razgriz33 Posted March 31, 2016 Share Posted March 31, 2016 T'was a cold Easter morning, so I stayed in bed a little longer . I went over to the lovely city of Leeds and visited the Royal Armoury Museum. If you're interested in all things guns, swords, pointy things, sharp things and shiny things then this is the place for you! If you ever plan to visit car parking is not a problem and there's even some nice restaurants opening up to facilitate your belly. Entry is free, unless your a tax paying British citizen then congratulations you've already paid! So from walking in you're immediately greeted with an MG42! it's a kids play thing where you insert a quid into the slot and get to pew pew the bad guys. Looking up is impressive as you waft over to the reception desk you'll see a rather nice statue I was stupid enough NOT to take a picture of. Now me and my family were tipped off that there would be some jousting on display and after enquiring we had exchanged around a fiver each to see the three o'clock event. Book early to avoid disappointment and i should point out that I'm told jousting only really occurs around the Easter holidays. Who knew they had a world championship for hitting each other with lances on horseback? Oh they also have actors pretending to be statues, here's a picture of a dude confusing the fuck out of the actor who probably thought we were in the same group. First section! which also happens to be the shiny section. above: Yes that's right, a moustache on a helmet, Italian designed but i can't remember much else on that one below: Henry the 8th must've been a giraffe, his battle suit of armour stands really tall and now looking back at the picture, it's probably trickery, unless he really was a giraffe! above: Apparently crotchless pants were a thing back in the day too. I don't have anything useful to say on this armour but I think it used to be a shiny blue, this pearlescent colouring was achieved by dangerously messing around with mercury while the armour was made. below: Pointy things and horses making a great impact on the room. A rather impressive sight in person! above: following on from the blue detailing of armour, here's the detail in somebody's knee plating, nothing is scarier than knee's with teeth! below: again to follow on from the previous detailing pictures, this last one really shows that an armour craftsman is also an artist. When you go to the armoury, have a read into the manufacturing process of each type of technique employed to reach a certain look, fascinating! above and below: a siege tower I'm sure that some of you interested in this era will already have seen, however for the un-initiated, this thing moves towards a wall, perhaps of a city or a castle. When it gets to the wall, the chaps inside release the ramp, climb the ladders and seek to destroy the defenders! Stay tuned for videos of Jousting, a "hurdy gurdy" in action, guns! and oriental armour! here's a preview TheToxicPixels, stiansn, xOderusUrungusX and 3 others 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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