Category: reenactment

When @maenadscraft take care of the the pitcur…

When @maenadscraft take care of the the pitcure <3

The “ Gardiens du fleuve” in october organized…

The “ Gardiens du fleuve” in october organized a private camp in Switzerland mountain.
Amazing moment we had, sun, hapiness and snow !

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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.

How is the translation from French to English …

How is the translation from French to English going on the documents emailed from the French museum curator supporting a previously unknown armour type in the 11th Century going? And the reconstruction plans?

Alright, strap In for a bit of a post then mate.

Firstly some back story, in October 2017 I found this image made by a company called “Steel Mastery” which is a European armour smithing group.

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I saw these posted on facebook and went, “nah fuck off that’s real, from the 11thC?” 

So I found the museum and emailed them, in my best google translate french as I’m Australian and have no understanding of the french language apart from “Parle vu Anglais?” which i probably just butchered but meh. They never got back to me so I left it alone for a couple of months, then I saw the post again and decided “fuck it I’ll email them and send a copy of the message to their facebook page as well”

and then lo and behold they responded with this

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and a PDF document of the finds. which if anyone is interested I will email it to them because for some reason Tumblr wont let me add it to this post.

With this info, a member of my club posted the find on myarmoury.com and waited for the “armour experts” to comment on it, think of it as basically like submitting your paper to a university and waiting on the professors to say if it has merit or not. 

link here: http://myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?p=328179#328179

So while the “armour experts” believe that it isn’t armour, they can’t prove it wasn’t armour either because without a time machine we can’t actually go back and see it or not. 

However this leads us into the grey zone of “lack of evidence is not evidence of lack” that many reenactors use to justify their kit. With the main argument being that “The most common threat on any battlefield was from arrows and spears. The construction in that photo would be useless against those weapons. Any time small plates are used to make armour, they are assembled so that they overlap.” to which my answer is, the most common form of protection on the battlefield against spears and arrows is held in your left hand, a big fucking shield. 

So take it with a grain of salt, or in my case, a couple of handfuls of salt, I believe that it could’ve been used and is a much easier set of armour to smith for the Frankish man at arms than a coat of riveted mail. 

I haven’t bothered to really translate any more of it as I’ve gone back to UNI to study nursing again and that’s taking up 90% of my time nowadays. 

Well, it&rsquo;s been a long time since I&rsqu…

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Amongst other projects, here is a 1790’s Royal Navy midshipman’s coat I have made.

Amping up for my trip back to Scandinavia so m…

Amping up for my trip back to Scandinavia so much to do so little time. Hopefully two weeks is enough time to see Norway, Sweden and maybe Denmark.

Heres a photo of me at the @vikingvalley.no Festival a beautiful place called Gudvangen where babies raise their cups to the roar of “skål!!” Where everyone crafts, from jewelry to wood working, Nålbinding to black smithing, truly the most inspiring place i have ever visited, so close to the sky you can almost shout up to the gods on top the mountain.

Chase your dreams, for they wont chase you.

#gudvangen #reenactment #viking #heathen #crafter #vikinkgship #norway #scandinavia #vikingvalley #vikingage #history #medieval #fjord #inspiration #mountains #nature #gods #odin

After my last poll about doing history posts I…

After my last poll about doing history posts I have been dying to find some time to sit down and write about some of the pieces i sell so lets start out easy with one of my favorite pieces that i wear daily.

This particular piece is based off of a finding from Tromsø a Northern city located in Norway. This gorgeous horde of jewelry was accidentally found by two five year olds playing around the roots of a tree in 2005. Archeologist went on site and were able to find a few other items including, a silver bead as well as an intricately woven silver chain with bronze end terminals in the shape of a dragon, and lastly a stunning brooch these items were dated and from around 900 AD. Source NRK.no

In the second picture you will see a bracelet inspired by the original finding and hand crafted in Sweden by Stig owner of @viking_kristall

Im honored to he able to sell his amazing wares alongside mine and you can find these bracelets as well as some matching woven chains on my website www.lykosleather.com

#history #norse #heathen #tromsø #viking #dragon #vikingjewelry #reenactment #vikingreenactment

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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.

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.

Im super excited to be adding some of my old b…

Im super excited to be adding some of my old belts back to the shop with some replica buckles in the coming month or so. Beautiful photo of the one and only @tyrawen gorgeous collar by @nornewoven

#tyr #norse #boobbling #redhead #reenactment #pagan #asatru #heathen #leatherwork #nature #snow