Armouring and Weaponsmithing

Making of metal armour and weaponry

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.

Armor and calligraphy tutorials online

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.

"How to History" offers video tutorials for the historic arts

The website How to History offers a divers series of videos that teach a variety of medieval crafts of use to re-enactors.

Where are the Viking helmets?

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.

Wanted: People who make their own armor

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)

Artifacts tell story of early colonial life

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.

Roman helmet expected to bring large sum in Christie's auction

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)

Roman armor found in Wales

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.

SCAdians show costumes, demonstrate combat at Comic-Con

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)

Warrior Kitty

Does your cat have an inner warrior? Perhaps you should consider providing Kitty with his own armor? Freaking News shows you how.

Armored critters

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.

Carlisle dig provides a "wonderful glimpse into how people lived 2,000 years ago"

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.

Armorers prepare for upcoming battle reenactment (and it's not Pennsic!)

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.

Tobias Capwell, scholar and warrior

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.

PBS series traces history of weapons

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.

Blade restrictions could tighten in Victoria, Australia

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.

Build a spangen helm

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.

Website traces European effigies

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.

Colosseum display brings Roman arena to life

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.

Armor misconceptions at the Met

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)

Greek armor lecture at Arizona State University

The Central Arizona Archaeological Institute of America is offering a lecture by Gregory Aldrete (Arthur of Lockehaven) on Greek armor.

Armor for Afghanistan

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.

Da Vinci resume online

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.

[WES] Armour Workshop

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.

European museum tour photo albums online

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.

Emorokian Arms

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.

Armour Archive pattern archive

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.

Alexander the Great's Linen Armor

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.