BotN Armor Progress….LOTS of progress!

I took some time off blogging since last Tuesday when John started working on Baldar’s gorget. With all the BotN practice and EMP event going on I just didnt have time to keep up with him. And it would have taken quite a LOT to keep up with him. I mentioned to him over the weekend that I thought it was sad that he could build armor faster than i could blog. Honestly Im just really impressed. This guy rocks!


Since last Tuesday he has completed two gorgets entirely and I think is on his second arm! He is using 410 spring stainless and alot of it he is working cold.  Im going to just upload a gallery of the pictures he has snapped so far and let them speak for themselves!


Overview of BotN Practice and Anvil of Crom

Im running behind on my blogging this week! We hosted the first southeast regional BotN practice this past Saturday and it went really well! We had 22 fighters for the BotN drills and practice and most of them stayed to fight in the pit. Several other fighters showed up Saturday night just for the pit and Anvil. The weather was as close to perfect as we could ask for. Rather cool (comparatively thinking about Florida summers) and no one got carried away by mosquitoes.


The guys worked on footwork and football drills, grappling, judo kicks and throws, and much much more. There were also several “class” style lessons about fitness, nutrition, armor, weapons, and BotN rules and expectations.




After a break for showers and naps, we all got back together at the pit Saturday night for an evening of EMP fighting. It was a good opportunity for a lot of guys to practice some of the grappling moves they were learning for BotN. I think we easily could have kept fighting for longer!



After the pit fighting was over we all enjoyed a very fun evening in the Den of Aniquity. We had a huge donation of pillows! The hall turned out great. The party was still going strong at 5am when I finally crashed!


I dont have a single picture of the party. You cant prove anything.

And so it begins…

After taking a day off to help take care of a sick wife and baby (yea, ok, we’ll forgive him this once for being an all around decent guy), John got started today on the BotN suits for Baldar and Tinker.


They have chosen a fairly later period gothic suit, John had already put together an elbow cop a few weeks ago just to see how the spring steel took the fluting. It did, and he liked it, and so they are off!


Fluted elbow


Today John began working on the gorget, using the casting forms they made while Baldar and Tinker were down south to pattern off of.




The Surly Anvil

Getting ready for Battle of the Nations

As many of you know, Baldar, Tinker, and several other Asgardians are preparing for Battle of the Nations Team USA next year. I wanted to include some of their BotN journey along with the Asgard page. Although House Asgard is originally an SCA household, Duke Baldar and most of our members are such medieval enthusiasts that our household has branched out and influenced many other organizations as well.

This past weekend Baldar and Tinker traveled down to Homestead, Florida and met with John Gruber of Surly Anvil. John will be building their Battle of the Nations kits. John can also be found on Facebook at

From what Ive seen of John’s work so far, I expect after seeing Baldar and Tinkers suits in action at BotN2013, John is going to get a lot of business for 2014!

This past weekend was just about fitting and a final decision on style. I expected it was going to be an interesting day when John’s first message of the morning included a picture of the shopping supplies:

I’m not entirely sure what else happened down there during the day, but apparently they really did get some work done.

They used casting material to make molds of their heads, legs, and arms.

Here is Tinker all wrapped up

The completed cast of Baldar’s head

Ill keep updating photos along the way as armor pieces are built and things start coming together!

Anvil of Crom Revel / BotN Regional Practice

Don’t forget, coming up on June 16th we are hosting the southeast regional battle of the nations practice! Starting at 10am at Tinkers. Come join us for the EMP revel, Anvil of Crom later that evening! Fighting starts at 8pm, party continues on through the night!


I know Baldar and Tinker could still use some help with the site so if you are available Friday the 15th of June, or during the day on the 16th, please give them a call to see what they need.


New Family Page

Right now this is just a place holder. I hope to do some editing soon and use this site to hold our family tree, files, and pictures. I also plan on setting it up so anyone can post and comment on house news and activities. Just give me some time!

Our new SALES site will be up and running soon at