Armouring and Weaponsmithing

Making of metal armour and weaponry

Dein-Larp-Shop.de

Dein-Larp-Shop.de is an online store which offers almost any kind of equipment and accessory for LARP (live-action roleplay), for reenactment and fantasy events. Dein-Larp-Shop.de provides many LARP-style weapons from different manufacturers. Dein-Larp-Shop.de offers foamed weapons, leather goods, armour, clothing, costumes, masks and make-up, accessories for camp life and medieval tents.

Crusader sword pommel: "one of the most significant relics of the Middle Ages ever discovered in Scotland"

A metal detectorist has discovered the pommel of a 13th century sword in a farmer's field in Selkirkshire, Scotland. Experts believe the bronze pommel belonged to a Norman noble involved in the Last Crusade.

Armored women who mean business

The debate about the depiction of women's armor, whether in print, on film, or in reality, continues on the Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor website, which includes photos and artwork showing women with body parts actually protected. [PG-13: Language]

16th century artillery and fireworks book digitized

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) has digitized, and made available online, the Artilleriebuch by Walther Litzelmann, originally published in 1582.

Graham Ryder discusses the firearms of Henry VIII

In a short BBC video, Graham Ryder from the Royal Armouries in Leeds discusses Henry VIII's fascination with and promotion of firearms.

Cold Steel demonstrates the power of the great sword

The proprietors of Cold Steel, a company that makes knives, swords and other weapons, offers an info-mercial advertising its greatsword. The video is available on YouTube.

Armor and the modern woman

The College Humor website finally addresses an issue long debated by fighters and gamers alike: female armor. (video)

The Middle Ages comes to Alma, Wisconsin

Gary Schlosstein of Alma, Wisconsin recently achieved his dream: to have a showcase for his extensive collection of medieval memorabilia. The Castlerock Arms and Armor Museum opened July 9, 2011. Adam Voge of the Winona Daily News has the story.

Armor reconstruction based on 12th century cathedral

The beautiful Cathedral of Monreale in Sicily was the inspiration for a reconstructed set of 12th century armor and military equipment by Patryk Nieczarowski. The armor is that of a Siculo-Norman miles. (photos).

"Game of Thrones" interviews on YouTube

Fans of the HBO series A Game of Thrones will want to watch a series of videos posted on YouTube that showcase various artisans who worked on the program, including armor and weapons.

"Not enough time in one lifetime to make every type of armor"

Balthazar of Glenrock builds armor. Not the stamped-out stuff, but true, late 15th century, German armor in his blacksmith's shop in his garage. Margaret Matray of the Casper, Wyoming Star Tribune has the story. (photos)

Treadmill study shows fatigue from wearing medieval armour influenced battles

A British study that measured the effort it took to wear a suit of armor on a treadmill has determined that the suits were so exhausting to wear that it may have affected battle outcomes during the 15th century.

[OUT] Pageantry in the Park II: Doing Pennons

Pageantry in the Park will take all the best attributes of the romantic "High Middle Ages"; heraldic display, period clothing and accouterments, and chivalric comportment, and combine them with the fun of a simple "picnic in the park".

Zoombang Interview Download

Jonathan Blackbow of the Kingdom of Atlantia recently was interviewed about the use of Zoombang armor. A podcast of the interview is available online.

Armour Archive Radio to interview Al Colfrin of Istanpitta tonight

Armour Archive Radio will be interviewing Al Colfrin of Istanpitta on Wednesday, June 22 at 9:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. PDT.

A knight in Prince William's court

Viewers of the recent wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton may have been surprised to see a knight in armor in the crowd outside Westminster Abbey. The "knight" was Colin Bickers of Littlehampton, England, who walked 55 miles to the ceremony - in armor - in order to raise money for charity.

Armor stolen in Calontir

Miriam von Schwarzwald reports that armor was stolen from Ruaidhri ua Ceallaigh's truck in the Midtown/Westport area of Kansas City, Missouri on May 9, 2011.

Gryffon Armory and the Green Gryffon Inn & Pub

The Gryffon Armory provides leather armor and accessories for the SCA, Larp, or anything in need of leatherwork. From costume and armor grade leather pieces such as bracers, gorget, and even full suits to frogs, sheaths, quivers, and, for the completist, dog harnesses for carts. They also deal in llamelar, scale, and even chain armor and jewelry.

Roman spearmen found beneath Hyderabad Barracks

The remains of two Roman soldiers, dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, have been discovered beneath the former Hyderabad Barracks in Colchester, England.

Considering the Viking axe

Many people have the same misconceptions about Viking weapons as they do about horned Viking helmets. On their website, Hurstwic, a Viking-Age interest group based in New England, discusses the reality of Viking axes.

Staffordshire Hoard sheds light on Anglo-Saxon military

Now that parts of the Staffordshire Hoard are on display, scholars are pondering the meaning of the discovery. Unlike most finds, the Hoard seems to be made up of only military parephernalia. (video)

Late Roman shield patterns online

On his Ancient Military History Site Luke Ueda-Sarson provides links to a wealth of information on ancient Roman and Greek military subjects including section "Late Roman Shield Patterns taken from the Notitia Dignitatum."

Higgins Armory Museum: Kid tested, geek approved

The GeekDad blog at Wired.com paid a visit to the Higgins Amory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA). The Higgins boasts the largest collection of medieval arms and armor outside Europe.

[WES] Armor Workshop

On Feb 11 & 12, 2011 (Sat and Sun) there shall be an armor workshop located at Selveirgard Baronial Keep.  The workshop shall open at 10:00 AM on both days. There will be a baronial meeting at 12:00 on Saturday.

Japanese metal techniques featured in YouTube video

Metal workers and jewelry artists will want to take a look at two short documentary films on YouTube showcasing classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a piece of decorative metalwork.

SCA makes NPR's "50 Wonderful Things From 2010" list

On her NPR pop culture blog Monkey See, Linda Holmes relates the 50 Wonderful Things From 2010 she experienced including "The last 15 minutes of Lost" and a television episode involving the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Graz Armory photos online

Graz Armory, in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, is an amazing collection of late period arms and armor. On a trip to Austria, Dan Howlett spent some time photosgraphing the Graz collection, along with the Military Museum in Vienna. His results are available online.

Medieval Gunpowder Research Group reports

The Medieval Gunpowder Research Group has posted a series of studies relating to use of gunpowder in the Middle Ages. The reports were produced by Middelaldercentret, Nykøbing Falster, Denmark.

What's in David's hand?

A new study of Michelangelo's David concludes that the hero holds a "secret weapon in his right hand." A paper on the subject was presented at "Florens 2010: The International Week of Cultural and Environmental Heritage," a three-day tribute to the masterpiece.

Tomb of medieval warrior found in Russia

Archaeologists have found the tomb of a 14th century soldier in the Adygeya region of Russia. The body was found with a saber and arrows along with other ornate grave goods.