Hey all I am starting my endeavor into making my first set of armor. I will be using it for heavy combat but my focus is making it beautiful as well. I will be making a Dangae Dô or step changing armor using Maru Dô and Môgami Dô. hopefully creating something like this.
I will be using powder coated kozane for the Maru portion and steel for the rest hopefully powder coated as well. I want durability and looks on this piece.
Before i start i want to hear some thoughts on the style and choices for the armor.
Post by nismos14270r on Jul 7, 2017 15:03:44 GMT -5
Since this will be your first suit of armor, I highly recommend beginning with the kote, haidate, or the suneate as I personally don't think a suit looks complete without them. Most people skip these parts, and as a result their appearance just looks off. Additionally, these parts incorporate all of the tools, materials, and skills you'll need for the rest of the armor. You mentioned that you are looking to make a suit for both heavy combat and good looks, that is a very difficult combo, especially when creating a kote.
I'd start with choosing a backing fabric, matching lacing, and a metal color that'll be used throughout the suit. Pick a style for the forearms and suneate. Figure out how and if chain will be incorporated. Then get to work! By the time you're done with those 3 armor parts you'll be much more ready to tackle the larger more prominent pieces.
For the Kote i will be armoring under sleeves. It seems like the best option for now. If i want to add more to it later it should be easy. I do have plans for the Haidate and Suneata. Im still looking for the right fabric but i will have black metal and mainly purple lacing.