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Lönn, Finland: “Everyone in the National Team can choose freely what kind of armour set to use”

Lönn, Finland: “Everyone in the National Team can choose freely what kind of armour set to use”

    In our National Team everyone can choose freely what kind of armour set to use. I have opted to get a lightweight splint mail for my arms and legs and brigandine for my torso. My set is dated back to the end of the 14th century and middle Europe. I have chosen that time because I like the movability of those kinds of armour.   I think that…

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Villani, Argentina: “We make new armour each year and try to make it better”

Villani, Argentina: “We make new armour each year and try to make it better”

    The armour for all my group and for me, too, was made here in Argentina. We make all our equipment for ourselves. We test different types of protection. The helmet that I use was the first klappviser we made. The shield has the colors of our country's flag and the logo of my group “VALHERJES”.   The weapon I choose is a falchion, no very heavy, because I…

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Bykov, Estonia: “Shield can be more dangerous than falchion”

Bykov, Estonia: “Shield can be more dangerous than falchion”

    I have German armor of the early 15th c. Why German? Well, everything is simple – Estonia has a lot of German medieval monuments, so Germany is congenial for us.   The choice of armor can be explained by its practicality and the level of protection it provides. However, I had to change a couple of helmets while I was looking for the one that suited me.  …

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Loborec, Croatia: “I have different weapons for different cases…”

Loborec, Croatia: “I have different weapons for different cases…”

    I am planning to assemble a set of armor representing the first part of the 15th century in Croatia. That was a very turbulent time, the country was influenced by different cultures (Italy, Austria, Hungary, Turkey), so I am still looking for the right set to get. Right now I have a combination of Italian and Austrian-style armor.   And, of course, as a fighter I have different…

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Wurzian, Austria: “What I really like about Eastern-style armor is its flexibility and mobility”

Wurzian, Austria: “What I really like about Eastern-style armor is its flexibility and mobility”

    I've been using European gear for some years. I was, let's say, 80% satisfied with my old gear but I faced many difficulties when I tried to improve it. When the HMB World Championship “Battle of the Nations”-2014 approached, one of my fighters needed a new coat of plates and leg harness desperately. I was unable to fight in Trogir because of my knee injury, that’s why I…

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Oscar de la Parra, Mexico: “My role in buhurts is to be tank, my priority is to withstand blows”

Oscar de la Parra, Mexico: “My role in buhurts is to be tank, my priority is to withstand blows”

    I use a XIVth-century Western European harness. It consists of a Kusnacht brigandine with splinted rerebraces, vambraces, cuisses and greaves. Most of the armour is stainless steel, so maintenance is easy.   The helmet is made of 10-12ga mild steel, it is a visored bascinet with a scale aventail. I prefer scales over riveted maille because they offer more structural protection. The visor is based on one of…

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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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Weapons for beginners

Weapons for beginners

    “What weapon should I choose to start training?” - Frequently Asked Questions / Information for novices   In general, you can train using any weapon, be it "soft" (foam weapon) or wooden one. Or, you can even use the arms used in battles.   Wooden weapons are good to train and practise blow delivering, but they’re apt only for that! However, some clubs of historical reenactment use them…

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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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“5 vs 5″ battles. Arms

“5 vs 5″ battles. Arms

    The most common weapons for "5 vs 5"   - Information for novices: In addition to personal preferences of every fighter, we can mention certain trends concerning arms for "5 vs 5" battles. Most often, fighters choose falchion. Their argument is that it’s "simple and reliable". Also, it’s a chopper. (Thrusts are banned in HMB).   Sometimes, other weapons, for example axes and six-flanged maces, are used. Saying…

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