Soldiers during the medieval time period, did not have access to any high-tech weapons or armor seen today. They had to rely on bigger armies, battle strategy, and strength and skill to defeat their enemies on the battlefield. Because there was such a need, weapons and armor were constantly being developed and improved. Soldiers often wore armor that made them look scary to intimidate the enemy soldiers in combat. Replicas are available for some armor pieces today, and people like to collect and display them.

Medieval soldiers might have used human and animal bones to decorate themselves and create a terrifying image. They sometimes made helmets from skull bones of animals or men with larger heads than them for protection and further intimidation. It was very frightening but bone is not strong enough to be very effective head protection. Metal is a better material to protect the head but these soldiers used what they had. Scaring the enemy or shrouding oneself in mystery was a big part of warfare.

An army or a tribe could acquire a reputation for being "supernatural" or evil and enemies would enter battles nervous and scared. Terror was a good way to get an advantage on the battlefield because frightened soldiers may not fight as well as they would otherwise.

Over time, people created new types of armor with metals and leather which is much lighter in weight. Ancient Greek soldiers had breastplates with muscles carved and shaped right into them. They looked incredibly strong and fit, and this was intimidating to their enemies. They combined this with a helmet which added height to their appearance, so they looked like muscular, tall fearless men to their opponents.

The bronze age brought increased control when making metal helmets and armor. Soldiers had scary looking horns or points attached to helmets to look frightening. These spikes were not really for stabbing enemies but the enemies didn’t know that! They could definitely cause damage in close combat. These frightening head adornments were mostly worn to strike fear into the heart of the opponent in battle.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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