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Steel flails by Astalo Steel flails by Astalo
Long medieval war flail and spiked "morningstar" (It's only a huge show-off fantasy weapon. Real historical morningstar flails are much smaller and slender objects.)
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Excellent morningstar flail, with a 3-headed companion for fun. Most of the existing historical models don't have much in the way of chain length, so your version looks great by comparison. I am impressed by your ability ro insert the spikes into the head. I haven't been impressed by most replica flails; I would by this one at Faire. :)  
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Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad to heart that you liked them and thanks also for adding this and my bronze mace to your favourites.

Morningstar head is actually made from cast iron ball what i found from junkyard. I just drilled a lot of holes for that and the spikes are kind like bolts what i tighten to it's holes when the ball was heated almost red hot. When the ball cooled down it's also shrinked a little bit and all the parts fit together now very tightly.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
And now I know the secret to making an iron ball filled with spikes. :)
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lancecorporalframe Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You know, I keep flipping through the Metal Works folder, finding cool items to add to my group. And I keep finding these AWSOME weapons and I think "I HAVE to add that one to my group!" I then realize that YOU made it. This has happened about 6 times. So jut a memo, ALOT of your work is going to added to my group :) You've got some Awsome stuff here. Keep up the good work.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments (and faves)
I have seen many great bladesmiths in DeviantArt over the years and you can find a lot of nice looking weapon pictures also in my favourites. :)
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C-Niall-Demancha Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
Slight correction.
A morningstar has no chain.
A morningstar is a large mace of German make.
A flail is what you have, it goes by no other correct name.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know it, but most of the people call all kind of spiked flails and maces very often "morningstars".
There is not so many weapon experts, that i can use some strange historical names, like "holy water sprinkler" or something like that. :XD:

Authentic morgensterns look more like this.. [link]
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C-Niall-Demancha Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Yeah, Morgensterns ARE more like that.
Flails are with chains.
Morningstar and mace differ slightly.
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madmaxx79 Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
love them
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madmaxx79 Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
great work
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persistant Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really spiffy, wish i could shape metal like that...
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harald-hardrada Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
ooo, thank you, did not know like making the thorns of the ball, does not happen form to me to do them in the forge, thanks for the answer. I like very much your works, are tuna
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Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
"Thorns" are really the only thing what isn't welded in that ball. I shaped them first like some kind of bolts and i drill also some holes in that ball and turn spikes in those holes when ball was heated red hot in my forge.

When spike-ball cool down a little bit later, all the parts are so tight together like it was made from one piece of metal.
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harald-hardrada Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
jeje, sorry, I do not understand English, will use a translator to speak with you,

your fails are impresionant,you have done since them? I want to learn to do maces

I hope that you understand what I have written, greetings
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Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ok. It's not very easy to explain, but i made those when i find first some strange steel balls from local junkyard. (They are old ball bearings i think.)
Next i forged some spikes, chain links and other metal parts from steel and only welded all the parts together.

That was almost five years ago and i have not made more flails and maces after that. I have at least three big steel balls left in my workshop, so maybe i can made new ball-weapons in next winter or summer. :)
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harald-hardrada Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
oooo [link]
Wow! como lo has hecho?? enseñame porfavor XD

increible,veo que sabes hacer muchas cosas que yo no tengo ni idea de que se podrían hacer

saludos¡
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Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
What that means? I don't really understand spanish at all. :XD:
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