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by Manveruon
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: New Belt!
Replies: 6
Views: 384

New Belt!

I recently finished up a new ranger belt! I have had this large Rus Viking buckle from Viking Leathercrafts sitting around my workshop for literally YEARS now, so I was really glad to finally put it to good use. I felt it had a very Gondorian/Numenorean (and by extension, Dúnedain/Arnorian) feel. Th...
by Manveruon
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Vendor List - Best Places to Get Materials and Accouterments
Replies: 6
Views: 2771

Re: Vendor List - Best Places to Get Materials and Accouterments

As an aside, I'd still kill to find a good, reliable source for lightweight waxed cotton/oilskin (like the kind that might be used for waxed cotton jackets and so forth). Most places only sell it in VERY heavy weights, or else it is EXTREMELY expensive. If anyone knows another good source, I'm alway...
by Manveruon
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: New Pouch
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: New Pouch

Yeah, I absolutely love this. On Instagram I believe you said you used a 5-ounce buffalo leather from Hide House, right? I'm surprised that it worked so well with a 5-ounce leather! Seems a little heavier than I would probably have thought to use for a pouch like this. It turned out just beautifully...
by Manveruon
Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: What Was Meant by "Gauntlets?"
Replies: 13
Views: 668

Re: What Was Meant by "Gauntlets?"

To be honest, I wouldn't necessarily say that I'm a fan of the Hildebrandt illustrations, either. I use them as... hmm, I don't know how to describe it. A palate cleanser, of sorts, maybe? I often look at them when I need to see something radically different from what Weta did, but that comes from ...
by Manveruon
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Let's Talk about Legs!
Replies: 63
Views: 20759

Re: Let's Talk about Legs!

"green were his girdle and his breeches all of leather" This is about Tom Bombadill It shows that even he is wearing breeches, these made from leather. I do not know how popular leather breeches were in England, but they were very well liked by swedes all from the 1700s to the mid 1800s. ...
by Manveruon
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mae Govannen! New guy here
Replies: 14
Views: 662

Re: Mae Govannen! New guy here

Well met, ranger! It's funny, your post here is uncannily familiar! You sound an awful lot like me when I first stumbled upon these forums about a decade ago! I found the site entirely by accident while searching around the internet for tutorials on making quivers and arrows for an original Ranger c...
by Manveruon
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Hidden Water Bottle Idea
Replies: 9
Views: 691

Re: Hidden Water Bottle Idea

A lot of people have done this, actually! It works surprisingly well, but yeah, finding an appropriate shape can sometimes be a bit tricky. I've seen people do it with metal, plastic, and even glass. There are also soft-sided plastic water bottles (almost akin to IV bags) that can be wrapped up in l...
by Manveruon
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Eriador quiver "kit" - any interest?
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Re: Eriador quiver "kit" - any interest?

Oh man, that's gorgeous, and extremely tempting. I'm planning one or even two new quiversnfor myself soon in any event, but I'll likely be going with my own design. I'm particularly envious of the leathetr and the hardware, but perhaps I can talk to you a bit about those things when the time comes f...
by Manveruon
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: What Was Meant by "Gauntlets?"
Replies: 13
Views: 668

Re: What Was Meant by "Gauntlets?"

Sounds like you guys are much of the same mind as I am about it. I'm also unsure of when forearm bracers became so ubiquitous in modern fantasy, but I do know that in terms of Western wear they were/are often worn by ropers as some measure of protection against rope burns when using a lasso (which n...
by Manveruon
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: What Was Meant by "Gauntlets?"
Replies: 13
Views: 668

What Was Meant by "Gauntlets?"

So I was looking over the chapter "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit" again, and I passed by the section describing the Rangers of Ithilien: "Four tall Men stood there. Two had spears in their hands with broad bright heads. Two had great bows, almost of their own height, and great quivers of...
by Manveruon
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Looking for some boot options
Replies: 18
Views: 4592

Re: Looking for some boot options

I love the gaiters you came up with! Very practical, and also inconspicuous! It would probably be fairly easy to make something similar in leather as well, if you wanted something a bit more rugged and hard-wearing. Also, if you're interested, here is a build-along thread I did a while back for my o...
by Manveruon
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Sewing kit
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: Sewing kit

How cool!
Does the leather stopper double as an awl?
by Manveruon
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Dúnedain Waxed Leather Water Bottle
Replies: 15
Views: 759

Re: Dúnedain Waxed Leather Water Bottle

Thanks again, all! I'm trying to add in more little embellishments like this as I go because I think they really help elevate a kit from something that's simply hardy and serviceable to something that looks like it has a real sense of cultural weight behind it. The rangers of the Grey Company were d...
by Manveruon
Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch
Replies: 20
Views: 6332

Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Aha! Okay, that makes more sense! I misinterpreted your previous photo showing the pattern pieces as being the leather for the outer part of the pouch and linen pieces for lining! Definitely explains why I didn't actually see any linen lining in the final product! Not sure where my brain was there -...
by Manveruon
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch
Replies: 20
Views: 6332

Re: A Dúnedain Ranger's belt pouch

Oh - and while I'm thinking about it - would it not be easier.to simply sew the top-flap/belt-channel section onto the finished pouch at the end, after the other pieces have been assembled and turned? I know the space inside might be a little tight for stitching the bottom-most line, but perhaps it ...

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