A few weeks ago at Swordcraft I ran with The Blades of the North, a Norse inspired warband. I finally got a good chance to pick up my bow and arrows again as well as play around with a Calimacil Dane Axe. Needless to say, it was a LOT of fun.
I made the blue dress and dark blue hood in a bit of a rush, but the rest of the outfit is made up of some awesome stuff from Mytholon:
Keeping a watchful eye over the castle and it’s lands as an Italian infantryman of the mid 14thC. #medieval #garrison #soldier #infantry #castle #militia #axe #sword #helmet #armour #middleages #14thcentury
Working on a comparison and review of two chainmail mantles. Here I’m wearing the Epic Armour Chain Mantle to the Swordcraft LARP battle game in Melbourne, Australia. You can clearly see I take my filming and YouTube career very seriously….. #jk
Playing dress up and trying out new kit combinations for possible future characters. I’m wearing the Isolde Bodice in the brown floral design by Mytholon. Paired with a chain mantle from Epic Armoury, demi-cuiras from Stahlgilde and bracers.
Also playing around with my new wig from Webster Wigs, which is awesome quality and a lot of fun!
Another of the skulls fused with a maille (chainmail) Coif recovered from the site of the battle of Visby, Gotland, ca. 1361.
I wonder if you could go back in time and meet the guy who was putting that on just to let him know he would never take it off
To be honest, there was probably a good chance he knew he wouldn’t be taking it off.
He was a peasant (probably a freeman, specifically) who had chosen to fight an invading professional army. He and the men he fought with probably knew that they would be outnumbered, outclassed, and (for lack of a better term) outgunned.
When the Danish army got to the city of Visby, on the island of Gotland, the residents were ready. Just 4 days before, the Danes had fought and slaughtered a group of about 1,000 farmers that had massed against them. The men at Visby numbered about 2,000.
When the smoke cleared, the Visby army had taken about 1,700 casualties, a staggering g 85% of their force. The Danes, who had numbered between 2,000 and 2,500, had only taken about 300 casualties, though the actual count is unknown.
So yes, he likely knew that his equipment would mean nothing to these Invaders, and that when he was inevitably struck down, he would be spending the rest of eternity in that coif. He chose to fight anyway.