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High Elf arm...ehm...armour by Valimaa High Elf arm...ehm...armour by Valimaa
a shot of my arm...ehm...yeah -.-

I completed the rerebrace, couter, vambrace...though my gauntlets still need to have the "stones" painted
-Everything is hardened leather Oo

-Underneath the armour im wearing a blue gambeson sleeve padded with multible layers of wool

-I'm quite happy with the arm...since it dosnt inhibit my movement and its got very good coverage...eventhough I sometimes get an itch under some of the armour where i cant reach...really annoying XD
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ts25679 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I would very much like to make something similar, do you have a tutorial or advice for making your exquisit works?
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Faeryx13 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your work is fantastic, this is so great, I haven`t enought words .
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
thank you very much ^^
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Faeryx13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, I just love your costumes. Hopes to see more =)
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Thanks...yeah...i'm prolly not done doing stuff like this for a while yet ;)

-yay!...you do some awesome cosplay stuff!...I'd better watch you! ^,^'
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Faeryx13 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot =)
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kid-hulk Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Those kinds of itches always are lol
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Orialas Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
I agree : beautiful !
But I have a question, do leather was the better material for such a final look ? It seems to be a piece of an iron plate, no?
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
thanks ^^

well...I think that the leather gives the armour a different feel/look...where metal is very thin and "realistic" the leather adds a certain anime/cartoonish thickness...and for this kind of armour I actually prefer that...it brings it closer to the original drawings and models made of warhammer high elfs
...also...if I had to hammer all this out in metal...I would have to do it at home...and I think after about a week the neighbours...would be plotting a nasty plan for my early demise XD
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Armenoc Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
And another quick question.. those "layered" gold plates on the back side of the armor.. those are just tooled in to look like multiple layers right? or are there actual layers of leather there? I'm a leather noob :( but I'm starting to get into it, and I'm taking all the notes from the best leather crafters I can!
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Armenoc Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love the thickness of this armor. I think the thick leather was the right way to go! I've seen a lot of metal armor that's like.. yeah that's cool that it's metal, but it doesn't look as cool as the metal armor in my favorite video games and movies. the same bulkiness just isn't there. Here it is! Very nice! One question: for the paint job, did you dye the leather, or actually paint it? and with what sort of paint, if so?
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eamilia Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship! Well done. *__*
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
thank you ^,^'
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Arenaldiel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Man...you are at the highest level of leather armour making I actually know, even if not alone (other monster crawls here on DA)
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Thank you very much...I'm very happy that you count me amongst the good ones ^^
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
credits due to you for making that very nice looking suit of armour love the weathering details on the paintjob. Though I have to ask, what did you make the 'stones' of?
I'm planning on doing a fibreglass armour, and if there's gonna be gems I plan to make them hollow and mount an LED underneath them.
Also, for itches, I find a simple backscratcher gets on most places, but it does require cutting slits into the gambesson, when you're wearing it.

again awesome work ^^
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
thank you ^^

the "stones" are just made by wet forming leather...later I'm gonna paint them a give them some gloss varnish to give them a bit more stony look.
-you should try having a look at Ghostship here on DA...she's made loads of LED stones...i think theres even a tutorial-kinda-thing (or...maybe that was on her facebook page o_O' )

-Hehe...yeah I found a wooden stick I used for scratching...i still got some scaring from that one :D
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unreal-hunter Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^ thanks for the link, I have since checked out what she makes and I have to say i am impressed. it is roughly what I had in mind, to a theme that is actually very deendant of it. Thanks again for showing me the path, it helped me to move forward a few paces.
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Man the design is Flawless love the look and how well it would protect the arm like this Wow!
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Fantasy-Craft Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011   Artisan Crafter
My compliments to the master! Very beautiful and functional!
Have you used the hard leather? Or tooling leather with followed hardening?
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Thank you ^^

-Hmm...I'm not actually sure...I usually just buy the cheapest leather i can get. So I'm pretty sure its not tooling leather cos thats usually expensive...and its not compressed leather...since thats usually also rather expensive...I guess some in-between stuff then o_O
-I buy the cheapest leather cos its...ehm...well...cheaper but also cos it usually got scaring and imperfections in the grain that I actually prefer...makes it easier to make the stuff look used :)
-But I harden everything afterwards :)
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Fantasy-Craft Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Artisan Crafter
That's clear :)
Which way are you doing hardening? By bee wax?
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Valimaa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
nah...I never actually tried bee wax...but I read about it and wasnt too impressed. I use nomal white glue(PVA) thinned down with water and then brushed on the back of the leather...it'll get very hard and the hardening is rather durable...some ppl use an oven to dry it when hardened but I usually just use my heatgun :)
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