Armouring and Weaponsmithing
Making of metal armour and weaponry
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-12-11 21:09
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.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2010-12-07 17:53
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.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-11-30 17:15
The Age of Armour website offers detailed tutorials on how to make a variety of historically-inspired armor pieces, and a couple of Gothic font designs.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-11-15 08:10
The website How to History offers a divers series of videos that teach a variety of medieval crafts of use to re-enactors.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-11-10 14:04
In "The Mystery of the Missing Viking Helmets," a 2000 article for Neurosurgery, physician and Viking historian Knut Wester explores the subject of Viking helmets through artifacts and in Norse literature, including the difficulty of finding any existing examples.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-10-13 12:36
Photographer E.F. Kitchen wanted to find "people who make or collect their own armor." She found them in the SCA and documented their work in her book Suburban Knights. Claire O'Neill of NPR's The Picture Show has the story. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-10-10 11:50
The website Virtual Jamestown includes a gallery of photos of artifacts found at the Jamestown site. The gallery includes large images and rotating clips of each of the artifacts in the collection.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-09-25 15:07
Bidders, get your checkbooks ready... A late first century Roman helmet is scheduled to be auctioned October 7, 2010 by Christie's Auction House. Predicted cost: US$242,000 to $363,000. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2010-09-22 17:15
A complete suit of armor has been found at the Roman fortress of Caerleon in southern Wales. The armor was found on what is believed to be the top floor of a warehouse.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-09-01 14:20
Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism were among those who showed off their costuming - and armoring - skills at the recent 2010 Comic-Con International convention in San Diego, CA. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-08-06 07:51
Does your cat have an inner warrior? Perhaps you should consider providing Kitty with his own armor? Freaking News shows you how.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-07-26 07:38
Tom and Jerry might have had a better chance of surviving if they had had the help of Canadian artist Jeff de Boer. His armor of cats and mice is showcased on the Beautiful Life website.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-07-17 11:46
Carlisle Castle, one of the most important archaeological digs in northern England, has now been completed, providing experts with a wealth of archaeological evidence to study including armor, leather, pottery, and everyday household items.
Submitted by Aedric on Fri, 2010-07-16 18:20
Armourers like Tomasz Samula are making last minute adjustments to the arms and armour for the Lublin Knights, who will gather Saturday on the field where the Polish-Lithuanian army defeated a force of Teutonic knights near this Polish village in 1410.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-07-12 06:59
On the Order of the Crescent website, Dr. Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armor at The Wallace Collection (UK), says that he can't remember a time when he wasn't interested in the Middle Ages. Now he is a worldwide authority on late period armor and an internationally-known jouster.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-05-29 08:15
Warrior Weapons, a new four-part series on PBS, focusses on the evolution of weapons and armor and tactics from ancient times to the present.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-05-19 12:52
SCA members living in the state of Victoria in Australia are faced with restrictions in ownership of sharpened weapons. Currently, members of the SCAA, like other re-enactors, are exempt from restrictions, but further restrictions are being considered.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-05-17 08:20
An article on the Instructables website demonstrates how to create a 5-panel Spangen Helm using shaped bands. The article includes step-by-step instructions and photos.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-05-15 14:30
The Effigies and Brasses website offers links and images for numerous European effigies, brasses, incised slabs, half-reliefs, and other miscellaneous representations dating from the 12th-15th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-05-02 17:51
Ancient gladitorial artifacts, preserved at Pompeii, will share display space with modern reconstructions of plumed helmets and silk tunics for a new exhibit at Rome's Colosseum entitled Gladiatores now through October 2, 2010.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-04-05 10:50
In a lecture published on YouTube, Dirk H. Breiding, Assistant Curator for the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses misconceptions about armor. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-03-06 17:20
The Central Arizona Archaeological Institute of America is offering a lecture by Gregory Aldrete (Arthur of Lockehaven) on Greek armor.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-02-25 13:24
Zack reports that he has begun collecting armor for use by those stationed in Afghanistan who would like to begin SCA-style armored combat training.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-02-21 21:05
In a letter to the Duke of Milan, Lenoardo da Vinci outlines his qualifications as an engineer and an artist. A scanned version of the resume with translation is available online.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-02-10 15:42
An armour workshop planned for 13 February at the Valley Fortress of Fathir and Etain. Workshop begins at 1:00 PM and all projects are welcome.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-02-01 17:26
Shadow has posted several albums of photos taken during a recent European trip featuring closeups of artifacts in various museums. The photos are available on her SmugMug website.
Submitted by Emorokianarms on Tue, 2010-01-26 12:33
Emorokian Arms strive to create the best armour suited for SCA heavy combat, with over 30 years fighting experience and over 20 years in the armour business.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-01-19 09:23
Looking for armor patterns? The Pattern Archive of the Armour Archive website offers a large selection of patterns created by SCA fighters. The site also include essays on how to use the patterns to make armor.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2010-01-14 09:12
Researchers have found that Alexander the Great probably wore armor made of laminated linen fabric, rather than metal, and that the multiple glued layers functioned similarly to modern flak jackets.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-01-05 13:37
Catherine de Winter of the Kingdom of Caid reports that Wikipedia has a new section called Wikiversity, focusing on "experiential learning." One of the entries offered is a tutorial on making chainmail.