For 2018 my main interest is 1350 European transitional plate armour. I am developing kits for this time period. Kits under development are 1) a rattan full contact armoured combatant starter kit; 2) an 'airport armour' kit for ultralight rattan armoured combat, and 3) a quality full re-enactment kit suitable for steel full contact combat; steel touch combat; and rattan full contact armoured combat.
If you have a vision for a particular piece I can turn my workshop towards making your dream come true. The workshop fee is all materials plus $50AUD per hour for custom work. This includes armouring, leatherworking, sewing, restoring armour and polishing armour. Visit the ordering/ services page for details about how a custom armour commission is organised.
Items come to the sales table in many and varied ways. Some are items made new for stock, others are second hand items in need of a new owner. Either way these items have a set price and the most accurate description I can give them. I offer this service to get more armour into the hands of more people. When you are buying off my table, my word is the most valuable thing you will receive.
Bart Beswick Armour
Shaping steel is so spectacularly difficult that it took humans millennia to discover how to do it, and centuries to develop effective techniques. Human anatomy and movement is so startlingly complicated that we willingly grant those who understand it the power of life and death. Fashion is so ephemeral but influential that empires are built and fall over these whims every year. With every act of creating armour I march into these conditions with eyes wide open, invigorated by the challenge.
You could order from an international armourer and hope for a fair salesperson and good fit, or you can order from me and understand you are protected by Australian consumer laws and be measured in person at my Canberra workshop.
I studied in the workshop of one of Australia's best armourers, and constantly learn from every source I can including visiting the armouries of Europe.
"More people adoring armour" is my goal. I want people to wear my armour, to adore my armour, and to keep it as art.