Armouring and Weaponsmithing
Making of metal armour and weaponry
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-01-16 10:56
Modern people think of an "arms race" as a competition between superpowers to see who can create the biggest and deadliest weapons, but the Middle Ages had an arms race of its own. Mark Teppo of Wired Magazine looks at weapons escalation in the medieval world.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-12-20 18:46
A skeleton of a man wearing metal armor has been found in Gunma, Japan. The armor dates to the early 6th century and is very well preserved.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-12-19 16:23
Archaeologists have returned to the field where the Staffordshire Hoard was found to look for more pieces. Several gold pieces fit in with items already identified.
Submitted by Arkayn69 on Sat, 2012-12-01 10:47
Arkayn Leatherworks offers goods for all of your leather needs: belts, quivers, tankards, bracers,sword frogs, sheaths, etc. They specialize in custom work, including artistic leather carvings and embossing, and they carry a wide variety of jewelry, leather, wiccan, and mundane.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2012-11-15 10:17
Actual medieval and Viking weapons will be sold in London on November 28.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-11-06 19:45
A recent program in the PBS NOVA series explores Secrets of the Viking Sword. The 53-minute program is available to download and view from the NOVA website.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-10-20 15:51
The online comic XKCD offers wise words of advice in a recent strip for those seeking to buy swords from merchants.
Submitted by piotrzavilov on Wed, 2012-10-17 10:13
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is putting on show “Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department” in honor of the founding curator, Bashford Dean, of their medieval arms and armor collection.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-08-15 09:55
David Moore of the Arab Tribune newspaper joins Thorfinn Eriksonnr, Ingris Utlennigsdottir, and Mailloch of Wulfhaven as they meet for for fighting, A&S, and building a new group in northern Alabama.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-08-05 09:16
The increase in the number of female soldiers in combat has prompted American engineers to design better-fitting body armor for women. Their inspiration: Xena: Warrior Princess, "with more curves in the chest and hips."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-07-28 16:31
In a short video clip on YouTube, Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor discusses the helmet, sword and saddle believed to have belonged to Henry V from his tomb in Westminster Abbey.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-07-06 15:00
The 7th Annual Pennsic Warriors of History Tournament will take place August 8, 2012 at Pennsic War XLI.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-05-14 18:23
The education of school children in Northampton, England will be poorer after the theft of a van containing costumes and equipment belonging to re-enactor Steve Parish. Parish, who runs Past Alive, teaches children about English history.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-29 19:00
The National Historical Museum of Sweden has created a website showcasing over 500 artifacts from many eras including the Viking Age.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-29 15:45
How effective were Viking Age weapons? That's what members of Hurstwic, a Viking re-enactment group located in New England, wanted to find out using sharpened weapons and a pig carcass. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-15 15:41
Combat, both armored and equestrian, is alive and well in the Kingdom of Atenveldt - Arizona in the modern world. recently reporter Kristy Siefkin, of the Fox News affiliate in Phoenix, met with members of the SCA to discuss combat and armoring. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-04-11 23:08
Chicago is about to be invaded by the Mongols, or at least the Field Museum is when it presents Genghis Khan, "the largest single collection of 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever assembled," February 24 through September 3, 2012.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-04-10 11:15
While the word helmet dates to the 15th century, military headgear has been around for much longer. This article traces the history of the helmet from ancient warfare to modern sports.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-04-06 00:47
The History Channel is offering Facebook members a chance to win a full set of jousting armor in conjunction with their program Full Metal Jousting. The sweepstakes ends April 15, 2012.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-04-05 13:54
Rochdale, England pub manager and re-enactor Neil Ashton never expected to enlist his medieval skills to defend his home until two robbers climbed in a window, causing Ashton to reach for the nearest weapon, his six-foot spear.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-03-18 12:54
For centuries, historians and scientists have bemoaned the loss of ancient technologies such as Greek fire and Damascus steel. In an article for io9.com, Alasdair Wilkins discusses both lost technologies, as well as the lost Apollo mission schematics.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-03-17 08:42
On her blog Bones Don't Lie, mortuary archaeologist Katy M. Meyers discusses proof of Viking women warriors in the 9th and 10th centuries in the form of swords found in female burial mounds. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-03-12 17:22
The Higgins Viking Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts goes a Viking this spring with the exhibit Real Vikings: Valiant warriors or ruthless raiders? which opens March 31, 2012.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-02-11 10:16
The popularity of "extreme jousting" programs such as the History Channel's Full Metal Jousting have prompted comment from a number of organizations such as the SCA. Jeffrey Forgeng of the Valley Advocate (Springfield, Massachusetts) offers his take.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-02-05 08:48
Insurance News Net reports that, in late December 2011, three thousand dollars worth of swords were stolen from the Redlands Shakespeare Festival, Redlands, California. The theft included many large swords and specialty items.
Submitted by Johanus on Thu, 2012-01-26 00:24
Haidner Art Studio & Armoury provides custom made armour for the discerning historical collector, re-enactor and martial artist. Based on designs from the middle ages and Renaissance, armour is built to be as close to the historical types as possible, given each client's budget and design specifications.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-01-25 17:45
The Wallace Collection has announced that pre-orders are now being taken for a digital catalog of the arms and armor held by the Wallace Collection. The catalog is being published in USB drive format with an accompanying book.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-01-16 13:20
A Roman helmet found in Leicestershire, England is going on display after a 10 year restoration effort. The elaborate helmet dates to the 1st century CE.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-01-05 18:24
Love your sports team? Show it in chainmail! That's what San Jose Sharks fan "Metal Mind" did with the creation of a chainmail Sharks jersey constructed of 23,000 rings of anodized aluminum dyed in the colors of the hockey team. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-12-08 16:28
The Barony of Carraig Ban and The Shire Foxvale proudly present Fighter Symposium and Regional Fight Practice II December 10, 2011 9am to 9pm. Breakfast, Lunch, and Feast served!