Repairing and Fitting a Maille Hauberk

Several weeks ago I was given a project to repair and fit a maille hauberk. It is standard Amtgard chain being 16g, 3/8id, 4in1 butted. Unfortunately, the armor was poorly made and not intended for the person now wearing it. The main request was for me to repair large blowouts in both armpits but after examining the piece I found several other issues with it as well. It had no sizing alterations(T-tunic), had several other holes and oddities in the weave, and had a sleeve with rows that "spiraled" rather than finishing end to end. All of these needed to be corrected. The hauberk was also made for someone with a smaller build, so for it to fit right I had to add width as well.
When I first got it I took some pictures of the armpit blowouts and have attached those. In the next couple blogs I'll post more pictures and describe the repairs and alterations I made.

Heiligen Fest (Coronation Feast)

On March 7, 2009, on or about 7 p.m., the Duchy of Pegasus Valley will have a Barbarian-themed Coronation Feast at 9021 Montgomery (The New Mexico Restaurant Association).

$5.00 fee will apply payable at the door to the Head Barbarian. However, those RSVP'ing by Feb. 28, 2009 will get a special present!

As tentatively planned, the menu will be:

Kaulik's Shepherd's Pie
Barbarian Bread
Barbarian Salad
Blackbird Pie
Assorted Meats and Cheeses
Soft Drinks and Water

Please contact Kaulik at (505) 417-7367 as soon as possible to RSVP. Also, if you wish to add to the festivities, either with food donations or old-fashioned plain old sweat, please contact the above-mentioned Barbarian.

Kaulik Rouqil Von Aufinger, Guildmaaster of Smiths.

Clay for the Castle

Went and found some clay for building a tiny castle.

I pulled it from a pile from excavating the still incomplete upper well housing. Was able to make coils straight out of the pile so I have high hopes for this stuff.

Just started soaking it so I can get the plant matter and small rocks out of it with a screen. Then I get to dry it out a bit, flatten it into nice big slabs and cut tiny, tiny bricks out of it.

Once i have all of my tiny, tiny bricks I get together with Dandan and a few of his books and we do a tiny test oven (horno style), a tiny gatehouse, and tiny wall section to see if any obvious problems pop up.

ArtRage Digital Paint

So I've been obsessed with this ArtRage software for the last 24 hours or so.

There is a free starter edition at the site. It has all the basic tools you need and does a damn good job at emulating placing paint on a surface. Full version is a whopping $25 and includes extras like importing stencils, extra modes for the painting tools, metallic paints, and dumping paint straight from the tube (you can even make your own little mixing tray and do it the old-fashioned way).

Here's what I've been up to with it in the last 24 hours anyway.

Awesome, Amazing, Fantastic!

Everyone in the Duchy of Pegasus Valley...You all rule! You are all
freakin awesome, keep up the awesomeness, good attitudes, and great
fighting. I see the attendance has gone up, GREAT job guys! Without
the help of everyone at the park, we would just be some other random
group, but you guys are just freakin amazing. I enjoy nothing more
than hanging out with everyone at the park every week, you guys are
just awesome people to be around. Again, keep up the amazingness.

Thanks so much,

Unofficial Dor Un Avathar 8.2 in RTF format

This format is made available for folks to edit and update the work in future if need be.

(Note: this file's read-only attribute bit is set, to prevent accidental editing of the original. It is good practice to make a second destructible copy of the file if you intend to do some editing.)

Unofficial Dor Un Avathar "8.2"

I wanted to see what a Rulebook 7.5-compatible version of the Dor Un Avathar 8.1 might look like, so I made one. If you feel it would be useful, have fun with it.


"The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me. It will be about or tailored to those five who respond first.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
⇒ I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
⇒ What I create will be just for you.
⇒ It'll be done this year.
⇒ You have no clue what it's going to be (but feel free to use your imagination)!
⇒ I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well, if you respond to this post!"

So... sign up and stuff...

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