Pauldrons vs. the neck
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Author:  Haardgrim [ Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:25 am ]
Post subject:  Pauldrons vs. the neck

So I made some leather pauldrons (well, spaulders to be exact), three pieces with straps for articulation and strapped across the chest above and around the arm below. But trying them out on the field, I noticed I suddenly had this hard surface right next to my neck which also sticks a bit outside my shoulders. While it looks pretty nice (pictures to come), I find myself concerned that a hard hit from the side, somebody crashing into me, or falling on that should would push the pauldrons into my neck in a harmful manner. What have y'all done to prevent this problem, if indeed it is a problem? A shorter top piece so it doesn't stick out so far? A gorget? A turned-up edge next to the neck? Other things?

-Squire HÃ¥rdgrim Bonebreaker of Monachium

Author:  Sir Thurat [ Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pauldrons vs. the neck

I'm having some trouble visualizing it. Do you have pics posted somewhere?

Author:  Haardgrim [ Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pauldrons vs. the neck

Took some pictures:

The straps on the underside are not the final ones, they are just for testing. But notice in ... d4cFdzYUln in particular how the part on top of my shoulder goes from right next to my neck to a fair bit outside my shoulder. Should I fall sideways, that could get pressed pretty hard into my next. This leather has been stiffened by soaking it and letting it dry in the oven, so it's pretty solid and definitely wouldn't bend much under impact.

Author:  Derian [ Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pauldrons vs. the neck

Typically you'd address this by adding a concave curve to the neck facing part of the top lame. It works pretty well in my experience.

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