Monday, February 8, 2016

Unconquered - Making a War Shield

Today I re-worked the war shield for Unconquered. There were four types of shields which were used on the Plains: the dance shield which was a lightweight version of the war shield; the medicine or holy man's shield, the miniature shield, which was a small copy of a warrior's war shield , and which he sometimes carried on long journeys in place of the war shield; and the war shield itself. The war shield was made in three varieties. The least-used variety, was made by stitching four or five layers of flat rawhide together, cutting these in a traditional round shape, and then decorating the front side of the hide with feathers and strips of cloth. A second variety was made by forming the hide around a wooden hoop. Many kinds of hoop shields were constructed, but these called for a thinner and weaker hide than those made by the third means, which was the heat shrinking process. Most war shields by far were fashioned this way, for the shrinking produced a thick hide and it was easier to press into a concave or convex shape which aided in deflection of weapons hitting it. Prior to the arrival of the horse, Plains war shields were quite large-often being three feet or more in diameter. These were much to cumbersome for mounted men, though, and so the size was reduced until the average war shield measured only eighteen inches in diameter.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Unconquered - Time to Work on the Back of the War Shirt

Tackling the back of the War Shirt. Brain Tanned Leather has a peculiar look because of the way it's prepared. Trying to give that particular look, is the hard part.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Unconquered - Working on the Right Sleeve and Making it Look Like Leather

I reworked the right arm and hand in the last video.. So in this one I try making the leather over the arm look like leather, with it's, unique wrinkles and how they would look.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Unconquered - Stone Headed War Club Finished - Hand Holding it Started

this is my 1,300th post.. How about that... Worked again on the stone war club. Finished it then started to work on the hand holding it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Unconquered - Creating a Stone Headed War Club our of a Twig and a Lump ...

Yesterday I was just feeling so good, but then today, had a heavy lunch and I wasn't feeling so good. Because of different things.. I've been eating very little. Mostly soups, or sandwiches. Nothing substantial at all. Well today I got my lunch from the local Market Deli. It was heavy eating for the first time in a long time. So it didn't sit well. Thus a short day of creating. I decided on the war club for this clay. A stone headed war club. Very lethal in hand to hand combat. I started with a twig off my Crab Apple Bush next to my front porch for the club part and then made a wax rock. Seems to be working well.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Just a Short Update

Just updating everyone since my return from Texas. I'll be working on this warrior the week of January 25th...