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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:49 am
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http://www.wetanz.com/chainmaille/index.html

Have you guys seen this? I wonder if their "lightweight" material is aluminum. I didn't see anything specific.

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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:55 am
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The description says they use a 'unique injection molding process' so that would mean plastic of some sort.


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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:02 am
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Oh yeah, I did see that! Thanks J. Good looking stuff though.

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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:06 am
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Yeah it is a plastic ring that they glue together once they weave it.

I am not sure if it is the same company, but I believe they used sections of a garden hose that they then glued together.


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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:12 am
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Hmm, interesting...


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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:21 am
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Finely sliced 3/8" or thereabouts PVC water line, IIRC. Weta did up the movie mail for LOTR. In NZ.

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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:43 am
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They started out with that, but at some point they went for hard plastic coated with a thin layer of metal. They had samples of this maille at the LOTR exhibition at the Science Museum in London in...I think it was 2002, but may be wrong.

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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:34 pm
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I remember seeing a video of the maille guys for LOTR putting this stuff together. I don't believe they were using tools of any sort and were weaving it with their hands. I'll have to see if I can find the vid! It's really interesting!

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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:37 pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naCRnEWP1B8

Here it is! Enjoy!

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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:05 pm
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It looks good but the thought of plastic maille makes me itch.


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Posted on Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:13 pm
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Legba3 wrote:
It looks good but the thought of plastic maille makes me itch.


Them don't watch LOTR, Narnia, Eragon, Kingdom of Heaven or any recent fantasy films since most use WETA Tenzan maille. Smile

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Posted on Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:49 am
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Yeah, I'm with her. Looks fine, but it just ain't right.....

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Posted on Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:33 am
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Except for standing extras around for sixteen-hour days -- extras who aren't trained to armor.

That's what plasticmail is for.

The helmets are generally lightweight plastic too. If Our Hero thumps his helmet down on a scarred table for dramatic effect, a metallic "clonk" gets foleyed into the soundtrack to replace the plastic "plokk."


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Posted on Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:13 am
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indeed plastic is good for theatrical use. our little group of thesbians up here have bugged me and bugged me to make them some. but i simply don't have that much time. A lot more work then 'normal' maille. when you don't have accsess to an extruder or injection mold machine.

(fyi: you can extrude and inject aluminum as well! along with many other metals. silver beeing most commen other then aluminum)

Red, you can Clad the rings with metal to make them give the real metal sound with out the weight. saves the FX some work and i think that wenta there did that for them. i highly dought they would even try that with tthe helmet thou. too much plastic so ya i agree fx has to go to work in that situation.


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Posted on Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:33 pm
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Urgh! I feel the need for a Campaign for Real Maille.


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