Your trusty steed stamps his giant hoof, and you lower your helm to face your foe. You thank the heavens for your solid chainmail as you head off to joust with the other knights. Well, maybe it is not a jousting match so much as it is a convention, but the idea is the same. With a solid set of mail armor, you can really stand out, even from the convention crowd. With just a shirt, you can decorate yourself with the spoils of your life as a knight, or you can leave the mail bare to shine in the sun. If you plan to don full armor, on the other hand, then you really do need a hood. It looks authentic when you remove your helmet, for one thing, and for another, it makes wearing the helmet a little more comfortable. Whether you attend Renaissance conventions, festivals, and fairs, or Society for Creative Anachronism events, the right chainmail gives you that realistic look that you want. Within the vast inventory on eBay, you can find just the right attire and accessories for any period that you are representing.