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« on: May 08, 2012 12:04:38 PM »

A friend of mine made some awesome armor, and wanted to share:

I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an organization devoted to historical re-enactment of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. One of the things we do is full-force armored combat. Definitely a lot of fun. In addition to sword-fighting, I've learned something about armour making and repair -- a fighter is constantly mending and improving his/her gear.

Anyway, I recently made a set of steel cuisses (thigh armour) that I had envisioned for my girlfriend's fighting kit. Unfortunately it turned out that mild steel does not absorb quite as much force as I thought it would. Does stop a sword, but it'd leave a helluva bruise! Not wanting my gf to get injured on the battlefield, I remade her cuisses out of much thicker and stronger stainless steel. So, now I have a set of cuisses which are looking for a home!

I think the armor would be a great addition for a Steampunk vampire killer / bounty hunter kit. Since the cuisses were built with full-force combat in mind, they certainly lend authenticity to the vestments of a seasoned fighter. Also, mild steel gets surface rust which I feel makes the armour appear old and well-used. If you are interested, I will include a wooden stake that I made for a vampire hunter's costume.

The armor is constructed of 16ga mild steel and heavy 5-6 oz brown leather, with the plates solid-riveted to the leather. This isn't flimsy costume-grade stuff! The cuisses are best worn from a heavy belt with well-padded pants (rivets are not comfy against the skin). Leather straps buckle at the back of the leg, and a larger strap on the front loops through the wearer's belt.

I've made bracers in a similar style for a couple other people's costumes, and they're quite pleased with them. I'd like to see the cuisses similarly enjoyed!

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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2012 02:30:17 PM »

They look amazing and soooo much work went into them. It's great to hear the story behind them too.

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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2012 06:33:02 PM »

sooooo cooolll!  Shocked

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2012 06:35:01 PM »

WOW, those are some major bada$$ery!

Gotta love the anachronism of your model all armoured up in a modern kitchen with carrot-chopping tool in hand Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012 08:48:45 PM »

the camping pads for sleeping as lining might help if the new design doesn't. They look great. also turtle wax will cut down on the rust. 

« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2012 03:49:15 PM »

The new design works out better because the plates are placed closer, and most importantly don't bend!

Thanks for the tip about the rust.  Since they are likely to be costume pieces at this point, the amount of rust desired is up to the eventual owner.

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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2012 06:41:17 AM »

These are beautiful! It's so cool that you can make something like that. And did you say they were looking for a home?
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2012 05:51:57 PM »

Hi, I am in the SCA in Australia  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2012 09:16:23 AM »

This is SO COOL! I want to make some armor for a dungeons & dragons costume. It doesn't have to be as functional as this, but gahhh, this is so awesome and inspiring!

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