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Leather Armor v4 by Astanael Leather Armor v4 by Astanael
This is the fourth version of my main larp leather armor.

Not much is visible to the eyes, but there is many improvements since the v3 :
- I now have a leather tunique underneath, and foam/fur padding in the helmet,
- the arms protections are fixed under the inner pauldrons,
- the fur tassets are now sewed to the armor, levering the weight on my hips,
- full legs protection,
- the outer pauldrons are fixed to the inner's ones more closely to the neck,
- the helmet and the head protection inside have ear holes, which is essential to get the orders right,
- the face is masked with a see-through voilage, very dark but surprisingly transparent from the inside,
- lost the amber stone of my right glove :(

The whole becomes a little heavy to wear, but really is comfy and not too hot. Besides I can bend, sit, jump and run on short distances without any problems. Longer sprints require stamina, working on it ^^.

FAQ :
- Yes I make it myself. I took a lot of time and many trials/errors, but worth every second.
- It is designed and used for battle, and can widthstand (moderates) steel impacts.
- Everything is home made, except for the weapons which are Calimacil.
- The main material I use is Croupon, a sturdy and thick leather. I don't use any paint, only neat oil, thus the natural look.
- Assembly is a mix of sewing, riveting and lacing.

Edits :
- Yaay DD ! ^^
- Featured in this epic painting by Muratgul. Wish I look this badass in my twilight :
Swordsman by muratgul
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Leather Armor v4 by ~Astanael ( Suggested by Carnival-Fever and Featured by FrockTarts )
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ZhanLong Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
If I had to sum up the worth of the psychological effects this armor has, I would say it is similar to fighting a ghost: You can't see the expressions of your enemy (if he wears this armor) and if he remains silent, it multiplies the effect.
Anyway: *faved*
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666LordFalcon666 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
That is a very beautiful armor overall! *top work!* I hope you don't stop tinkering around with it :)

If you ever feel like making a blueprint for fingered gauntlets PLEEEEASE load it up ^.^  I can't find a nice one on the web anywhere that i can adapt for steel ones.
Can you tell me, where you got the "faceless mask"? I'm searching something like that for some time now, but find only things that looks totally like carnival.

You said you lost your yellow stone from one bracer... And you said, you prefere practical armor. So i make a suggestion (if you don't want to have one or get already too many, just stop reading here ^.^ ) Maybe use the opportunity and get some 1-2mm V2A stainless steel [something like EU:14.306 / SteelName: X2CrNi19-11 / SAE Grade:304L] and cut a piece like the hole you made for your ears in the helm... or a celtic knot(maybe a triangle) to rivet on your bracers. That way, you would have better defense or at least make it harder to cut the arm off, if you are in the unfortunate situation of beeing disarmed. And i think it yould look quite cool with that polished leather in background.

Would you enlighten us, where you buy your leather? Good leather suppliers are hard to find - since you mentioned Euros, i assume, you are in the euro zone too ^.^

Greetings from germany and may the old ones be with you!

LF666
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Astanael Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
May the Old One devour your soul first !
(That is actually a blessing, because it will spare you the slow and painful agony of the earth upon their inevitable return)

Many, many thanks for the kind words, Ye Great Cthulhu knows it goes rigth through my hearth ^^

I do made a blueprint for gauntlets (check my Tuto gallery) which can be completed with single scales to covers each fingers;
If you're looking for nice patterns, I would recommend Violet le Duc medieval encyclopedia or simply Armour archives, they are nice patterns in it.

For the purpose of this photo, the faceless mask is a simple motorist underhelmet wore upside-down.
In larping, i use a nice see-through black fabric, which gives me more room to breathe and doesn't impair vision. It cames from leftover of a camping vehicules makers.  I'm always looting everywhere for all and strange stuff. Having such a dark faceless expression gives a very nice (and creepy) touch to the armor and really change the way peoples interact with you. The Uncanny Valley I suppose.

Amny thanks again for the nice suggestion, will try it. But on another piece of armor for I already have an idea for replacing the stone : inclusion resinea. I'm gonna find someting cool to inclose in, use some dye and make myself a custom shiny jewel. For one of my next project I plan to try cold forge. The problem is I can't do that in a flat for I pity my neigbours.

And to answer the last question : most of my leather comes mostly from three sources :
- A french reseller near Cholet named Cuir Broignard
- Another one near Nantes named Crepin Ouest
- And bins. I love give new life to junk. Hardly throw anything anyway...

That was very nice of you to post such a long comment, I want you to know I really appreciate it.

Bis val !
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
It looks great, very intimidating. My only attempt at armor looked far less intimidating.
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Astanael Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Many thanks ^^

The absence of the face adds a huge bonus to intimidate Skill.
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Aye, that it does...the entire set has a look to it....I'd say at least a +2 Baddassness bonus.

and you would be really surprised how much owch a layer of leather takes off a blow....I not only roleplay, I do SCA, the coverage on your armor is damn good....probably better coverage than a lot of guys I see fighting in armor that doesn't look this good :D
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Astanael Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well it does widhtstand steel impacts. And it was designed for combat.

I'm the type of guy who laugh at thoses movies and pictures revealing clothing some dare to call "armor". Especially female armor. Seriously, how can someone goes into battle leaving arteries and articulations wide open ? And don't get me started on breastplates.

I mostly do larp fighting, but I design my gear to resist whatever comes. Falling and rolling on a rocky groud, running through dense spiked bushes, walking under heavy rain,  having a snow fight. The real and sturdy bruised, patined and weathered equipement is much more satisfying to me than a nice outfit which is really good loking but will crumble upon times and impacts.

