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Roman Leather Lorica by Archanejil Roman Leather Lorica by Archanejil
This is a custom set of armour made for LARP. The piece is, in terms of the design, a cross between a leather lorica segmentata and a lorica hamata (the skirting and top shoulder "pad" being from the hamata in particular).

Made from 3.5mm thick leather in the main body, 2mm for the skirting. Trim is 1.5mm thick suede. The shoulders bear a carved dragon motif. It's a whole set of armour that goes with the red dragon bracers and the red dragon greaves.
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Was the Lorica ever purely leather like that? I don't remember any time that it was. In the West's later years they switched completely to cloth-and-mail armor as they began running low on funding.
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ArtisansdAzure Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Gratz on the armor Nice pants by the way^^
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Archanejil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Cheers! Ah, the pants are my boyfriend's hero pants. They do suit him. They are *HUGE* though if you stretch them out. I've never been able to get along with them, but I think that's because they're tailored for men (despite being *HUGE!*). I shall pass on your compliment ;)
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DarkCornerz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is awsome! I'd love to make armor for LARP but I don't think Vegetable tanned leather would work very well. Love the details.
:)
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Archanejil Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Aw, thank you!

Actually, you'd be surprised. The greaves and the bracers on this are vegtanned, as are several other bits of armour in my gallery. Though at that point I use spirit dyes rather than acrylics, otherwise you get chips in the paint job.
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DarkCornerz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh wow, never thought about those....I use mostly acrylics. Where can I get spirit dyes?
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Archanejil Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
This is the link to the product: [link]

You can get this stuff from Tandy's -- or try asking your leather merchant. They might know. If you do get this type of dye, I also recommend using dye reducer ([link]). This will allow you to get shades of colour better (I recommend trying out your colours on scrap bits first, btw).

To get an even coat, wet the leather first. I then use a wide paintbrush (suited to the area) to paint over. It will, on the first application, colour like it does with pens when you're a kid. Keep going until it's saturated and you'll get the colour you want. Then finish with carnauba creme (also available from Tandy in the Fiebing's brand).

This stuff is not water based and holds colour really well.

You can also use the eco-flow dyes, which are water-based. I'm not sure how well they work, but a lot of the leatherworkers on here use them and get really good results.
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DarkCornerz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! This helps alot. Now I just have to start making other things to use it for. So many things to do..
Thanks again, your awsome. :)
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Archanejil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
No worries! Any time!
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