Category: historical

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Things I’ve made recently in preparation for the Abbey tournament

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So I went to Mjolner Bar and restaurant tonight in Melbourne and you’ll never guess what they have on their wall.

A sword from the late 10th to early 11th Century. Got some pretty good photos and would highly recommend the Bar itself for its fantastic aesthetic.

Plus some photos me and my mate took of the 15kg Scotch filled “Mjolnir”

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Various stages of in “full kit”

I need a new mail shirt though because this one is about 18kg of all round riveted rings. Instead of having 4:1 solid.

Decided to put everything on because the on season is coming up and I need to see if I have to alter anything.

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Excited archery noises

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Started some arrows for tomorrow’s school demonstration.

I’ve already got 4 made up for armour piercing purposes, but I intend on making several that are just target points for regular shooting

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Thought I’d upload the actual video as well, quality is better than on YouTube

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Managed to take a video of me shooting today, needed to send it to the bowyer so he could see it in action.

Link to the video:

https://youtu.be/GB_816uNv9o

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Shot process form checks, figured I’d upload them here as people use them to help draw archers.

I need to keep my elbow higher on lock at the end of my draw, that way my shoulders take the majority of the weight as opposed to my arms.

I’m not the fittest, around the middle so yeah bit overweight, but that’s not the point here.

For those interested, bow is Hereby/Ballinderry style, made of Australian Pink Ash, and is 85#@30"

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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.

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Update on my helmet

For the last I dunno months I had a butted mail aventail on it to meet the requirements for combat stating that there must be “protection for the back of neck at least…” and it looked like this

Problem with butted mail like this is it catches on everything.

I ordered a mail aventail (probably designed for a bascinet helmet rather than a spangenhelm) and have spent the afternoon fixing up my helmet, adding this new aventail.

It’s 95% of the way done, now all I need to do is make a small brass hook for the nasal so I can lift up the front to fix it where I held it in the last picture.

This’ll give me the option to unhook it to have a drink instead of having to perform gymnastics to drink like other members do.

I didn’t want to wear a full coif with mail, I get a little claustrophobic and it’s way to hot in Australia to do that.