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Guy H.




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PostPosted: Mon 12 Mar, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject: Proper fit of an arming doublet.         Reply with quote

Hey all, not sure if this is the proper forum so let me know if it is not. I just got my Hist. Ent. arming doublet and it fits well. I'm just not sure how my armor is supposed to "feel" when its on over my doublet. I have the doublet laced and fitted as the instructions say so there is no problem there (tight at the hips for load bearing etc). I have it pointed and attached the legs (merc.t. 15/16 cent legs) first, just so see how they felt. They have no greaves. I feel a little bit of down tug when they are pointed but i can still stand straight and don't feel like shrugging forward. Not sure if Im on the right track. Any help or suggestions?
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Reece Nelson




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PostPosted: Mon 12 Mar, 2012 9:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello Guy,

I have worn Historic Enterprises arming doublet several times with properly fitted armour, and having the greaves rest on the stud makes a world of difference.

Its naturally going to " sag" more cuz they're not resting on the stud of a greave, but good armour that is made for you wont feel as bad. I'v worn my Gothic legs with just the doublet and it felt rather comfortable Big Grin



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Guy H.




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PostPosted: Tue 13 Mar, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject: Proper fit of an arming doublet.         Reply with quote

Great, thanks for the reply. I was hoping it had to do with not having the greaves for added support. Trying to find a smith that will make a front greave plate only has been rather difficult.
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Reece Nelson




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PostPosted: Tue 13 Mar, 2012 12:29 pm    Post subject: doublet         Reply with quote

Actually there aren't too hard to make if you just wield the center Wink My friend Josh made one in a few hours with 20 gauge mild steel and it came out fine ( obviously you'd want a thicker gauge if you plan to fight in it)
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Aleksei Sosnovski





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PostPosted: Wed 14 Mar, 2012 2:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I wear my legs attached not to the doublet but to the dedicated garment (sleeveless tight-fitting vest, don't remember how it is called). This garment is very tight at the waist so the weight is applied to my waist rather than my shoulders. It also means that I can bend freely without my leg armor shifting up and down. Key thing is to have your cuisses suspended at two points: front and side. Note that my leg armor is heavier than most historical examples (cuisses made of 1.5mm steel and knee cops and lames made of 2mm steel). My greaves are not attached to upper leg armor in any way, though I want to try the studs.
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