Where to begin? I've spent about 30-35 hours on this project so far not counting the tools I needed to make for even taking a crack at this. I've raised lots of things up from a single sheet of steel in order to practice for something like this but I've never attempted a armour on this scale using this method.
What an challenge on my endurance and patience, I started with a piece of 3/16th plate (8ga) mild steel and I'm glad I did for the sculpting I need to do will need the material, but it made the whole project very strenuous.
Sometimes the collection of tooling marks looks like swells on an ocean to me.
Keeping the piece even was difficult and took lots of attention.
Wrapping heavy chains around anvils and big shaping stakes is an old blacksmith trick to reducing some of the noise. The extra vibration bring the pitch of the ring down.
This is where most armourers would start to clean up their lines, planish their work and prepare it for hinges and locking pins. But this is only the beginning, the ground work for our vision. All of that work was just so I could have a blank canvas to paint on. I'm going to take a deep breathe before jumping into the rest of this.
Thanks for following my work!