the_power wrote:Cool, I'd love to get a few hours with Steve - he's an amazing resource to reenactors. I'd a few beers with him in Hastings in 2006, and he's given me a few pointers on armourarchive.org over the years. I'm dead jealous. Oh, for a workshop.
He really knows his stuff on his chosen subjects and he's been a good friend for years. He and his new fiance Louisa stayed over with us on Saturday night, they live 1.5-2 hours away so driving back & forth wasn't practical.
the_power wrote:Don't over-polish the panels...real dirty looking spangenhelms look so cool.
Steve has a "thing" about shiny helmets and most of the guys are going with it. We always have a short "But the surviving ones aren't in good enough condition to tell, there's no proof what the finish was." "If somebody could afford a helmet, historically they weren't very common then, they'd want them looking as good as possible and labour was cheap." arguament.
You also need to start with a good even finish if you want to brown it which is Barry's intention. Got to photocopy the instructions out of "Recreating the American Longrifle". He wants to do it right, not with a bottle.