Scale Armor

by Krest, published

Scale Armor by Krest Jun 8, 2012

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I wanted to make some accessories for a costume and I got the Idea to make a scale armor shoulder piece. I did some research and found, that the basic principle of a scale armor is quite simple.
Print, paint, and tie together, that's it.

Print Settings

Printer: Fabbster G

Rafts: Yes

Supports: No

Infill: 100%


The .stl file contains 5 variations of the scales. I printed 5 each for the first prototype. I sanded the scales down a little and gave them a silver base paint. Then I randomly sprayed a brown, rutsy coat of paint.
In later Versions I will give the scales an Acetone dip and add some more organic weathering to the individual scales.
To hold it all together I used 2-3mm leather bands. See Images for details. You can vary the rigidity of the armor by loosening or tightening the bands.

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I kinda want to lasercut something like this out of wood now...

How did you mount them to the arm? Could you post pics or a video showing the method?

You need to tie them onto a base material. Armor isn't very realistic (or functional) if we can see exposed skin.

Awesome- I have been thinking of making a costume for the Mermaid Parade like this! Maybe next year!

u could have laserd the scales from leather.. but having pla mail armor is far more awesome!