On the Use of the Square Target The Square or Italian Target was a recognized type of Rapier defensive equipment in period. Almost every fencing manual that discusses Bucklers also discusses a larger, squarish shield called a Target, Square Target or Italian Target. This shield was about 16 to 24 inches high by about the same wide, with a center grip. Period materials would be layers of thin plywood and/or metal. Period illustrations from period Fencing Manuals are available. In Lovinno, the Target is pictured as follows in Fig. 1: Figure 1 – Two men with Rapiers and Targets In DiGrassi, the Target is pictured as follows in Fig. 2: Figure 2 – Man holding Target and Rapier (in Low Ward) Note the double curve of the Target The proportions of the Targets in the period illustrations give me a rough indication of how big they were. I made my first Targets (2 of them) out of .09" thick Aluminum, 17 inches across the top, 17 inches tall, and 16 inches across the bottom with the corners carefully rounded (about a ½" radius).
Medieval Heater and Kite Shield How to Project Painting the Shield (See information above about what type of paint to use). You can make your paint job as simple or as complex as you wish. I paint the front and edges of my shield with my base color. If you are putting on an edging then you can continue on, if not then you are finished! Remember you can produce a shield that is simple or complex as you wish.
Christian Fletcher AT1520 Angus Trim and Christian Fletcher AT1520 Langeschwert A hands-on review by James Byrnes Introduction The longsword: The ubiquitous symbol of the middle ages is enjoying a modern day renaissance, due in large part to the convergence of two diverse factors. First, the rediscovery and interpretation of 15th Century Fechtbuch (fight books) has shed light on the immense power and grace with which this weapon was wielded by the warriors of the middle ages and renaissance, and the growing number of practitioners of these "western martial arts" are a testament to this weapons popularity and symbolism. Secondly, the immense popularity of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the realistic approach taken by Peter Lyon in making the sword props for the movie has finally portrayed the European longsword in a positive light. The AT1520 is an Oakeshott type XVIIIb. This type XVIII would have been commonplace from roughly 1400-1600 AD, across the breadth of Europe. Price as purchased: $1010 US.
Eric McHugh Custom Halberd Eric McHugh Custom Halberd A hands-on review by Eric Nower Introduction Polearms—the workhorse weapons of medieval and renaissance infantry—came in a variety of forms, including the halberd. Like many such arms, the halberd's origins may be peaceful and agricultural, evolving from axes and billhooks, with the addition of a spear's thrusting capability. The halberd reached its peak of functional design by the late 15th century and began to decline into a largely decorative and ceremonial object after that time. Later halberds often had a long, thin spike and a large, crescent-shaped blade and extensive decoration. These were carried by guards or used in ceremonies. In its peak period of service, however, halberds dominated the battlefield. Like most other polearms, the halberd was used in mass formations. Overview I have always been fascinated by polearms—halberds in particular. Eric began researching and developing the drawings, consulting with swordsmith Peter Johnsson as needed.
Fantasy Carolingian Broadsword Jody Samson Fantasy "Carolingian Broadsword" A hands-on review by Bill Grandy Introduction The Carolingian Dynasty fell during a dramatic era. In the wake of the demise of the Roman Empire, western civilization needed to rebuild itself. This time period saw the development of a new form of Germanic government ruled by the Franks, who expanded their territory from Germany into what is now modern France, and left their impression and culture onto the parts of the world that they touched. The birth of feudalism arose from this, and with the conversion of King Clovis to Christianity in the late fifth century, Roman Christianity was embraced by his subjects, which eventually led to a Christianized Europe. Clovis waged holy wars, and after his death came several drastic civil wars, and eventually the rise of King Charles the Great, or more commonly known as Charlemagne, which marked the complete transition between the classical and medieval era. The sword also has a good amount of reach.
German full plate armour for dismounted and mounted action, 15th century - Steel Mastery Gothic armour is a German kind of Milanese type of all-metal armour. It emerged in the second half of the XV century. The armour was very widespread on the territory of the Central Europe. The fact that it was worn by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I added the popularity to the armour. The development of the gothic armour occurred in two stages: during the period of ‘high’ and ‘low’ Gothic. This model can be moderated as you wish. It is importanr to consider that together with cuirasses and chain armour the necessary elements of protection also were, and should be if possible, helmets, padded liners, brigandines, arm armours and leg armours.
Sword and Buckler Fencing By J. Clements Along with the longsword as a foundational weapon of training, the ARMA has always emphasized the sword and buckler as a vital tool of study. We now present here one of the most comprehensive looks at this system ever offered. The conclusions that can be drawn from the evidence are somewhat surprising and may lead students of the subject to reappraise the historical importance of this fencing method . As a fencing tradition in Europe the sword and buckler method was one of the oldest and most continuous combative systems. To a large degree however, its place in fencing has been overshadowed by both the popular image of sword and shield fighting in the Middle Ages and the later Renaissance idea of rapier and dagger duelling. Although, the sword and buckler is often associated with the fencing methods of the early 1500s and with the common serving man, it was a form of fighting with a much longer tradition. La Petite Defense A Lengthy Legacy Footnotes for Part 1
Christian Fletcher Ranger Sword -- myArmoury.com Angus Trim and Christian Fletcher's Sword of the RangerChristian Fletcher's Ranger Scabbard and Ranger Belt A hands-on review by Gene George Introduction Originally published in 1954 J.R.R. Tolkien's Epic Fantasy The Lord of the Rings opened up reader's imaginations to a meticulously crafted vision of a fantastic world of Elves, Dwarves, Monsters, Men, and of course, Hobbits. Fantasy literature would never be the same. Blending scholarly research, linguistics and a mythic history co-opted from Finnish, Anglo-Saxon, and other Northern European traditions and boasting fourteen languages created for his epic, it is no surprise that fans of Tolkien's works can easily believe that Middle Earth is real. Adding to the realism has been a series of decorative swords based on the recently released Peter Jackson films. Angus "Gus" Trim is a self-described "sword-fabricator" whose training as a machinist has led to his coming to the forefront of modern performance sword design.