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  1. Albrecht

    Full Sleeve Hauberk

    Been a loooong time since I poked my head in here. Here's something I've been working on for some time. Stats: 16g 1/4"ID, combination punched stainless steel rings and spring hard stainless steel rings. Weight: ~30.5lbs, ~40k rings. Time: no idea. Roughly estimate over 200 hours, maybe even close to 250. I took time to do my best in tailoring the suit, following the guidelines here. I used Hole Row contractions down the sleeves to taper them and a series of Knot Row expansions/contractions at the elbow to push the outside of the sleeve down a bit further. My goal there was to ensure a strait line of rings at my wrist with my elbow bent and to provide a little bit of baggage at the elbow so the sleeve wouldn't lock up on me. In spite of my efforts to spread these these expansions and contractions out as much as possible there are lots of very visible loose rings at the contraction points. My hope is that plated steel elements over and around them will cover them up or draw attention away from them. The underarms are closed and followed the suggestions in the above link. I will post a picture of the armpit below. I am able to lift my arms up forming a "T" with minimal stress or lifting on the body of the hauberk. Raising my arms any further (to praise the sun \[T]/) begins to lift the body of the hauberk to some degree. Expansions were installed over the shoulders to the back to create gussets and allow me to fold my arms over my chest without creating stress points over the back or locking the suit up. Before these expansions were installed I couldn't touch my elbows together in front of my torso. With the expansions I can do that easily and comfortably. Standard expansions over the hips were used and I may need to add more after I get a proper gambeson. In the right lighting, noticeable shading differences can be seen in areas which indicate different batches of punched rings. Basically, some batches were more dished than others. I suppose this places some emphasis on placing your full ring order all at once if possible, assuming you are obsessive compulsive like me... All in all I'm pleased with this and happy to see it mostly complete, minus an additional expansion or three.
  2. Albrecht

    Full Sleeve Hauberk

    Interesting, I had never considered banding the rings. One possibility I had considered was removing an isosceles triangle of maille from the wrist and narrowing up the forearm, then simply lacing them together to close up around my arm. I also considered attaching some leather and buckles but lacing seems easier and faster. My first suit had closed-hang sleeves but I did a poor job tailoring it. Every time I lift my arms I wind up lifting the whole suit. Side note: I enjoyed that documentary on the HEMA forums website. I had no idea that zero English armor survived from the 1400's. I had always thought that at least something (presumably a king's armor) had survived in a museum somewhere.
  3. Albrecht

    Full Sleeve Hauberk

    I've been contemplating attaching my previously made coif to this as described above. Currently it is just a coif and mantle that manage to overlap any areas not covered by the haubergeon. Mitts are also on the table but I'm not entirely sure that I want to have them physically attached to the sleeves, and the same goes for the coif. Everything all-in-one is awesome but I like having the option of removing parts that have become cumbersome if, for instance, I've been at the Renaissance festival all day long and ha e reached a significant level of intoxication... A new pair of chausses is also on the drawing board; one that will match this suit in materials used. I have several pieces of plated armour that I will occasionally throw overtop the maille, usually just for added snazz, but that obviously increases my carry weight significantly as I made a point of ensuring that the plated steel was suitable for SCA combat. Which brings up something I've often wondered... awesome as it looks, was there ever a time period wherein significant plating overlapped full suits of maille? I've seen plenty of examples of nothing but maille and nothing but plate, as well as mostly plate with a few areas of maille protecting joints (sewn to the gambeson or arming jacket, I assume) but don't specifically recall both in full force. It seems that it would be excessive at that point. Snazzy, but excessive.
  4. Albrecht

    Full Sleeve Hauberk

    Thanks all! To be honest I didn't know the difference between the two terms but that's good information to have. I should be taking out for the first time next weekend. It'll be a little loose since I lack the proper padding but compared to my previous suit it'll be nice having full arm protection. If anyone gets a picture of me in it I'll post it here.
  5. Albrecht


    Photo of the closed underarm.
  6. Albrecht


    Sleeve on previously-posted hauberk. Expansions and contractions can be seen going down the taper the sleeve and create elbow room.
  7. Albrecht

    Full Sleeve Hauberk

    Photo of the underarm.
  8. Albrecht

    IMG 20160519 181219787 Min

    Full-sleeve hauberk made from half punched and half spring hard stainless steel. 16g, 1/4"ID. Total weight: 30.5lbs, approximately 40,000 rings.
  9. Albrecht

    Flying with Chainmail?

