Monday, June 19, 2017

The Death Dealer Collection

Museum Replicas is proud to announce it's collaboration with the Frazetta Art Museum to bring you the licensed Death Dealer line! Drawn by legendary artist Frank Frazetta, this iconic image of a dark warrior has made a lasting impression on the fantasy community. First commercially used as the cover art for the debut album of the band Molly Hatchet, the Death Dealer has seen consistent action since then. The popularity of this artwork inspired it's own novels, soon to be followed by statues, action figures and a comic book series! As if that wasn't impressive enough, since 1985 the Death Dealer has been the mascot of the US Army III Corps. They even have a full size metal replica at their headquarters! The Death Dealer pulls double duty though and also serves as a mascot for the USMC VMM-164 helicopter squadron! Frazetta's artwork has been an outstanding symbol of American fantasy and the time has come for it to be immortalized in a collection that does such a warrior justice. Museum Replicas' licensed props hold nothing back. Awe inspiring arms and armor made with real steel in proportions fit for a nearly 7 foot tall veteran of combat.

The Death Dealer Shield is massive and nearly classifies as a tower shield, with the Death Dealer falcon emblazoned upon it. 

The Death Dealer Sword is equally impressive at 41 inches in length. Forged with high carbon steel to give you a real working blade. 

The Death Dealer Axe is a fantasy cleaver of warriors dreams. Also made with high carbon steel and weighing in at a monstrous 10 pounds! 
Finally and most notably is the Death Dealer Helm, constructed with 18 gauge steel this ominous helm steals the show! 

The limited edition, numbered, signed version is now available for pre-order which includes a certificate of authenticity hand signed by Frank Frazetta Jr! You can even register your collection on line to protect its integrity through the ages. This stunning collection stands as glorious as the artwork itself and deserves a place in any true warriors collection!

Hand Sewn Clothing

In the world of historical re-enactment and role play costuming, few eras are as popular as that of the Renaissance Period. While many manufacturers offer garments that are constructed in the style of days long gone, few fulfill the promise of authentic production. Museum Replicas has noticed this lack of reproduction and has decided to address the issue with it's own line called; Windlass Authentics. This Hand-Sewn line is as implied, sewn by hand. But these period pieces are also loomed by hand as well! Even the lacing used on these garments is stitched by hand.

The unaltered fibers of the shirts and chemise are naturally off-white in color, producing the classic look that blends into the period. However, we do hand dye the pants to add a splash of color! These items will take you back to the festivals with triumphant authenticity, making you the rival of all your peers!  Order from Museum Replicas Hand Sewn line and see your look transcend time!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Rapiers – Faster, Lighter Swords

As the Middle Ages drew to a close, firearms, such as the matchlock, became more common. Other weapons evolved as well. Consequently, the Knightly suit of armor began to fade into obscurity and so did the weapons meant to combat the armor, such as the mace and war hammer. The need was for a faster, lighter tool. Enter the rapier.

The term “rapier” is believed to have come from the Spanish espada ropera or “sword of the robes.” In other words, it was a dress sword more common among the civilians.  Were they truly “faster and lighter”? Yes, in comparison to swords of that time. However, rapiers were far from the sleek, elegant-looking blades depicted in modern times. In fact, they resembled the medieval swords that preceded them, with a long and narrow body, a blade over an inch thick, and a hilt with a heavy quillon. 

Before the Renaissance, the rapier was exclusive to the elite but the weapon soon gained popularity among the masses, especially the merchant class. It was a self-defense tool and a status symbol. However, the rapier did not win over the military ranks; its effectiveness in the battlefield was questioned.  Armor, though outdated, was still worn, and soldiers preferred a heavier tool to wield.
Over time, the rapier’s hilt and blade became lighter and shorter, respectively, as swordplay necessitated the lightest and most effective weapon possible. The result was the “small sword” which consigned the rapier to history in the 18th century.