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04 Jul 2011 - 17:5162236
Real Chainmail, (Is it allowed?)
Hey well, When I plan to do my Twilight Princess Link cosplay, I was planning on buying a real chainmail shirt under the tunic to give it a more "realistic" look,
But is this allowed in Expo's and stuff?
Because I don't wanna spend tons on something I won't be able to use... :\


04 Jul 2011 - 18:2962239
Weapon and prop rules for Expo are here;

http://www.londonexpo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/mcmweaponsrules.pdf

From a quick scan through I can't see that chainmail is banned, however it IS very heavy and very warm, and not something I would advise wearing at expo (especially not inside the crowded London Expo hall)


04 Jul 2011 - 18:3462241
Nah, something like that wouldn't be banned, they are a lot less strict as they make out in the online rules - as I've taken props bigger than specified to expo before!
As long as it won't cause injury then you shall be fine But be careful since the real-deal chainmail can be heavy and hectic to wear at an expo, which will be busy, crowded and hot. I'm speaking from experience, after wearing a lycra suit, face mask, wig, big jacket, etc - it can make you very sweaty and dehydrated!



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04 Jul 2011 - 18:3662242
Hmm, you got a point there,
I can imagine it being pretty crowded,
I may see if I can find a fake chainmail thingy, the costume I am getting comes with a chainmail type shirt anyway, well, a silver top with a silver bits attached to it

I'll see how it looks when it comes though and see from there!


04 Jul 2011 - 18:4162243
You do not want a real chainmail shirt. They're heavy.

There are some materials that looks like chainmail available. I walked into Fents (my fabric shop) and it was just sat there... All chainmail like.

And they're a lot lighter and cheaper than buying anything metal.


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04 Jul 2011 - 18:4462244
Quote NixieThePixie:
You do not want a real chainmail shirt. They're heavy.

There are some materials that looks like chainmail available. I walked into Fents (my fabric shop) and it was just sat there... All chainmail like.

And they're a lot lighter and cheaper than buying anything metal.


I'm defo gunna have to take a look in a Fabric shop sometime then o:
And yeah I can imagine sitting in chainmail all day would be VERY painfull by the end of it >_<


04 Jul 2011 - 18:5662247
I think there is L.A.R.P chainmail available which looks real but is a lot lighter and softer (Aluminium probably as opposed to steel) Have no link i'm afraid but I remember seeing it


04 Jul 2011 - 19:0162252
Really? :o
Well, Guess I got some research to do then! XD


04 Jul 2011 - 19:3962256
Since it's something that you would be wearing, it is something that you cannot remove from your person to violently smack someone with, without undressing first...which would take a while.

Given that fact I highly doubt many if any UK events or conventions would refuse chainmail.

The only exception to that rule, that I can think of, is if you fashioned some sort of bludgeoning instrument out of it and a large pole and procceded to hit people with it...THEN it'd be a problem.

Are you likley to spin through the Expo hall at very high velocity with the chainmail hanging off your arms and hitting people with it? (that would be pretty impressive to be honest - that totally is not me endorsing such behaviour! haha!)


04 Jul 2011 - 20:1562261
I admit I lol'd then

But nah, I just wanted some so then it'd of looked a little bit more realistic :\
But I'm gunna do some research sometime and take a look at the stuff other people have said!


04 Jul 2011 - 20:3062262
Buy some Mythril! It's light as anything and will protect you from getting stabbed by a cave troll.


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04 Jul 2011 - 22:3062276
As everyone else has said chainmail is hot and heavy.

When you say chainmail for Link is it the gold stuff you can see under the tunic here?

If so you wouldn't necessarily need a full chainmail shirt you could either make some fake chainmail out of wool or something like that or you could make enough chainmail to be seen at the bits that you can see (if that makes sense)

You might want to take a look at this topic as Tab gives a good guide on how to make your own inexpensive chainmail with wire but there is also discussions on what material makes a good chainmail. In that topic is a link to Storme's profile that has a very convincing chainmail on her arms



Last edited by Kata-san (04 Jul 2011 - 22:35)
05 Jul 2011 - 19:1962389
Quote Lulu Rose:
Since it's something that you would be wearing, it is something that you cannot remove from your person to violently smack someone with, without undressing first...which would take a while.

Given that fact I highly doubt many if any UK events or conventions would refuse chainmail.

The only exception to that rule, that I can think of, is if you fashioned some sort of bludgeoning instrument out of it and a large pole and procceded to hit people with it...THEN it'd be a problem.

Are you likley to spin through the Expo hall at very high velocity with the chainmail hanging off your arms and hitting people with it? (that would be pretty impressive to be honest - that totally is not me endorsing such behaviour! haha!)


My mum has just yelled at me for guffawing so loudly...


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06 Jul 2011 - 17:3862458
You can get real chainmail and lighter (but more expensive) aluminium chainmail from most good LRP/LARP stores.

I would recommend purchasing from somewhere like Primal Forge myself as they are quite reasonably priced and their staff are lovely exceptionally helpful.


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