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"Extra Curricular" Castle Activities

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What Extra-curricular Castle Activities do you do?

Make armor
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13%
Make weapons
0
No votes
Use weapons (i.e. archery)
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46%
Other
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17%
None
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25%
 
Total votes : 24

"Extra Curricular" Castle Activities

Postby Sir Smittens » Thu Mar 25, 2004 11:57 pm

Do any of you do things that you'd really do if you lived in castle times? For example, I have a bow and arrow that I practice with a lot.

Oh, forgot to mention that I don't practice on any live game.
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Postby Mr. D » Fri Mar 26, 2004 12:04 am

I voted "Use Weapons". I enjoy sparing with my wooden swords (also known as wasters), and I would also enjoy archery (if I had a bow).
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Postby Devari » Fri Mar 26, 2004 4:34 am

Er... The extent of my medieval-style activities is sparring with a couple of my friends using sticks... :oops: :oops: :oops:

I would do all of the above if I could.... But I don't really have the supplies or money to get them.
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Postby Mr. D » Fri Mar 26, 2004 1:08 pm

Devari wrote:I would do all of the above if I could.... But I don't really have the supplies or money to get them.


Well, you could make some nice looking wasters with some strait sticks and a knife; they wouldn't have a hilt, but would still work well. I made my own wooden sword by carving and sanding down both sides of most of a 1" dowel to 1/2". Then I took a piece of wood 2"x6" and about 3/8" thick, drilled a one-inch hole in the center and used Gorilla glue to fasten it to the dowel, forming the hilt.
Very inexpensive, but it works well and looks nice.
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Postby stuifzand » Fri Mar 26, 2004 4:12 pm

I miss the option "none" ;)
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Postby SirCumferance » Fri Mar 26, 2004 6:34 pm

I make maille, and realy want to buy a dagger and sword. Some shuriken would be cool too. I would cut watermelons in half and stuff. :D
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Postby wlister » Fri Mar 26, 2004 6:36 pm

I have a replica of a Scottish Claymore that I used to practice with. Now that I have kids it had to go in storage so lately I guess the option was none, but I had to remember my younger days hacking at a giant bean bag with the sword. And no it wasn't a replica of the Mel Gibson sword, I bought it back in '91 as a gift to me for my high school graduation.

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Postby Sir Terrance » Fri Mar 26, 2004 8:27 pm

I know of this site that shows you how to make a life size suit of chain mail. If you type 'tutorial create chain mail' or something like that under www.google.ca you should get that site as one of the first few. I would like to try archery, but need some instructions how to make a good long bow and arrows.
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Postby Sir Smittens » Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:31 pm

I miss the option "none"

I figured if that was your answer, you wouldn't choose one. But, I am the (relatively) new guy.

I would like to try archery, but need some instructions how to make a good long bow and arrows.

Neither bows nor arrows are very expensive. I can't remember where I got my bow, but it's really nice quality and it wasn't very expensive. Big 5 (US only, I think) has un-medieval like arrows for I believe a little less than a dollar (again, US).
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Postby lemon_squeezer2 » Sat Mar 27, 2004 12:14 am

I have a bow that I practice with and I am saving up for a sword. My friend though has about six swords and is still building up his collection.

I myself also like fighting with sticks. It is really fun :D
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Postby doctorsparkles » Tue Apr 20, 2004 3:52 am

I chose 'use weapons', but I would have liked to choose two or more options.
In my town, there is a medieval/fantasy roleplaying group, and though I haven't participated with the whole group, I have sparred with a couple of the members. I plan on taking both European and Oriental style fencing classes when I get more money to do so. An archery class is also offered at my local community college.
I collect medieval style clothing, and I also have somewhere around 15-20 swords and a crossbow.
As for actually producing medieval items, I have made two tunics (both of which are no more... they were destroyed after a couple of uses) and two shields.
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Postby Sir Smittens » Tue Apr 20, 2004 3:58 am

As for actually producing medieval items...two shields.


:shock: How do you do that?

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Postby doctorsparkles » Tue Apr 20, 2004 4:21 am

Sir Smittens wrote:
As for actually producing medieval items...two shields.


:shock: How do you do that?

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I basically just got some half inch ply-wood and cut out the shape that I wanted (I have a 2 and a half foot round and a diamond shaped shield). Then I put 4 thick bolts through it, to which I attached the straps, which were made out of childrens' leather belts. Then you just paint them. I'm not sure how accurate they are, but they look nice, and they are somewhat functional. I've never used them, as they aren't padded on the back so it would probably hurt my arm a lot if they were hit. However, I have tried hitting them as hard as I could with a baseball bat, striking them with the edge of a sword and thrusting with tip of the blade (two handed, with all of my strength), and they hold up pretty well... just a couple of minor knicks, which I filled up with wood putty.
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Postby Sir Smittens » Tue Apr 20, 2004 4:31 am

And how historically accurate was wood putty? :lol:

I got to try this soon...

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Postby David Girard » Tue Apr 20, 2004 11:52 am

If I read a lot of book about Medieval History is this consider as an castle activity ?
I think it is.
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