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Old 05-14-2014, 03:56 PM
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Interesting that a zombie thread like this one comes back up. These have definite temptations, particularly the Roman lorica setmentata and squamata....
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stab proof is a good idea for someone in the UK, where guns are hard to come by. In Cali you don't want to be the one armed with a knife in a gun fight.
for cost you might consider what prisoners do, layers of newspaper under the shirt will turn most prison made blades.
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Where do you plan on using this?
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For awhile i did a lot of medieval heavy armored combat with a group called the SCA. Learned a lot about armor and sword fighting. Aluminum armor for the most part will be able to stop a steel knife, but not an axe or spear. Most that used it for armor make a roman type of armor called Lorica segmentata, the overlapping bands allowed it to be more flexible and stronger than a single piece would be. Do not make a helmet out of it! The aluminum is too soft and will fold in half if hit solid with even a simple club, wouldn't want your skull in that. Were it not for the fact that you have a lot of aluminum already I'd say 14 gauge steel would be better in every way, thinner, lighter, and stronger.
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wearing armor in public is dumb
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Originally Posted by BumblingBear View Post
Check out Armourarchive. They have many patterns on file there:

Another option is to make plates out of your aluminum to drill holes in and then lace together. This style is called Lamellar.

Honestly, the best thing you can do before attempting any project is to educate yourself about armor.

After that, ask yourself:

- what would fit your body best.

-What attacks are you expecting

-Do you want to have concealable armor or more stout armor

-what crafting tools you have

-what crafting skills you have.

If you're just looking for a plate or two of concealable armor, I would pass on even bothering. In a knife fight or against multiple opponents, a skilled fighter is more likely to bleed you dry than anything else.

However, if you decide to make some real armor, I applaud you. If you take guns out of the mix, a man in full armor and a decent melee weapon is hell on wheels against even a crowd. He's the medieval version of a tank.

People have jokingly said to make a shield, but that is not a bad idea either. A shield and a baseball bat would be awfully hard to get around for most people armed with hand weapons.

Either way, keep us posted on what you decide to do.
I was going to suggest a gambeson covered with 2mm scales.
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wouldnt the guy who made bullet proof glass be able to make armor better than soft metal like this?
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:25 AM
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Yes aluminium is soft. It still takes lot of energy to penetrate 2mm of it.
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I believe the main question here was stab proof. Like a knife etc.

It dosen't take much to stop a knife stab really. In a matter of armour at least.

Proper welded or solded chainmail, at least 1 cm thick wire, will stop a knife stab. Proper padding is advised. Some kind of lamellar armour scales with enough overlap, also does the trick.i would definitely use stainless steel or som kind of medium alloyed carbon steel. Stainless steel is much stronger then mild steel, and can harden when deformed. Such as dishing.

If you have ever seen the pattern of plates in a Jack of plates, your getting there.
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Originally Posted by khanTD View Post
almost forgot, i have kevelar cloth that i was going to use on my limbs, just to keep it light weight, i want to have a full range of motion in a kife fight. nitroboss had a good point about constructing a shield which hadnt occured to me, i shall look into that also
I have a large roll of kevlar aircraft insulation. It would make a stab proof jacket. That stuff is a royal pain to cut.
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Why do I keep picturing someone covered with flattened beer cans duct taped together?
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