IAmA Self-taught history buff that regularly helps people design and research armour for reenactment and sport, AMA
To start off, my academic education is in creative writing and text-analysis and feedback, whereas my hobbies lie in history. About six years ago, I joined in a show-troupe of knights and started researching sword-typology because I simply wanted to do things right and proper because they spoke so much about historical accuracy when I joined, however, my research drifted into armour, and I came to realise just how poorly the show-knights represented historicity, so I kept on delving deeper.Eventually I fell in with the SCA, and I'm still here. Ever since I joined the SCA, my knowledge on sword typology has taken a complete nosedive and, instead, I've gone completely into the self study on armour, using forums populated with both hobby and professional armourers and historians to learn, as well as reading books and avidly watching documentaries (most of them crap) and youtube channels (some of them really good).
And now, I can easily lose an afternoon or an evening helping somebody source (historical precedence or where to buy) and design armours for reenactment and modern sports such as the SCA and Battle of the Nations.
So, well, AMA
EDIT: Keep asking questions! There is no way to be "too late" to this AMA, I'll keep replying as long as there are questions, be it tonight or a month from now.
That said, I'm gonna take a small pause now, it being half past four in the morning and all that, getting some sleep, and then I'll make sure to check reddit as I wake up and answer any new questions as I do! If you're curious, just ask, I'll be around!
EDIT 2: Told you I'd be back!
And yeah, as said, does not matter if it's now or in a month, if you find this thread and you have any questions, do ask, I'm happy to answer.