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Steel hexagon plate lamellar armour WIP by Armourdillo Steel hexagon plate lamellar armour WIP by Armourdillo
my first [hand]made steel armour, based on the pattern of my leather armour plates. It turned out quite well.
Had to make the sides with square plates as hexes don't go well around corners, as I've discovered...

This armour is still under construction, I am still working on the shoulder- and thighpieces.
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SchmiedeTraum Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Like it very much.
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SavageInsight Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
One of my grown-up friends made armor for a kid who was born with his heart outside of his ribs - he basically didn't have any bone over it after the doctors saved his life.
   My friend made lamellar armor for him so he could play sports and told me that lamellar has this cool effect where if you hit it on one side you feel it on the other or someplace else because of the way its made.
   Did you notice that in this?

   Its Cool work - reminds me of the Dark Knight.
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SomaticStatue Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Photographer
Where did you find the plates? i've been trying to find some for my own project
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Armourdillo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I couldn't find any, so I decided to make them myself. Sorry!
Depending on how much you are willing to spend, you could get them custom made. I enquired at a local steel mill, they had two options:
laser cut (for a small batch) or stamped for serial production (higher initial cost)

The cost for making the stamping die would cost more than I was willing to spend (over 300 dollars).
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stevelunn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
That looks great.

I saw something along a similar lines using the idea of kikko plates/jack of plates sections some years ago and thought that looked cool too.

almost makes me want to make a set...... almost lol
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Armourdillo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, i have some of those images in my ideas folder. Maybe one day...:D (Big Grin) 
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madcomputerscientist Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Artist
Dude, this is AWESOME!
Wow, love the hex plates. It really makes it look futuristic yet ancient at the same time.
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Armourdillo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks dude! I was thinking to make a postapo version of this armour. It hasn't happened yet...
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SerkV Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Like ;)
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Armourdillo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Ferd-De-Mann Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just picked up some hexagon plates and have been trying to decide what type of armor I want to make. I think this just took 1st place.
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Armourdillo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you have any questions about construction...
(I made it up as I went along myself)
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Miconious Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am wondering, what size are those hex plates? I am thinking of doing a simular project only using rivets.
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Armourdillo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry for the late response. hope you still want to know...
from point to point they are 6 CM (2.36220472 inches) I forgot why I chose that particular size.
Remember to curve them slightly, mine curved about 3MM, i think.
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Miconious Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

Thanks for the info. I really like the look of your armor.

 

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AxelofEaldormere Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I may have to experiment with this myself as for going around corners did you try dishig the plates or having more-loose lacing in those areas to better form to the countours of the body?
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Armourdillo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, I think loose cordage will lead to faster abrasion and the disadvantage of Hex plates is their inablity to go around curves, so I decided to cover my sides with square plates, as you can see on the right and bottom. And as for the contour, at my workplace, someone made a stamp mold to give the plates about a curve of about 2 or 3 MM.
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demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never done hexagonal lamellar armor, but years ago I did do hexagonal brigandine.
it went around curves very nicely, but only on an axis perpendicular to the sides - it was nearly rigid on an axis that transected opposite corners.
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demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
damn, that's nice.
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Armourdillo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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TheCSpider Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Very nice! I'm curious where you got the hexagonal plates? I've been wanting to do a suit of Kikko for a while and couldn't find a good source.
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Armourdillo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, well I made them myself... as I didn't have the money to have them made to order.
:hmm:
However, if you have some money to burn, try to find a local company to lasercut/stamp them for you. As far as I've heard, the template is the expensive part [several hunderd Euros/Dollars I think] after that it's very cheap to mass produce them...
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byzantine84 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Will the cordage holding the plates together be exposed like that when finished? They seem to be in danger of being cut in battle and having your armor fall apart on you.
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Armourdillo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, that is one of the potential weak points of this style of armour, although not as severely as you might think.
In the Far East they used silk cordage, which is much more resistant to cuts and abrasions.
I just didn't have the budget to do so =( of course an advantage of this type of armour is the ability to [field]repair your armour by removing damaged sections.
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