Straight from opening day of the 2012 Texas Renaissance Festival here are images of the lovely chainmail (or chain mail) women (or wenches) dancing and otherwise enjoying the festival in portrait and candid shots. It was a pleasant 75 mile drive from my residence to the fair near Plantersville, Texas. I had a chance to speak with several of those pictured here. Notice how many of the girls have tattoos. Please respect my copyright on these all you renfest lovers. if you can’t resist, at least link back to here. The weather was great with a high of about 80 F. With the weekend theme of Octoberfest, you can believe the taverns were full of costumed revelers guzzling beer.