9198Re: [SCA-JML] Seperate questions about armour
- Mar 2, 2003On Fri, 28 Feb 2003, Ash Smith wrote:
> What type of Brass, and what size did you use? How "dent resistant" has itI recall it was really light--strips that you could pick up in the
> been for you?
hardware store and tin snips could cut and shape for me. The brass has
proven fairly dent resistant where it is riveted on, but the 18 ga steel
has not. Then again, I am in Atlantia and have had some pretty hard blows
thrown against the thing (NOTE: even though it dented, I only felt a bit
of movement and herd the 'clang' to know it was good--I didn't have to
judge any but a few of the tip shots on the edges of the arm and leg
armour to tell that anything was 'good')
The current suit requires massive reworking, however. I hope to be
fighting again, soon, but I then am thinking about doing a completely new
dou, just because the one I have right now is not good for regular SCA
I'm really starting to think, especially with the new rule that a Japanese
persona should probably consider:
First armour: Do it out of heavy stainless steel. Use large, solid
plates and hold them together with STRONG hinges, or else use a converted
European breastplate. Sode and kusazuri should be metal, with minimum
lacing (sugake odoshi). Make fabric kote (get a nice, small print cotton
over some padded material) and haidate over yoroi hitatare and hakama to
hide any necessary bits (eg cowters). Very simple neck protection.
Second armour: Do whatever you want, and try to make it look as best you
can like an actual suit of armour.
The reason I'm thinking this way is because the first armour needs to be
something that can take a LOT of punishment, but should still look good on
the field. The second armour is something that you want to make to look
good in, and will probably only bring out once in a while. Third and
fourth armourers and you are probably ready to start your own shop ;)
If anyone has a copy of "Samurai: An Illustrated History" by Mitsuo Kure,
I think that what that samurai has on (and is wearing improperly, if you
look at the sode) would probably be better for SCA purposes than what most
of us WANT to wear.
-Ii, who has too many projects right now.
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