I submit this (these) photos of myself in various form, from various centuries. Much thanks to my lovely niece, RoseAnne Steele and her badass digi-camera-thingamajig. Here's a few shots of 'bad-assery 101'........Chris
If I look like I'm in pain, you are totally correct. I'm wearing a pair of knee-high Harley-D boots that have yet to be broken-in. Despite the fact that it was 80-ish degrees, I'm wearing full plate, and I need to find the men's room.....I'm good! .....Chris
Thank you! I've been an arms and armour collector for many years, and while my budget won't really allow me to get really 'high-end' pieces, I feel that I've done rather well. All of the weapons that I own are as 'real' as real can be. All of my armour is of modern-day quality....it won't stop a bullet, but it'll damn well shrug off a sword slash---and probably even a thrust. ***I like to think of myself as an ancient-old person who has been thrust through time,only to have to deal with modern-day bung-holes who can't see beyond their I-pads and all of that other techno-geek bulls***. Give me a piece of flint and a hard blade...I can make fire. Give me the hard blade....I can hunt and eat. Give me the hide of the animal....I can wear clothes. Give me clothes...an' I can git all jiggy wi'dit, dawg. .........Chris
Huh, I might've run into at Scarborough last year. I remember a few guys walking around in full/almost full plate.
I'm actually gong to put together a nice looking ensemble this coming season when I go. Also hope to walk away with a Valiant Armory sword or two from that one sword shop (not legacy forge and not angel sword...can't remember it's name).
Glad to see there's more fellow Texans on the forum! There can never be too few of us !
It's very possible that we could have crossed paths. We only came for Sunday. We usually make a weekend out of it, but my wife required an electric buggy (at the time) and there wasn't one available Saturday. We didn't even stay 'till closing time. I had on a pair of high boots that weren't fully broken-in, and my feet were KILLING ME. I spent a good deal of time at the sword and armor shops. Next year I will be wearing my mail with some light plate....sort of a mish-mash mercenary/man-at-arms type kit....IF (and it's a BIG 'IF') we can afford to go.
If I look like I'm in pain, you are totally correct. I'm wearing a pair of knee-high Harley-D boots that have yet to be broken-in. Despite the fact that it was 80-ish degrees, I'm wearing full plate, and I need to find the men's room.....I'm good! (rofl) .....Chris
The boot issue reminded me of an event some decades back. To celebrate some Civil War anniversary a large number or re-enactors gathered from several states for a three day event. I am not a re-enactor but was tasked to the event as a medic. Those dumbass civilians were trying to relive a life they only knew from books. YouTube and such wasn’t around at that time. Those guys didn’t need an adversary as they were about as much danger to themselves as any enemy would have been. They did everything from falling on their bayonet to burn themselves with the campfire. One dumb ass received a severe burn when pouring powder down the bore of his recently fired musket. I learned contrary to what one may gather form the movies you don’t pour powder from a flask down a musket. I saw the result of that back in the ‘50s. The fellow who taught me had lost fingers and was still in bandages. What I remember most were the hamburger feet. Many lacked the proper foot wear and borrowed for the event, or had just purchased a pair. Not the thing to do. The army taught me a quick way to break in boots (shoes) but these guys knew nothing of the method. The trick is to wet them down. Wet them down doesn’t mean to sprinkle a few drops of water on them. WET. Then put them on. And there they stay until naturally dry. After which they are moulded to you. Grease, polish, or other softeners can then be applied.
Sorry, I got off on some tangent and forget to compliment you on your kits. Nice.
I'm an old Texas boot-wearer. I know the 'soak 'em down-walk 'em dry' method very well. I thought I had done that. Turns out I should have done it a second or third time. I plan on much more comfortable footwear in the future. And, thanks for the comps.
christain: Not frozen seas here (yet), but plenty wet and icky cold outside. Good day to stay inside huddled up in bed with the missus, puppydawgs, a bag of popcorn, and an old movie.
