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Lonnie Colson




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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jun, 2007 1:40 pm    Post subject: Another Christian Fletcher Work of Art         Reply with quote

Just wanted to show off my new longsword from Christian Fletcher. I requested an Albion "Baron" sword as the base and had him work his magic customizing it to my requests. He also designed a scabbard and swordbelt to accompany it.

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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jun, 2007 2:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Christian did a great job as usual. Great choice for your sword Lonnie!!!! I love the scabbard as well. They really looks nice as a pair.
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jun, 2007 2:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

WOW. And I mean that.

I never had more than a passing interest in the Baron before, partially because of its bland furniture on such an imposing sword. But seeing what Christian has done with it is just AMAZING. It brings the kind of flambouyancy that you expect from one with the title of "Baron."
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jun, 2007 3:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really a beautiful sword and scabbard there. While I wouldn't call the original Baron's furniture "bland" (sorry Michael, it's just a personal preference of mine Happy ), I like your customized version a lot. I took a peek around your website and I hope you'll post pics of your harness when it's completed. It looks great so far. Happy
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jun, 2007 5:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks all. I definitely will post more pics of my harness once it's completed. I chose Eric Dube of Armurerie du Duche to design it based on the Warwick effigy. I'm sure most of you are familiar with his work. It is Grade A, top-notch. I have not been dissappointed so far by his extraordinary level of skill and excellence. The harness is about 2/3 complete. Check back in a month or two for more incredible pics.
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jun, 2007 5:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Eek!
I want one!
You guys are going to force me to spend money!
WTF?!

Shame on you. Cry

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Michael Clark




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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jun, 2007 5:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chad Arnow wrote:
sorry Michael, it's just a personal preference of mine Happy


Of course, to each their own.

Lonnie, on the "passion" page is a shot of the upper portion of some armor... Is that in one of the galleries? I can't find it. IT's very interesting looking.

And I was also wondering: was it a trick of the light that caused the purple look on the leather?
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jun, 2007 7:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Neat stuff...thanks for sharing!
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Michael Eging




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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jun, 2007 9:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I am in awe of Christian's work. I may have to move forward on the sword I wanted him to customize as well! Inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

Cool

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Lonnie Colson




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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jun, 2007 11:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael, the armour on the main page entitled "My Passion" is of the "King's Champion" harness in the Tower of London. There are more pictures of it in the "Royal Armouries London" page. As for the purple coloring, I assume you are referring to the scabbard. It is red Oxblood in color that has been 'antiqued' by Christian. It is a dark red that is mottled with darker tones. In certain light it does have an almost purple tone.
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jun, 2007 12:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really nice work, but no surprise as I just received my Christian Fletcher AT 1435 recently and at least I don't have to feel to envious. Big Grin Although I wouldn't say no if you wanted to gift me your sword. Laughing Out Loud ( just joking, but another way of just saying great sword ! )
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jun, 2007 3:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's a beautiful piece of art you got there.
I especially like the scabbard.

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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jun, 2007 7:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lonnie, that is a great looking sword! It just makes me all that happier that I decided to have Christian build my first custom blade for me. Mine is based on an AT-1423 blade though. Of course this makes the wait all that more difficult as I see yours and Jean's blade as well. Cry
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jun, 2007 7:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The wait was excruciating. I just got it this week. I ordered it back before the first of the year. Quality takes time. It was well worth the wait. It feels perfect in my hand. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon 18 Jun, 2007 6:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes the sword looks great,

I am wondering what time period you are going for here. The Baron blade is dated 1275-1315- do you wish to keep that date even with the customizations? Your harness is surely 15th c. Are you thinking this would have been an earlier blade re-hilted? I don't have my books in front of me and I can't remember the popularity of a type 6 cross. Also could you post a close up of the pommel when you get a chance.

Very attractive. . .
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PostPosted: Mon 18 Jun, 2007 9:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

ooh, pretty. Do you mind if I ask you how much it set you back all told?
Oh, lets just pull out our swords and start whacking at each other, that'll solve everything!
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PostPosted: Mon 18 Jun, 2007 10:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You are correct, Jeremy, in that I am aiming for a 15th century persona. I had originally planned for a different blade from the Altrim side, but they were sold out of several choices at the time I entered the queue. I didn't realize how long I would have to wait initially, so I welcomed Christian's suggestion to switch to the Albion Baron sword as a base. I saw an example of it and had stars in my eyes after looking at it. This was my first 'real' sword I have purchased. As with all things, we learn as we go. My next one will be one more closely fashioned after the one on the Beauchamp effigy so as to be more 'contemporary' to my harness.

I will upload a photo of the pommel when I have a moment. Thanks again for your feedback.

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PostPosted: Mon 18 Jun, 2007 10:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jeremy V. Krause wrote:
Yes the sword looks great,

I am wondering what time period you are going for here. The Baron blade is dated 1275-1315- do you wish to keep that date even with the customizations? Your harness is surely 15th c. Are you thinking this would have been an earlier blade re-hilted? I don't have my books in front of me and I can't remember the popularity of a type 6 cross. Also could you post a close up of the pommel when you get a chance.

Very attractive. . .
Jeremy


I asked that same question here to resounding silence so far.

The Type XIIa certainly seems to be a 13th-14th century type, with the latest examples I could find dated circa 1400. Maybe it's supposed to be a family blade rehilted for later use? It wouldn't fare that great against foes armed like Lonnie will be, since the blade is a little too flexible for hardcore thrusting, and not pointy enough. It's also too wide for half-swording.

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