Armouring and Weaponsmithing

Making of metal armour and weaponry

Calling AAA: Mons Meg has a flat

Historic Scotland experts were called in recently to assess damage to Mons Meg, the historic cannon on the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle, which has a broken wheel.

Samurai armor at the Met

Fighting heroically, while looking good and living well, seems to be the theme of an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868 runs through January 10 , 2009. (photos)

Japanese armor manual online

Anthony J. Bryant has created a website showcasing his research on Japanese armor entitled An Online Japanese Armor manual. A sometime resident of Japan and a member of the Nihon Katchû Bugu Kenkyû Hozon Kai (Japanese Arms and Armour Research and Preservation Society), Bryant offers a history of Japanese armor and very detailed tutorials on creation and use of the armor.

Stamford Bridge helmet found in antique shop

A rusty helmet labeled "Viking Helmet found in the River Derwent at Stamford Bridge by D R Lancaster, May 21, 1950" has been discovered in a Midlands, England antique shop. The helmet has been dated by experts to the 11th century.

Staffordshire hoard will "reshape understanding of the Dark Ages"

The recent discovery of over 1500 Anglo-Saxon artifacts near Staffordshire, England is having an amazing impact - and not just on the archaeological community. Thousands of everyday citizens are lining up to get a look at the 7th to 8th century treasure, and displaying a new curiosity about their Anglo-Saxon heritage.

Visitors invited to view processing of Anglo-Saxon grave finds

Visitors to the town of Sittingbourne, England have a rare opportunity to watch the processing of artifacts from an Anglo-Saxon burial site. (photos and video)

Showing your best side: transparent armor

In an August 2004 web article, Will Segerman, British artist and engineer, discusses his project for his final show for his fine art degree at Sheffield Hallam: two suits of transparent Gothic armor. (photos)

Pop tab chainmail

Instructables member "quixotiCfluX" has posted an online tutorial on how to create "a genuine European 4 in 1 chainmaille weave using only pop tabs." (photos)

Golden Dwarf

The Golden Dwarf is a seller of quality renaissance, medieval, and pirate clothing, costumes, garb, armor, weapons, and accessories for LARP, Reenactment, Ren-Faires, and SCA.

Nice legs!

The latest fashion look for the Spring/Summer 2010 season: Warrior Chic! Armored jeans feature shiny metal plates on the knees, shoulders and elbows.

4th - 6th century Silla Dynasty armor discovered in Hwango-dong

From paintings, researchers know about the armor worn by Silla Dynasty cavalrymen, but now they will be able to study it first hand. The remains of a set of armor, dating from sometime between the fourth and sixth centuries, has been discovered in an ancient tomb in the Jjoksaem District of Hwango-dong, Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang. (photos, diagrams)

Arthur legends inspired by Carausius, say experts

A Roman cavalry lance head may prove that the legends of King Arthur were inspired by Roman soldiers and sailors. The contos head, dating to the 3rd century, was discovered in Norfolk County, England.

Winter Tree Crafts

Winter Tree Crafts provides locally hand-made SCA armour and leather goods of high quality at a reasonable price. They offer both custom and in-stock armour with an eye to authenticity.

Spanish ceremonial armor exhibit in Washington D.C.

Pennsic attendees may want to take a side trip to Washington D.C. to view an exhibit of Spanish art and ceremonial armor. The Art of Power: Royal Armor and Portraits From Imperial Spain will be on display at the National Gallery of Art through November 1, 2009. (photos)

Gladiator's helmet travels to Australia

An extraordinarily-preserved gladiator's helmet, found in what is believed to be a storeroom of the gymnasium of Pompeii, will be the centerpiece of an exhibit on Roman life at the Melbourne Museum. (photos).

Armor photos from the Tinguely Museum

Richard Blackmoore reports that a collection of high resolution photos of 15th and 16th century armor are available to download from the Tinguely Museum website.

Dragons invade Canada

Does the Canadian air suddenly seem a little bit more sparkly? Have residents caught a glimpse of an unusual burst of fire in the sky over Montreal? Perhaps it is because Mythic Beasts have invaded the Canadian Museum of Civilization!

Medieval treasures in Nashville until June 7, 2009

Residents of Nashville, Tennessee have the rare opportunity to view "some of the finest medieval art in the United States" when the Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art now through June 7, 2009.

GKS Widgets

GKS Widgets offers replica armor and weapons for display or costume as well as accessories. Weapons and armor choices include both historically-accurate reproductions and fantasy items. The company also offers realistic-looking lightweight latex weapons and shields for live-action roleplay (LARP) gaming.

Armor of Henry VIII on display

An exhibit of the armor of King Henry VIII is being displayed at the Tower of London until January, 2010. In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Tudor king's ascension to the throne of England, the exhibit will include a full suit of armor from 1544 only recently identified as Henry's. The article includes a 3-minute demonstration with replica armor of how the suit was worn. (video)

Thornforge

Thornforge is a New Zealand (Southron Gaard) smithery producing knives, armour, padlocks and other miscellaneous wares for the SCA period re-enactor. Be aware that the current exchange rate means that all prices are nearly double what they would be in US dollars. Commissions accepted.

irish armor

I am needing help finding the style or armor the Irish wore in the 14th century. I am new to the SCA and I am trying to create armor for my persona so that I can start fighting. Any and all help will be appreciated. Thanks, Aengus

Armor

I am looking for any sites that show what style armor the irish wore in the 14th century. Any help would be most appreciated. I am new to the SCA and I am trying to find out what armor to create for my persona so I can start fighting. Thanks, Aengus

Her Majesty invites you for a visit

Did you know that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England has a website? Indeed She does, and one where you may enjoy a virtual tour of Windsor Castle, walk through the gardens at Buckingham Palace, or the gallery of royal paintings.

Big guns of Elizabeth's navy

The Elizabethan era of English history was in many ways a time of transition including in the area of naval warfare. The recent discovery of the wreck of a small fighting ship off Alderney in the Channel Islands offers proof that Elizabeth's navy had "created the first ever set of uniform cannon, capable of firing the same size shot in a deadly barrage." (photos)

Medieval chainmail for sale on eBay

An authentic chainmail hauberk is being offered for sale on eBay. According to the description, the 14th to 15th century piece is "of highest quality and in perfect condition of preservation," although it appears to be missing one sleeve.

"Marvelous discovery" of 1500-year-old Saxon graves in Sussex

"It was a bit scary at first because we were unsure if it was a murder scene," said metal detectorist Bob white who, with his friend Cliff Smith, recently discovered a 1,500-year-old Saxon burial ground in Sussex, England.

Historic sword and knife photos online

Thorpe shares an album of his photos of knives and swords taken at the Metropolitan Museum on his Photo Bucket website.

Henry VIII's armor shows king was "larger than life"

New research by the Royal Armouries in Leeds looks at the progression of Henry VIII's girth through the study of his armor. The various suits of armor have been reunited into one place for the study for the first time since the Tudor era.

Some Vikings stung by fake swords

"Buyer Beware" is an ages-old concept, one that was even true for Viking purchasers of "designer swords." Dr Alan Williams, an archaeometallurgist and consultant to the Wallace Collection, discusses the problems some Norseman encountered when commissioning new weapons.