Feb 19, 2019 20:36:40 GMT
ouroboros: Yeargh and avast ye scurvy dawgs. Let sl the mooring lines for our boat be in frozen seas ... -19 C ...
Feb 19, 2019 15:32:26 GMT
nerdthenord: It was a nice week off. Alas, I must return to the grind tomorrow. Valhalla!!
Feb 18, 2019 0:39:55 GMT
ouroboros: -6C east of Ottawa, winds from the west at 14kph. Nice looking morning out there. I see a good day ahead
Feb 16, 2019 15:22:16 GMT
christain: I'll be SOOO glad to get back to work. Boss said maybe mid-March. I need a H/T Bastard to keep my H/T Longsword company. Bet your boots, I'll have a winter side-job lined up for next year! Wifey doesn't like it when things get tight. Neither do I.
Feb 15, 2019 23:41:58 GMT
christain: It's about 72F. here. I may sit out by the fire-pit tonight. Spent a good part of the afternoon polishing armor. This becomes a bi-weekly thing in winter. But, with the up 'n down temps here, I can see rust forming. From cold and dry to warm and damp--yup.
Feb 15, 2019 23:34:20 GMT
ouroboros: +3 degrees C today. I'm rejoicing in this summer weather while it lasts. The downturn begins next moanday.
Feb 15, 2019 20:26:27 GMT
nerdthenord: Been playing a bit up RDR2, but that is gonna take a full summer to dive into, not just half a week off. Been reading a ton of valiant comics too. XO Manowar, divinity, eternal warrior, all the good stuff.
Feb 14, 2019 23:02:35 GMT
nerdthenord: Basically we had our last bit of pseudo winter, I'm relaxing doing Jack all for the rest of the week, and my custom seax just had it's pommel finished.
Feb 14, 2019 23:01:08 GMT
nerdthenord: So have not give any shout box updates for a few days because I didn't want to push aside more important conversation.
Feb 14, 2019 23:00:06 GMT
christain: I feel that the forward slanting curvature of the crown and the extended nasal gives the helm a unique look and extra protection by allowing glancing blows. Nasal helms are about the bare minimum in armored combat, but combined with a mail coif....yeah!
Feb 14, 2019 22:42:31 GMT
Matt KOA: christain - Glad the new Phrygian caught your eye. I liked it too - particularly because that unique and interesting style was not well represented on our site when compared to the many other more standard "nasal bar" helms.
Feb 14, 2019 15:22:13 GMT
MOK: Thanks Matt, that does help! I've seen a few places do it the hard way, and nobody ever specifies.
Feb 13, 2019 21:10:51 GMT
christain: Armored workouts are on hold due to a slightly twisted ankle. Should be better in a day or two. Now, I just walk around(limping)in my armor. Makes it interesting to the neighbors when I go out to the box and get the mail.
Feb 13, 2019 20:29:33 GMT
ouroboros: Snow and drifting white doom see 1 degree C temps and trenches through my yard from the deck to the cars to the shed and all the hiding places our barn cats like to sequester themselves
Feb 13, 2019 18:49:43 GMT
ouroboros: Brother Knight--hows the armoured workout treating You?
Feb 13, 2019 18:46:37 GMT
christain: MattKOA: Love the new Phrygian Norman and Crusader nasal helmets you guys have up. I see an order in my near future. Can't go to Ren-Fest wearing last years armor. That would be a fashion faux-pas.
Feb 13, 2019 18:40:32 GMT
Matt KOA: Jordan - We checked with our supplier and the sword is still considered "Back Ordered" with them and they do not have an ETA to provide. I'm sorry I don't have anything more specific at this time.
Feb 13, 2019 17:16:15 GMT
Matt KOA: MOK - We measure in a straight line from where the blade exits the hilt to the end of its tip. Hope that helps!
Feb 13, 2019 16:52:16 GMT
MOK: Hey Matt, just to clarify, do you measure curved blades in a straight line from one end to the other, or along the curve?
Feb 13, 2019 9:11:12 GMT
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