- I, like yourself am fairly new. About 2 years now. I have gotten
involved with fighting and I have made most of my own armor. I got
information on the net and from others in my group. One of the
easiest, yet time consuming was making a coat of plates. I figured
it would be lighter if I made it out of Lexan. I got the Lexan from
the local glass shop for $10.00. I bought his scrap. Just went
through the scrap pile and picked the biggest pieces. I then bought
some canvas and made the vest using the plates that I cut. Lexan
cuts with a jig saw or hacksaw. I attached them to the canvas with
roofing nails that I cut into rivets.
Other ideas are out there. There may be people like myself that have
a lot of time on their hands and will make armor for others in their
group for little profit.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "sir_james_w" <sir_james_w@h...>
> Pardon the e-mail name, for I was using that before I knewabout
> the SCA, I feel it is inapropriate seeing as how I haven't earnedsca.
> that title, and will soon have an address that I can use in the
> I am fairly new to the sca. I have been to about 4 or 5 events, solocal
> I'm starting to feel comfortable, but still feel out of place. I
> want to be more active in the sca and join the fighters in the
> group. My problem is that I need armor, but I'm told that youcan't
> buy armor in sizes like sm, md, lg and expect it to fit right. Ineed
> to know if this is true, because right now I can not afford to payanyone
> for custom fitted armor. If the case is otherwise, then could
> tell me of a good distributer that I can order from. If mylocation
> is of importance then I am in the kingdom of Ansteorra, on theborder
> of Brahd Leigh...spelling?....and Steppes I believe.
- Good use of alternate material and sources for armor. However I
would not think that Lexan would be able to hold up to the abuse.
Please drop a line on how the Lexan holds up. Also, roofing nails
are pretty close to what was known as arming nails in period.
--- In email@example.com, "john" <mk2jersey@y...> wrote:
> I, like yourself am fairly new. About 2 years now. I have gotten
> involved with fighting and I have made most of my own armor. I got
> information on the net and from others in my group. One of the
> easiest, yet time consuming was making a coat of plates. I figured
> it would be lighter if I made it out of Lexan. I got the Lexan
> the local glass shop for $10.00. I bought his scrap. Just went
> through the scrap pile and picked the biggest pieces. I then
> some canvas and made the vest using the plates that I cut. Lexan
> cuts with a jig saw or hacksaw. I attached them to the canvas with
> roofing nails that I cut into rivets.
> Other ideas are out there. There may be people like myself that
> a lot of time on their hands and will make armor for others in
> group for little profit.
- does anyone know somewhere where i can get a inexpencive but quality
helm? i am on a college budget but i want to do heavy combat
- On Monday 30 August 2004 16:47, Michelle wrote:
> does anyone know somewhere where i can get a inexpencive but qualityAnyone in your shire making armor, and could teach you? The materials to
> helm? i am on a college budget but i want to do heavy combat
make basic armor tend to be dirt cheap. If you can borrow the tools, and
get the tutelage, you can have a lot of fun and save yourself a bundle.
It's not as hard to do as you might think.
Maistor Iustinos Tekton called Justin (Scott Courtney)
Gules, on a bezant a fleam sable and on a chief dovetailed Or two
keys fesswise reversed sable.
Marche of Alderford (Canton, Ohio) http://4th.com/sca/justin/
justin@... PGP Public Key at http://4th.com/keys/justin.pubkey
- Dear Dylan,
I am not a fighter but my boyfriend was for many years and is
getting back into armor for this upcoming Estrella War. I asked him
to reply to your request for armor information. This is what he had
It's not patriotism that makes me avoid buying the inexpensive
foreign made armor. If I am going to entrust my life to my armor, I
want to make sure that its been made for how I'm going to use it.
Chances are the folks in Pakistan, or other places, who are knocking
together bits of wall hanger armor made from metals of uncertain
history, have never heard of the SCA. Relatively few people in the
world are even aware that we engage in full speed, full contact
martial arts with clubs, often in groups of 1000 or more people at a
There is good armor, and there is cheap armor. In the past 20
years, I have yet to find good, cheap armor. Good armor costs
either time or money. It's up to you which you want to invest. If
you have the time, you can build your own. Talk to the other
fighters in your area, and see who is building their own armor and
ask them for help. Many of them will be more than willing to teach
you how to make your own. If you keep track of the time and
materials you use to make each piece of armor, and multiply your
time by what you consider a living wage, you will probably be
surprised by what that armor is worth.
If you have more money than time, and some people actually do, you
can buy what you need. Not all armorers have Internet web sites
either. Probably your best source of information will again be
other fighters in your area. Visit the local fighter practice and
ask them about their armor, especially if you see something you
like. You will probably find one or more people who make armor
locally for sale. Whether your armorer is on-line or local, make
sure you find out what kind of a reputation he has. I know of a few
who can work wonders with metal, but have a hard time meeting
production schedules. The local fighters will know and will let you
know as well, who can be depended on and who can't. If at all
possible, meet your armorer.
If you can at all manage it, go to a war, and visit the merchants
there. The bigger the war, the better. The competition insures the
best prices, and you can actually see and handle the merchandise.
You can also talk to the merchants about their products, and about
their competition. It's amazing what you can learn.
In the last few weeks I have been dealing with Windrose Armoury
for a new helmet, pauldrons, and gorget. I have been quite pleased
with their products and service. They are not cheap, but their
quality is outstanding.
Good luck to you.
Father Michael (Eskalya))