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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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:iconarcheval:
archeval Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
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?
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner 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.
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Guukan-Mangaka Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
Even so, your armor's beautiful to behold, and the work of a real craftsman. I admire your work.
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad you like it : )
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Guukan-Mangaka Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
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.
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, you never really know till you try it on.
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Guukan-Mangaka Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
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.
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner 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.
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Guukan-Mangaka Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
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.
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner 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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Guukan-Mangaka Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
So, all-purpose, eh? I like that.
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Bugiipoppu Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
THAT LOOKS SO COOL! I love it!!
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InKibus Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
I am having a serious joygasm off this one..... There is something so mighty and kick ass about it.
And noo, mannequins never wear armour correct. John Howe warns very much of mannequins donning armour is not how to view it.
But knowing armour a bit, i know how this would 'drape' on a person, and it's gorgeous!
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, stupid mannequins lol

Thanks
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:iconfeybles:
Feybles Featured By Owner May 4, 2008   Artisan Crafter
WOW!! That scroll-work looks amazing. What an impressive set!
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lordmagnusen Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional Writer
Amazing!
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IkaikaDesign Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh man i love what you did for the shin and foot guards. integrates well with the rest of your armor
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FiendKiller Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
I love the edging in the silver, it's very well done.

I'll have to ask you to make something for me sometime, once I can save up a bit more money.
; )
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome, sounds good : )
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StJost Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Intensely badass, my good sir.
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks bud
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:iconfrozen-voyage:
Frozen-Voyage Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow! I am blown away! This is impressive
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive!
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saeyon Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
OMG! That really is amazing work! Beautiful designs and overall craftsmanship!
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:iconcyrus-wade:
Cyrus-Wade Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Student Filmographer
As always...bloody awesome!

The pauldron design rocks! Well done!
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Treyos Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Looks sweet! The commissioner is definitely getting their money's worth.
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
The carving and embossing just blow me for six. Stunning commission work!!!
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks
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tkyzgallery Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
awesome job!
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sleepinglynx Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
love it one question are you hardening the leather or just molding it ? dont have to tell me how to harden lreather i know that trick was just wondering if it was hardened
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
uhm well each piece is different. some pieces I don't harden much for comfort's sake. Some I do harden a good bit. If the commissioner requests it I can make each piece about as hard as wood but so far most people don't know that my armor is functional and in a sense, 'real'. I can make hard core SCA stuff that still looks amazing and is still functional.
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sleepinglynx Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
yeah i used to harden tooling leather for different projects and it can get pretty hard as long as you make sure its shaped right before its dry lol
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farmerownia Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Chest and colar are fantastic...... i like the way of molding breast.

Pauldrons have nice shape and construction solutions. ;) "Leather Iron Man" yeah!

dislike sabbatons - sorry for beaing picky ^^
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks : )
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Jin-Saotome Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really, really, REALLY like this one. The silver and black, spot on!
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LordDraco3 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The greaves and sabbatons here are my favorite part. I would wear those babies at any chance I got!
The pauldrons, while not being of my *personal* taste, look extremely great.
And the "P" emblem is so ornate and beautiful, great job!

Methinks it needed something extra on the gauntlets though. Full armor seems like it should really have full gauntlets (which seem to be the only missing part, aside from the helmet).

But seriously. Beautiful greaves, and an overall nice job. I usually am not all that impressed with leather armor (I would MUCH rather wear steel, as a personal prefferance), but you have quite the impressive work.
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
heh, thanks. Eventually I'll expand into making fantasy metal plate armor but that stuff will be more expensive than some new cars so I doubt I'll make much of it. I'll be making swords and other weapons pretty soon though, and while expensive, that stuff will sell fairly well I believe.
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:iconlorddraco3:
LordDraco3 Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah I can get an SCA battle-ready full plate (which is generally much thicker and heavier than any histoical ones were) for $1000+ depending on who I go to. But I don't see you as an armourer, I see you as more of the artist. You have function, but the bulk of your price seems to be thanks to your amazing attention to detail in making your work LOOK good.

My personal dream suit would be Seigfriend's gothic harness..but any reproduction I've seen of that is well over the $10,000 range. A guy can dream, can't he? LOL

People like weapons, I have faith yours will sell =)
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flashlightwarrior Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
How much would you sell something like this for?
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Always a tricky question since every commission is different but you can get a ball park idea of my pricing of things by visiting [link] PrinceArmoy.com. This particular set would be $3K+
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Valkyrie-Girl Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow! I love the collar on the breastplate. I see that sort of thing quite often in art work but never have i seen it done on an actual suit of armor. The entire thing is so beautiful.
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I like collars a lot myself and no, you don't really see them very often in real life armor.
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MBryn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Student Writer
As always, your work is remarkable. I envy your skill!
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EnigmaticEmpress Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like it should be called the Scaled Gauntlet. ^_^ this is my fave of the pieces you've done recently, I like all of the detailing very much.
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:iconazmal:
Azmal Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks : )
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just blown away by your artistry and skill. This truly is a masterpiece. Most impressive feature to me - the thigh-guards, that's just pure dragon scales: gorgeous and impenetrable.
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Azmal Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you : )
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