Friday, July 22, 2016

THE ARCHANGEL COLLECTION: STEAMPUNK INCARNATE

An exciting steampunk web series, Archangel from the winter’s End Chronicles, is based in 1893 London and follows the adventures of a crime fighting vigilante known as the Archangel. Museum Replica’s exclusive line of costumes and accessories designed for this production is inspired by this on-going action adventure story.

Archangel’s London is not the romantic Victorian metropolis we have grown to know. Rather, it is the setting for a vast criminal network, known as “The Legion”, which is responsible for having corrupted governments and for oppressing common citizens. In this alternate historical timeline, humanity has harnessed the power of steam and steel to attain unprecedented technological heights, however the criminal element has risen to power. Against this backdrop, arises a vigilante who is dedicated to completely destroying this evil army. The people have named him, the Archangel.

The Archangel series represents the best of steampunk, ridden with gorgeous clock-work props, meticulous costuming, intricate sets and sepia-tinged cinematography. The aesthetics of the production quality and the evocative visual imagery is captivating. Museum Replicas collection includes various masterpieces from the series. The steampunk world of 1893 can be dangerous place but the Elite London Police Force is always standing ready in snazzy in a beautiful uniform jacket, made of black, suit-weight twill with padded shoulders and Nehru collar and a plastron front, buttoned into place with eleven antique brass buttons. Yet another classic costume is the EmpireOpera Coat, a formal tailcoat with a steampunk twist, with rich black brocade with artificial seal-skin lapels, antiqued brass gear buttons, and a real watch pocket. A perfect way of finishing the look is by just slipping on the Archangel sleeveless coat along with it!

A smart companion piece for just about any steampunk ensemble is, without doubt, the ArchangelSteampunk Utility Belt. High quality aged leather and antique brass hardware gives the belt an excellent appearance that you can strap on confidently for a very smart authentic steampunk look. 

A standout item which you can’t afford to miss is the extraordinary Airship Captain Boots. The antique brass metal plates and gear buckles create a distinct, authentic and bold look. Do not miss the antiqued leather caps and the exotic ‘leather flying cap’! Team them up with the goggles we offer and you will look ‘steampunk’ in a second. The outlandish Airship Captain Saber and Airship Pirate Boarding Axe deserve a place in any weapon collector’s assortment. The cherry on the steampunk cake, the jewel of the crown, is perhaps the Archangel masks. Made of fiberglass, they have been painted to resemble antique metal. They are available in two ingenious designs, the Archangel Mark I Mask and the Archangel Mark II Mask, and make you look and feel like you can defend Victorian London.

So, get set, and go full steampunk!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Basic Spathology



The ethnographic study of swords —spathology— involves the exploration of their history, design and function as fighting tools. Primarily, this means understanding the reasons behind any particular design. Understanding a sword's performance requires knowing that every unique design is a combination of factors involving the maker's technology and craftsmanship combined with ergonomic considerations acquired from combat experience. The capacity of different sword designs to transition between offensive and defensive actions represents a certain degree of trade-off between these traits. Blades with different edge configurations and cross-sectional geometries will achieve better results on different materials, while certain grip and hilt designs will better enable particular motions more so than will others. Some sword designs may have more play in their point for agile thrusting or have more weight at that end to add force to a blow. Other designs may be optimized to permit closer contact with opponents and a wider array of techniques. Width and thickness of a blade will impart either sturdiness or quickness, depending. It's a simple matter that, depending upon their overall shape and size, different sword designs will have different centers-of-gravity, centers-of-rotation, and centers-of-percussion all of which fundamentally determine serviceability for combat –when wielded in an optimal manner. Regardless of form, every design must take into consideration aspects of strength, resilience, and durability as well as sharpness of edge and point. But every sword, whether straight or curved, tapering or symmetrically edged, is a matter of trying to answer the necessity of dealing effectively with the arms and armor the user would likely encounter. Swordsmiths always tried to improve performance standards –standards that were always necessitated by the self-defense demands of the fighting men who relied on their weapon for survival.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Remebering the French Revolution

Known in France as “Le Quatorze Juillet”, Bastille Day is the celebration of the overtaking of the Bastille fortress in Paris and symbolizes the French Revolution. Celebrated on the 14th of July, the original event took place in 1789. The Bastille had been an undefeated monument of King Louis XVI's power and was used as a prison for political prisoners. Shortly after the castle was invaded, it was set to be destroyed by the order of Major General Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. In a bit of a twist, Marquis de Lafayette would send the now defunct key and sketch of the castle to his former general, one George Washington.

