The Costume Making Guide: Creating Armor and Props for Cosplay by Svetlana Quindt.

Followed by millions of people from all over the world, master armor maker Svetlana Quindt aka "Kamui Cosplay" will help you bring your cosplay dreams to life with your own two hands! Kamui Cosplay deconstructs the work that goes into making a complete costume, from the first thought to the final photo. Tutorials cover design planning, fabricating body armor, 3D painting techniques and more.

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German knight in armor. De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair.

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“The Knightly Arts”. 

German knight in armor in 1540s.

 Medieval tournament. German knight jousting. 16th century.

Source: “The Knightly Arts”. De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair. Augsburg mid-16th century. Paul Hector Mair, also Paulus, (1517-1579) was a clerk in the service of the city of Augsburg, from 1541 also city treasurer and from 1548 also provision master.

First Time Sewing: The Absolute Beginner's Guide by Editors Of Creative Publishing

Filled with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy step-by-step instructions for all the basic sewing techniques will have you creating projects like aprons, pillows, and even pants and shorts in no time.

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History of Warfare. Late Medieval and Early Modern Fight Books (PDF)

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Illustration by William Heath Robinson