- HELMET: Making a Kabuto (Japanese Samurai Helmet) with Kydex
- MASK: Making a Men Yoroi (Mempo) for a Japanese Armour
- SLEEVES:Making a Kote and Tekko (Armored Sleeves with upper and lower plates and hand plates)
- CUIRASS: Making a Japanese Do (harness or cuirass) in the lamellar style with kydex kozane plates
- SHOULDER SHIELD: Making a Japanese armor shoulder shield (Sode) in lamella kozane style
Developing a pattern for the top of the sode (shoulder shiled)
Japanese armor shows a large variety of shoulder shields. I decided to build my sode from kozane (lamellar plates) and decided for a style similar to what experts call Tôsei Sode). Even though I used kozane (plates) I needed to design a top plate which I intended to fix the lamella shield to. I wanted to top plate to be lightly rounded and curved – so I needed to design the pattern first.
As earlier, I used a kitchen pot as a basis for my design pattern. I fixed cardboard to the pot with adhersive tape until I had designed the basic form I wanted to produce.
I drew a pattern onto the prototypical basis, transferted the pattern to a solid kydex plate and cut it out.
Forming the kydex
shoulder holder pattern
Kydex shields grounded and prepared for the next step
lacing the plates for the sode