Tag Archives: ARMOR

I GOT CHAINMAIL

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Here is a little costume I will be wearing at my book signing on the 12th. It is a chainmail coif, which is what medieval knights and men-at-arms wear under their helmets. It is a lot heavier than it looks and the links pinch my skin and snag my hair. I have started to write while wearing this thing and I am writing a lot more prolifically with it on. It is as though I am getting in character while writing.

WONDERCON 2017: I TRIED ON CHAINMAIL

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During WonderCon 2017, I received yet another opportunity to gain inspiration for my fantasy book. I got to wear chainmail even though the piece I wore was meant for someone smaller than me. Still, despite the poor fit, I got to gain much needed information on the weight and flexibility of the chainmail, which will come in handy when I describe the battle scenes in my fantasy book.

MEDIEVAL ARTS AND CRAFTS

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At the medieval tournament, I got to look through an art gallery full of home-forged armor and weapons such as this pauldron and dagger. With the dagger, I liked the design of its ivory hilt yet I thought the cross guard could have used more work. With the pauldron, I liked the gold and intricate engravings as well as the segmented plates. I also found a Viking seax dagger as well. Since I will be drawing inspiration from my heritage for my fantasy book, I am thinking of looking into the look of the seax dagger.

SCALE MAIL

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While I was at the medieval tournament, I came across a number of interesting armor designs. Among those designs was this scale mail, which was made from metal segments interconnected through normal chainmail. This provides it with extra protection to the wearer. I like the design so much that I am thinking of including this design in my fantasy book.