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What is the best (cheap) fabric to use for 1:6 chainmail???

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I am hoping to find a cheap and easy source for fabric that resembles chain mail to make some tunic/shirts like the one the Kerberos Panzer Jager has (picture below).



Any pointers?????

(or if anyone has the HT one for trade/sale then please pm me)


Thanks Smile

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I'd like to know the answer to that one too...


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Nothing looks like chainmail except chainmail.

The cheapest way to get it in the size we need is from TheRingLord.
http://theringlord.com/cart/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=95&cat=Sheets+of+Chainmail

The smallest link diameter is around 2.7mm, which is a little large for 1:6 work but pretty good.


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shazzdan wrote:Nothing looks like chainmail except chainmail.

The cheapest way to get it in the size we need is from TheRingLord.
http://theringlord.com/cart/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=95&cat=Sheets+of+Chainmail

The smallest link diameter is around 2.7mm, which is a little large for 1:6 work but pretty good.

The HT Panzer Jager uses a sort of mesh fabric to achieve the look and it works well, plus fabrics are easier to work with (and usually cheaper) hence why I was asking for similar fabric as opposed to actual mail, but thanks for the suggestion.

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It's trial and error mate, you can get different coloured and sized mesh on line like eBay, just order a bunch of sample pieces of the most promising looking materials and once you find one you like buy a couple of meters in case it goes out of production to tide you over as there are no new fancy 1/6 mail materials being announced that I know of, at least not on it's own unless you want to go down the loose clothing route from figures like Asmus, ACI, Coo Model etc..

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Nice stuff. I want the fabric chainmail to. I get Years ago a butchers Glove on Ebay. I made all the Chainmail for my figures with that. Not so easy, cause that Metall is hardened....





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Ephiane wrote:Nice stuff. I want the fabric chainmail to. I get Years ago a butchers Glove on Ebay. I made all the Chainmail for my figures with that. Not so easy, cause that Metall is hardened....

Excellent tip!
Love seeing your scenes! This is such a good diorama, the figures are amazing!
Your work really stands out Ephiane!

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Mood fabrics offer this plastic "chain mail" material. Hard to be sure of the scale, but it looks promising...

https://www.moodfabrics.com/silver-plastic-chainmail-fabric-322920

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Brilliant ! Thanks Ponti, that must be the Mithril under the chainmails Laughing

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thanks for all the suggestions! am looking into a couple options, just seeing what is affordable to buy in UK

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It’s not actual fabric or maille but I’ve used those cheap ‘metal mesh’ handbags to make my own chainmail before. The outside of the bags are flat, almost like scales but the inside looks pretty snazzy.

https://flic.kr/p/WWS9GA


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Lynkhart wrote:It’s not actual fabric or maille but I’ve used those cheap ‘metal mesh’ handbags to make my own chainmail before. The outside of the bags are flat, almost like scales but the inside looks pretty snazzy.

https://flic.kr/p/WWS9GA

I agree perfect for medieval fantasy figures and post apocalypse stuff! I've used it many times flat side out but decided on the inside out look for my The Hobbit Battle Of Dol Guldur Wraith and Sauron.







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shovelchop81 wrote:
Lynkhart wrote:It’s not actual fabric or maille but I’ve used those cheap ‘metal mesh’ handbags to make my own chainmail before. The outside of the bags are flat, almost like scales but the inside looks pretty snazzy.

https://flic.kr/p/WWS9GA

I agree perfect for medieval fantasy figures and post apocalypse stuff! I've used it many times flat side out but decided on the inside out look for my The Hobbit Battle Of Dol Guldur Wraith and Sauron

Shovelchop,
Absolutely an excellent maille/ armor fabric. If you hand never told us, it could have been assumed it was a commercial 1/6 product.
Your customs always have the Final Detail!

I've also found these two items, since budgets and tastes differ.
This is HDPE shade net, which I have mentioned in another thread, and comes in different weave densities...


This is sieving mesh, it looks like it might work for some.



Hope this helps!

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Lynkhart wrote:It’s not actual fabric or maille but I’ve used those cheap ‘metal mesh’ handbags to make my own chainmail before. The outside of the bags are flat, almost like scales but the inside looks pretty snazzy.

https://flic.kr/p/WWS9GA

that definitely looks good. Where does find the bags? any pic of what they look like so I can search for them? also, how easy/hard is it to work with (cut/sew etc)

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this is another use for mail I would love to try at some point

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pontiacivan wrote:Shovelchop,
Absolutely an excellent maille/ armor fabric. If you hand never told us, it could have been assumed it was a commercial 1/6 product.
Your customs always have the Final Detail!

Cheers! I sprayed it with black primer first then sponged silver shades over it with black ink if needed.


