Raven Bones Cuirass
The winter of 2009 saw a bird other than the phoenix rise from the flames. The Raven bone cuirass was wrought with wing and skull motifs, continuing the theme of grotesque gothic armour wickedly.
The back plate features a folding wing enclosure with a separate back plate held tight by leather belts.
Witch King Battle Arms, WK Gauntlets, NAZ legs with cloven sabatons
In the summer of 2007 the coals burned red during the early morning hours long before the heat of the sun could punish the lands in order to produce this 'grotesque' armour set. Cloven sabatons were the pillars to NAZ style legs, and at the top, WK battle pauldrons, rerebraces, couters, and vambraces link together with WK gauntlets.
Deeply cloven sabatons denote a most unusual creature beneath.
Details of the 'Hell Bent' conceptual Nazgul armour set
The first month of 2006 brought the opportunity to keep the forge fires hot, despite the cold, snow covered lands. A fifth suit of armour with a ferocious war mask emerged when the ice melted. Born in the depths of Winter, a heart of fire has manifest itself. Behold, Hell Bent.
The Hell Bent set features details evolved from the earlier 'Dragon and Tower' set (shown further below). The gauntlets, arms, and legs are WitchKing themed. The sabatons have a cloven toe with gothic laminations that run up under the greave. We refer to them as 'Batmobile' styled because of the resemblance.
The Helmet was designed with the thought of a kingly war mask, in the same realm of the WitchKing's war mask. The crown like spires embrace a multi-lamed cranial dome, not unlike Sauron's. The side mounted 'tusks' articulate on thier mount points, and nasal vent holes support vision.
OF 'THE ALL SEEING EYE' CONCEPTUAL SET
conceptual armour set was
wrought by October 2005 and features
WitchKing arms, pauldrons, and legs.
The cuirass was requested without fauld or
codpiece, so for the pictures we substituted
a section of chain mail (not actually part
of the suit as shown), but would be a
suitable region to wear it. The
cuirass features 4 articulated abdominal
laminations that preface the eye embossed
chest plate. Note that the eye has
been buffed to a high shine to make it
'pop'. Similar to our previous models,
this piece has folded veined wings in the
back that embrace a two tier back plate.
OF 'THE DRAGON AND TOWER' CONCEPTUAL SET
third conceptual armour set, unlike it's
predecessors, worked to implement what was known
of the WitchKing design, with the exception of cloven sabatons.
As the hard core enthusiasts know, very little
of this armour was actually seen, so we've
taken some whimsical liberties. The eye sits
suspended in it's tower, nestled between the
wide pauldron fans. A cod piece with a
dragon head theme was requested, with the
orbits left blank, for the addition of jewels
at a later time. Not shown was the
lightning and fire chape on the WitchKing
scabbard. We hope to have pictures of
this set (with the helmet) in action to show
OF 'THE DRAGON WINGED' CONCEPTUAL SET
was the second conceptual armour set to be
realized following our 'eye' set. Intact are
many of the same gothic lines and angular
forms. There is an asymmetric element shown
in the stop ribs of the pauldrons, one having
a clawed fan, and the elbow fans, one with
a wing. The articulated chest plates have
spires pointing upward, indicating where the
respect is to be paid. The fauld lames integrate
and flow into the cuisses without restricting
movement. The cloven hoofed sabatons are a
stunner, and make you wonder whether or not
the wearer is human at all. The veined wings
on the back plate encase the cuirass. In the
event of an encounter with the bearer of this
armour, this is the only side that you'll
hope to see.
Amendment: The correct placement of the
leather suspender straps shown here under the
pauldron lames. Worn the other way, a
well placed hack with a sword could lose you
some fashion points on a runway.
OF 'THE EYE' CONCEPTUAL SET
The first conceptual armour set produced in this line. In contrast
to the sharp and gruesome lines, the focus
was on engineering an ergonomic design, that
would enable an armoured rider to carry out
their evil appointments without puncturing
themselves too often.
The 'eye' on the centre of the gorget / bevor
glares through the framing of the breastplate. (MIDDLE)
A profile of the gorget showing
the deep locking hooks on each shoulder, and the covering back
plate. It was envisioned that some form of
crown helmet armour would be utilized, and
this is yet to be realized (watch this page
for this upcoming piece). We have seen evidence
that a gorget existed for the wraiths, so
in this we felt that we were on the right path. The
pauldrons are a toned down version of what
was evidenced in the WitchKing armour, and with the
use of a gorget, the redundant haute piece
or stop rib was also dispatched. (RIGHT) The
rear of the gorget showing the covering plate
descending down the back. Note how these components
mate with the additional plates in the photos
breastplate and back plate components on their
own. The forged spiked rings seemed suitable,
and the hinged folding back 'wings' of the
breastplate continue with the dragon theme.
The right couter (elbow) has an alternate
design to the left couter. This one has a
stylized knob conical form, while the left
has a twisted conical form, reminiscent of
an animal horn.
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