Monday, July 11, 2016

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE - ALMOST FROM ARCHAIC GREECE

How do you make a sequel to a movie in which everyone died? The answer, so obvious that you can almost miss it is: You don’t.

In the words of the director Noam Murro, 300: Rise of an Empire is an ‘equal’, and not a prequel or sequel to its epic predecessor ‘300’. This means it happens at the same time! According to Murro, the first movie cleverly fits into it as the missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle, a different perspective of the same time, prompting “Dang! That’s what happens!” from audiences who’ve seen both.
It is the story of the Athenian general Themistokles: a champion who takes on the might of the Persian Navy commanded by the vindictive Artemisia, under Xerxes’ vision, with assistance from the Spartans and shrewd tactics. Covering a lot of ground both historically and literally, the film was shot for over 8 months in Bulgaria with soundstage green screens. The detailing was meticulous and references were numerous - Frank Miller’s yet-to-be-published graphic novel ‘Xerxes’, Persian sculptures, Persian art and architecture, Greek city planning. As Murro remarks, filming and the physical production were cathartically depleting experiences: “When I came back home, everything green had to be removed. Every history book had to be removed, everything having to do with Greeks and ships — with men, for that matter! It took a bit of adjustment, coming back.”
On screen, as a cinematic narrative of the Battle of Artemisum and the Battle of Salamis, the movie offers operatic frames with copious amounts of imagination, metrically choreographed fights, exaggerated emotions and magnified expressions. The Aegan Sea is stained crimson with blood, as broad swords clang on metal helmets, creating a kaleidoscope of arresting visuals and arterial splatter!



As a fantasy film about fantasy heroes and villains, it offers its fans the desire and opportunity to explore the experience on a more tangible plane through replicas and props - the Spartan’s cape, Sullivan Stapleton’s sword, Eva Green’s costumes, the vintage helmets, etc.
Museum Replicas’ 300: Rise of an Empire collectibles are designed to be accurate and long-lasting replicas. With contributions from Frank Miller, MRL offers over fifteen products of all kinds, some of which are simply exquisite. This includes the Spartan shield, made of stainless steel and finished with aged brass to feel like history in your hands. The overall make is incredibly sturdy and the leather hand hold can rouse the warrior instincts of anyone wielding it. Of course, everyone wants to own a sword and Museum Replicas offers you a choice between the Sword of Calisto and the Sword of Themistokles. You may resonate with the impulsive Calisto or the insightful Themistokles and both the swords comprise of a high-carbon steel blade with an antique bronze finish. They make excellent functional swords, as well as wall hangers. For those looking forward to put together the complete look of Themistokles, the 300 range has it all. Another terrific product is Artemisia’s dagger which, like her personality, is hauntingly strong and beautiful. Browse the complete collection to become your own hero!


Friday, July 8, 2016

How to display your sword collection

It was such a long wait, you either had to come of age or get permission to own a sword. But now that you have your very own blade, where do you put it when not at your side? Well we at Museum replicas might have some thoughts on that. Most people choose to hang their swords. This puts them on prime display while simultaneously keeping them out of reach of some of the smaller family members. At MRL we like to look professional so we use mounts like the sword plaque or the universal sword hanger. The sword plaque allows for a framed effect around the hilt and also offers space for complimentary artwork, while the universal hanger leaves the sword to shine in it's own glory. Keep in mind though that these methods of display are usually limited to swords with a cross guard and not a basket.



Another choice is using a floor display stand. Frequently used for military sword display, these stands showcase the sword at ground level and have the weapon supported by the blade. Displaying a katana on the other hand, is another story. Katana displays are built for resting on a table top or on the wall. But they are different from sword plaques being that they are racks regularly meant for the three traditional Japanese blades. The most interesting of all sword display has to be the custom jobs. A glass case that keeps the blade safe and clean is always appealing. How about a mannequin posed for action? Creativity can lead to marvelous displays just remember to be safe!