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“Are you mad? the alliance…..”

I’m aware that the majority of my recent posts have been somewhat heavy on the wargames front so after a 3 month hiatus, just like London buses here’s the second of today’s musings and something completely different. Having booked in for an “Everything English” supper club evening at Rotherfield’s rather splendid Courtyard Café ( to celebrate St George’s day I suppose it was inevitable that sooner or later I’d be asked to don the old 30 kilo’s (4 & 3/4 stones) of metal beautificence (my 15 year old armour from to add a touch of flavour to the event and to be honest I’ve always wanted to see if eating and drinking in full harness could be done. Well the answer is YES although wearing it for 7 hours has resulted in two walnut sized lumps on my collar bones. Still it was worth it especially as one managed to enjoy a few glasses of one of ones favourite white wines, none other than the award winning Horsmonden dry from Davenport Vineyards.

Dum vivimus, vivamus

Haut Couture 15C style - Milanese Harness

Haut Couture 15C style – Milanese Harness

I really REALLY need a Squire. No one told me all those years ago about the dark contract you enter into when purchasing a suit of armour. Having last worn this almost 2 years to the day it had been sitting silently in my front room gathering no more than a few specks of dust………or so I thought.  Last week I suddenly found myself volunteered to don the old harness one more time for the local village fiesta/fayre.

I didn’t think much about it at the time, apart from wondering whether it would still fit (these metal beasts have a habit of shrinking when not worn a short chap by the name of Rumplestiltkin told me a while back………. ) So when I started to unpack the bits and pieces imagine the shock when suddenly confronted with that horrible realisation and one I had naively forgotten about.  Yes ye olde Mr Rust had been working his evil magic through 5 stone/30 Kilo’s of a young Agnetha Faltscog equivalent in armour terms.

Starting on Saturday and just finishing today Wednesday as we speak, its taken I don’t know how much metal polish and elbow grease to bring it back to its former glory. I’ve even lost the fingerprints on my index finger for my troubles. Still looking at it now. it was worth it.

Sallet & bevor - more than a passing resemblance to a Cylon? You frakking better believe it!

Sallet & bevor – more than a passing resemblance to a Cylon? You frakking better believe it!

We’ll use the old ways……….SPEED OF HORSE!