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

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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?

Posted by larryhagmansliver
on Sunday, July 1, 2012
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Automatauntaun -
Monday, July 9, 2012
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



give ti a shot, I found a cheap one made of plastic for a buck at the local dollar store.
Patraw -
Monday, July 9, 2012
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.
Patraw -
Monday, July 2, 2012
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.)
Quay -
Sunday, July 1, 2012
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:
This girl has a good scale mail tutorial. Starts about 7 minutes in:
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