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Gothic Gauntlet by Ageofarmour Gothic Gauntlet by Ageofarmour
A closer photo of the left gauntlet of my Gothic armour [link]

I received a number of emails asking how many hearts are pierced into the plates over the whole suit. I meant to count them but forgot to do so before it shipped to the UK. My best guess... A lot! hehe. They were made by punching a small hole then carving away the metal with jeweler's files. Individually they don't take very long but together they probably took several hundred hours.
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elisenear Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015
nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
shishikokoroyuki Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I like how there is a spike where the wristbone sticks out@
StellarKitty Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
That’s some fine craftsmanship, this is just breath taking.
raveskwid Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous! You should be very proud.
jakndaxta Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god this is ridiculously amazing
Tjalf Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Until now these Gauntlets are the most awesome ones I have seen, yet.
Although the complete armour is an absolute masterpiece, but these are outstanding by far!
RavenQueen333 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
This is a really spectacular piece, and the craftsmanship is absolutely exquisite. I think that everything you set out to do here, you accomplished. I cannot find one flaw from this picture.
zombie46l Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
That's some serious manhourage!
ironmaidenfan001 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
GiuArmours Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
That is beyond the amazing! I'm a great fan of this shot since the first time I saw it! Really impressive! I'm serious!
CakeGod Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Really intresting piece, couldnt imagining trying to do the heart work myself =] What kind of metal work are you involved in yourself?
MeliTheWitch Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Words fail me. Absolutely amazing work!!!
jotunkid Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your work. I'm working on a pair that has spiked gadlings and scale fingers.
as67 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
WOW! unreal! It is best armor which i see!
XofHope Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen! Stunning. Marvellous.
deranged-zombie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
I think it's appropriate to say this armor is sexy xD
Sacred23 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Do you sell him? I'm seriously interested in this gothic armour.
This is my mail:
for a contact...
that1mofo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
That is amazing.
Silverswypen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
The most biutyfull armour i've ever seen, did you really make it? It looks so fantastic, that i thougt first its made with the computer^^

The Gothic Armours from the 15th centeruy, maybe the most usefull armours ever.

Your armour would have been worthy for the German-Roman Emperor himself!
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! That is absolutely phenomenal detailing!! You have such a gift ^.^
3rik Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow - stunning !
The details are incredible !! What a masterpiece.

Crimzen250 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thats beautiful, omg
glittersweet Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my. I have seen your site before as I'm looking at having some Gothic plate made (and I'll be helping) but I am still awed by this every time I see it.

I adore the hearts. Though I have a penchant for the German stuff with rude gestures all over it too ;)
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional
This is indeed beautiful work.
Are you a purist in that you prefer to do the piece by traditional means or are you open to using some of the new technologies like laser cutting and water jet cutting?
Ageofarmour Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009   Artisan Crafter
I love technology. Growing up in the 70's and 80's I dreamed of having a laser. It was like the Holy Grail of uber-coolness LOL! So, of course, I want a laser to cut everything... If I could slice my bread with a laser I would :)

However, with armour, I have gone the opposite direction. I do use a few modern tools like a band saw and a power buffer but I like the challenge of doing most the work by hand. Except for my masks, I hardly ever make more than one item from the same pattern so laser or jet cutting wouldn't really save me any time. Power hammers could possibly save me a huge amount of work but I have found that they just don't produce the same subtle curves that hand hammering does.

I have also gotten to really love the slight variations and flaws I see on antique armour. It is a cliche I know, but I think they really do add character. I stare in fascination at the pits, hammer dings and file marks on the inside of antique armour. It is like the random beauty of burlwood and marble.
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional
I TOTALLY understand your affection for the marks left by inspired handwork.
These are the results of the masters loving touch...
And I understand the purity of time honored methods and techniques.
For my own artistic pursuits it depends entirely on the piece. I was trained to be a purist by my father,but some of his personal prejudice was simply that he was not up on new technologies.So I have surrounded myself with friends in the business and learn all I can about cutting edge metal working technologies.
I have come to a place where I'll embrace ANY method at all if it helps me to accomplish my end goal of expression.
I think time ,history and social evolution have an effect as well.
Just look at the flak Rodin got when he first began to display his figures,being accused of casting. And he had to go to great lengths to defend himself from the Art Authorities of the Academy by bringing them to his studio to PROVE the authenticity of his modeling.
We have no such prejudice today. Who cares if an artist uses casting in their technique of fabrication?
Here's a prime example of why we don't care about that today...
IMHO this figurative work is so compelling ,and it's impact in it's site specific environment so impressive that the consideration of it's construction becomes irrelevant ...
tod309 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
This armours design is just simply beautiful.
UnforgivenDecay Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009, more power to ya for putting that much detail into it. *claps* How much are you getting for the whole suit?
GingerAnneLondon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think I just fainted.
shadowleoparddreams Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
Awesome photo, what were you shooting it with?
Ageofarmour Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)

I think I used my Nikon Coolpix 4300. I honestly can't remember if these were taken before or after I upgraded to my Nikon D50.

The Coolpix was my first digital camera. I picked it up to have something more convenient than film to send progress photos to customers. I wasn't expecting much when I bought it but it really impressed me when I looked at the photos. I went out and got the D50 as soon as I had the extra cash and love it too.
shadowleoparddreams Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Thanks for letting me know. The d50 is a pretty good camera, so you made a great choice. :D
Curious-TalC Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If this isnt worth a daily deviation, I don't know what is.

Impressive work!
Ageofarmour Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Thanks for all the encouragement everyone. I can't even begin to explain how much it means to me.
jakface Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
God that's amazing. Fantastic work, seriously. <3
skritchmeee Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
Oh god, all the pierced work and forging... SO beautiful! Your chasing and repousse skills are excellent.
bardswhistle Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
omg thats so amazing. you have some serious talent, and patience!! 10 years. wow. very very cool.
OneStripe Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
So much detail! I'm in awe! This is true craftsmanship!
jambi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
my god. this is just beautiful.
DaynaEMCraig Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Those hearts are a stunning detail. <3
OblivionMasquerade Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The gauntlets on this suit are gorgeous. I don't envy you all of the work, but I think it payed off. <3
kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not normally all that keen on plate armour- but this is absolutely spectacular. The level of detail is just stunning. :D
RelativelyBest Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
I'm usually not much for armor, but I make gothic gauntlets the notable exception since they are totally awesome. These are forged from win and sweet, so gorgeous work. :thumbsup:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for providing these wonderful close ups on the armor! I find it completely amazing how intricate the details are!:D
Treyos Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Very impressive work, both here and on your website... and I can't help but find it amusing that you've had your armour used by so many fast food places. ;)
sererena Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
Wow... this is just incredible... so impressive *jaw drops*
SulkaUlva Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
from Vienna ? mniam..
Ageofarmour Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Yep, the original suit this one was based on is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. My skill is nothing compared to the original maker.
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farmerownia Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
There was a time when i coudn't sleep becose of those brass trims.... i know how much time consumeing it is.... and i worked with metal too.
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