Thanks again for your nice comment, it always warm my hearth. ^^
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
My neighbor has a great set of Metal and leather armor he wears when he goes to events and fights. It's old, roughed up, and shows it's history with dents, some not so shiny parts, and repairs. Standing next to someone in shiny, pretty armor he definitely has the edge in "Don't mess with me."
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Astanael Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oooh yeah.
"A knight in shiny armor is someone who never has his metal truely tested."
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/i/201…

My new helm, not finished yet, need to blue it and fit some trim and leather to get it looking right...and no doubt my freinds will supply the dents, and scuffs happily at the next event.
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Astanael Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If I'm not mistaken, that's riveted chainmail ? Nice !

It looks great, nice job !
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SnowRose88 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG... teach me your ways master :P
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Dova6627 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
How's the knee protection?
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Astanael Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A little feeble I guess.

I wanted to make something light and ended with womething too soft and maleable. Googd looking but not very sable and sturdy.
It is one of my next move to rework that.
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ChrisKurth Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Artist
Amazing job on this armor set! Do you take custom armor projects/orders?
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Astanael Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Many thanks ^^.
I do take commissions, but please keep in mind that :
- I'm not a pro, I'm only doing this for my pleasure,
- sending goods overseas is always a tricky affair, and halas I'm in europe at the moment :/
- I really want people to try before buying. Armor is a lot like clothing and need tight fitting and adjustement.

I know I'm putting the emphasis on the obstacles, but experience taught me a lot.
Feel free to message me your ideas and projects, I will tell you if it is feasible. ^^
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ChrisKurth Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you again for getting back to me. Sorry it took so long for me to respond. I ended up working with someone else, but was thankful for your honesty regarding ordering or working with you. Hope to see some more cool armor sets from you! Thinking I may try my hand at leathersmithing :) Start small then try some more difficult items. Looks fun and relaxing to do on a rainy day haha
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Astanael Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ok, no problem.

By all means, plesae do try crafting. It is a very rewarding activity (although quite frustating sometimes)
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EnderKR Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
This is spectacular. It really just needs a little bit of color variance to make it really pop, but the quality is spectacular. I really like the fur war skirt. 
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Astanael Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^^

Fur always makes the trick, Covers nicely and give a realistic look. Fur is good.
Regarding the photo, I couldn't agree more with you, I prefer my previous photo over this one.

LARP Armor - v3 by Astanael
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TDuD3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
amazing ref dude, thanks ! and congrats its just amazing!
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Astanael Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Many thanks ^^
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BilboobliB Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice armor ") great design
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Astanael Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^^
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WolfxGuardian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Both V3 and V4 are awesome, although my preference would be V4 mainly of the lighter brown color compared to the previous one, still very awesome and well done.
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Astanael Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot !

Real leather has a very specific look and feel : the "patine" which varies greatly with the kind of light used.
I'm not very good at photography, so I can't manage to get the exact rendering. Shooting in my little and obscure flat doesn't help much to get something decent.
I manage to get theses pictures with long exposures, thus the blur.
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WolfxGuardian Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
It's alright, you've still managed to demonstrate what you can do and through a photo what one can feel when looking at this excellent work, it also looks like leather that can actually protect you from certain attacks and weapons, also the details on the armor are exquisite and the gem on the glove is a nice touch to boost. Very nice. :iconthumbsupplz:
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Astanael Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks again, those are very nice compliments. ^^
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olejars Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Long time lurker, but your work looks fantastic!
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Astanael Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot for watching ^^
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Astanael Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oooh, a lurker. Spooky !
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nomadnostrebor Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wish I had one.
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Astanael Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not that hard to do.
It just takes lots of times and dedication ^^
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nomadnostrebor Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well your hard work paid off... Looks awesome. I don't suppose u do commissions lol.
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Astanael Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^^

I do accept commission, although keep in mind that :
- I'm not a pro, therefore I need time to do stuff
- I live currently in europe, that can be cumbersome to send goods overseas
- I really prefer you to try before buying, especially with armors that has to be well adjusted.

I may seem to put emphasis on the obstacles but experience taught me to be cautious.
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David89Six Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
This is amazing work
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Astanael Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Many thanks ^^
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zoll2000 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, I love it!
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Astanael Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^^
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drago1217 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
What oz leather you use for the breast plate and back?
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Astanael Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As always, I don't use the imperial system, therefore I must speak in metric standards.
The whole plastron is made from sturdy greased collet (5mm) with one to three layer, depending on the pattern and how pieces are disposed.
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submission101 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Do you accept orders for a whole set like this?
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Astanael Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I do, although I must warn you : This is a long and expensive project.

It takes me a long time to craft every piece, always remodeling, adding or removing something here and then. Recreate the whole in one go is feasible but not easy.
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drago1217 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I just have to say, your work is absolutely beautiful. I have been looking for a good idea to go off of for renfest. I've looked through all of you're pics on here and the work us phenomenal. i will definitely be watching you're profile for any more blueprints you put out. Keep it up you have a gift.
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Astanael Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot ^^
As for the blueprints, remember you can use metal pattern if the leather is sturdy enough.
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drago1217 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
I do have a coupe questions though....specifically on material. Do you have an email i can contact you at?...if that's not a problem of course
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Astanael Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No probems ^^

Feel free to ask me your questions my mp.
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rabies-vacc Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Also.. this armor is freaking spectacular. 
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