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06 Jul 2009 - 19:3116793
Chainmail help please! (Devona- Guild Wars)
Hi all, I'm making Devona from Guild Wars but I'm stuck on how to make chainmail or an alternative.

Reference pic 1
Reference pic 2 (one in the middle)
Reference of the back of the legs

For the costume I need to make a tiny section under and above the leatherette on the top, and for the trousers she seems to have full chainmail trousers, though if i could get away with just the top of the thigh that would be good.

I'm aware you can make it but this sounds really time consuming and hard? I've heard you can use knitted fabrics as an alternative and spray/dye them silver or use silver wool?
I don't really have the money to go and buy chainmail as the cheapest i've found is just under £100 per item

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks


06 Jul 2009 - 21:3316831
I personally would go for a bit of a cop out and use fabric then paint it silver. Maybe try some fishnetty type netting, maybe even fishnet tights/those classy looking body stockings from hosiery market stalls. Or hit the charity shops and vintage shops for crocheted stuff. What might also work is lace with a fine pattern and double it over so it looks less like lace.

Just a guess though, I'm sure there's someone here who knows!

I would also steer clear from the real stuff. It's so effing heavy! To get the outfit you're after you'd need a full body one, I don't know how much those weigh but the chainmail shirt I played with made me respect knights of past! It won't be how you imagine it to fit either.


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06 Jul 2009 - 21:4216832
If you want to cheat, then make a base out of fabric then over the top add some grey dress netting. That's what I did for my Steiner "chainmail" just because I was running out of time and couldn't afford to make proper chainmail! Nobody complained so I'm assuming it worked haha xD


07 Jul 2009 - 07:0516848
the monty python crew used black knitted jumpers drybrushed silver for almost all their chainmail. and that was for a movie! just make sure it's not a silly patterned jumper and you're away.

the only real mail in the whole film was on arthur.


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07 Jul 2009 - 07:3816851
I have only ever worked with the real stuff. I've made chainmail from start including making the rings. And yes, it is very time consuming.

You could always do what they did on LOTR which is to create the links by cutting up plastic tubing and then glue them together. Far less time consuming but also a lot lighter.


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07 Jul 2009 - 09:4816853
Thanks guys, I think i'll look into the tights option for the legs and maybe double them up, sounds like a good idea! And for the top look at knitted jumpers/tank tops.
Can't believe they used that in monty python! Crazy!


08 Jul 2009 - 04:3416919
Quote Sephirayne:
I have only ever worked with the real stuff. I've made chainmail from start including making the rings. And yes, it is very time consuming.

You could always do what they did on LOTR which is to create the links by cutting up plastic tubing and then glue them together. Far less time consuming but also a lot lighter.


Gotta love Weta. This is the method I'm using for Elrond (because, hey, it's technically authentic :3). Not that I've actually started yet... >>;;


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08 Jul 2009 - 05:0216920
Quote Purplefluffychainsaw:
Quote Sephirayne:
I have only ever worked with the real stuff. I've made chainmail from start including making the rings. And yes, it is very time consuming.

You could always do what they did on LOTR which is to create the links by cutting up plastic tubing and then glue them together. Far less time consuming but also a lot lighter.


Gotta love Weta. This is the method I'm using for Elrond (because, hey, it's technically authentic :3). Not that I've actually started yet... >>;;


Yeap, its a good method. A friend of mine, who also cosplayed as Elrond, did that method and she found it held together really well.


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