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by Udwin
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Soft Kit
Topic: Let's Talk about Legs!
Replies: 41
Views: 15825

Re: Let's Talk about Legs!

Not being overly familiar with Roman dress, I hadn't actually seen a modern picture of breccae before... Whenever I read the line in Letter 211 about Men wearing breeches, cloaks, and tunics, I couldn't picture anything but 18th century breeches. Maybe it's the rustic material and tailoring, but wit...
by Udwin
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Other Free Folk
Topic: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit
Replies: 20
Views: 615

Re: Starting to Assemble a Dwarven Toolkit

The idea of a dwarf tool roll is very exciting! While I understand the appeal of being a jack-of-all-trades, I kindof want you to pick one trade just to see how nitty-gritty your toolkit could get. (I agree that toymaker would be fascinating) Even knowing the crafting skill of dwarves, looking at th...
by Udwin
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Other Free Folk
Topic: Dwarven sketch, based on tolkiens own ones.
Replies: 12
Views: 205

Re: Dwarven sketch, based on tolkiens own ones.

I for one really dig it. It's actually quite refreshing to see a familiar image 'reconstructed' to be a bit more realistic with more details (Osprey military books have the same appeal to me). How about a dwarf with a backpack next? I'd be interested in seeing your takes on other Tolkien cultures wh...
by Udwin
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: Nalaumkhah (Odigan WIP - Updates to Follow!)
Replies: 13
Views: 926

Re: Nalaumkhah (Odigan WIP - Updates to Follow!)

Looks like great work so far, Odigan! Bumr B., you say that a bee is "something pretty befitting of a Dwarf to represent on his sword." I was curious if you could you elaborate on what informs this choice of decoration? (I personally wouldn't associate dwarves with beekeeping, so I would l...
by Udwin
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Middle-earth Reenactment Society
Topic: Edge of the Wild Summer 2019 now available!
Replies: 3
Views: 1789

Edge of the Wild Summer 2019 now available!

After some delay, the latest issue of Edge of the Wild is now available, HERE ! This issue focuses on the cultures of Elves, and thus ends 'Phase One' of our publication schedule. 'Phase Two' begins with our fall issue - stay tuned! Please read, share freely, follow MERS on the social medias, and en...
by Udwin
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Patterned fabric, Dwarven or not??
Replies: 8
Views: 1186

Re: Patterned fabric, Dwarven or not??

Wow, I had no idea houndstooth was such an old pattern! Very cool! As to whether it would be a good fit for dwarvish impression, I think it's fine, especially following Nemo's theory about craftsmanship. If you want to justify it, I have a theory myself that Dale, located on the River Running and ki...
by Udwin
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Other Free Folk
Topic: Nemo's Dwarf Kit
Replies: 7
Views: 2285

Re: Nemo's Dwarf Kit

Well done! (If I may say so, I think you have a very dwarvish face so it really helps sell the impression!) Quite an improvement from your Nemo of Calh kit years ago... Good job on finding a way to make that hook reference work in a functional way. Is the 'full kit' picture everything you would carr...
by Udwin
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 3rd Age Dunedain Ranger - Complete Functional Kit Breakdown
Replies: 26
Views: 4396

Re: 3rd Age Dunedain Ranger - Complete Functional Kit Breakdown

It's so satisfying to see everything finally come together. Well worth the wait! (And quite the forum cooperative effort, I might say!) You've inspired me to take some updated kit layouts this summer now that I have all of my in-progress projects checked off. (Tiny nitpick - my braintan contribution...
by Udwin
Wed May 29, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: General Forum Stuff
Topic: Forum business cards?
Replies: 24
Views: 10003

Re: Forum business cards?

These look cool! You can actually simplify the address quite a bit: middleearthrangers.org/forum works just fine and is much less of a mouthful.
And just a pedantic nitpick: it's always Middle-earth (only Middle capitalized; hyphenated) not Middle earth, Middle Earth, etc.
by Udwin
Tue May 14, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Crafts & Skills
Topic: Braintan from the hide house
Replies: 2
Views: 1780

Re: Braintan from the hide house

I make my own but would be interested in hearing about theirs when you get some. Also their pricing points.
by Udwin
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Ranger camp knife
Replies: 7
Views: 1825

Re: Ranger camp knife

Not bad! And yes, would be greatly improved in both the visuals and ergonomics departments with some sort of wrap applied to the grip. I'm curious as to what you used to strip the epoxy coating off the blade? I have a new-to-me surplus pistol that was originally epoxy coated which I am thinking abou...
by Udwin
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Crafts & Skills
Topic: Just finished a pour.
Replies: 10
Views: 3122

Re: Just finished a pour.

Wow is right - those look spectacular! Great job Elleth and Caedmon. I would also like to know more about the casting/molding process. And how big are they??
by Udwin
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Dunedain Culture
Topic: Numenorean design motifs
Replies: 58
Views: 24934

Re: Numenorean design motifs

Year-old necropost, but it's a worth it....I have goodies for you all! My local public library has a copy of the book that accompanied the recent Tolkien exhibit. I combed it yesterday for juicy bits, and found this! From p.195, a collection of 'Numenorean patterns', circa 1960. The editor thinks th...
by Udwin
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Subduing wood and metal.. thoughts?
Replies: 27
Views: 8439

Re: Suduing wood and metal.. thoughts?

FWIW, like Greg said, birch oil while great for everything, won't truly stain wood. Like any oil I guess you could say it will 'deepen' the wood's color but once soaked in won't darken it more than a few hairs. As for bluing or de-shining metals, I have experimented years ago with bluing ferrous met...
by Udwin
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Getting Started
Topic: Vendor List - Best Places to Get Materials and Accouterments
Replies: 3
Views: 1855

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

Hamilton Dry Goods for plain-weave 100% wool in various weights & colors at reasonable prices. Oilcloth too. Check for availability before ordering. Dharma Trading for Raw Silk by the yard or bolt. A.Hollis for braintanned deer hides, birch bark oil, and wooden spoons -SHAMELESS PLUG/DISCLAIMER...

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