Modding “Amazon Special” Gauntlets

Modding “Amazon Special” Gauntlets

Three Mods to Make Cheap Hourglass Gauntlets Usable Need to score some passible rigid hand protection? Maybe you've been eyeing these ubiquitous mitts and wondering if they'd possibly do the trick for C&T. It could be their dashing good looks or their even more attractive price tag, but a lot...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part IV: The Assembly

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part IV: The Assembly

Putting it All Together At last! After forming a boss, building a press, and making a blank, the only thing left was to put it all together and add the final touches. In the greater scheme, this meant accomplishing three final tasks: Prepping and attaching the boss Creating and attaching...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part III: The Blank

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part III: The Blank

Framing the Blank There's something exciting and deeply intimidating about having pristine raw materials before you. There's so much potential there, yet so many opportunities to totally botch the job too. If you've been following along with my other posts, I probably don't need to highlight my particular obsession with...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part II: The Press

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part II: The Press

A Pressing Need Now that I'd made a boss, it was time to move on to the shield blank. When I decided I wanted to dome my new period-style bucklers, I realized that I had quite a challenge before me. I saw immediately that I'd need to laminate two or...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part I: The Boss

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part I: The Boss

To Form an Ideal Shield Boss I've decided to try my hand at constructing a 14th-century-style buckler in a way that I hope will be more accurate for I.33 than the all-metal or dog bowl with flat CDX plywood varieties I've used in the past. Ideally, I'd like to create...Read more
How to Build a Dog Bowl Buckler

How to Build a Dog Bowl Buckler

A while back I made a pair of training bucklers for the study of I.33, and they've gotten a lot of attention from my fellow WMA enthusiasts. So, I figured I'd make a step-by-step tutorial on how to make what I've affectionately dubbed a "dog bowl buckler." I have to...Read more
How to Build a Hardhat Mask Back

How to Build a Hardhat Mask Back

One of the questions I get asked the most about SCA C&T and WMA fencing is how to create rigid back-of-the-head protection on a budget. It's actually pretty easy to convert a cheap hard hat into perfectly acceptable back-of-head (BoH) protection, and while my method uses a few common workshop...Read more