Thanks Des and Silocone!
The handle is rounded, due to the width of it, it isn't all that practical to make it very rounded for 2 reasons; to prevent the sword from spinning
in your grip when you take a heavy hit from torque and leverage, and to sufficiently cover for the large full-tang width.
I do fully understand
what you're saying about shock and the handle design though, a round handle does transfer shock far better and gentler than a square one. Though I
have never found any square (or squarish) handles to be any problem personally, even in full combat during tournaments and duels (I like the extra
surface to help position the sword, as opposed to one whole surface of a round one).
Now to the pictures that were requested. The below picture is a rather old one, with very basic arm armour.
This picture here is from the same date too. I went for a very thick and messy paint on the chest plate, thought it'd be more accurate than perfectly
neat stuff. Turned out how I intended.
A more recent, yet mostly unchanged armour picture with the first short-sword I ever made.
Here's a nearly up to date photo. Improved the wielding arm protection and added lames (scale armour) across the wrist. I've got the monster
great-sword standing on the ground there. I'm 6' 4", so yeah, the sword is huge.
Here's another of the same date as above, different pose haha. I'll have to get more pictures soon. I've made some lower leg armour.
Basically, I'm building on my armour gradually, readying for a tournament and event in August!
Silicone, I've made all my stuff roughly based on a 13th - 14th Century Crusades style outfit. With Scottish Heraldry (Clan/House Ross, a small number
of Scots took part in the Crusades). The wielding arm has a hint of Gothic style armour with the sharp points (but they're intended to catch and
deflect blades), and my shield is a a bit later toward the 15th Century style of shield, smaller, heater style. I've left my unarmed (right arm)
unarmoured from the elbow down, as I usually use a shield - even with the great-sword.
edit on 1/7/2014 by Sierra312 because: Little more info.