The Varangian Guard was an elite unit of the Byzantine Army, from the tenth to the fourteenth centuries, whose members served as personal bodyguards to the Byzantine Emperors. Mystery of History Volume Lesson 48
Lamellar armor lacing instructions - this is actually pretty nicely informative. They've got links on their website for how to measure people for this kind of armor and whatnot as well. I'll be makin' this for Alex's DD character, Cliff.