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#294905 - 10/19/06 04:06 PM What every girl wants... !
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For your viewing pleasure, yes it's my bright and shiny new 14th C jousting armour!

Custom built by our master armourers to fit me [and only me], it's made of mild steel plate approx 2mm thick. It is polished and needs constant and careful attention to prevent surface rusting. It weighs approx 35kg.

Maille fauld [skirt] is handmade by me. I'm officially the expert in making maille now. Its made of approx 10,000 butted mild steel links and has the brass decorative edging tomake it look fancy.

My armour is almost finished, I have just got the leg harnesses and am waiting on the helm to be completed, they have modified the SCA helm I had and replaced the klapvisor with a pigfaced bascinet visor which suits the armour better. I'm waiting for the aventail to be bolted on and the padding to go inside the helm so I can wear it.

We have yet to start on the greaves for the lower leg, and they'll take a while as they are made to hug the calves.

I have just done a deal with an Aussie jouster who makes armour, he is making me some fancy 14th C hourglass gauntlets [with brass trim to match the maille skirt] and a manifer for arm protection in exchange for my Portuguese Bullfighting saddle. A pretty good trade for both of us!

All up cost so far - a frightening $4500+++

Jousting is definitely not a poor man's sport, when you take into consideration the other costs involved!

horse [mine are valued at $15K or more EACH] $15K
saddle $4k
sundry horse gear - bridles etc $1k
truck $35k
display kit $2K this is the jousters gambeson [arming jacket] & horse caparisons and other decorative things we wear such as 14th C boots etc
sword $500
dagger $300
lance $150
spear $250
training gear $1K or thereabouts

The list just keeps on going and going and the upkeep on the horses is pretty steep too.

But its great fun!
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#294906 - 10/19/06 04:07 PM Re: What every girl wants... ! [Re: Reiki]
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Geez! And I was complaining about coughing up $150 for a pair of sai!

The chain mail certainly beautiful. Gives me an idea for the upcoming office Halloween party!

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#294907 - 10/19/06 04:11 PM Re: What every girl wants... ! [Re: harlan]
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See you at the RennFest!

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#294908 - 10/19/06 04:14 PM Re: What every girl wants... ! [Re: harlan]
Reiki Offline
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Geez! And I was complaining about coughing up $150 for a pair of sai!

The chain mail certainly beautiful. Gives me an idea for the upcoming office Halloween party!




thankyou! its very heavy too.

I have to make up a special leather belt for it yet, so havent worn it with the rest of the armour because it keeps slipping below the breastplate.

The aventail for my helm is rivetted maille, for strength and it weighs more. We nearly had a bad accident the other week at training because one of the guys didn't put on his neck protection and he got hit in the throat Lucky for him it didnt get his windpipe - missed by a mere 2mm... he has a nasty scar there now.
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#294909 - 10/19/06 04:16 PM Re: What every girl wants... ! [Re: Reiki]
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And I was vaccillating over a $35.00 rash guard.
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#294910 - 10/19/06 05:05 PM Re: What every girl wants... ! [Re: Reiki]
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Something about women in chain maille.

Can't wait till Renfest next month.

Looks great Reiki.
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#294911 - 10/19/06 05:50 PM Re: What every girl wants... ! [Re: Reiki]
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damn! and all these years I've been giving jewelry and flowers.

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#294912 - 10/19/06 11:11 PM Re: What every girl wants... ! [Re: Ed_Morris]
Reiki Offline
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Loc: MiddleEarth
Jewellery is quite acceptable too! Especially something that's got a large diamond in it.

I like flowers [mainly the ones that have fragrance] but prefer them on the plants rather than inside the house.
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#294913 - 10/19/06 11:22 PM Re: What every girl wants... ! [Re: laf7773]
Reiki Offline
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Loc: MiddleEarth
Quote:

Something about women in chain maille.

Can't wait till Renfest next month.

Looks great Reiki.





Lane, I'm shocked and stunned! <just kidding!>

I'm pretty pleased with it so far, and can hardly wait to get my new gauntlets & manifer.

Wish we had Renfests here, the main outings I get with my flash kit are to our displays and tournaments, mind you these are on the increase so I'm out quite a bit now.

Horse number 2 is off to visit the stallion in the next week or so, now I have to get horse number 3 up and running so that I have a jousting mount ready for the international tourney in Feb in case horse 2 is out of commission in her pregnancy. Horse 1 died a few months ago and its been hard work getting the others coming up to speed after all the work I'd put into him.

I can borrow one of our older jousting horses and might still do so for the tourney however it'd be nice to offer him to some of the international riders too!

I won our monthly skill at arms tourney on him a couple of weeks ago, trouncing the blokes very soundly with my lance work on the 2 quintains and a fab spear throw and some good moors head work with the sword. It's good to have something quiet and dependable to ride while I'm learning how hard it is to balance and ride in armour!
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#294914 - 10/20/06 12:50 AM Re: What every girl wants... ! [Re: Reiki]
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Loc: Malaysia
If you can also somehow electrify it (perhaps with some Reiki 'tunings') it should make it to the 'Best Rape Prevention' category
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