    I've heard of passengers flying with ballistic armor. I doubt it will be an issue, just take it off before screening and explain why you are wearing it on the plane. I've considered doing the very same thing myself if I were flying somewhere and wanted my armor with me.
  10. Albrecht

    IGP Question

    I'm wondering if there is a way to make IGP use only certain colors? I've uploaded a number of images easily but wind up with around 100 different colors due to shading. If anyone knows how to knock it down to basic ROYGBIV, black, and white colors that would be wonderful. I've been all over the menu and can't find anything to make it do that.
  11. Albrecht

    Full Rig.jpg

    A few pieces still need some touching up but I like how it's looking. I'll post more detailed (and better quality) pictures of the leggings shortly.
  12. Albrecht

    Not enough rings in bags

    In my two previous orders I've noticed that bags of 1614 anodized aluminum are consistently around 30 rings short. I've gone through four bags of violet rings and just finished with a bag of red rings. Did I miss a disclaimer somewhere or is there an issue in packaging? I sent an email a little less than a week ago but have not received a response.
  13. Albrecht

    Tax help...

    Thanks for the help, everyone. I'm fairly certain that I have not made more than $400 this past year so it will definitely be filed as a hobby. I'm just going to need to start keeping track of sales, etc in the future... that and probably hire someone to do my taxes for me xD
  14. Albrecht

    Tax help...

    I'm currently in the process of doing my 2010 taxes. I used to do everything by paper but I've decided to be lazy this year and use TurboTax. I've arrived at the state portion and it's talking about "use" taxes. Having spent over $1000 (tax free) at this website, my owed state taxes just jumped up quite a bit. A friend of mine is recommending I write the purchases off as a business expense but here's the deal: -I don't own a small business, this is still a hobby. -I make some money here and there, but nothing significant. -I don't have a website, business cards or anything else to imply that I actually have a running business. Can I legally write the purchases off as business expenses, not legally owning a business and paying the appropriate business taxes? If so, how would I do this? I'm a Virginia state resident, if that helps in any manner. Much thanks to anyone who can provide some assistance!
  15. Riveted rings for scales sounds sexy. Let us know how difficult it is to go through the riveting process behind the scales.

    1. twilightbanana


      Well, they're already flattened and punched, so all I need to do is peen/flatten the rivet, which I have pliers for.

  16. Albrecht

    Dice Bag

    Crafted from 1614 black and green AA. I used 16516 steel rings at the top where the leather cord is. The opening is 30 rings wide (each steel ring passing through three) and expands five rings per row until hitting 50 rings. It remains at a width of 50 rings for around 14 rows then begins contracting by five rings per row until reaching ten rings. The "queen" ring at the bottom is a 1638 steel ring. It's currently holding around 45 random dice (D4s to D20s) and could probably fit another 15-20.
  17. Albrecht

    Coif Progress

    Thanks! I didn't need to do any lacing. I had originally tried to make the area around the neck as form-fitting as possible to save on weight and to avoid the sort of baggy look that is has around the neck. I didn't like how it turned out aesthetically. I wound up removing the contractions I had made up until my head could just squeeze through with the padding that I'm using. When it's complete I will try to get someone else to take some pictures of the side/back/etc while I'm wearing everything else I've made.
  18. Albrecht

    Coif Progress

    I've been working on my second attempt at a coif for the past couple months and this is my progress. I've been going by the pattern posted here. I haven't needed to make a split in the back of the head to lace it up, as is likely evident by the extra baggage around the neck. Stats are 1614 spring hard stainless and the 1614 stainless punched rings. I plan on expanding the coif around four more rows to the edges of my shoulders. After that I plan on making a long-sleeved hauberk using the same combination of materials. By the way, I sorta bought all of the punched stainless rings that TRL had in stock. Hoping it's enough to finish out the hauberk or that TRL restocks them ^_^
  19. I'm getting into the habit of requesting that packages be left at the post office or UPS facility. That way I can go pick them up in person

  20. Albrecht

    Please close the bags

    In my most recent order I also had one bag of rubber rings that wasn't completely sealed. The hole was big enough for rings to fit through but small enough that none of them fell out during the shipping process. I haven't received a bulk order in some time so I don't know if the packing process is similar or different, but I just thought I'd let you know by adding to this thread.
  21. Albrecht

    RFC: Belt project completed

    What gauge wire did you use on the BA?
  22. Albrecht

    World of Warcraft - Horde symbol 21x21

    Loktar Ogar.
  23. Albrecht

    WTB: e4-1 strips

    Email sent.
  24. I'll be going on the 23rd of October (this coming Saturday) and will likely be there all day. Anyone else thinking about going out there? I should be relatively easy to spot. I'll be wearing chain and scale maille from shoulder to feet and I'll be wearing one of the ever popular wide-brimmed and feathered black hats that are sold at the fair.
  25. Albrecht

    Maryland Renaissance Festival

    Had a great time. Got there shortly after the fair opened and managed to last until around 5pm before exhaustion set in. Got a number of compliments on the setup (the scales seemed to be the big hit) and a lot of people asking to take pictures. Unfortunately the only pictures I have are those that my friends took and they're only upper-torso + head pictures. The turkey leg was delicious, as always. On a side note I noticed a rather heavy steam punk presence that day...