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What can I use to custom make chainmail or scale mail?

Postby larryhagmansliver » Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:45 am

Hi folks,
Stumbled across this site and I thought I would as a question for some customizing I wish to do.
Any suggestions on the topic?
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Re: What can I use to custom make chainmail or scale mail?

Postby Quay » Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:19 pm

You're best bet is probably to sculpt it. It's not nearly as hard as you'd imagine, it's really just using a single motion over and over again.
This guy has a pretty good tutorial on how to do chainmail:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxtlYyiqX5o
This girl has a good scale mail tutorial. Starts about 7 minutes in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr7wBp43Abs
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Re: What can I use to custom make chainmail or scale mail?

Postby Patraw » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:55 am

Scale mail can be done pretty easily, albeit tediously, by attaching layers of small scale shapes to the figure (not much different than making scales on a fish or reptile really.) You could use small pieces of foam sheet, cardboard, etc.--any type of flat shape will work.

Chainmail is probably best sculpted--making the real deal is VERY time consuming and tedious. A chainmail texture stamp would probably be the fastest route (find a figure that already has chainmail, press a small glob of clay/epoxy or whatever onto it, to get the impression, let it dry/harden, then use that to stamp the pattern into the clay/epoxy on the figure you're customizing.)
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Re: What can I use to custom make chainmail or scale mail?

Postby Patraw » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:24 am

Another option that I thought of is that there are some fabrics that kind of look like chainmail, usually black stuff with silvery thread woven into it. I know I've seen some sixth-scale medievel figures wearing it as an approximation for chainmail and it doesn't look half bad.
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Re: What can I use to custom make chainmail or scale mail?

Postby Automatauntaun » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:58 pm

for scale, just patients and sculpt, with the right tools. For chain mail, a wire mesh strainer cut and pressed over a thin amount of half dried sculpt. Works pretty good.
Sanjuro4 did it on his rikimaru

http://www.figurerealm.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=40258

give ti a shot, i found a cheap one made of plastic for a buck at the local dollar store.
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