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Offline robert of armstrong

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My new Scale Maille Armor
« on: July 18, 2008, 05:02:41 PM »
I picked up my scale maille hauberk last week and wore it to Sterling’s opening day last Saturday.  Oh, I like it very much, thank you.  I have not yet seen anyone wearing anything like it, which makes me very happy.



It has been shortened slightly to save weight, it is around 60-65 pounds.  With the leather breast- and backplate, shoulders, bracers and full legs I carry around a total of 85-90 pounds, plus weapons.

The hauberk is made up of around 6,500 scales and more than 13,000 rings in an oriental 4 into 1 pattern.  Most of the scales are mild steel, with a few areas of “repair” which are made up of either brass or stainless scales.  The idea behind it was that my original persona was a man rich in honor, but not in gold, and made the hauberk from what he could find.  During various adventures, the armor had been damaged, and had to be repaired with what was available, hence the different materials used, from different areas of the lands visited.  The persona is drifting slightly, also willing to take on the role dragon/demon/monster hunter/slayer, as long as the quest is noble, and the creature in question is, in fact, evil.

I also choose mild steel so it would tarnish and rust, as it is to be worn under my brown leather armor, and with luck the color of most of the scales would eventually compliment the leather more, while the brass and the stainless scales will stand out even stronger.

I started making it myself, and promptly went insane.  In speaking to one of the guys I work with about RenFests and such, he mentioned a that his brother made various items of chain maille, and might be up to this new challenge.  Devin Rigole, with the assistance of the crew from Things From Rings (from MiRF, amongst others) made the hauberk.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2008, 05:05:38 PM by robert of armstrong »
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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2008, 05:12:53 PM »
Wow...That is some excellent armor! Looks great!
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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2008, 07:48:04 PM »
Robert of Armstrong, all I can say is .........



Very Sweet, indeed!
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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2008, 06:14:39 PM »
My friend, I believe you did go insane!  Good Lord, 85-90 lbs!?  It looks awesome!  Nice touch with the scales of different materials idea.  I wouldn't have thought of that.  I can't wait to see it at MiRF.

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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2008, 09:43:17 AM »
Well done Sir!

Reminds me of Kenneth Haigh’s  Sir Ranulf character in Robin and Marian.

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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2008, 10:56:59 AM »
   Very impressive m'lord
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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2008, 07:21:02 AM »
I definately can appreciate that piece.  It is beautiful, and I am sure it was a lot of work.  I just finished a H/A Greek Scaled Linothorax with 450 Bronze Scales and it was enough of a pain.  I never want to make another scale again!  ;D  I cannot even imagine making 4,500 scales!  You should be proud of it, and I am sure it will be a head turner.  You don't see scale armor often for certain.  I personally would love to see some more pics of it when you get a chance.   

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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2008, 05:19:11 PM »
Am I allowed to say..........*SEXY?*  Well it is.  Nice....... ;) ;D

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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2008, 07:50:53 AM »
I've never seen anyone ever do scale mail at faire before... that is pretty awsome!

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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2008, 08:26:27 AM »
Very nice :o and WOW also
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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2008, 11:43:39 PM »
I wish I checked this part of the board more often, that is some Fine Armor you got there!  do did I understand right, that is scales on top of chain?  with the leather on top of that, your covered for just about anything they can bring your way.

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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2008, 05:32:00 PM »
I wish I checked this part of the board more often, that is some Fine Armor you got there!  do did I understand right, that is scales on top of chain? 

Not quite.  The scale is woven with the rings, four rings into the scale's one hole.  Like this:




Thanks a lot for the compliments everybody.  It was quite the undertaking, I am very proud of it.

I definately can appreciate that piece.  It is beautiful, and I am sure it was a lot of work.  I personally would love to see some more pics of it when you get a chance.   

I'll put up some more photos when I get the chance:  That one I really liked, it was taken at Sterling on Opening Day.  I have at least a couple from Great Lakes from not this past weekend, but the weekend before, and I will get some again next weekend at Michigan.

I have to wear it as often as I can to make it worth it, I have a baby coming in the fall and can't see myself wearing something like that and tending to an infant at the Faires next year.  I'll have to make the move to more of a Woodsman or something like that.
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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2008, 10:48:34 AM »
Amazing.  "Envious" doesn't even begin to describe me right now.   :D
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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2008, 09:37:59 PM »
How easy is it to get into?  And how easy is it to get the plate on over the top?
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Re: My new Scale Maille Armor
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2008, 06:05:35 PM »
Very nice looking work sir :)  I haven't looked into scale a whole lot (still working on getting my first maille shirt done) but i adore the way it looks.  With the materials you chose it will def. be interesting to see how it ages

 

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