Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Armour for sale - sorry, SOLD

Once again I am acting as an agent for a friend who is getting out of armoured combat. This set is for a smaller man or medium lady. I will do a few physical comparisons to how things fit for me. I am large at 6'2" (190cm) and 125kg, with big hands. The person this was made for is approx 5'6" (168 cm) and approx 65kg, with fine hands.
Left and Right Unstrapped Aircraft Aluminium Gauntlets
Two Identical Strapped Mild Steel Knees
One Small Hands Strapped Leather Shield glove
One Small Hands Strapped Leather Half Gauntlet
One Mild Steel Articulated and strapped shoulder.
One Back and Breast Aluminium Lamellar Plates Corded together and Leather edged.

$550 the lot.
Postage extra, pickup available Canberra or Rowany Festival.
Left and Right Bokolo Unstrapped Aircraft Aluminium Gauntlets

These gauntlets have never been used. In order to get them ready you would need to do a top joint, palm, and thumb strap. This is a simple job that requires minimal leatherwork skill, some straps, and six rivets. A glove that provides padding, or a padding rig must also be procured. Street hockey gloves are the best off the shelf option. 

Size: Smaller mans hand, medium female hand. The picture shows my large hand filling the gauntlet with no padding. 

Bart's Newcomer Gauntlet Warning: In twenty years of fighting, I have only had one minor hand injury using basket hilt and half gauntlet. I don't usually get two weeks of fighting in gauntlets without some form of injury. Gauntlet fighting carries an inherently higher injury risk due to the incredible range of movement, and fine-ness of the hands. If you work with your hands, I suggest never using gauntlets.
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Two Identical Strapped Mild Steel Knees

Pretty standard non-articulated knees. There is a superlight legs option going around where you buy leather thing boots, get Kydex thigh plates on the chausses, and these knees attached to the thigh boots. If you want that style, these are ready to go. I find they 'dig in' when you are on your knees due to the lower point. Minor quibble.

2nd hand item, has seen mild use.



One Small Hands Strapped Leather Shield glove
One Small Hands Strapped Leather Half Gauntlet

Both of these items are hand cut, sewn and strapped wax hardened leather items that will do their job well. They are lined and ready to go. They are too small for my hands, you must have a finer size hands than my meat axe paws.

2nd hand items, have seen mild use.


One Mild Steel Articulated and Strapped shoulder.

One ONLY - generally used by a sword and shield user on the sword arm, presuming the shield will protect the other shoulder. Standard 'trilobite' style with lacing points and strapping completed. This item is pretty much universal in size, as the lames can be hand bent for all but the hugest and smallest combatants. 

2nd hand item, has seen mild use.

One Back and Breast Aluminium Lamellar Plates Corded together and Leather edged.

This body armour has been assembled using the lamellar lames and paracord available from Duke Gabriel's "Armoured Badger" store. They have further been edged and strapped in suede leather, and this leather has been pop riveted onto the lames. 

This has been sized for a smaller man. For a woman, I believe this would only be supplementary breast protection - other protection would be needed.

2nd hand item, has seen mild use.
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Newcomers guide

What else would I need? This kit would get you several piece of armour. To finish this as a kit you would need: Helmet and gorget, a gambeson/ jack, elbows and forearms, chausees and thigh plates. To be fully armed and armoured, you would need weapons - so a pole arm or sword and shield.

1 comment:

Bart Beswick said...

Armour for Sale:

Once again I am acting as an agent for a friend who is getting out of armoured combat. This set is for a smaller man or medium lady. I will do a few physical comparisons to how things fit for me. I am large at 6'2" (190cm) and 125kg, with big hands. The person this was made for is approx 5'6" (168 cm) and approx 65kg, with fine hands.


Left and Right Unstrapped Aircraft Aluminium Gauntlets
Two Identical Strapped Mild Steel Knees
One Small Hands Strapped Leather Shield glove
One Small Hands Strapped Leather Half Gauntlet
One Mild Steel Articulated and strapped shoulder.
One Back and Breast Aluminium Lamellar Plates Corded together and Leather edged.

$550 the lot.

Left and Right Bokolo Unstrapped Aircraft Aluminium Gauntlets

These gauntlets have never been used. In order to get them ready you would need to do a top joint, palm, and thumb strap. This is a simple job that requires minimal leatherwork skill, some straps, and six rivets. A glove that provides padding, or a padding rig must also be procured. Street hockey gloves are the best off the shelf option.

Size: Smaller mans hand, medium female hand. The picture shows my large hand filling the gauntlet with no padding.

Bart's Newcomer Gauntlet Warning: In twenty years of fighting, I have only had one minor hand injury using basket hilt and half gauntlet. I don't usually get two weeks of fighting in gauntlets without some form of injury. Gauntlet fighting carries an inherently higher injury risk due to the incredible range of movement, and fine-ness of the hands. If you work with your hands, I suggest never using gauntlets.
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Two Identical Strapped Mild Steel Knees

Pretty standard non-articulated knees. There is a superlight legs option going around where you buy leather thing boots, get Kydex thigh plates on the chausses, and these knees attached to the thigh boots. If you want that style, these are ready to go. I find they 'dig in' when you are on your knees due to the lower point. Minor quibble.

You know how you can usually just tell whether something is stainless or mild? Not here. I'm not sure if they are stainless and someone pummelled them into shape, or if they are mild and a really, really skilled polisher got them up to mirror.
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One Small Hands Strapped Leather Shield glove
One Small Hands Strapped Leather Half Gauntlet

Both of these items are hand cut, sewn and strapped wax hardened leather items that will do their job well. They are lined and ready to go. They are too small for my hands, you must have a finer size hands than my meat axe paws.
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One Mild Steel Articulated and Strapped shoulder.

One ONLY - generally used by a sword and shield user on the sword arm, presuming the shield will protect the other shoulder. Standard 'trilobite' style with lacing points and strapping completed. This item is pretty much universal in size, as the lames can be hand bent for all but the hugest and smallest combatants.

2nd hand item, has seen mild use.
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One Back and Breast Aluminium Lamellar Plates Corded together and Leather edged.

This body armour has been assembled using the lamellar lames and paracord available from Duke Gabriel's "Armoured Badger" store. They have further been edged and strapped in suede leather, and this leather has been pop riveted onto the lames.

This has been sized for a smaller man. For a woman, I believe this would only be supplementary breast protection - other protection would be needed.
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Newcomers guide

What else would I need? This kit would get you several piece of armour. To finish this as a kit you would need: Helmet and gorget, a gambeson/ jack, elbows and forearms, chausees and thigh plates. To be fully armed and armoured, you would need weapons - so a pole arm or sword and shield.