2015 12 16: Weekly Meeting

posted Dec 16, 2015, 6:17 PM by Freydis Egilsdottir   [ updated Feb 24, 2016, 9:38 AM by Mikhail H- ]
At Almaric's house; we all got to see baby Bran! What a cutie.

Five adults, five kids (six if you count Bran, the first time the kids have outnumbered the adults!). Maeve worked on Drake's new tunic; Ulrich worked on shoes and showed off a very nice pouch and clever little sewing kit he had made; also worked on was Mikhail's gambeson (Freydis discussed seam tips which she will detail in the forums under the Armouring for Heavy Combat thread); Karl's new tunic; and token-holding, kid-labelling favours for Karl and Alvena. Mikhail showed off his completed knee; Ulrich suggested a particular protective coating over the matte black primer on there (floor polish) which apparently is very good at giving a durable wet look; Mikhail will bring a test piece to the feast on Saturday to give it a try.

Oh, yes, and Lord Almaric and Maeve made a tiny human being, which they claim to be able to document as a period piece. Heh.

It was agreed to start having armouring workshops in the new year at House Ravenspeak, Mikhail and Freydis's place, to work on building armour bits (probably starting with knees all round, as they are quick, easy, and forgiving to work on); the goal is to get everyone armoured up with enough leeway before the camping event at the end of May that we have a chance to find and make needed adjustments. These will probably be on Saturdays, as needed.

The Barony of Ruantallan, meanwhile, having seen what an awesome day Wednesdays, named for the Norse god of war, Odin, are for fighting practise, decided to follow our lead and will be holding their fighting practise on Wednesdays (same Bat-time, same Bat-station) starting January 6th. I don't know if they will also be holding their Monday practise that week on the 4th but I assume not.

Musical instruments were also discussed; it sounds like there may be interest in making some (most likely stringed), but the general attitude seemed to be "Yes, fine, great fun--after Twelfth Night!"

There was also a lot of discussion of leather. We have steel and packing blankets sourced and procured for armouring; what we lack is leather for shoes, pouches and purses, and straps for armour, although some is on its way. "Ikea shoes" kits were suggested; complete kits for making medieval shoes, a la Tandy's moccasin kits. And if you want instructions on making leather toggles, see the Arts & Sciences thread, the posting about new info on Norse shoes; there's a couple of videos showing how to do it there.

See you all on Saturday at Ulrich's for the feast!