Category: D&D


Got a message over Facebook today, this is my new bow in the works, ready for tillering.

It’s in the Hedeby/Ballinderry style and is suited for my period. It’s going to draw between 80-85lbs@28” hopefully with some overdraw. Made out of Australian Pink Ash.

This is the first viking thing I’ve posted personally in a while, so I’ll update when I can.

With thanks to Outlaw Bows for making this beautiful piece of art.


Making more arrows, don’t have the money to buy horn plates for the nocks so I’m going to use some old loyalty cards and maybe try pvc and see if that works.


I feel I may have made a mistake…

So, for those who’ve known my blog for a while, you know that I’m an archer.

For those who didn’t, there you go.

My mistake might have been that I just bought 12 carbon arrows with screw points from eBay for cheap with free shipping. Like a dozen for maybe AU$26.

My next mistake was, I bought some larp arrow tips, like the big foam ones not the golf ball ones, for about AU$45-50 with free shipping.

I can’t remember the exact amount off the top of my head, but the point is that if they all fit into each other, I’ll have subverted the 6 for $80 larp arrow problem.

The reason I’m getting this shit is because, I went to the Armidale gathering this year at the end of March, it’s held in a pine forest, now as a reenactor Ive currently only got access to padded javelins as a ranged weapon, however if I can get enough people ok with me using these arrows in combat, while using the same rule set for Non-combatant peltasts, I can make a significant difference to my side, more so than with just a sword and shield.

So stay tuned.

Update on the gambeson, I forgot how tedious t…

Update on the gambeson, I forgot how tedious this shit is, like properly tedious.

However, the back is done, tomorrow I’ll stitch some of the front, then I can stitch the outer shell onto it before starting on making sleeves.


Today training went back

Oh good god I forgot how heavy my chainmail is, why is my shield so heavy? It never used to be that heavy?

I also got my first Dane axe lesson today should be fun

I have to trim the aventail on my helmet as it keeps catching on my Hauberk


A new gambeson

I’m starting the gambeson making process, not a historically accurate one, well as historically accurate as for my time period as possible as there aren’t any finds/depictions for the latter half of the Viking era.

It’s basically going to be a short sleeved padded tunic, going for simplicity over beauty, after all its going to be hidden under my mail.

I might change the design to be a jacket front so I can get in and out of it quickly because, well…Australia is hot.

So here’s the first photo dump.

I’m using wool felt underlay as the padding as it’s dense and can be stitched relatively easily, many people in my club use this or old woollen blankets as padding due to ease of access to materials.

And that’s when you decide the universe is tel…

And that’s when you decide the universe is telling you you’ve done your practice for the day…

Working on making a buckler because why not.

Working on making a buckler because why not.


I’m having withdrawals from dressing up in my kit…

All I want to do is do viking shit with my viking friends ffs, playing mount and Blade has not been a good influence on this mood, now all I want to do is pull on my chainmail, lamellar, sword, and spar with my friends.

Why does Australia have to have 36c 85% humidity days?

You know, as an archer, the most frustrating t…

You know, as an archer, the most frustrating thing is not being able to find your fletching kit after you’ve moved house and want to be productive.

I now have six bare arrows that I’ve made, and now all I have to do is fletch them, but do you think I can find the bloody feathers? Nope.avi