Tag Archives: ARMOR

BARBUTE HELMET

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One of the most commonly featured helmets in my fantasy series is the barbute helmet, which is a 15th century Italian design. Numen the Slayer and his traveling companions wore barbute helmet throughout their journey. I like featuring this helmet in my fantasy series because it looks similar to the Corinthian Greek helmets, which are like the helmets worn by the Spartans.

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.