Bascinet eye slit design

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 05:41

I've been modelling bascinets. I'm looking at buying one later in the year, and I want to be able to show my armourer what I want. Before he makes it. So far I've been studying the various type of eye slits. This post is to show my progress so far.

I am not an expert. Take anything I say with a grain of salt.

Bascinets were worn in 14th and 15th century Europe. They were used for war and for tournament. I believe that:-

  • Double eye slits were more common than single
  • Visor with a pointed front, known now as a houndskull were for fighting on horseback. The sharp angle helping to deflect an enemies lance.
  • Flat fronted visors were preferred on foot because they allow better vision
  • Side hinges were more popular in France and England
  • Front hinges (klappvisors) were more common in the Holy Roman Empire
  • That visors were worn down when closing with the enemies to protect against arrows.
  • That visors may have been removed for foot combat in war
  • That visors were removed by some for foot combat at tournaments

The pictures above were created using Blender, which is free to download and use. I've attached Bascinet.blend, the file I used to create them. Feel free to use it as you see fit.

Recommended reading:-
Spotlight: The 14th Century Bascinet

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