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Faerie Armour 1 by danielokeefe Faerie Armour 1 by danielokeefe
This was a costume project from uni! The piece was inspired by a drawing in a book called 'Faeries' by Brain Froud and Alan Lee. The drawing depicted a knight on horseback who had butterfly wings poking through his armour. I really loved this idea, so I decided to create a suit of armour that was faerie inspired. Originally I had designed the suit of armour with butterfly wings; you can see the final design in my gallery. For the final piece itself I left the wings off! This was because the muted colours of the material used for the garment clashed with the strong colours and finish of the silk I’d chosen for the wings. And as I quite liked the strong colours of the Macaw feather plume behind the head I thought both would be a bit too much.

The costume was made up of several pieces; the garment underneath, the armour plates, the plume and the scale apron. The armour was sculpted in wet clay on a life cast. I found that using thin store/credit cards to smooth the surface of the clay when it’s hardened slightly gives a very smooth finish. The various plates were then moulded in silicone with a fibreglass jacket. They were cast in bronze powder and fibreglass. I used antiquing fluid to darken the metal powder at give it a more weathered look.
For the scale section I sculpted a line of scales in Plastiline. In retrospect I should’ve sculpted one scale segment then cast out a bunch in fast cast to make a line of them. I moulded the line of scales in plaster and cast them in black pigmented liquid latex. I left the latex in the mould for about 40mins before pouring off the excess. I wanted the colour to match the armour plates so I dusted the black scales with a bright gold metallic spray paint, a rubbing of iron paste and a burnt umber acrylic wash. I used a sewing machine to sew the strips of latex to a fabric apron that ties around the waist.

As this costume was intended to be a museum piece, I wanted it to have a fictional history to give the various details and design aspects purpose. This was what I wrote:

Origin: Forest of Belom, Servogne Province.

Date: Early first century.

The people of Belom were often mistaken for the Fairies of folklore stories. This was due to their petite structure, aloof behaviour and their depiction of natural symbolism, mainly from insect designs on their clothes and armour. They are in fact Elfish in origin and live in secluded communities dotted around the Forests of Belom.

This suit of armour depicts the Belosian deity of protection ‘Ghofero’ who is usually shown in Belosian culture as a pastoral beast. He is often depicted as a goat or a deer. In this case the deity has been depicted as a ram on the back plate of the cuirass. This was used to discourage enemies by implying the deity was watching over the wearer’s shoulder. The hands on the armour represent the deity’s protection over the individual wearing it. The feathers used on this particular piece are reproductions of the feathers taken from the native Fengol bird. These feathers would have originally been used to indicate which tribe the wearer was from, as each community had a different pattern on the plume. The size of the plume would indicate importance and the crossing of colours would indicate particular allegiances between communities and families

I hope you like it! Feel free to ask questions any positive feedback would be welcome:)
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nekoneko79 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Very nice concept!. it's not easy to find such good concept in fantasy art, usually full of spikes, skulls and many other horrible features..
danielokeefe Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Thank you:)
taylrrae Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
make me this
AThorwald Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Impressive work
gothicAge Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
spotted! Wonderful,
(the only thing is the greenish tint, but…its secondary)
Folkenstal Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can't get that armor out of my head, it is truly gorgeous :)
Seen it a few times while browsing through your stuff. I especially like the chest piece, the front and back flap and the pauldrons.
danielokeefe Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Thank you so much:) I'm glad you like it! I found the garment quite challenging. Not gonna lie, sewing is not my forte! Trying to find the time to work on a new suit of armour though:) Absolutely loved your Ebony armour by the way!! It's awesome!!
Folkenstal Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, well I don't like to sew as well.
I'm working on sabatons right now and there's leather involved…
I need to hand sew this, because I don't have a machine.