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Lynkhart wrote:It’s not actual fabric or maille but I’ve used those cheap ‘metal mesh’ handbags to make my own chainmail before. The outside of the bags are flat, almost like scales but the inside looks pretty snazzy.

https://flic.kr/p/WWS9GA

that definitely looks good. Where does find the bags? any pic of what they look like so I can search for them? also, how easy/hard is it to work with (cut/sew etc)

Ebay mate, under mail or mesh purses or handbags, getting harder to find now so I bought a huge handbag made from the stuff 2nd hand last time for about a tenner. Your local markets probably sell them too as they're made in bulk from China. As for shaping the material you can just cut along any of the connecting loops with old scissors (don't use you good ones for fabrics etc..) or unpick each prong holding a loop, easier and faster than it sounds as its just nickel coated mild steel and very thin. Reverse that process to reconnect pieces together by bending prongs back over loops; its a bit like fiddly LEGO Laughing Wink

Pages 5 & 9 should help you:

http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t89p200-marathon-lotr-th-wip-custom-builds-reaper-rider-wraith-redone-finished?highlight=LOTR%20WIP

The large bag I bought:



What you usually find (same sized links just smaller bags that's all) they come in different colours and the cheap ones usually have zips:



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shovelchop81 wrote:
pontiacivan wrote:Shovelchop,
Absolutely an excellent maille/ armor fabric. If you hand never told us, it could have been assumed it was a commercial 1/6 product.
Your customs always have the Final Detail!

Cheers! I sprayed it with black primer first then sponged silver shades over it with black ink if needed.


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Lynkhart wrote:It’s not actual fabric or maille but I’ve used those cheap ‘metal mesh’ handbags to make my own chainmail before. The outside of the bags are flat, almost like scales but the inside looks pretty snazzy.

https://flic.kr/p/WWS9GA

that definitely looks good. Where does find the bags? any pic of what they look like so I can search for them? also, how easy/hard is it to work with (cut/sew etc)

Ebay mate, under mail or mesh purses or handbags, getting harder to find now so I bought a huge handbag made from the stuff 2nd hand last time for about a tenner. Your local markets probably sell them too as they're made in bulk from China. As for shaping the material you can just cut along any of the connecting loops with old scissors (don't use you good ones for fabrics etc..) or unpick  each prong holding a loop, easier and faster than it sounds as its just nickel coated mild steel and very thin. Reverse that process to reconnect pieces together by bending prongs back over loops; its a bit like fiddly LEGO Laughing Wink

Pages 5 & 9 should help you:

http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t89p200-marathon-lotr-th-wip-custom-builds-reaper-rider-wraith-redone-finished?highlight=LOTR%20WIP  

The large bag I bought:



What you usually find (same sized links just smaller bags that's all) they come in different colours and the cheap ones usually have zips:




sweet work, looking at the bags I would not have thought that they would look like chainmail. I assume it is the reserve side that looks like it. I will have a looksee on evilbay

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Yeah, what they said! XD
I find mine at charity shops fairly regularly!

You can see how I worked with it in my guide to Aeryn here if that’s any help.

http://lastalliancestudios.blogspot.com/2017/02/aeryn-stormwind-nord-sellsword.html?m=1


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The original manufacturer of those hand bags is Whiting and Davis. They also made handbags out of proper chain mail. They started making them in the 1890s but it was the 1920s when they became hugely fashionable.



I've bought a few damaged ones quite cheaply and pulled them apart for other uses. The links are 3-4 mm, though, so too big for 1:6 work.


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I thought I would share my experiment with glitter mesh fabric. My mrs did the sewing and it isn't perfect as it was a pain in the ass to sew but you can see the potential. For under £3 per large piece of fabric sufficient for maybe 12+ shirts I would say it is good. Just a shame the silver one I originally ordered was no longer in stock and only gold was available Sad I may try painting the mesh silver but for now I like the gold despite the impracticality of it Smile

IMG_6218 by kraggy2011, on Flickr

IMG_6216 by kraggy2011, on Flickr

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At least from this distance it looks about right.


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Nice effect. Good for Lord of the Rings fantasy armour but not for chainmail.


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shazzdan wrote:Nice effect. Good for Lord of the Rings fantasy armour but not for chainmail.

yeah, ideally I wanted the silver material and preferably a slightly different looking material but this gold stuff was the only affordable option available. I will practice with it and maybe use it on the odd figure but still want to find something closer to what the Kerberos Panzer Jager uses which is thicker and a different loop look. for now though I am happy with my low budget option since it is fictional anyway.

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GubernatorFan wrote:At least from this distance it looks about right.

yeah, in hand it looks ok from distance, even up close it isn't bad. for 20-30 pennies worth of fabric it is pretty good imo, but not what I was exactly looking for. eventually I will stumble upon the exact fabric I want and by then hopefully will have patterns and sewing skills ready for it fingers crossed.


The shiny gold effect does make me want to make a medieval Iron Man knight. Might look good with red armour over gold chainmail.

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That looks pretty cool. It could pass for Frodo's Mithril shirt for sure.


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Pontiacivan wrote:Mood fabrics offer this plastic "chain mail" material. Hard to be sure of the scale, but it looks promising...

https://www.moodfabrics.com/silver-plastic-chainmail-fabric-322920

I actually ordered that from Mood Fabric...$40 plus shipping for a yard of it and it shows up like this...





Haven't tried to do anything with it yet. If a fabric place can't cut it without it unraveling, I'm sure to make a HUGE mess out of it...

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Pontiacivan wrote:Mood fabrics offer this plastic "chain mail" material. Hard to be sure of the scale, but it looks promising...

https://www.moodfabrics.com/silver-plastic-chainmail-fabric-322920

I actually ordered that from Mood Fabric...$40 plus shipping for a yard of it and it shows up like this...





Haven't tried to do anything with it yet. If a fabric place can't cut it without it unraveling, I'm sure to make a HUGE mess out of it...

YIKES! the under £3 fabric I got off ebay was a good call then, just wish it was silver :s glad I didnt waste $40 buying that one

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