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Armour Leggings Printed Chainmail and Metal Tights

I'm sure Ella will want some of these.

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The latest from MITMUNK: Printed armour metal plate and chainmail leggings in a deep teal colour.

Look like you're wearing actual body armor with these meticulously designed, comfortable leggings. Straps, buckles, lights, bolts, chains--all these details are carefully laid out across the print. A flattering fish scale pattern embellishes the waist. For a rough and tough look, scratches and rust appear worn into the blue-green "metal" hugging your leg--just like you've been hard at work kicking ass!

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The Passive Aggresive Raven

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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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Damn These Look Cool

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Leatherwork Resource on Google Books

Just found this and thought it useful for anyone interested in leather decoration and the peculiar instructional styles of the early 20th century in in England.

A curious sample:
Of this work, as indeed of all kinds, it may be said that it may be to the last degree trashy, or else nobly artistic, according to the skill and taste bestowed on it. One of the greatest and best known artists in England once expressed to me the opinion that owing to the tremendous production by machinery of cheap decorative art work, that which is made by hand must necessarily be confined to a comparatively few amateurs or artists who love the work for its own sake. But I believe that if these amateurs would pay proper attention to design, and think more of original invention, they would keep continually in advance of the machines. For the workman who is a clever designer can give a new design with every work. 
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New Deep Curved Shield by Justus

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

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More pictures at this link. Yes, they may look sideways for now, that should clear up.
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SCA Holiday Shopping Suggestions for Your Non-SCA Friends

I doubt any SCA member has trouble figuring out either what to ask for or what to get their friends and relatives who are in the SCA. But what do you tell your dubious grandmother about your hobby? Is she really going to go shop at Revival or Mad Matt's Armory online for you? Will Uncle Irving understand you want the 11th century viking buckles, not a Minnesota Vikings belt buckle?

Here are some things you can suggest to your non-SCA gift givers. You don't even need to explain why you need them!

All the stuff below would be particularly welcome to someone just getting started putting their fighting kit together.

Sliding Shorts
These are a huge improvement over normal athletic cup holders. Less chafing, and most of them come with some padding on the hips. Not enough to stop a greatsword blow, but every little bit helps. If you are buying for someone really big, there's an amazing sale at the moment on XXL mens sliding shorts. Under $9! That's cheaper than most normal cup holders.

Knee PadsPretty self explanatory. Big guys wear these on their elbow. Or you can just pick up some elbow pads. Even people who have been fighting a while can use these. They wear out. And in most cases, black will show less under gear than white will.

Leather Work GlovesThese wear out from half gauntlets, gauntlets and tent set up with distressing regularity. I go through two or three pair a year.

Duffel BagsYou can go with something cheap and basic, but for a nice upgrade, a leather duffel comes very very close to looking like a period case. 

Foldit Carts
I've mentioned these before. Not as cool as a period-looking cart, but cheaper and easier to pack than almost any other option. So very very handy at Pennsic or any big war. 

Things I would never think to recommend because I'm not an expert: Sewing machines, embroidery hoops, knitting needles, that kind of stuff.

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Weirdest Helm Pic Ever

This is from Darkwood Armory's shop, last week.

Boring pic, but I'm excited! Caleb is coming up on Friday to crash with us prior to Holiday Faire, and he thinks he'll have the new helm with him.

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