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Selling and buying used swords and armor

Does anyone know of better way to sell or buy pre-owned swords. Facebook marketplace place barely allows it unless you are really crafty with you listing title and craigslist is trash. There has to be more people out there than me that want to sell swords they either don’t like or don’t need anymore. Thanks

2 Comments
2024/04/11
16:00 UTC

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How would one go about creating his own linothorax? ~6th-5th century BC

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2024/04/11
12:07 UTC

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Templar Knight illustration

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2024/04/11
06:47 UTC

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My interpretation of some late 14th / early 15th century baleen armour. Criticism, as always, is welcome :)

7 Comments
2024/04/11
05:50 UTC

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Shad spreading historical misconceptions - bec de corbin = pollaxe

6 Comments
2024/04/11
05:04 UTC

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Dyed or painted plate armor?

I always see samurai armor that is pretty much always lacquered but was Western European armor ever painted or dyed in any way? If so what would it look like? I’d like to paint my armor to be historically accurate.

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2024/04/11
04:12 UTC

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Can I please get advice on this suit of armour I am making? I am not striving for historical accuracy though I do want it to loosely resemble some of these pictures I have linked. Also, should I make a fauld and/or tasset? Or both?

I am trying to make armour similar to this pic though the pauldrons are very different

https://i.redd.it/meekluj94qtc1.gif

In this picture it has a fauld and a tasset but sometimes armour sets only have tassets like this one:

https://preview.redd.it/wvt9w2h24qtc1.jpg?width=800&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4c3cd1f55503eed76b81fe9097654f50971e8913

Sometimes they have a very large exaggerated fauld almost like a skirt

https://preview.redd.it/m7qf2k054qtc1.jpg?width=203&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=6b1fcf79add2353f09edf607e9ca1654c72cac66

And sometimes they have no fauld or tasset but are more connected to the cuisse

https://preview.redd.it/3o06ncgh4qtc1.png?width=3714&format=png&auto=webp&s=a96eface008750109e49c0fab7d915ff46c728b3

Here is my armour and for now I am using a surcoat over my maile and beneath my chestplate though I know that a surcoat is usually worn over the chestplate. Not sure what the correct term is for beneath the plate.

I also have bracers in this pic but I am making proper guantlets like this:

https://preview.redd.it/0ruvxmlp4qtc1.jpg?width=884&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=57ac695f1dffcf3ad04199858a51e0609006a8e9

Also not shown are my greaves, poleyn, cuisse, vambrace and rebrace. I did not make a gorget because I don't know how to just yet. I am only using cardboard and craft foam to make it, lol.

For larp and photoshoot only purposes I dont know if it's worth it but a gorget would look super cool. I also do not have couters. Though I got some simple knee pads for £10 from amazon and painted them silver for my poleyn. I was thinking of getting another one for my elbows. Would that suffice? Or should I make it look like it has the over lapping strips like in the image?

Any advice on this would be much appreciated!

Here is my armour with the leg and arm protection:

I have since painted the cuisse

Knee pads are painted

Gauntlets and vambrace (both need painting and still WIP)

Please let me know if I am missing or forgetting anything. I have most of the components. But not all. And I know its very different to the picture. I made this in stages. Eventually I might make a fresh suit from scratch that looks like one specific cohesive suit. This is a bit mix matched right now. Any advice would be much appreciated.

P.S. I probably will not make sabatons because they would get ruined if I use them as this is all just cardboard and craft foam.

4 Comments
2024/04/10
22:27 UTC

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So much to fight a rock on a rope

I went on an autistic spree of posting about meteor hammers like a few months ago so feel free to ignore this if you're still tired of me.

With that out the way I'm ok ish with flexible weapons, and the run down is they were mostly carried by assassins or mercenaries because they have the offensive power and reach of a pole arm(12ft of reach with either a spear point or 1-2lbs metal rock travelling 40-90mph at the end of it) but you can hide it under your shirt or have slung across your belt. But have no defensive capabilities besides area control and wrapping the opponent up..

Anyways the thing that got me to post about it again are these sparring clips from bensei and that his sparring partner needs 2 Spears and a shield to be evenly matched. Bensai is really good with one both with the flow and martial arts side of the weapon and has other really good sparring clips to show it off.

