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Black and Silver Leather Armor by Azmal Black and Silver Leather Armor by Azmal
Here is the end result of the 'Black and Silver' commission.
*edit -> Have since added gauntlets and a helmet to complete this armor. *

We've got the breastplate with wet molded 'muscled' chest.
Articulated cuirass.
Lots of carving and embossing.
Incredibly solid with a lot of overlapped plates and hardening.
High Collar
Cool new Pauldron design
Greaves with high knee
Unusual sabbaton design
Scale 'Super Skirt' with hundreds of 'floating' scales where each of which are hand molded and, dyed, painted, studded, and assembled. Incredibly solid and a bit heavy but doesn't restrict movement at all.
It's got full articulated arms with the elbow cop, vambrace, and rerebrace. Similar to metal plate designs.
This is the first set of armor where I've tooled the Prince Armory logo into it. Shows up nicely in this pic.

The mannequin doesn't wear the armor well at all. As usual. 90% of the armors I make are commissioned and are made to fit a certain person. A disproportioned 6' 4" mannequin doesn't really do the armors justice. I think there will be an immense difference when the intended wearer of this piece and hopefully they'll get some photos to me.

All leather construction by the way held together with rivets, chicago screws, and floating retaining straps.

Design and intricate work by me but a a lot of props go to my assistant and friend, Chris, on this one for a lot of the work on it.

It doesn't have a name but if it had the right type of helmet I'd probably want to call it the "Leather Iron Man" armor haha
Or at least leather 'tin man' heh
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Beautiful work! the details and the design is amazing! it must have taken a while to get the little plates to the desired shape and size, or do you have a certain method to get them all about the same size?
Azmal May 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
By little plates, are you talking about the skirting with the scales? If so, yes, There's a system for it. Thanks.
Even so, your armor's beautiful to behold, and the work of a real craftsman. I admire your work.
Azmal May 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad you like it : )
Functionally, you have an excellent set of horseman's armor, were it made of metal. However, leather can only deflect glancing blows and weaker blows. Even hardened to the point of practically wood, leather gives as much protection against a direct blow from a sword as a sheet of plywood. In other words... not much at all. For this reason, it was employed by archers, who seldom entered melee combat. However, the way your chestplate is extended and your pauldrons are shaped, an archer can't properly draw back his bow and aim.
Azmal May 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, you never really know till you try it on.
Exactly. But when designing armor, keep in mind what kind of warrior is wearing it, and envision how he or she would have to move in combat. The most versatile armor in history was the Roman Lorica Segmentata. It was banded metal, cleverly joined, that flexed and turned with the body underneath. You could combine this armor type with your already stunning style of armory to create a true Master's Piece.
Azmal May 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't want to sound like a bad sport here, or come of seeming offended. And I certainly don't want to sound rude either, but at the same time I don't wish my work to be misunderstood either, so I'll present the following and hope it doesn't sound cross since text is so often misinterpreted:

This piece is actually a Lorica variant and provides an excellent range of movement. As are most of the male armor designs I've made so far and as will be many in the future because as you say, it is extremely versatile. My work is artistic but design follows function. If the wearer of this armor, or other armors, to wish to shoot an arrow, they can do so unrestricted. Turn cartwheels, fight with swords, no problem. Looks can be deceiving, all of my pieces are much more flexible and functional than they may appear.

Why leather? Because it's quicker and easier to work with. So I can spend the same time making a highly elaborate leather suit that it would take me to make a mildly elaborate or even basic metal suit. If I were to make metal armor as extravagant as my leather pieces, it could cost $20K or more, easily.

Additionally it's important to understand that my pieces aren't generally historic. I like fantasy better because historic things have already been done and if there are cool historic designs you can probably find 500 replicas on ebay at Chinese factory prices and I don't want to compete with that.
Ah, I understand. I understood most of it to begin with. As for the shooting an arrow, that was based on where the joints MIGHT have been in the pauldrons. All and all, you're a superb craftsman, and I rather admire your use of fantasy stylings, and can understand why you avoid historic designs. I did not spot the Lorica variation in the armor, and for that I am now angry with myself. However, once you mentioned it, I spotted it right away. Just out of question, what kind of fighter was this armor meant for? I am curious, that's all.
Azmal May 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
hehe, honestly? The kind that goes to conventions, and the only battling to be done is pressing through the hoards of camera flashes. But it is very hard, flexible, and sturdy so really it could fit any type of 'fighter' style to some extent.
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