Friday, November 6, 2015

A Post, A Post! Churburg #13 Breastplate

Unfortunately nothing to do with painting or gaming, but wanted to post this as a record of what I've been currently up to. And again, sincerest apologies for not visiting the fine blogs as often as in the past. Anyway, I picked up a piece for my Late-14th C. transitional armor-in-the-works. This is another ebay purchase which was made by the talented (and likely underpaid) metal workers in far off India. It is based upon the breastplate displayed in Churburg Castle in Italy. The original was made in the latter part of the 14th Century, presumably by Milanese craftsmen. This reproduction piece is made out of 16 gauge steel with brass embellishments, as well as a lance rest and "v"ribbed  sword stop.
Side view showing the globular shape of the front plate popular during the period - as well as showing the lance rest down.
Besides the main front plate, there are four plates per side which are held together with leather and riveting. The plates fold up well and the whole piece can fit into a very compact size for storage.
 
The only drawback with this breastplate is that the attaching straps, two cross straps over the shoulder and one at the waist, need assistance to secure. My wife gives me a tight window of opportunity to assist in this as well as take photos. Actually she even tailored the gambeson's sleeves and also the padded aventail for me. I can look convincingly hopeless, whereby she gives in.
Well, again apologies for the lack of hobby-related posts, as well as visits to your wonderful blogs. Hopefully I can posts future updates as more pieces are accumulated.
From Churburg Castle west (i.e. Puyallup, WA), Warmest Regards!

33 comments:

  1. Dean, you are becoming a model warrior!

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    1. Thanks again. Jonathan. Yes, a 1:1 model. Best, Dean

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  2. Dean you are most welcomed to defend my Castle (house) any time! :o)

    Lovely out-fit, are you planning on getting a horse as well?....

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks, Phil. I would be honored to defend casting Phil. As far as mounted combat, alas only from my Honda Civic. Warm regards, Dean

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  3. That's a rather nice bit of kit Dean! You are really looking the part there!

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    1. Thanks as always, Rodger. Happy to know the gear meets your approval. Regards, Dean

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  4. Nice, very interesting mate!
    Cheers

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    1. Appreciate the visit and kind words, Nate! Best, Dean

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    1. Mahalo's. Doc! Warmest Aloha, Dean

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  6. Hey, the arms and armour updates are every bit as interesting to the discerning reader as your hobby posts, so don't sweat it. Cool kit, BTW!

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    1. Thanks for that, Evan! I hope there may be some tie to our hobby. Warm regards, Dean

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  7. Nice! What's next then? Armoured codpiece? :-)

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    1. Brilliant Millsy, I was thinking the same! Dean you can't stop now, you must have the whole outfit.

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    2. Thanks, Milsy and Michael! If I were ever to do some HTH reenactment, I'd likely wear a sports cup :) Best, Dean

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    3. "The Black Russian, I think..."
      ; )

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  8. Hi Dean, told you this 1:1 scale gaming was a slippery slope. Next thing you'll be immersing yourself in medieval fechtbuchs & debating the relative merits of I33 & Talhofer.
    Nice piece by the way.
    Regards HGA.

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    1. It sure is, HGA! Your words have always been prophetic. Appreciate your thoughts and warnings as always :) Best Regards, Dean

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  9. That's really cool Dean - somehow I would no longer be surprised if a live horse in barding shows up in one of your blog posts ;0)

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    1. Lol! Thanks for the visit and nice words, Soren. It may be a bit late for me to learn horsemanship, although I could ride a bike no hands :) Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you kindly, Mike. I've been remiss visiting your blog also. Warm regards, Dean

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  11. Getting closer to your goal Dean and looks great so far!

    Christopher

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    1. Appreciate your kind words and approval, Christopher. Warm regards, Dean

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  12. Fabulous all ready for the Zombie Apocalypse! :)

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    1. Lol! For sure, Simon. Thanks for dropping by. Regards, Dean

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  13. You're a good enough painter, we would have believed you were doing 1:1 scale models.

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    1. Greetings, James. Long time no see. Miss your good company. Warm regards, Dean

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  14. Radical! I like it a lot. very cool. Perfect for the Australian summer BBQ!
    Cheers

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  15. Lol! Thanks for that, Brendon. I've discovered a lot of armor enthusiasts Down Under too. Regards, Dean

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  16. OMG...... just.......OMG LOL, move along nothing to see here. Make sure you keep the kiddies eyes covered missus.

    Your a classic Dean, love it!

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    1. Thank ye kindly, Dave. Appreciate your visit and nice comments. Regards, Dean

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  17. Always interesting seeing where your interests/projects take you. Very cool.

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