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Bob K.




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PostPosted: Mon 20 Jul, 2009 10:25 am    Post subject: Spangenhelms         Reply with quote

How refined were these helms? I'm working on one, but my planishing skills leave much to be desired so I'm going to leave some hammer marks in. Also, one of the plates evidently had a lot of oil on it and it turned out black, so I heated the whole helm in the forge so it would all match. I think leaving the black scale in the dimples look pretty good so I was thinking of just doing a down and dirty sanding.
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Myles Mulkey





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PostPosted: Sun 13 Sep, 2009 1:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Spangenhelms         Reply with quote

Bob K. wrote:
How refined were these helms? I'm working on one, but my planishing skills leave much to be desired so I'm going to leave some hammer marks in. Also, one of the plates evidently had a lot of oil on it and it turned out black, so I heated the whole helm in the forge so it would all match. I think leaving the black scale in the dimples look pretty good so I was thinking of just doing a down and dirty sanding.

I don't think that it would be at all historically implausible, especially if you're going for an "average joe" look. Frankly, I like the rough and ready look you're talking about. Makes me think of someone who's been out on campaign for a while. Post some pics when you finish!
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Sep, 2009 4:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Leaving firescale on metal plates is not unheard of. Painting it, however, is probably just as common.

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Hendrik De Coster




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Sep, 2009 7:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

+ painting it would prevent rust to appear and it's a nice and cheap way to easely recognise eachother
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Paul Hansen




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PostPosted: Mon 14 Sep, 2009 12:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What period are you aiming for? In the Migration Age, spangenhelms were incredibly high status. In the, say, 10th. C. not so much anymore.
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