Armoring

Making stuff to protect your body.
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Secrets of the Viking Sword (2012)

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Ugo Serrano: armorer

A man who camps at the Pennsic war in a 15th Century Italian villa (hat he built/designed that also flat-packs for storage and transportation). ... A man whose art helped begin the entire steampunk movement, yet he's almost unknown outside of the SCA, where his themed parties are as legendary as his tent. If you catch him at the right time, he'll give you a pilgrimage badge that he cast in pewter by hand, just for taking the tour.

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My Weekend

Made one of two new gaiters this weekend. The other one gets done Tuesday.

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Another Option for Hidden Knee Armor

Adilric showed me these this weekend at Sapphire, and they look really good. I think I'll get a pair, because they look more comfortable than the ones I wear currently, and are lower profile.

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Just in time for tomorrow's practice

Just a test piece, but it turned out pretty well.

I say test because I have now learned not to spend 20+ hours tooling something whose fit pattern hasn't been stress tested.

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Possible Kidney Belt Decoration

Kidney Belt

Definitely not set. This piece of leather has some mars on it that I need to hide with the metal bits.

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March Fourth Sunday

Here we go again.

Last month was great, with 13 people from all over in armor.
Joscelyn & Kelby
This month is the day after Defending the Gate and a week after Gulf Wars, so maybe it won't be as well attended. However, I expect much better UVa student attendance since it is not immediately before spring break like last month was.
However, there is a chance of rain, which would mean no fighting, maybe just slow work in the garage. But barring that, Joscelyn, Shoprat and maybe some other guys are planning to come down.
Everyone is invited! 1-6 PM. I hear rumors of grilled satay for food.
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New Deep Curved Shield by Justus

Here's the new shield! Just lacking some drying time and a couple crows.

new Shield
More pictures at this link. Yes, they may look sideways for now, that should clear up.
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Pennsic Prep DOES Get Easier

I first went to Pennsic XVI, I think. Brad Freeman and I realized we could go on Tuesday of what was then a one week event, I made some phone calls and got camping space. We went up Thursday in his Civic, which wasn't terribly loaded. But then neither of us had armor, we only had a backpacking tent. And probably 3 sets of garb between us. No, we didn't share. 

Since then, Pennsic prep has become more epic. But I've noticed that over the past few years, things have settled down. (Not so much for Thjora, who is sewing like a fiend for Her Highness, but that's not related to our camp prep.) We now haul approximately 17 times as much stuff, but it is more or less the same stuff that we've been hauling for five or more years. So we know where it goes, how it fits, and most importantly, we already have it. We aren't hustling to make it before the War.
Which is, I suppose, my way of saying: Take heart and keep at it. Pennsic does get easier after, oh, ten tries or so. Though I wonder if I'll be able to figure out how to pack if we get a new vehicle. That Ranger has been to Pennsic every year since 1993!
Packed Ranger
That said, there are always things that need repair or replacement before Pennsic. Here's my current list:
  • Finish my new, pretty evil polearm. I need a name for it too!
  • Refurbish my vambraces--which pair depends on whether I can find the old, pretty right arm one. Where is it?!
  • Hang and cover and paint my new Justus Ultra-Curved 13th Century Heater, which I should see for the first time tonight!
  • Recover the small aluminum shield.
  • Make a scabbard and belt for my new rattan cross hilted sword. Philip is making the cross hilt.
  • Tighten up my gauntlet lacings.
  • Repad the insides of my plastic knees.
  • Final strap and reinforce work on Kit's portmanteau

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