Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

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Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

Postby Saverio on Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:00 am

I decided to work on my soldier's kit again.

http://picasaweb.google.com/conall.macf ... a3YgtO-eg#

For Clontarf I'd wear a helm, but probably not much earlier. I plan on making a blunt knife to use when fighting; the one on my belt is far to sharp for that ;). I also want to dye the inar a different color, maybe with onion skins.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

Postby oldrat on Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:56 am

fine
but in my opinion, shield boss should not be so big and shiny.
about color ... Try to use natural dyes)
it would be interesting
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Re: Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

Postby Saverio on Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:18 am

I oiled the shield since the photo and left the boss face down in the dirt. The moisture and friction has dulled it quite a bit.

I'm saving onion skins to give it a nice muted orange. I might also use some bark for a yellow/tan.
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Re: Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

Postby oldrat on Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:03 am

and about pins.in Lagore found beautiful bone pins. if you make them to be nice)
about the shield boss, I do not think that it should be like a mirror
I do not think that in the Middle Ages, they were polished to a mirror shine
if the boss was such a shield was looked more realistic
we use such a shield boss, as in the photo
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Re: Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

Postby brendan on Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:02 pm

Cool that you are working on this kit
Though, as you and oldrat have indicated it is a bit 'new' looking...not that you should roll in the muck and look unwashed, but sometimes it takes a few wears for a garment to settle in.

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Re: Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

Postby panda on Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:13 pm

For a dark colour you could always throw it in a bog for a couple of weeks....
"Althalus was a thief after all and he devoutly believed that actually working for a living was immoral"

Remember kids: fork + shoe = spleen

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Re: Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

Postby Saverio on Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:20 pm

Well, I used onion skins, hoping for the usual orange tint. They had begun to break down a bit, changing the chemistry :/. I also used a tin as a mordent, something new for me. I ended up with graphite grey!
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Re: Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

Postby panda on Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:42 pm

Probably got most of your colour from the metal. Was it aluminium or steel?
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Re: Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

Postby Saverio on Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:56 pm

The onion skins were soaking a tinned steel can for a day. I honestly thought the tin would be negligible, not realizing the acidic mixture would leach the metal out. I'll have to try this again with fresh onion skins and tin. It might have been the partial decomposing that did it. Either way, it looks better than before and was achieved with natural dye :).
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Re: Soldier's Kit 9th-11th century

Postby panda on Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:35 am

Have you ever tried rhubarb leaves as a mordant?
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