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Matthew Meiser




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PostPosted: Wed 01 Feb, 2017 9:19 pm    Post subject: My Medieval Kit!         Reply with quote

Hello everyone! I have skimmed the entire thread here and I have seen some of the most creative and stylish kits ever. I couldn't help but post mine to add to the mix. The helmet is in my profile pic and please excuse the backgrounds Happy.

I also had a couple of questions for you experienced folks out there. First question is about a good arming garment for hot weather use to tie the leg harness and arm harnesses to that won't cause heat stroke like a full blown gambison. I currently have to use a belt under my chainmail to attach my leg pieces to and i run my arm pieces through my chainmail as well. This is very uncomfortable and I wanted to know if you all had any suggestions? Second question is about any reenactment/renn faires that are big in the washington area? Thanks in advance for the help!



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Fisher Lobdell




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PostPosted: Wed 01 Feb, 2017 9:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I suggest a vest like porpoint to point the leg harness to. You wear this under whatever aketon or other padded garment under your mail or breast plate. You can see great videos of undergarments and armour in general on YouTube by Knyght Errant.
He also has a thread on this website in the spotlight topics about 'arming clothes', and Nice kit! Big Grin

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Matthew Meiser




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PostPosted: Thu 02 Feb, 2017 5:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Fisher Lobdell wrote:
I suggest a vest like porpoint to point the leg harness to. You wear this under whatever aketon or other padded garment under your mail or breast plate. You can see great videos of undergarments and armour in general on YouTube by Knyght Errant.
He also has a thread on this website in the spotlight topics about 'arming clothes', and Nice kit! Big Grin


Awesome thanks!
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Philip Dyer




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PostPosted: Thu 02 Feb, 2017 8:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

With all the plate piece you have, you can get aay with just a pourpoint, leindeer, or aketon that fairly thin. Aviod polyester like the plague and look and make your arming clothes out of linen or cotton. In really hot days, soak your arming clothes in ice cold water and it'll help you stay cool as you sweat. Don't machince dry linen arming clothes or they could shrink and don't hang them up. Hanging them could strech the shoulders out. Help then in the dryest, cleanest room in your house, close the door to that room and run fans to dry them. also, depending on the coarseness and thickness of the clothes, you might to wash them with woolite on the delicate setting of your washing machince.
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Matthew Meiser




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PostPosted: Thu 02 Feb, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Philip Dyer wrote:
With all the plate piece you have, you can get aay with just a pourpoint, leindeer, or aketon that fairly thin. Aviod polyester like the plague and look and make your arming clothes out of linen or cotton. In really hot days, soak your arming clothes in ice cold water and it'll help you stay cool as you sweat. Don't machince dry linen arming clothes or they could shrink and don't hang them up. Hanging them could strech the shoulders out. Help then in the dryest, cleanest room in your house, close the door to that room and run fans to dry them. also, depending on the coarseness and thickness of the clothes, you might to wash them with woolite on the delicate setting of your washing machince.


Thanks for the reply! Do you know of anyone that makes those items? I have zero skills in altering clothes or making them :S.
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PostPosted: Thu 02 Feb, 2017 3:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

For hot weather, linen cannot be beat; it is far better than cotton.
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Philip Dyer




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PostPosted: Fri 03 Feb, 2017 5:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James Arlen Gillaspie wrote:
For hot weather, linen cannot be beat; it is far better than cotton.

True, but not everyone has that kind of money, cotton is much cheaper and still works.
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PostPosted: Fri 03 Feb, 2017 8:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Knyght Errant covers a good few possibilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1otNlYgX4eA
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PostPosted: Tue 14 Mar, 2017 10:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Philip Dyer wrote:
With all the plate piece you have, you can get aay with just a pourpoint, leindeer, or aketon that fairly thin. Aviod polyester like the plague and look and make your arming clothes out of linen or cotton. In really hot days, soak your arming clothes in ice cold water and it'll help you stay cool as you sweat. Don't machince dry linen arming clothes or they could shrink and don't hang them up. Hanging them could strech the shoulders out. Help then in the dryest, cleanest room in your house, close the door to that room and run fans to dry them. also, depending on the coarseness and thickness of the clothes, you might to wash them with woolite on the delicate setting of your washing machince.


What was I thinking? The "vest like one" only fits in the 15th century, And I now hate the idea. It is much more accurate(and convenient) to use just the porpoint/aketon (of Charles de blois pattern) with the legs pointed to it. That IS what Ian eventually changed to...

Did I already say I hated the vest?

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PostPosted: Sun 19 Mar, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

So, I started piecing together a kit over five years ago. Then I moved and kind of dropped out of the whole SCA thing.

I started going to the local fighter practice for rapier (since it's the only fencing in the area) and decided to knock the rust off my armour and complete my half-finished arming doublet. There hasn't been enough local loner gear for me to fight cut and thrust or heavy in it. This weekend was the first event I made it to in five years, and I was able to borrow a couple pieces and fight a little for the first time.

I got a picture posing with my new Castille Armory arming sword. The arms, legs, and shoulders are mercenary's tailor pieces. I've got a borrowed pickle-barrel pair of plates on under the tabard. Everything else I'm wearing I hand-made. I'm shooting for late 14th-early 15th century.

Observations:
I made arming points out of hemp thread. One of the points holding up the leg harness snapped the first time I went to swing a sword. Maybe I had them under too much tension. Replace with paracord?

The schynbalds look cool but don't fit great. They seem kind of short and the demi-greave of the left cuisse kept slipping under the top of the right one. Not sure what I can do except strap it tighter around the top of the calf to keep it from slipping down and save up for cased greaves (and sabatons!).

Things I still need:
I don't have a helmet. I had bought one of those cheap GDFB klappvisor bascinets, but it'd need a lot of work to be made legal and I don't want to waste too much time polishing a turd.

I don't own any chest protection. I think my ideal would be a Corrazina with faulds. I might look into making a wisby-style COP out of kydex or something to start with.

I need gauntlets. Again I'm thinking of making a pair of demi-gauntlets, and then saving up for something nice and historical.

Things I want:
I really want cased greaves and sabatons.

Maille is low on the priority list but is a necessity for historical accuracy. If I can get torso protection with enough coverage I'll go separate sleeves/skirt to save weight.



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PostPosted: Sun 19 Mar, 2017 7:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nice looking kit, Simon! You're on the same track with me on the mail. Separate sleeves and skirt. Way to go! Wink I see no need for a bunch of mail underneath plate. Especially on Ren-fest armor, which my plate is. Have the look, save the weight...that's what I'm talkin' 'bout. Wink Big Grin ....McM
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Josh Warren




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PostPosted: Wed 22 Mar, 2017 4:09 am    Post subject: Kit update         Reply with quote

I haven't posted here in years. Perhaps an update is in order.

The present state of my kit:



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