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(Chain) mail(le) legs

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:30 am
by Carl / Sir Geoffrey
OK, however you want to write it I am getting some chain mail legs shortly and would appreciate some helpful suggestions on padding and suspension of said legs:

How thick should the padding be under the maille?

Should I wear separate padded hose over the top of normal hose?

What do you do behind the knee to enable you to bend the leg (no padding, a hole)?

How do you attach the maille to the padding?
How do you point the maille / padding to the body?

Any comments / suggestions greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Regards

Carl

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:25 am
by Phil the Grips
How thick should the padding be under the maille?
I never wore padding with mine- simply a pair of old hose
Should I wear separate padded hose over the top of normal hose?
If it's part of the period you are portraying to wear gamboised cuisses, then yes. They actually help to clamp the chausses to your thigh and prevent slippage, as well as stop you saddle leather geting scuffed to buggery.
What do you do behind the knee to enable you to bend the leg (no padding, a hole)?
Nowt- with flexible, well tailored mail and no padding, and cuisses that stop just short of the knee then it's not necessary.
How do you attach the maille to the padding?
I have no padding
How do you point the maille / padding to the body?
A garter at the knee to take weight, then a point/lace to a girdle belt (held very tight around the waist/just above the hips) from the top of the chausse, then the top of the gamboised cuisse is attached to the same girdle belt and ties or is tailored tight enough to clamp the whole lot in place.

A schynbald (if of the right dateline) can then be used to clamp the chausse in place on the lower leg.

Bear in mind this stuff is originally intended to ride in and is intended to defend an immobile leg from those on the ground but still needs to be free enough to move when controlling a horse.

Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:37 pm
by Biro
What Phil said.

And a tie around the ankle helps it stop flapping around

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:28 am
by Nigel
Carl a lot of us wear leather hose under our chausses (single leg) works pretty well

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:52 pm
by phil ainsley
could i throw another question into the topic of chain leggings. a number of people have recommended the use of a band of leather at the top of the mail legging itself to which the chain is attatched and which is in turn attatched to the supporting belt via some kind of suspender. looking at images from the mac bible you dont get to see the top of the chain leggings. would this have been commonly used, or is it from later peroids, or is it just more comfortable/supported this way?

thanks

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:56 pm
by Phil the Grips
Simple answer is that the we don't know. It's pretty much all guesswork.

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:49 pm
by Nigel
wot the grippster says

AAND if it works for you use it

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:45 am
by Sampson de Strelley
give de spencer a bell as he has just started wearing his set and is playing round with them to get the best fit etc

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:24 am
by Skevmeister
Carl,

I don't know whether or not you got my last answer on FB. But I have padded hose that I wear under my mail chausse.

Then using leather thong at the back to tie them this allows me to make them fit to the shape of my leg I then use a very wide belt and then feed thonging through the tops on to this belt in loops so that I can hold the full weight of them distributed around my waist. Not sure how authentic this is. But is makes them about as comfortable as wearing them I think can be.

Skev

Posted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:39 pm
by Carl / Sir Geoffrey
Thanks Skev - I think I missed your response on Facebook