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Re: Gallowglass Origins

Postby finnobreanan on Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:58 am

So, here's my latest attempt at a Gallowglass impression. I got the helmet from Swifty (which is Grand!) my buddy Brian Baird sewed the Actun/Cotun, based on art, I was also going for that Albrechct Durer look, so no amour.
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The Cotun is quilted, but for some reason it doesn't show up in these images.
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Re: Gallowglass Origins

Postby brendan on Fri Jul 23, 2010 8:35 pm

Looking good, sleeping a ditch after a bottle of your favourite whiskey would probably sort out the visibility of the quilting :)

who did you get your sword from?
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Re: Gallowglass Origins

Postby finnobreanan on Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:28 pm

The sword is a relatively inexpensive glorified wall hanger, and I don't remember who I bought it from. It looks good, but the steel is poor quality.
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Re: Gallowglass Origins

Postby jaspergreen on Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:20 am

Finn;

Your sword is Windlass's "Irish Two Hander" discontinued some years back, based upon the sword depicted in Durer's "War Men of Ireland."

I hope you have good luck with Nick Johnson; I really like his "Clonteevy-like" axe. Its finish is a bit crude, but I like this for a "mass forged" axe such as described by Hayes-McCoy in his "Scots Mercenaries in Ireland - " Unfortunately, I did have to wait a year to receive it. On the other hand, Thomas Yeudall, owner of "Claymore Armoury," sent me a beautifully crafted axe within two months of my first contact. His axe head is similar in form, but larger than my Albion "Hebridean War Axe."

Would love to compare notes on Galloglas impression building;

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Re: Gallowglass Origins

Postby finnobreanan on Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:18 pm

:evil: The "Saga of the Gallowglass Axe" conitues! It has finally made it to the US, but here is what Nick had to deal with:
"Hi Scott,

Having great fun this end trying to find a courier who will ship your axe head . Fedex won't ,DHL won't ,Post Office Won't, UPS said they would, booked it all on line, guy turned up for it scanned it and refused to take it because it was a weapon or it could be used as a weapon. After endless phone calls talking to Muppet's they have finally agreed to take it. I have told them it is a return item if there are any problems. I send blunt and sharp weapons to about 20 different countries and the US seems to be the worst as far being paranoid.

Regards Nick."
He was finally able to ship it to me through Interparcel. Yikes! This has been a nightmare!
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Re: Gallowglass Origins

Postby jaspergreen on Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:37 pm

Hey Scott,

After all we've been through trying to acquire galloglass axes, have you seen that Baltimore Knife & Sword Co. here in Maryland are now offering one?

www.baltimoreknife.com

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Re: Gallowglass Origins

Postby Swifty on Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:06 pm

jaspergreen wrote:Hey Scott,

After all we've been through trying to acquire galloglass axes, have you seen that Baltimore Knife & Sword Co. here in Maryland are now offering one?

http://www.baltimoreknife.com

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That does not look too bad at all.
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Re: Gallowglass Origins

Postby finnobreanan on Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:52 pm

Wow, that axe looks pretty good, and $20.00 less than Nick's, and probably a lot easier to ship.
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Re: Gallowglass Origins

Postby jaspergreen on Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:09 pm

Our group has contacted BKS to make us several of these axes.

Much of our impression is 15th/ early 16th Century....
We would like to source weapons and kit for later 16th C, Desmond rebellions.

...attempting to attach picture of Moi... in a current version of kit.

Nope...the site didn't like it as it exceeded 256 KB
Any how, I wanted to show the Manning Imperial Irish Bascinet, Claymore Armoury Gallowglass axe, and a swell cotun. Will try again.

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Re: Gallowglass Origins

Postby kevin714 on Sat Oct 30, 2010 7:56 pm

Jeff, please keep trying to post those pictures I would really like to see them. I was just discussing ordering the bascinet with Manning Imperial and would really like to see what it looks like with someone wearing it. I am also looking into a cotun so I am very interested in your kit,thanks.
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