The crazy thing to me is in all the clips he's never doing anything technically difficult and i feel like someone could become combat effective with one in a couple of mouths. Not nearly as fast a sword or spear that use instinctual movements for but it's kinda difficult to beat the big no go zone it makes.

Idk make a coffee sock to practice with and try it at your hema gym and see what happens

3 Comments
2024/04/10
17:40 UTC

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Was there any period where guns were used alongside bows, crossbows, slings, etc, but didn't replace them?

If so, what era? I want to model my fantasy setting after it.

32 Comments
2024/04/10
17:06 UTC

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Reference for 17th century Armor

Hello everyone! I’m currently making a goth flintlock fantasy novel in which the characters travel through many cultures during their journey. The main cultures in question would be Spanish/European, Colonial Mexico, Korean, Arabic, and Polynesian. Little eclectic but who cares! I’ve tried researching armor on my own for the time period I’m basing it off of (the 1600s) but I’ve been having a bit of trouble finding solid art references, as I enjoy drawing out my characters to get an idea of how they look and present themselves. I’d love if you guys could guide me in the right direction in finding sources or even providing history of the armor during this period! I know somewhat of Mirror armor, munitions armor, brigandines, gambesons, and the cotton armor of the Aztecs, but if you guys could fill in the gaps of detail I’d greatly appreciate it! Thanks for taking the time to read this!

5 Comments
2024/04/10
11:09 UTC

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Can anyone identify this helmet?

Can anyone identify this helmet in the back? I saw it on a YouTube video thumbnail, but unfortunately it wasn't in the video (or at least not that I can see) I'm guessing it's probably a larp helmet, but I'm interested in seeing what it is. Thank you in advance!

Here's the video

35 Comments
2024/04/10
06:06 UTC

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What are some of the most grotesque and obscure armours that were actually used?

I accept anything that looks or functions weirdly compared to normal armours.

22 Comments
2024/04/10
04:06 UTC

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Why wasn't lamellar armor more used in medieval Europe?

Mostly talking before the coat of plates

23 Comments
2024/04/09
17:44 UTC

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Skanderbeg’s gaze

This is my own realistic interpretation of skanderbeg, hope you like it

2 Comments
2024/04/09
08:19 UTC

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A Crupellarius gladiator from the 1st century AD

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2024/04/08
21:08 UTC

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Wondering about helmets that obscure or completely lack human traits

I mean like how the secutor helm just had eye holes or the frog mouth with its inhuman shape. Do any of y'all know any others? (Sorry if this is the wrong subreddit for this kind of question)

22 Comments
2024/04/08
19:31 UTC

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Mongolian heavy mounted warrior 13th century

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2024/04/08
17:54 UTC

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Khazarian warrior

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2024/04/08
17:52 UTC

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What book is this illustration from? And how well regarded is the books accuracy? (And why does the guy in the middle have his chausses on the floor? Caught in the heat of a different kind of battle?)

21 Comments
2024/04/08
10:14 UTC

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Who were the most trusted fighting technique/manual illustrators?

Ones that I am aware of are;

So, what other illustrators were relied on for manuals?

2 Comments
2024/04/08
03:26 UTC

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Where did the Phryigian nasal helmet originate, and why was it only used in the mid-late 12th century?

https://preview.redd.it/hl9up9dmj5tc1.png?width=56&format=png&auto=webp&s=733427d5153882b130a00447066d7f1786665985

This particular helmet is very synonomous with the late 12th century, yet seems to quickly fall out of favour for the base nasal helmet and eventually the full-helm/great helm of the late 13th century.

I know the very origin of these helmets has to do with Egyptian royalty, but where did this specific sort of Knightly helmet come about? And why was it only used for such a short time frame?

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2024/04/08
00:44 UTC

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What are some of the most unknown weapon techniques?

Weapon techniques as in those you'd usually see being illustrated by Paulus Hector Mair, although I ask for nonpopular techniques that weren't as known as Paulus Hector Mair's.

4 Comments
2024/04/07
23:39 UTC

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Where to buy something like a Linothorax, Aspis, and other Greek gear in the United States?

I’m looking to maybe buy some ancient stuff and whatnot but I don’t know where to start or where to look. In terms of authenticity and functionality I’m fine with anything that isn’t like something cheap and inauthentic. In terms of weapons they can be blunt copies with around the same weight. Thanks in advance

12 Comments
2024/04/07
21:36 UTC

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