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Breastplate Tutorial - Basics by North-Steading Breastplate Tutorial - Basics by North-Steading
As requested the start of some tutorials on leather working and leather armours - more to follow.

A fairly brief discussion on the primary concepts in leather (and other) breastplates and other torso armours.

This isn't all inclusive but covers the main concepts that are used and allows a good starting point for mixing and matching to a point where a design can be produced.

These are armour concepts for LRP and costuming and although based on historical concepts and practical armouring approaches are not intended to be historically accurate.

(Though are intended to be believable as opposed to the silly high-fantasy approaches that get bandied about).

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GaZeeBo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009   Digital Artist
I wanna build some kind of legionairre armor but I'm wondering something.
Should I boil the leather or treat it with hot water in order to have it strengthen up? Otherwise I can imagine it would become very floppy and stuff and not very easy to wear.
But on the other hand, having it too hard can also be a burden to wear it.
Got any tips?
North-Steading Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Lorica armour is fairly simple to do so long as one processes a good basic knowledge.

Typically I would use thick (4mm+) leather when making armour and I would rarely water-harden it. When thick-leather is joined together properly and laid down in layers it becomes quite stiff and is able to easily hold its shape. Having a little give and bend in an armour will help it be comfortable to wear and also come to match your shape.

If you felt the need to either you should use hot-water-hardening as boiling leather is very much an acquired skill (though both are effectively the same only on different parts of a temperature scale). Hand-hot water is enough to increase the leather's stiffness and be used to put 'set' into new shapes - though in most cases neither would be needed for Lorica. When working with either hardening method it is important to test the materials one is using (as only veg-tan leather is truly suitable for hardening) and the shrinkage factor needs to be worked out - so samples should be tested first.

Shrinkage is proportional to temperature and stiffness is equally proportional. The hotter the fluid the smaller and harder the leather will get (almost like it is the same mechanic at work).

The real need for hardening will depend on what you wish to use it for - if you are fighting with steel then a degree of hardening or additional protection would be recommended.
Scoobytheoriginal Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Nice tutorial!
Was just going to start with designing leather armour...
Perfect timing :clap:
North-Steading Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Thank you - I thought is best to start things at the basics and give a step that isn't realy well covered anywhere else. Future tutorials should give the nexts steps.
twilightcross Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you much! This helps a lot for concept.
North-Steading Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
No worries. Hopefully the next tutorial will give some direction in taking things forward.
twilightcross Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks many much for your help!
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