Wednesday, March 10, 2010 9:29:39 PM
Osmandias: chain mail is either stainles steel or zinc coated, the clasp is clearly modern, the emblem is pure phantasy.
Well yes, chain mail bought made for you is expensive as is, and it's an absolute pain to make by yourself (though there are some shortcuts I`ve heard of). You`re going to seriously make a stink about materials? The period and pieces match. So he`s got a modern clasp, that`s okay too, because not even historical battle actors have money to burn on little things that won`t likely be noticed. That`s like complaining buttons on a uniform are plastic instead of brass.
This isn`t even civil war re-enactments where everything can still be found on the (relatively speaking) cheap.
As for the emblem, it`s not necessarily clear from the way he`s standing. Blues and reds certainly weren`t uncommon, and I certainly can`t say that I know Norman crests to tell from a half concealed glance and you probably couldn`t either.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 2:19:46 PM
davymid: "I disagree. Could be Saxon, or Norman. Sure, a nosepiece was more common but not ubiquitous..."
Sure, Helmet, bolted with attached chainmail: correct; cotta: correct (as far as I can see); half round mantle: correct; tunic with emblem: correct. But: chain mail is either stainles steel or zinc coated, the clasp is clearly modern, the emblem is pure phantasy.