FOREWARNING: This blog is long and FULL of photos.
One of the many things that a squire in Belegarth is required to show they can do is build armor. Sometimes just leather, or just chain but normally both. Today I finished my leather project. I would like to thank my big brother Mekoot Rowan for helping me with this, with out him I would have never finished.
First things first, this is what I made. It is a tasset piece for Bonnie. She is a Blue Lizardperson with copper for accents.
Now in order to make these there were some things I had to learn to do first. I needed to learn what tools I needed.
The Scale Press
The Scale Template
The Steel Disk
A Hand-Held Leather Hole Punch
A Mallet and Rivet Setter
Once you have all of these things all you need now are the scales. So while I punched out scales for Rowan, he spray painted them the colours that Bonnie wanted her armor to be. This means blue and copper. Here are the scales. You will notice these all have funky shapes that dont match the scale template above, and yes your right they dont match. Bonnie is a monster character, a Blue Lizardperson to be specific, so she didn’t want pristine scales, she wanted them to look a little uneven, have some odd shapes, so that’s what we cut out. We achieved this by using scraps and sometimes while the holes fit on the leather other parts of the template did not, which results in these monastery scales.
Once they were dry, which honestly look like most of the day. I started putting them together. Rowan didn’t have a pattern for me to follow so I just went with what looked good. Here are some process photos.
Once I finished the piece and it was the right length and width at the top I added on the straps. This is where I encountered an issue. My rivets were too short to go through 3 layers of leather so I had to off-set the straps.
Overall this was not as hard as I figured it be. I enjoyed it a great deal and while it was not like I was molding and shaping and tooling the leather, I did get to learn how to cut scales, paint leather, and create armor. I really enjoy the finished piece. On the next side I am not gong to start from the middle which is what I ended up doing since I didn’t’ start with 1 scale and build up. I will be with this next one.
One last photo just because I really like how it looks, the finished back