff...most people just bend strips of iron, they don't...
by Trading-Dragon
Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Female archers?
Replies: 71
Views: 14993

Not laziness, I don't think, inclusiveness (is that a proper word, maybe inclusivity?): It is a proper word now that you've made it up. :D I rather like it myself! Anyhow: Groups with a decent level of historical authenticity are an absolute rarity and a good portion of what the public gets to see ...
by Trading-Dragon
Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Berkeley Skirmish 2009 Photos
Replies: 10
Views: 3862

Dir Sir, I do believe you have never had the job of falling off a horse for a living!! These Jousting shows are extremely dangerous and are there to entertain the public NOT to be authentically accurate. I would think that if you had to fall off a horse to earn your living that you would prefer a s...
by Trading-Dragon
Mon May 04, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: James River Armoury review
Replies: 1
Views: 860

James River Armoury review

I promised to post a review here. I hope it may be useful to others. Recently I had the pleasure of trying out a set of arms and legs from Erik, who runs the James River Armoury in the US. Pics will follow as soon as i have any...! Erik makes nice kit. And by nice I mean rugged and good value for mo...
by Trading-Dragon
Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Depictions of unusual shields and bucklers
Replies: 15
Views: 5524

I would also ask why they might be seen as unusual though, when 'typical' is hard to find, or is it a case of not what we expect - which is a different argument altogether. A justified question. Let me rephrase my request then: i'm interested in shield forms which we, from the point of view of a mo...
by Trading-Dragon
Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:48 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Depictions of unusual shields and bucklers
Replies: 15
Views: 5524

Depictions of unusual shields and bucklers

Hello! I hope you can help me - I'm looking for historical depictions of unusual or extraordinary shields, bucklers, targes and the like for a uni project. Anything you can come up with would be much apreciated. Even better if you can supply information on when the image was painted and what period ...