By Master Liam St. Liam
For the second consecutive Pennsic, Master Andrixos of Calontir has been the victim of theft from the battlefield.
Last year, his helm and gauntlets were stolen from under the Calontir shade fly on the field and were later recovered, though the helm was damaged.
This year, his leg armor was taken, again from the Calontir shade fly on the field.
“After fighting to the very edge of heat exhaustion on Monday, I was forced to strip my armor on the field. Wary of being struck again, I carried my helm and gauntlets and lamellar back to the shop for safe-keeping,” Master Andrixos said.
“What did I omit from that list?” he asked. “In my exhaustion, I forgot that I had left my legs.” When he arrived back at the shade fly Tuesday, the legs were gone and had not been recovered by Thursday afternoon.
Master Andrixos said the legs are dark brown cuisses and demigreaves of cuir boulli. The knees are stainless steel. There is a knee brace built into the armor in the following form: a stainless steel framework of one inch wide by about one quarter inch thick flat stock "outlines" the cuisse and demigreave. It is covered by a thin layer of brass and held together by copper rivets. The articulation of the knee is through the steel armature, so there are four larger rivets through each kneecop. The backflaps are of undyed leather, strapped with both undyed or black leather from the craft packs at Real Leather, attached with large chromed roller buckles.
“ The legs are closely fitted to me and would be useless to anyone not my size. They have done a wonderful job of keeping my knees safe through endless hours on the ground behind a scutum,” he said.
Last year, after he advertised his loss in the Pennsic Independent, his armor was turned in to Lost and Found, with the welded chain camail cut from the helm.
“It had visited a chop shop,” he said. “I was greatly heartened by the offers of help from all corners and the shared disgust at the motives of the miscreants.
“Again it is my hope that publicity trumps thieves, and a trumpeting of this act makes the possession of somewhat unique armor too toxic to bear.”
If you have information regarding the leg armor, please contact Master Andrixos at Calontir Trim (contact information is in the Merchant Book).