Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Three piece armour

These tassets were very pretty...they matched the faulds, and were made by grooving the plates with a chisel.

The armour looks good from the side....at one point I actually trimmed away the metal because it was coming up into the armpit. Client told me he wants to be able to sommersault in it. Safety suggested that we make sure nothing will dig in.

And I noticed that the front top tabs actually do NOT match up...client tugged it up and away. Should have been me that did that.

Unusual details would include the use of front opening buckles instead of my more usual buckles on the back. No squire needed.

Nice flare on that back. AJ did an especially good job there. Note the bulges over the top of the spine and the shoulder blades. Makes a good effect. Click on the picture to enlarge.

The front sections slide on concealed rivets. All you see is the attachment points. He is a tall man, and needed one extra lame in the fauld. (Normally there are only three lames.) However, the request to accomodate ten full inches of fauld was easily handled. I think the pelvic arch looks absolutely stunning. The faulds and tassets are laced on...that being the cheapest way. Buckles can be added later when the client gets more cash and wants to pretty up this armour a bit.
His only complaint was that the chest was a bit too broad for comfortable cross body strikes. Well, I suppose we "could" make them a bit narrower in front.
Sliding rivets in 18 gauge require a re-enforcement plate. So no time saved by going to 18 gauge.

The quality of the buckles and straps is second to none. Long after the cheap offshore leather breaks, these buffalo hide belts will be carrying on.

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