This weekend sees us on our way to Holiday Faire in northern Atlantia.  I’m really looking forward to it.  I’ve wanted to attend this event for the past 3 years or so but something has always come up to prevent it.  This year we will be on our way after work.

This will be my last fighting event of the season and pretty much 2009.  I’ll still be attending practice but my next fighting event will probably be Ymir or Icecastles.  This makes this week the perfect time to assess my armour and schedule repair, replacement, and end of season cleaning before winter sets in.

It’s important to take time to asses your armour for repair.  Keeping it repaired and in good condition will extend its life and ensure that you get maximum usage out of it.  If you just let it rust or sit torn in a corner its life is going to be dramatically shortened and who wants that?  Ensuring that its in good repair will also cut down on those unpleasant moments at events when you realize you shirt has a rip in the sleeve or you’ll have to tape your armour on because you didn’t repair the strap you tore at practice.

I spent most of last night packing for the event this weekend.  I think I can safely say I need new rapier armour and I need to get off my bum and seriously alter my favorite pants.  This means I’m going to need to order fabric and spend quite a bit of time sewing.  I also need to buy leather to make (or have made) some half gauntlets for cut and thrust if I want to authorize at Ymir.  My helm, gorget, and heavy armour all need to be reblued.  I’ve set aside a day next weekend, after Thanksgiving, to get that done.  I also need to tighten one of the springs on my perfplate before it becomes a problem and I need to make some serious additions to my heavy kit if I want to fight in any of the heavy war points at Pennsic.

After this weekend I’ll list everything out and start prioritizing and setting a schedule.  Knowing myself if I don’t do that it won’t get done.  If I do then I’m much more likely to get it accomplished. 

So what about you guys?  Do you have any big armour projects looming?

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  1. I’ve got to schedule some time for the complete armor tear down. I want to take all my gear, especially all the stuff that articulates, and take it apart. Then, clean it all out, getting to all those spots where you can’t get to them normally, do any sort of re-shaping that’s needed, polish it all, and put it back together (with mostly new leather straps). I haven’t done it yet, so I’m thinking I’m long over due.

    For folks with mild steel armor, I suggest coating it in something like turtle wax before putting it on the shelf for the winter.


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