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Title: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Sir James A on 2014-02-19, 18:04:29
I was asked this on the Book of Faces and thought I would post a thread here. I'll try to keep this first post updated as a "master list". If anyone has any additions, post them below.

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DO:

DONT:

Sir Edward, can we sticky this?
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Sir William on 2014-02-19, 18:08:01
Please sticky this- this is an excellent idea and something I wish I'd had when I first started this pursuit.  Still, I had a lot of fun (and anguish too) in collecting, wearing then later selling off all sorts of armor.
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Sir Douglas on 2014-02-19, 19:04:29
Ditto on the sticky. This is great, thanks for posting Sir James!
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Sir Brian on 2014-02-19, 19:06:38
Great post Sir James! Something we all wish we had when starting out! ;)
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Don Jorge on 2014-02-19, 19:09:34
This is a great list...even if I am not going buy it...Must acquire undergarments and finish my arming garment...but also need plate armor to fight in!!! but making most of my armor so it should be fine :)
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Sir Edward on 2014-02-19, 20:21:39

Stickied!
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Aiden of Oreland on 2014-02-19, 21:19:43
Truly a great post! Luckily i am starting out now!
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Naythan on 2014-03-13, 03:14:42
Peanut oil? Probabaly bad for other peoples allergies and it seems to dry up.
Is oil bad for leather? If it gets on by accident?
Would you recomend a soft kit as well? Perhaps a good idea to makenone while waiting for that Armor.
Also, were is a good place to buy double wrap belts? 13th circa.
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Sir James A on 2014-03-13, 17:00:13
Peanut oil? Probabaly bad for other peoples allergies and it seems to dry up.

Not a good one, no.

Is oil bad for leather? If it gets on by accident?

Not in small quantities but if you soak it then it can crack and dry it out. Spraying armor with oil is fine, just don't soak the strapping too.

Would you recomend a soft kit as well? Perhaps a good idea to makenone while waiting for that Armor.

Completely different thing, if you only wear armor for renn fest, soft kit doesn't matter. Living History or SCA or "persona" kind of thing, yes, but order is purely preferential since they are two different things.

Also, were is a good place to buy double wrap belts? 13th circa.

Totally different thread topic. :)
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: AnsalonPaladin on 2015-05-26, 05:31:07
I made the grave mistake of ordering my curiass online. Never again will I resort to such foolish tactics! I'll wait until I'm sufficiently money'd enough to purchase my armor from a more reputable source.
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Lord Dane on 2015-05-26, 18:05:31
I made the grave mistake of ordering my curiass online. Never again will I resort to such foolish tactics! I'll wait until I'm sufficiently money'd enough to purchase my armor from a more reputable source.

Also be sure to ask before you spend outrageous amounts of money Jeremy. Many of us have custom cuirasses or quality ones that can meet current SCA, HEMA, WMA, etc safety and/or historical guidelines depending on their functional or expected usage. You are in a good mass of knowledge here. Ask before you decide. There are many good or better options out there.
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: AnsalonPaladin on 2015-05-27, 11:11:17
I made the grave mistake of ordering my curiass online. Never again will I resort to such foolish tactics! I'll wait until I'm sufficiently money'd enough to purchase my armor from a more reputable source.

Also be sure to ask before you spend outrageous amounts of money Jeremy. Many of us have custom cuirasses or quality ones that can meet current SCA, HEMA, WMA, etc safety and/or historical guidelines depending on their functional or expected usage. You are in a good mass of knowledge here. Ask before you decide. There are many good or better options out there.


If there are folks on here that sell kit I'd be more than happy to share the wealth within the organization rather than spending my money on folks I don't know or non-reputable sources. I had a kind of bad experience with medieval collectibles that put a sour taste in my mouth I will admit. I'm interested in 13th-15th century kit much like many of the other folks on here it seems. The fully decked out Arthurian style knight appeals to me the most.
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: Ian on 2015-05-27, 11:49:16
If you're at all interested in historically accurate kit please read my guide here.  If you're willing to go down that path you have many hear who can guide you appropriately

http://modernchivalry.org/forum/index.php/topic,3207.0.html
Title: Re: DOs and DONTs when planning and buying a set of armor (harness)
Post by: AnsalonPaladin on 2015-05-27, 13:03:21
If you're at all interested in historically accurate kit please read my guide here.  If you're willing to go down that path you have many hear who can guide you appropriately

http://modernchivalry.org/forum/index.php/topic,3207.0.html


Worry not Sir Ian, I had already read it through and through before the recommendation was even made! I think it's spot on and will differ to it throughout my arming process.