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Bob K.




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PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep, 2009 9:09 am    Post subject: My homemade spangenhelm         Reply with quote

http://s1001.photobucket.com/albums/af139/Bshep83/

I encountered some difficulties making this helm. First, my planishing leaves much to be desired. I decided to just leave in the dents and fire- scale rather than grind down the metal and risk thinning it too much. I used domed copper rivets because that's what I had on hand, and now wish I had used flat steel rivets, and peened them into a dome shape. Anyway, I've started on a great helm so maybe it will turn out better.[/url]
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Artis Aboltins




PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep, 2009 11:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Not too bad for the first try, Bob. What I would advise though if you decide to make another spangen is that this one is clearly too shallow - it would "sit" way too high, leaving the side of your head wide open, and it is too little domed - one of the reasons many helmets are domed are to cause opponents weapon to glance off instead of doing a solid hit and the less domed helmet is, less likely it is to achiewe this result.
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Bob K.




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PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep, 2009 4:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It certainly is too shallow. I used plans I found on-line, but am starting from scratch on the great helm going only by a photo of an effigy. Live and learn.
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PostPosted: Sat 19 Sep, 2009 7:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A taller helm also means that a heavy blow that might dent it or caved it in won't reach the skull while a very very close to the skull helm with just a very small space for suspension or padding and the force of the blow could directly be transmitted to the skull.
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