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The Great Hall / Re: Hello to all!
« Last post by Naythan on 2017-11-16, 19:47:42 »
Most Templar re-enactors buy this surcoat, since it matches the few historical sources we have that tell us what Templar surcoats looked like. What you should do is move the cross to over the left breast area. But the material is wool which is what separates it from other surcoats on the market. You can also make your own surcoat. If your doing 12th century, it would actually be more fitting to have sleeves on your surcoat.
http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=GB0215
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The Armoury / Re: Surcoat pattern
« Last post by Sir Sondergaard on 2017-11-14, 12:20:02 »
I thank you Sir Patrick, just what I was looking for  :)
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The Great Hall / Re: Hail Fellows
« Last post by Matthew of the Isles on 2017-11-14, 05:03:40 »

Matthew, the biggest thing that I can say is do your research into whatever period you're looking at. Authenticity is key, but at the same time don't break the bank. I watched a YouTube video that Sir Ian did on his channel (Knyght Errant) where he goes over his soft kit. I liked what he had to say about not overlooking the basics first. A lot of people will go straight for the weapons and armor, but your everyday gear is going to be the key stuff to get first in my opinion.
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Thank you for the solid advice. No one has ever been steered wrong by being directed to Sir Ian's channel! The man is a veritable library in his own right.
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The Great Hall / Re: Hello to all!
« Last post by Matthew of the Isles on 2017-11-14, 04:59:28 »
Hello, Nathan! While I would love to put together a grand harness like Sir Ian's, I think it would be better as a learning experience (and far more feasible for my poor wallet) if I were to create a 12th century mailled knight, especially with the discovery of less expensive, tailored maille outlets.

The wry, snarky knight within me suggests donning the classic Templar surcoat; as a broke graduate student with no marriage prospects, I appear to be a natural at poverty and chastity!
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The Armoury / Re: Surcoat pattern
« Last post by Sir Patrick on 2017-11-13, 23:01:17 »
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The Great Hall / Re: Hail Fellows
« Last post by Sir Patrick on 2017-11-13, 22:55:18 »
Welcome!
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The Armoury / Re: Soft Kit
« Last post by Thorsteinn on 2017-11-12, 14:32:22 »
Not heard much of anyone but Matuls. Matuls is good last I heard but that was a while ago.
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The Armoury / Surcoat pattern
« Last post by Sir Sondergaard on 2017-11-11, 14:29:41 »
Good afternoon good Sirs

I was wondering if any of you might have a sewing pattern for a 13th/14th century surcoat?
I havent been able to find any useful patterns, and the ones I made by freehand, doesnt really seem to be spot on.
So can anyone help?
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