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Leather Elemental Armor by Nashoba-Hostina Leather Elemental Armor by Nashoba-Hostina
So… I’ve been working on this a while. It has some issues, which I hope to remedy, but I don’t think it’s too bad for my first attempt at leather armor, and, being new to leather tooling, I think I did a passable job. I’ll have to try to get a shot that shows the pauldrons better sometime.

The armor is intended to be more magical rather than practical, and was designed with certain themes in mind… the most obvious of which are animal motifs, done in more of an illustrative way than of the styles of the ‘timeperiod,’ to emphasize the difference of it and other armors. The next two themes are relative space and the elements. Starting at the bottom is the element of water, depicted with the Kraken, and kelp. Then, at the midrange, is the element of earth, adorned with a terrestrial animal, the wolf, as well as forest plants, such as ferns. The breast piece represents the element of fire, and naturally is adorned by dragons, as well as a starburst and ivy, reminiscent of the fire-warmed walls of castles. Finally the pauldrons, resting above the other elements, embody air, and are adorned with sparse trees, as well as two birds, a barn owl and a crow, which represent both day and night. This day/night theme is also indicated in the alternating colors of the eyelets and such, gold for the light of the sun, and silver for the light of the moon. The pauldrons can be removed so it can be easily worn with my cloak, at which point, I consider the breast piece representative of both fire and air, since dragons can fly.

… Okay, I’ll shut up now. Thanks for reading!
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:iconantaria-nova:
Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Yes, you DID do a passable job. :)
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Awww, thanks!
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Antaria-Nova Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
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AudeS Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
For some reason, this appears to me like a Faoladh armor... probably obvious to think of, since it#s an armor and Faoladh were basically warriors. And it looks pretty neat. I like the our elemental theme of it and also the side differences, which you made to divide between night and day.  It worked out very well.
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Well, to be fair, if I had intended it to be as such, I would have incorporated more of a celtic motief, but thank you so very much! :D
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coolcat007 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You can also see the breast pieces as, from top to bottom: wisdom, loyality and flexibility/unpredictability, where the pauldrons mean balance.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Tehee, true!
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Scealai-Storyteller Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Wow, that is freaking amazing.  Love it. 
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Awww, thank you!
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Scealai-Storyteller Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
You're welcome
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Siochanna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Photographer
+10 Resistance to elemental damage :P
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Tehee, I wsih!
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DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
So...Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Leather?  Leather is a mystical element?
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Naw. Earth, not Leather.
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DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Darn.  I could see mundane humans wandering into the leyline because they were new-agers looking for mystical leather...
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nightwolf4176 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
:applaud: Nicely done, looks beautiful
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Awwww, thanks so much!
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PleisarPup Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Awesome work! What thickness leather did you use?
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Thank you! I don't recall what thickness, aside from 'too thin' ^.^;
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:iconpleisarpup:
PleisarPup Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
All I know is 9oz is too thick for 9/10 leather projects!
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Too cool, Nash! I can't wait to see it in person ;)
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
I'll have to drag it out to see you sometime! Thanks, hon!
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Art-twin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
AWESOME!!! :wow:
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Thank you!
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Genobee Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For you first leather working attempt that is extraordinary! Leather can be an absolute pain to work with, but I would say that you managed it. Especially with the degree of detail you worked it.
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Well, to be fair, i did do that leather conbadge first as a test peice, but yeah, this was my first big thing :3 Thank you so very much!
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Johnithan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have taken an Armor-Making class before and my brother is currently taking the class, and we can both attest that while the leather armor itself is a fairly intermediate project, the leather carvings are extremely difficult to do, especially something that intricate. Really well done, as always. Keep up the awesome work.
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm flattered to hear that the leather-tooling turned out okay!
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:iconjohnithan:
Johnithan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, madam.
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Freelancer521 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Very cool to see the progress. It's obvious you put a lot of time not only into the armor, but its meaning. Excellent!
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013   General Artist
Thank you so much!
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somerandomplayer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Lots of fun details in this outfit. The dragon and Kraken seem serious and you have a cheerful wolf between them. Is there a smiling wolf under the mask? In my opinion, the fuzzier version of the picture is better because of the smile. :)
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Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   General Artist
Oh, there is always a smiling wolf behind the mask.

Thank you so very much!
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somerandomplayer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Yay
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Wolfsjal Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Yay!  So nice to see it all together like that.  I think you did a great job, especially for a first attempt at such a thing. :3
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   General Artist
Thank you so much hon! Hopefully I'll get around to making more in the future!
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GhostWolfHybrid Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i love leather <3
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   General Artist
Me too. The smell of it in particular.
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GhostWolfHybrid Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh gosh that smell. i go into leather stores just for it.
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WolfFanForLife Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Wow, that's really cool :)
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:iconnashoba-hostina:
Nashoba-Hostina Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   General Artist
Thank you! :D
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