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Thorin Oakenshield Bracers - Hobbit Movie Costume by rassaku Thorin Oakenshield Bracers - Hobbit Movie Costume by rassaku
First pic of my Thorin bracers, before I'd found the best color.

Technically speaking, they're simpler than Kili's bracers, but the tooling and the stitching all has to be done by hand and it is the work of many hours -- bracers fit for a king, indeed.

Now up for sale at my shop! [link]
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crimsongriffin28 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
These and the bootcaps are no longer available in your Etsy shop? I had seen these a few months back and had wanted them for my upcoming project, but life (tm) (new job, new apartment) got in the way and prevented me from getting them.

Just my luck if I need to make my own now. As if the brig armour wasn't going to be hard enough.
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yup, finishing up the last orders in the queue tomorrow and then my workshop is going into boxes. Depending on your deadline we might still be able to work something out, but I'm cutting my leatherworking way back and not promising anything in a hurry.
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crimsongriffin28 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Ah, well. It would depend on you, then. I live abroad and I know many people can't be bothered with overseas shipping. If that isn't a problem, you would have a couple of months. If it a problem, hm. My friend is on vacation now in Florida and returning near the end of August - she has offered to carry some things back for me.

But I'm in Japan and it's a pain in the arse and expensive to buy the right leather and get the right equipment to do my own. One reason I was just happy to say 'Hell with it!' to making my own. Buying would be that much less hassle.

However, if it doesn't work for you, it doesn't! I know I'm not always fond of commission work.
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rassaku Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Overseas shipping is not a problem, but I don't think I'm going to be up and running again within a couple of months. As you say, life gets in the way, and school is getting priority over leatherworking for the foreseeable future.
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crimsongriffin28 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Oh, darn. I was hoping to make a splash at Halloween here (without the effort of leatherworking, that is!)
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TatjanasCreations Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I LOVE these!
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rpgkayak Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Fantastic work - very evocative of Tolkien's dwarves as envisioned by the filmmakers! I was curious if the knuckle/hand guard area was flexible or not? I'm a LARPer considering a similar design, but it's suboptimal if I don't have free rotation of the wrist on my swordarm. I don't mind brushing against the leather, I just need it to give if my hand pushes against it.
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rassaku Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The armguards are cut from hides graded 9-10 oz leather, but I've found that there can be an immense amount of variation in thickness (and stiffness), often on the same hide. All of the bracers will have some give when pushed upward -- I don't know if you can see it in that picture, but the hand guard piece is not attached to the arm guard, it's attached to flaps of lighter leather along the sides, which allow for some bend -- but using a slightly thinner piece of 9-10 leather for the armguard would make it even more flexible.

I'm not a swordfighter so I can't say for sure, but I don't think it would inhibit your range of motion at all. Which makes sense, when you consider that Thorin's armor HAS to allow him to use a sword, and this was adapted frame-by-frame from his, as true to the original as I could get it. :)
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rpgkayak Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Thanks for the information - it's much appreciated! I probably should have qualified my statements better given that there are different kinds of LARPs nowadays. I play in an Accelerant system game, which stresses high speed combat over realism. As a result most weapons are generally "ultralight" boffer weapons. They bear none of the weight of a real weapon, so speed is achieved as much through rapid wrist movement as through elbow and upper arm strength. A hand guard wouldn't necessarily be a deal breaker, but it depends on location and flexibility. I'm sure you're right that in the movie Thorin had some degree of flexibility, but my own experience in film leads me to believe that if they needed stiff leather to get the look they wanted for his costume, they wouldn't hesitate to restrict his movement. With clever editing, multiple takes and combats shot over the course of multiple days, they could cheat a lot of combat if they wanted. Compare that to a boffer LARP where fights are taking place once an hour or more continuously over the course of two days, and you can see where functionality starts to trump historical accuracy or the cool visual. Even so, thanks for the insight!
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kateb95 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Hello....I was wondering if you are selling these!!!......Im thinking about being Thorin for this Halloween and would erally need these!!!.......thanks
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