Leather armour may not have been as popular in life as it appears in entertainment. It won't prevent a sword going right through or an axe from dealing a fatal blow, but it will muffle most swipes or slashes and can cushion the wearer from projectiles fired from a distance. Leather had many positive factors going for it such as being relatively cheap to make, more mobile than plate, more durable than cloth, and troops could provide it themselves. One downside is that it was prone to rot and therefore would need to be covered in grease, pitch, lacquer, or possibly even mutton-fat as a weather-proofer. On it's own it was certainly better than nothing, but it's use increased dramatically when paired with equally free moving chain mail.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Thursday, December 29, 2016
For Templar knights called upon to defend their faith and kingdom, a robust Crusades armor was paramount. What sort of helmet did they wear? What about greaves? Shields? Vambraces? Let us find out.
During the first two Crusades, a knight would be literally covered in mail armor, primarily to protect against the broadsword. While the broadsword was not the sharpest tool in the enemy’s armory, its mass and the momentum of the rider in a running horse generated enough power to crush bones.
Under the heavy armor the knight wore bries (medieval underwear) and chausses (padded garment for the legs) and his body was covered by a gambeson – a heavy, thick quilt-like coat.
Over this coat the crusader wore his mail hauberk. The hauberk featured sleeves that ran down to the elbow or wrist. The hauberk, which could be slipped over the head, weighed between 25 and 40 pounds. Heavy? Very. However, when belted this could be fought in easily and enabled smooth movement that was imperative to survive on horseback.
The knight wore the surcoat over the mail shirt. The surcoat was of great significance to the knight. It was often printed or embroidered with his arms, which identified him, his family and others who fought with him. The surcoat served another important purpose during the 11th and 12th centuries when the knight’s iron cap was replaced with a fully-enclosed helmet, and identifying someone in full armor became near impossible. Also, it helped keep the scorching sun off the metal armor. On Crusades, the knights wore a simple white surcoat with a cross as a reminder of their Holy mission – the classic attire that we have come to associate with the Crusader.
Over the surcoat the soldier wore the long knight’s belt. This belt helped to support the mail’s weight on his hips so that it didn’t rest on his shoulders.
To protect the legs, the knight used chaussesor padded garment which helped prevent chafing. Over this chausses was another set of mail defenses to cover the legs, also called chausses.
Initially, the head was protected by a cloth cap and roll that padded the iron helmet and kept the iron links out of the knight’s hair. This was followed by the mail camail, a hood of chain mail with an opening for the face that protected the neck and shoulders from cuts. Then came the great Crusades helmets that weighed from 4–10 pounds and featured a narrow slit for the eyes called “ocularium.” While the immense protection made it difficult for the enemy to do any significant damage to the head, it also led to difficulty in breathing and communication between soldiers.
The “lambrequin,” a piece of cloth covering the helmet, kept the sun out and helped identify fellow soldiers. A set of mail mittens and the Crusader was ready to raise hell.
Friday, December 16, 2016
There sits in one closet a box of supplies. Not just regular hardware, these pieces shine in fantastic colors, they sparkle in the light...and tear at the edges. A box full of wrapping paper and fancy bows, set to impress for the holidays. But everyone knows that this is just a precursor to the treasure hidden inside. No one wants to have the outside of a present be the best part. That's why shopping at Museum Replicas is the best choice for the holidays. Items that let your imagination travel through time, explore adventures of lost ages, and be the hero of your own tale. Now, through December 24th, select items will be on sale, making shopping even easier! Combine that with offers like the Free Shipping Day this Friday, and you'll be slaying the holidays in no time!
Thursday, December 1, 2016
On December 16th Museum Replicas will once again take place in FREE SHIPPING DAY! By ordering through the link provided you will receive FREE SHIPPING with no minimum to buy! This applies to all items like; swords, armor, costuming and home decor! What's more is that these items are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas! So don't miss out and be ready for the 16th of December!
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We at Museum Replicas hope that you have a wonderful weekend of good times and food with family. Of course, once you've had your fill it's time for Black Friday! We are having a BIGGEST BLACK FRIDAY SALE EVER this weekend! You certainly won't want to miss this opportunity to get a jump on the holiday season, even if you indulge yourself! As if that weren't enough, customers who buy a Gift Card will also receive a bonus 15% value added to the card! Sale starts Friday but lasts through Monday so be sure to check in!
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The Heroes and Villains Fan Fest is coming up this weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center! Come out and meet some of the most prominent stars from movies and television! With talent from Arrow, The Flash, Once Upon A Time, Guardians of the Galaxy and more! Museum Replicas will also be there with our sibling company Movie Prop Replicas, so come out and see what we have to offer! After all the stress of the last few weeks, a little nerdy R&R sounds great to us!
Thursday, October 27, 2016
How about take this to a fantasy level, say something to do with “Game of Thrones”? Suppose we genetically engineer a bunch of super soldiers, all of similar height, weight, strength, and fighting ability and hand them different “Game of Thrones” weapons. Who would you fancy to be the last one standing?
The person holding Eddard Stark’s Ice perhaps? Or its Valyrian cousin Longclaw that is Jon Snow’s weapon of choice? Dragon glass, much like the aforementioned weapons, is capable of ending a White Walker and wielding something made from volcanic glass is kind of cool; sadly, it may not amount to much against the longer swords. Arya’s lighter “stick it with the pointy end” Needle can be a deadly weapon in the hands of someone with speed of thought and movement but alas our little tournament is filled with supermen with the same abilities. Another Valyrian sword, Oathkeeper, once of Jamie Lannister and now in the capable hands of Brienne of Tarth, can be a game changer. You can also make a case for Dawn, which was once wielded by Ser Arthur Dayne, perhaps the greatest swordsman of them all.
So, which weapon’s your favorite? Do you want to own one? We suggest you first check out some of Museum Replica’s amazing officially licensed “Game of Thrones” products. We have mugs, helmets, shields and, of course, weapons. No, you will not find Wildfire or any of Dany’s dragons – we reckon they are way too hazardous!