Thanks, glad you like it :)
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
beatiful! Both armor and a girl :)
ArcanumTwilight Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Looks amazing.
CircleofLife123 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
great costume. I like the feathers. 
heavyneos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
armour looks grate and the girl looks smoking hot init
Michieltjeeh Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this so much
CardinalPoint Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I'm in love.
CardinalPoint Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you produce personal issues? Like accepting orders? Sorry btw my english is horrible...
Athane Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SpinnerOfYarns Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AllexiaLeticia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Smolin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just stunning! I love the faux-overlap on the cuirass, and the long, swooping arm pieces (pauldrons?) are really elegant and unusual. But the grasping hands take it to an unprecedented level of brilliance. It's really gorgeous.
sarahasgh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
would i be able to buy the armor for my wedding or get a peice comishioned my email is
ncorva Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Mind if I use this as a ref for a painting?
danielokeefe Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Go ahead:) Watcha gonna paint?
ncorva Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist

Here´s the painting1 hope you like it
danielokeefe Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Ah I love it!! Very cool:)
ncorva Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I've been doing some studies in oil to hone my skills with
traditional painting. I'm mostly into medieval fantasy and when i saw this i liked the armour and the pose.

I Haven´t been able to upload any of my last paintings because my internet connection sucks haha

Loved your stuff by the way. Great masks!
Ravenwings08 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Very awesome.
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The armor looks very realistic, and the lady wearing it simply looks lovely. Nice job!
sentientmaster Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very beautiful complementing armour, you are very talented, she looks absolutely beautiful, all the best, cheers, Mike.
GilnarVeldasir Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As a fighter I don't see much sense in this suit as an armour set with those exposed thighs and all... But as an artist I absolutely definitely positively adore it! Great job!
KiaraKat Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
absolutely stunning!!
Sorodisi Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing....really interesting way of creatining armor..... awesome to be honest
i had the same idea ,using clay but, i wasn't sure if it will last....
Aicosu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Seriously gorgeous work.

I have a few questions if thats okay?

When you casted your breastplate armor, you made your mold from silicone, right? What do you mean it had a 'fiberglass jacket'? And was it a one or two part mold?
danielokeefe Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Thank you:)
Of course! Ask as many questions as you like! I'm always happy to help:)
Ok, so when i moulded it i covered the whole sculpt in a few layers of silicone. It ended up being around 1cm thick all over. If i tried to cast anything from just the silicone layer it wouldn't hold its shape. So you can use a layer of fibreglass that acts to support the silicone while casting. You do multiple pieces of fibreglass when there are undercuts that you wont be able to get the silicone out of once you've cast in it. I used a two part fibreglass jacket for the front of the breast plate just coz it's easier to get it out:) Does that make sense?
frosthart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
amazing i am just amazed at the detail that has been put into it. I am big fan of Froud's work so it is nice to see it come to life.
kez245 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Fantastic costume, love the design and the story
Lady-Katsa Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
O, and I love 'Faeries'! It's the first book of his I ever got.
Lady-Katsa Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
This is brilliant! What corse are you taking?
danielokeefe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Thank you:D
I used to do a course at the uni of Herts called 'Character Creation and Tech effects'. It was one of three courses that geared students up to work in the film/tv industry. We worked alongside special effects and model making students:) Character creation specifically dealt with soft effects like sculpting, mould making, costume, prosthetics:) Was a great course!
Lady-Katsa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
That sounds brilliant! Thanks
demosthenes1blackops Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
remarkably nice details - the hands especially.
Zombiesatemyyoghurt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work and even better back story :D
bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional
sweet job
CruelCat Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
I like how the splint pieces look!
Would have tried that on the upper arms as well - would look great
deathstarshotput Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Great outfit!
CharlieCooper Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011   General Artist
OK, thought I should favourite this too, as I know it was a SLIGHTLY longer project and took a BIT more work than the count :)
Also, it's awesome!!
Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Stunning armor set. I thought it might be leather at first until I read your other post. Very nicely done. I am in awe.
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow, still brilliant :D
Fugiri-Shi Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
That whole outfit came out amazing. Love the design of the grasping hands on the armor. Very unique, love it! Keep going!
mxlady Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
im freaking jealous!!
DragonArmoury Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
That looks great. Its nice to see a costume that has a good overall look. Its no good having good pieces if they don`t work together. Good job :)
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