Armor makers busy ahead of Medieval battle replay

Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:05pm EDT
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By Kuba Jaworowski

LUBLIN, Poland (Reuters Life!) - Just like his Medieval counterparts 600 years ago armorer Tomasz Samula has hardly any time to outfit his knights before battle commences.

Samula is racing to add the final touches to the metal breastplates, helmets, gloves and other accoutrements needed by the Lublin knights before they take part in re-enacting Grunwald, one of the largest battles of the Medieval age.

On Saturday, thousands of re-enactors will become the knights, infantry, artillerymen and other combatants of the Polish-Lithuanian army and the Teutonic Knights who they defeated in a massive battle on a field near this Polish village in 1410.

"Now people come to me to make last enhancements...The Grunwald (battle) starts in a couple of days so if I hadn't sent the gear by now people would kill me," Samula said, standing in the middle of his garage-turned-armory.

The fashioning and fixing of Armor in time for the battle has put a smile on the faces of armorers. A full suit can cost up to 5,000 euros ($6,298) or more.

"I myself have provided full Armor for one knight who will take part in the battle of Grunwald," Samula said. "It wasn't easy because the guy was huge and it's always difficult to prepare an Armor for non-standard sizes."

He said that preparing a full Armor takes 5-6 months at minimum.

NO ROSE GARDEN   Continued...

<p>Armourer Tomasz Samula polishes a helmet at his workshop in Lublin July 12, 2010. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel</p>