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Raudo the brewer by Dewfooter Raudo the brewer by Dewfooter
Oka's brother Raudo (my ever so photogenic friend ;) ) posing while hunting.

More on Oka, his time, life and family in this series of short 'Iron Age' videos (in Proto-Germanic):
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FollowinTheBlackBird Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot!
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KYghost Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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PhelanDavion Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Echt gute Sachen, Ihr habt ein sehr feines Reenactment Niveau. :-)
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:icondewfooter:
Danke schön.
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Hey thre! Great gallery! You guys sure have some knowledge in ancient cultures. I was wondering what was used for the shoes' outsole. I saw some nails on the bottom of a medieval shoe in your gallery..somewhere. Sо did they have(use) caoutchouc  in mid ages? What about the iron age...I guess they used leather padding only. And one more thing- where can I buy a hauberk (riveted, flat)? I saw many on ebay but their prices range a lot and I dont know which one is reasonable and  which one is a joke- I dont wanna end up with smth that looks like an unwoven basket of wire. Thank you !
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Thanks, but I don't know that much. ;)

Outsoles? As far as prehistory and early medieval European tribes go: not much.
The poor/common folk would have had just leather shoes: no soles.
The rich/elite might/must have had something resembling Roman sandals-look those up.

I don't know what "caoutchouc" is, but Google tells me it's rubber. No rubber in Europe
until they bring it from the New World. 

My boots, the one you probably are referring to, are 14th cent. A.D. boots with thick
leather soles. Neck leather methinks, but I could be wrong. They are indeed nailed.
Military footwear could frequently have had hobnails: the Romans had them, I think
the Gauls too (before or after the Roman invasions I'm not sure..) and the knights
of the high middle ages will have had them. 

A hauberk: depends very much on your timeperiod/culture/status. Generally speaking
there are a few rules:

-The cheapest ones are "mass-produced" in India, China and Eastern Europe. Quality: o.k.
Be sure to buy rings, rivets and pliers with it and learn how to repair it. It will miss several
rivets as soon as you unpack it. 
Verdict: not bad, but needs work. Very customizable. After a couple of outings, all the weak
links should be repaired.
-More expensive ones are to be had from small businesses rather than larger companies ,
and are usually much better put together. Many come with leather ridges, padding and such.
You'd need to put that on the cheaper ones yourself. 
Verdict: if you have the money, find a good manufacturer and buy one. They will ask for your 
measurements for better fit. 

-Round rings work a little smoother when putting them on. Flat rings look great. :D
-Round/Flat rivets: I don't know if there's a real difference here.

You may want to have a look on Get Dressed for Battle for example:
getdressedforbattle.co.uk/cgi-…"

Here is a Polish manufacturer of the insanely expensive kind:
www.gambeson.pl/medieval-on-li…

Looks like top notch work.

I hope this may help.

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I couldn't have asked for more! Did not expect such a vast answer tbh. Yes, I googled the roman shoes and they did use leather for the sole- ox/deer/cattle was mass produced, while the rich used sheep/pig. They did use hobnails indeed. The "caoutchouc" is the 1st form of rubber produced from the resin of the caoutchouc (calchuck) tree. AS for the mail- I tied making one myself- the rings arent flat neither riveted and it is still a heeeeell lot of work. I'd better buy it I thought. In general flat is quite stronger compared to round but then again I wont probably rely on it in battle;) Great info on the mails overal- this is a review if u ask me :P I never subbscribed to you but I have you in my hotbar so I pretty much open DA evry day through your page(yet took me 3 days to see your answer...) :P Guess I should fix that and sub- from respect and sheer interest :)  Tnx once more!
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I'm glad to have been of service. ;)
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shibamage Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't the tartan pattern on his cloak historically inaccurate?
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It's a prehistoric Germanic man: not a Scotsman. No Tartan intended. ;)

That being said, although the past was much more colourful than Hollywood and Discovery Channel portray it, it seems a bit unlikely a Germanic man would have had so much blue in his cloak. Blue was not easy to come by apparently, and so only for the elite. 

On the other hand, it's not easy to find or make suitable, historically accurate clothing for the two timeperiods we do, besides from our everyday lives, so I allow us a little poetic license here and there. 
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