Medieval Myth Busting – More Detail. This film looks at the breastplate, specifically the one we used to conduct a series of tests that are shown in here….https://youtu.be/DBxdTkddHaE. It will make more sense if you watch the main film first and then return to this one.
The contributors are all world class in their fields of expertise.
Joe Gibbs – Archer and bowyer
Will Sherman – Fletcher – http://www.medievalarrows.co.uk
Kevin Legg – Armourer – http://www.plessisarmouries.co.uk
Chrissi Carnie – Fabric armour – http://www.thesempster.co.uk
Dr Tobias Capwell – Arms and Armour Curator, The Wallace Collection
Tod Todeschini – Host – http://www.todsworkshop.com.
Find out more about the battle and the arrows in these companion films.
The battle https://youtu.be/A0OXRzk5K14
The arrows https://youtu.be/1Jac4EQsBNs
Based on the Churburg 14 piece. The reproduction is made from 0.5% carbon steel and air cooled and is of variable thickness. The front and centre is 2.5mm (3/32”) thick and it tapers down to 1.5mm (1/16”) at the sides and edges.
160lbs (73Kg) mountain yew English Longbow based on those found on The Mary Rose (sank 1545). Bow was shooting 80g (2.8oz) arrows at 55ms (180fps) at 10m, giving 123J and 52ms (170fps) 109J at 25m
Distance 10m 25m
Speed 55ms 52ms
Energy 123J 109J
The first arrow type we used was MR80A764/158. The diameter at the shoulder was 12.7mm (1/2”) tapering to a nock of 8.5mm. Total length was 30.5”
The second arrow type was MR82A1892/9. The diameter at the shoulder was 12.9mm (1/2”) and the nock was 7.5mm. Same total length.
The shafts were black poplar (Populus Nigra) and ash (Fraxinus Excelsior).
Fletchings were swan, bound with silk into a beeswax, kidney fat and copper verdigris compound.
Heads were wrought iron, copied from MoL Type 9 7568
Arrows weighed 80g (2.8oz)