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“Ancestor’s treasure”, or where does the information come from?

“Ancestor’s treasure”, or where does the information come from?

    Armor database, what is it and where can it be found?   Mainly, armor database consists of the models the workshop made before. For example, the web site of armor workshop «Age of Craft» (http://ageofcraft.com/) offers a very large number of both ready-made armor kits and parts of armor. All the offers have already been made before, which means well-tuned production process and tests by real battles... If…

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Armor issue. Is it reasonable to order elements of armor from different blacksmiths?

Armor issue. Is it reasonable to order elements of armor from different blacksmiths?

    It depends on the person making an order. A competent one can order armor in any good workshop because he/she clearly understands which element and of what properties is needed. The process of choosing armor is quite simple, there are "legs", "hands" and "body" that should fit together. For example, brigandine armor of "Chalkis" type. This type of armor requires pauldrons and the fighter has to think how…

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New armor. Ordering and taking measures

New armor. Ordering and taking measures

    Concerning trying on. Is it enough to give your measures or personal presence is preferred?   Once the workshop and model of armor are chosen, measures are needed. In order to get fitting and convenient armor, one point should be taken into account, namely that all measurements have to be taken while the client is wearing quilted jacket and pants (underarmor clothes). In this case the armor will…

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Armor “from a chest” or a new set?

Armor “from a chest” or a new set?

    What is more expensive / cheaper for ordering?   To make the armor that has already been made by the workshop, the blacksmith needs to take the pattern, adjust the size and make the set. Timing of order is known in advance.   When the customer needs armor made according to his/her sources, the blacksmith has to make a 3D model of foil or something like that. Only…

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When armor is needed. First visit to workshop…

When armor is needed. First visit to workshop…

    When a person comes to the blacksmith, their talk concerning armor can develop according to several scenarios.   Variant one. The customer is not a novice in the HMB movement, he/she talked to experienced fighters, has some combat experience, searched for needed information on the Internet and knows what he/she wants. In this case they discuss a particular model of armor, its effectiveness in full contact battles and…

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Selection of armor. How to start?

Selection of armor. How to start?

    Frequently Asked Questions   - HMBIA Authenticity Committee: Historical medieval battle is a collective sport. Few novices are capable of choosing a good set of armor. Usually beginners rely on the views of their more experienced mates. However, it’s not nice to put all the responsibility on the friends, a person has to make at least the slightest search effort on their own. A considerable influence is also…

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Alberto Baal Jimenez: “One of our strongest fighters is our blacksmith”

Alberto Baal Jimenez: “One of our strongest fighters is our blacksmith”

  We have 16 fighters in the association, but for economic reasons we’ll bring only 7 to the tournament, we also have a female fighter but unfortunately she won’t be able to go this year. At this competition we will only participate in the “5 vs 5” category, we hope we will be able to bring more fighters next year to participate in other categories.     One of our…

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Participants of “Battle of the Nations”-2014 will be able to have their armor repaired by blacksmiths

Participants of “Battle of the Nations”-2014 will be able to have their armor repaired by blacksmiths

  There’ll be blacksmiths at "Battle of the Nations" to help fighters to get their armor repaired.    The news was conveyed by Anton Trubnikov, HMBIA President.   “At the last tournament, we had two blacksmiths who could polish, straighten or flatten damaged parts of armor. The participants were very pleased! We practise full contact fighting, which means blows are hard, and armor is made for the purpose of our…

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