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English Style Breastplate by MatthiasBlack English Style Breastplate by MatthiasBlack
Been a bit quiet on submissions lately so here is a recent commission piece just sent out in time for Christmas.

A late 15th century breastplate with a 3 lame fauld in the English style.

The photography is not quite up to my usual standard but neither time or light were on my side.

Mild steel, bronze buckles and veg-tan leather.
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zanozashop Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yusef1 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like the finish.  Hammer marks on real medieval armour are pretty rare, except on the inside, or once in a while when it is planned that way.  The most "ordinance" armour you will ever find is in the Graz armoury, and there are no hammer marks showing on that general issue stuff.
Too many basement armour makers try to call it "ordinance" or some other name to excuse their desire to NOT sand away the hammer marks.  Good armourers do not participate in that race to the bottom.  That being said, there are some times when hammer marks are useful.  Often backgrounds are repousse'd in with fairly heavy hammers and chisels, resulting in some nice texture.   
      Myself... I use the English wheel for speed... the surface plate when I want to stretch the metal gently... the wooden anvil  when I am in a bit of a hurry.  It all buffs up nicely with a wire brush followed by a hundred grit buffer.
Bradvaman Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
damn nice work , but ultra fine mirror finish and lack of defects (i mean perfect symmetry ) makes it look kind of unnatural .
Good job anyway CHEERS
MatthiasBlack Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Thanks, often that is the only criticism others come up with (too perfect) lol. I assure you that is far from fine mirror, it's more satin, symmetry is entirely down to my eye and not templates! You may like the next one I'm doing though as that will be a black hammer finished one of a similar design.
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