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LARP Armor - v3 by Astanael LARP Armor - v3 by Astanael
Still in progress.

Except for the sword and the daggers, everything in this outfit is hand made. Most of the leather plate are made for croupon 3-5mm thick. No paint, only neat oil and forming. The overall is not really heavy.

I'm proud of the gautlets, you can find the blueprints on my gallery. The amber stone comes from a belt fond in garbage. The helmet is an historical aberration, mixing scales, celtic and greek inspirations. The rings around my belly are realy useful to hang various items.

I need to add legs protections. Working on it.

The main trouble I have is to get this nice rounded and burned effect ont the edges of my leather plates. How did you pros do it ? I've tried dremel, wood lissettes, plastic formoirs, direct burning, sand paper...
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muddology Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
That is really awesome! I'm no expert but that looks like top-notch craftsmanship to me!
Really inspiring. Thanks for sharing!
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Astanael Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Many thanks, this goes right through my hearth. ^^

Have you check the improved 4th version ?

Leather Armor v4 by Astanael  
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muddology Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Damn I had totally missed it!
The earholes sound like a smart move haha
I really dig the poses! That would make for some great drawing references!

Personally, I kinda liked the layout for the v3 a little better; I find the white seperations in v4 distract the eye from the armor which pops out a lot better when set on a darker background as in v3. My two cents anyway.
Keep it up mate. Cheers!
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JeeRobbie Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Combien coûte environ une commande d'une armure pareille ? :)
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Astanael Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Difficile à estimer...

Une armure complète, c'est un ensemble de pièces à concevoir. Celle-ci est entièrement modulaire, il est possible d'ajouter, remplacer ou enlever des parties afin d'ajuster le rendu général. Si je devais donner un coût total réel du temps que ça m'a pris, en comptant la main d'oeuvre, ce serait aux alentours de 3000€.

Ce qui est complétement irréaliste car je crafte principalement par passion et j'utilise beaucoup de matériaux de récupération. Les fourrures proviennent de vieux manteaux, le cuir de chutes de croupon, les décorations de restes de vielles ceintures trouvées en chiffonerie, etc.

Bref, tout ça pour dire que je peux difficilement mettre un prix sur un set complet, je préfère travailler pièce par pièce.

N'hésitez pas si vous avez d'autres questions à me contacter par mp ^^
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Schuler-001 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work man. Quick question: Did you harden the leather or is it sill in it's natural form?
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Astanael Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Many thanks ^^
The leather is not hardened, excepted for the pauldrons which comes from an old pair of graves which were formed.
I mostly use a thick sturdy croupon, so I do not have to use such techniques. That and the fact it is very time consuming.
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Schuler-001 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. Thanks.  I've been trying to find different ways to shape leather besides the basic water/wax hardening techniques that everyone keeps using.
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Astanael Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mostly, I made shapes by assembling straight pieces by riveting and sewing.
I would love to learn the "cuir bouilli" technique, halas I lack the materials and space to do so.
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Schuler-001 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Cuir-Bouilli isn't that hard and it doesn't take up much space. All you need is a decent size pot to hold the water.  How I was taught was to let the water get to nice and warm to the touch, not boiling, drop the piece of leather into the water and let it sit for about ten minutes. Stir it every couple of minutes so that it doesn't sit on the bottom. After the ten minutes pull the piece out and begin to shape it how you want it.  Just a heads up the piece will shrink a bit after being the water so it's a good idea to cut it a little larger then what you plan it to be. Also I found using a wooden or rubber mallet helps to shape the piece. 

The only big problem about doing cuir-bouilli in the house is that leather dose give off an order when it's cooking. It's not a bad smell to me but I know people who really don't like it.    

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