Dragon Plate Pauldron

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Need to go adventuring and you haven’t got any armour? That won’t do, you’ll need to make some! This pauldron is just the thing for you, whether it be for cosplay or LARP, it’s still an interesting can-be-quality item that can be easily made and worth the effort at the end.



([DISCLAIMER] This piece of armour is (at position of the original creator) intended for decorative and/or ornamental use. I am not responsible for any injury or harm you may sustain while in process of making or wearing this item.)

Let’s make this then!

Step 1: Materials

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To start off, you need to gather the supplies to make this thing. Here’s what you need:

Materials

  • Metal – Any should work as long as you’ve enough of it, I just used some old sheet metal.
  • Rivets/Nuts & Bolts – I’ll explain later.
  • Belts – Or custom leather straps with buckles, but then it’s just more work.
  • Paper- For templates.

Tools

  • Ruler – It helps.
  • Marker – For templates and marking.
  • Disc Cutter/Angel Grinder – For most of the cutting.
  • Files/Sandpaper – To keep things smooth.
  • Scissors – Second ‘thing’ for cutting.
  • Rivet Gun – If you want to use rivets.
  • Hammer – Just to hit a few things into place.

Also, there’s the classic safety stuff. You know, gloves, goggles… The usual stuff.

Step 2: Templates

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And it begins.

Grab your pen, paper and ruler and draw your templates. Have a design in mind first, you can follow mine but it’s way more fulfilling if you can make it with your own mindset on what you want.

I first drew a cross, marking the center and the length and width of the broad section of the shape and made the curves from line to line. My measurements are above but you should take into account your size difference from the shoulder to the lower bicep and the width of both of those body parts. You can take these measurements (especially the length) and divide them to cover all three pieces.

Part 1:

  • Left and right – 6cm
  • Down from center – 11.6cm
  • Up from center – 8.6cm

Part 2:

  • Left and right – 5.1cm
  • Down from center – 9.5cm
  • Up from center – 7.2cm

Part 3:

  • Left and right – 4.5cm
  • Down from center – 8cm
  • Up from center – 5.6cm

Once all pieces are drawn out, cut them out and use them to draw the shape onto the metal.

[{NOTE} Keep ALL templates for every project, you may need to come back to them.]

Step 3: Cutting & Shaping

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[///SAFETY/// Wear your goggles and gloves as well as respiratory protection. Employ safe cutting skills and approach this step with caution.]

Using the disc cutter, simply cut the shapes out carefully. If you mess up you still have your templates, and at the same time don’t worry about going too precise, the shaping is for that.

If all three pieces are cut out then head to the grinder (or files and sandpaper) and simply smooth everything out. I wanted to more or less make it seem rough forged so all I did was get rid of some of the sharp edges.

When you’re happy with it, move onto the next step.

Step 4: Positioning

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Now’s the time to start putting it somewhat together.

Put all the layers on top of each other and make marks to determine where the pieces are supposed to be. Thankfully, the points are great for this. Also, make points on where the rivets will go, taking into account exactly where the two pieces overlap.

Now drill said points and then you can go onto the next step.

Step 5: Texture

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The fun stuff.

You now need to add texture, unless you already like the metal’s original look in which case, move onto the next step!



But if not, then stay a while. Experiment with different grits, paints and other techniques until you get the desired result.

Personally, I wanted to call it ‘Dragon Plate’ for a reason. I wanted it to look forged in dragon’s fire and resemble it’s scales, therefore I added small details that made it look better to me than just pure mirror shine (still alright if that’s what you want though). First, I went to the sandpaper and progressed through many grits to get a very nice and light shine and then I swapped the drill bit to a wire wheel. After I buffed it I got some matches and burned several areas to make it look forged before hammering to finish it off.

Once the texture is finished, you can head onto the next step.

Step 6: Attachment & Articulation

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The ‘tricky’ part.

There are two processes to this step.

Part 1: Attaching Belts

You need two belts, one for the bicep and one for the chest. Now, for me, one medium sized belt was just enough to securely attach it to my body but you can mess with lengths later. As for the bicep, a really short and thin belt is recommended. Measure the belt in half and make two marks that correspond with Part 1’s upper holes and drill said holes to go through the belts. Once you have these belts, take your nails to rivet or nuts & bolts and secure both materials together. Do this with the smaller belt on Part 3.

Part 2: Articulation

Take the entire set and get ready to put it all together. Bend the pieces of metal down the center to make it more curved in order to fit to your arm better, but don’t overdo it! You still wanna make sure it’s able to be riveted or secured. If you use rivets (self-popping or peened) then it should be pretty self explanatory. But I prefer to use bolts because of my abundance of them. Basically (if you chose to use nuts and bolts), place the bolts into all pieces BUT make sure the head of the bolt is only tight to the first layer, this ensures articulation and ease of movements. Let the under pieces just rest on the bolt and not tightly onto it, all you have to do then is secure it with a nut. In the images above, you’ll understand what I mean.

Step 7: Final Touches

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You’re almost there!

All you need to do is make sure everything’s the exact way you want it. I cut off the excess of the bolts and grinded them down to make it way more comfortable to wear. I also sorted out the belts by cutting off any excess in the form of a tapered point. You could use polish but I was very, very happy with how it turned out so I left it be, but you still can.

Step 8: Finished!

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And there you go! You now have a finished pauldron!

Wear it as a costume piece or in reenactment or just make tons of designs! I was so happy with mine that I had to resist the urge to wear it all the time! I really enjoyed this project and it was clearly worth all the effort and time I put into it.

Enjoy your new piece of armour!

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