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Separate orcish armor

Postby LukeRM » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:28 pm

I'd like to slap this in a separate thread, but it would be real, real neat if orcs had separate armoring and weapon styles like before.

My concept is that orkish armorers would have crafts to disassemble human armor into their own components :

e.g. 'disassemble decent-mail-hauberk' that turns an ordinary riveted hauberk into craft components (let's say 'salvaged mail segment'.)

Hence, the design of these armors reflects the generally scavenged, hodgepodge nature of armoring little midget snaga...

They could have their own standard armor designs, but it'd be a lot more efficient to make these from scraps.

Some samples I've scrabbled together:

craft components :

a square of butted %metal mail (from disassembling shitty mail)
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This is a decent-sized piece of inferior mail, hewn of carelessly-formed rings, some riveted and others merely butted, waiting to be repurposed or thrown away.

a section of %metal mail (from disassembling ordinary mail)
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 This is a decent-sized piece of serviceable mail, hewn of alternating rows of riveted and solid links, waiting to be repurposed into something wearable.


a section of quality %metal mail (" " good ")
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This is a decent-sized piece of strong, densely-woven mail, hewn of thick wire formed into alternating rows of riveted and solid links, waiting to be repurposed into something wearable.


some %metal pieces (helms, weapons, etc)
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This is a fair number of pieces of %metal in varying shapes and thickness, most likely acquired by recycling other items.


Hodgepodge sets :

==head==

a refurbished %metal skullcap (light-metal, pquality, head) [1x human skullcap]

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Black from the forge and the marks of the hammer, no attempt has been made to prettify this helm whatsoever. It is merely a dinted %metal skullcap of passable thickness, having been roughly reshaped to fit an orc's head instead of a man's. Some rags have been stuffed into the bowl to secure it about the head.


a crude helmet of %metal shingles (light-metal, pquality, head, some cloth) [4x metal pieces]

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Black from the forge and the marks of the hammer, no attempt has been made to prettify this helm whatsoever. Its main body is a dinted %metal skullcap, upon which overlapping strips and scales of metal resembling the shingles on a roof have been riveted, with no particular care for symmetry. Some rags have been stuffed into the bowl to secure it about the head.


a crested helm of riveted %metal plates (medium-metal variant, oquality, head+face) [2x ordinary mail, 8x metal pieces, some leather]

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It is obvious that this helm has been cobbled together from the scavenged pieces of once-new armor. Sections of %metal have been assembled together by forge welding and ample use of rivets, with a crested portion at the crown for strength and height - though there is no time wasted to make anything particularly aesthetic, it is at least functional, the construction seeming reliable enough to stand up to several blows. Metal has been used to crudely fashion hinged and fixed pieces that give some protection to the top half of the face, and a small drape of rust-spotted mail drapes over the back of the head and the ears. It does possess a set of straps and a rudimentary padded liner.


a great segmented %metal helm with a scaled neckguard (heavy-metal variant, gquality, head+face+neck, conceals face) [12x metal pieces, some leather]

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Though it is clear this massive helm has been assembled from several pieces of %metal of differing origins, it is also evident that whoever had crafted it had spent hours meticulously refining each joint and rivet to ensure it is as durable as possible. Additional strips of material line the brow and have been formed into an intimidating crest, while the face has been concealed behind a strong mask of plates, leaving only the eyes exposed behind a narrow slit and a few holes here and there for breathing. From the helm's rim hangs a long curtain of %leather on which many dozens of metal scales and lames have been riveted in overlapping rows - this functions to protect everything from the neck to the shoulders. It has been lined with fur, with some care to implement a good suspension system and strong leather chinstraps.


a massive, horned %metal helm with a scaled neckguard (heavy-metal variant, gquality, head+face+neck, conceals face) [12x metal pieces, horns of any type, some leather]

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Though it is clear this massive helm has been assembled from several pieces of %metal of differing origins, it is also evident that whoever had crafted it had spent hours meticulously refining each joint and rivet to ensure it is as durable as possible. The crown is notably tall, making the wearer appear taller; horns of varying sizes and shapes, largely of %animal origin, have been attached for effect, with some cresting high above one's head while others following the line of one's jaw, pointing forwards, sidewards, this way and that. The face is completely encased in a relatively smooth mask of metal, with only little holes for the eyes and a bigger one that shows one's lips. From the helm's rim hangs a long curtain of %leather on which many dozens of metal scales and lames have been riveted in overlapping rows - this functions to protect everything from the neck to the shoulders. It has been lined with fur, with some care to implement a good suspension system and strong leather chinstraps.


==body==

a shirt of patchwork mail and %metal (medium-metal, trash or pquality, torso+arms. This one is copied from the other thread) [4x inferior mail, 2x metal pieces]

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This armor barely deserves the name. It's cobbled in such a way as to roughly approximate the form of a shirt, but seems quite terribly ill-suited for proper usage by any humanoid. Sections of scavenged mail and %metal pieces have been fastened together with rudimentary material and a side helping of hope. It can at least be said to protect better than a gambeson alone, if barely.


a %metal-splinted mail jack (light-metal, oquality, torso) [6x ordinary mail, 4x metal pieces, some leather]

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A stout vest of %color %leather forms the backing of this armor; the bulk of its protection comes from sections of %metal that may have once been helms, belt buckles, utensils, or bowls. Now they have been repurposed into strips and splints to reinforce the chest, the shoulders, and the back. For the parts of the body demanding more flexibility, mail is used instead, either sewn on or hung in protective curtains over places such as the armpits and the waist. It is a serviceable piece of kit, if not the most comfortable, fastening in the front with some cloth ties and leather straps.


a substantial coat of overlapping %metal mail (heavy-metal, gquality, torso,arms,upperlegs,neck) [12x good mail, 2x metal pieces, some fabric, some leather or fur]

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Densely-woven, quality mail is the primary component of this armor, being not of one single uniform piece, but many large segments joined both to each other and to a strong backing made of furs, leather, and quilted cloth. Nonetheless, enough attention to detail has been spent to its construction that this does not compromise its durability all that much - its protection appears formidable, with full, all-encompassing sleeves of several parts, extended tassets to protect the groin and thighs, and double-layered protection over the most vulnerable points at the neck, the chest, and the shoulder. It is unfortunately quite heavy, achy to wear for extended periods, but the support provided by the backing and leather bands integrated into the joints alleviates some of its burden.




I'll do a little more thinking on how to do original sets.
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