Yes I am awake at 7am on a Saturday. - Tactical Ninja
Aug. 3rd, 2013
07:37 am - Yes I am awake at 7am on a Saturday.
Not only that (actually woke up at 5:30 wtf?) but I just walked through Cuba Mall in my pyjamas and Ugg boots because someone who may be related to me, or may even be me, forgot to buy milk yesterday. Anyway, enough of that.
MY BLOG IS UP AT BIOWARE!
Eeeeeeeee! Etc. Here it is. You've seen the pics before, but look! I'm all famous and stuff. Woo!
Meanwhile, in the riveting world of scale mail...
So you know how I was having centipede troubles with the mail, and how I suspected it was because the pattern was too narrow? Because of how much work is in making scale mail, I wanted to be sure before firing ahead and widening it. To do this, I had to test it in situ on the tabard. To do that, I had to make the tabard.
So, here's one I prepared earlier. Like, yesterday earlier. In case you're wondering, yes I was home from work because I have a cold (boo) and they don't like me going in and sharing my bugs in the office. Weirdos. Anyway, the tabard, yes. First take your hessian that you have left lying around after another project, cut it into a rough shape, cut a hole for your head and pose like a knob in front of the mirror till you're happy with it.
It was actually a bit more precise than that - it had to be a specific width to accommodate the mail and panel combination, but that's more or less how it worked. Then, cut 2 bits of your main fabric to match.
Things I learned from this exercise - the back will be quite a lot longer than the front because head holes are not central and arses are bigger than bellies. Word to the wise. Incidentally, that pic is the most true to colour as it was taken in daylight, the others used flash.
Then, carefully cut the shapes for the piping panels from the remaining fabric. For once I didn't buy too much, in fact it nearly wasn't enough. Then spend about an hour pressing the fabric into strips exactly 3cm wide and placing them where they'll go on the tabard:
Then sew them on. They're sewn to allow an overlap of about a centimetre between the seam and the edge, so the edges of the mail can slip underneath the fabric panels and help keep it tidy. The mail will be sewn through the main fabric and on to the hessian.
The edges have been left open at this point because once the mail is on, the second large tabard panel will be sewn on the back to finish the piece.
And then, after a bit of fiddling around with the mail to get a reasonable length test strip that's 5 wide instead of 3, the moment of truth:
This may have led to much leaping around going "Yay me!" because it fits perfectly and OMG it's going to look awesome and yay!
Then I did a bunch of calculations based on what I've done, and if I'm right I will use approximately 2,290 scales. I have 2,500 so it's cutting it a bit fine - 10cm is about 45 scales - but hopefully it'll do it. And it'll be bloody heavy, but Happy should be able to hit me with a sword in it, mainly because I won't be able to run away very fast.
This whole thing is giving me an insight into the politics of armour. There are many many hours' work in something like this. Like, who would have the time to make armour this detailed, or more likely to pay others to make it? Rich people. Or, people who keep slaves.
So in canon for this game, there's a rumour that the head of the Grey Wardens is aiming for the throne of the Anderfels - and in DA2 there are hints that the Grey Wardens have some mysterious other mission that takes them away from Kirkwall. Meanwhile they have suddenly turned up in a new, very fancy uniform that screams "We have shitloads of money, yo!" And given that DA:I seems to be about a world war, I find myself wondering what role the Grey will play in that. What are they up to and will we finally get to go to the Anderfels? This concept art picture suggests we might:
What will we find there? JW...