Armor made from Traffic Signs (Pic Heavy)

Discussion in 'Fan Art/Fan Fiction' started by Archaic_Artisan, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Archaic_Artisan

    Archaic_Artisan First time out of the vault

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    Jul 24, 2011
    Hi all, I'm brand new to this forum and thought I'd share this with you folks:


    This armor was one of my most fun projects to date. Inspired by the wholesome goodness of post apocalypse films, medieval armor and the Fallout games, I had the privilege of working with a nice fellow who found me via Etsy to bring his ideas to life.





    As you could probably guess from the pictures, the armor plates were made from a stop and a dead end sign (obtained through legal means, of course). These are affixed via arming points to a harness made from belts that features ammo loops and two straps to hold equipment. The plates were formed, in the spirit of the end of the world theme, the old fashioned way; with a ball peen hammer and an anvil. Adding some ammo loops to the harness gives it the added bonus that it reduces the AP cost to reload your weapon!







    To top it all off, the extremely tallented Jen Owen of Jen Martin Studios (http://www.jenmartinstudios.blogspot.com/) captured images of the armor at an abandoned mental institution in Washington State. This created the perfect setting and really brought everything together. Now that's what I call a road warrior!



    !Behind the scenes look! Here are a few images that show the progression from signs to armor:











    KILL THE MUTANTS!!!!

    Special thanks to Eric L. for modeling the armor!
    More images of the armor can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.254780294533679.73230.176049985740044&type=1
     
  2. Gaspard

    Gaspard Kasparov

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    May 7, 2009
    That's pretty cool. And rather funny :)
     
  3. Yamu

    Yamu Le Fromage Vieux oTO Moderator Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Jul 26, 2003
    Hats off, sir. Not only is it good clean work, but you've shown more skill and panache at outfitting wasteland scavengers than Bethesda themselves managed.
     
  4. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    Really, really cool. I love it.
    Now I have a picture in my head of the Roman armor made from this. It looks awesome, too 8-)
     
  5. Archaic_Artisan

    Archaic_Artisan First time out of the vault

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    Jul 24, 2011
    That's a great idea!

    I have a giant "Road Work Ahead" sign in my garage that I've been thinking about turning into a lorica segmentata. I'd use the orange sign for the torso plates, and then green street signs for the shoulders (Seattle is selling a bunch of their old street signs currently)
     
  6. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    Good luck with that!

    One thing though: one day, if I come to Seattle, gonna find you, and steal that armor :P
     
  7. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    Now I know what to do with that giant Stop sign in my house.
     
  8. Archaic_Artisan

    Archaic_Artisan First time out of the vault

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    Jul 24, 2011
    You'll never find me!!! I'll completely blend into the crowd!!!


    .... oh... wait a minute.... :crazy:
     
  9. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    Dammit, I already got rid of my Stop sign. It might have been obtained through less than legal means (might have been).
     
  10. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    Very neat! Very Mad Max, I like it. Now you just need to make something to cover your torso was well as your shoulders. :)


    PS: as a nitpicking side note, I just wanted to say that as armor these plates would not really serve you well. They are unlikely to even stop an arrow and the fact they're reflecting would draw attention to yourself. Not post-apoc recommended gear.
     
  11. Wooz

    Wooz Vault Sweeper Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    May 18, 2003
    Sweet!

    Could use some kind of breastplate tho' :)
     
  12. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    They could help him in a knife fight.
     
  13. SuAside

    SuAside Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    May 27, 2004
    For slashes & light stabs, yes.
    But anything with a decent point can punch through a traffic sign's metal.

    But I would hope OP makes it a rule not to partake in knife fights. ;)
     
  14. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    Looks cool and looks pretty well-made. :ok:
     
  15. Eternauta

    Eternauta It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Dec 8, 2010
    Aw come on, reloading only costs 2 action points ;) Nice work done there, the result looks awesome!
     
  16. Two-step

    Two-step First time out of the vault

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    Aug 24, 2011
    Stolen/ salvages/ scavenged street signs are SCA (Society for Creative Anachronisms) standard armor building materials. I have seen entire suits (sans helmet) of plate armor built from street signs.

    In a pinch, street sign armor would serve just fine in H-to-H or melee combat... not to mention it looks Bad A$$.
     
  17. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Aug 16, 2010
    I don't think it would serve all that well. Signs are usually made from very thin metal sheets. They might stop a blade, but I don't think it's worth the effort. Look nice, though :D
    A realistic post-apocalyptic armor made from junk? Use tires.
    Thick rubber with a mesh of steel in them. Will stop about everything but bullets. And if they are really strong tires, they might even stop small caliber pistol rounds.
     
  18. Mr Krepe

    Mr Krepe Water Chip? Been There, Done That

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    Mar 28, 2010
    Beautiful, I applaud you my good sir. Just out of interest, how long did it take you to make it, because i'm currently doing some armour made from scrap and salvaged materials in my garage (usually old car bits, and mesh metal put together and the sort), and my armour has taken several months (over a year really), to even get about half way through.
     
  19. WillisPDunlevey

    WillisPDunlevey Mildly Dipped

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    Feb 2, 2010
    rubber tires with street signs on the outside would also provide more padding from hits. (though not from bullets)

    If you had access to a very hard but thin steel, that could be put on the outside of tires and it would serve to possibly stop lead bullets. It would at least deform or break up the stronger lead versions. I would say in game terms it would defeat most reloads, all HP and some round nose lead bullets.
    Steel core AP bullets would obviously go right through it... but after the apocalypse, those bullets would be hard to come by....

    Unless of course someone was making their own out of drill bit shanks and cast lead bullets.

    WPD
     
  20. Two-step

    Two-step First time out of the vault

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    Aug 24, 2011
    If you really think about it, modern ammunition will be very scarce in a post apocalyptic world. This is simply because manufacturing will be difficult at best and reserves would dry up pretty rapidly.

    Even having reloading equipment does not mean that you will have the finished materials to cast AP or FMJ. Lead bullets will probably be the "norm" and composite ammunition simply requires to know how and specialized casting equipment for the average person to manufacture. Not to mention the improbability of people being able to manufacture brass cartridges and primers.

    It is not unreasonable to think that metal signs would not serve as adequate armour for the average adventurer, in a post apocalyptic world, where the main threat will probably come from thugs armed with melee weapons. Granted, I would most likely line the edges of the armor plates with rubber tires, to help prevent accidental damage from rough edges.... but other than that, your armor looks like it would do a fine job in the post apocalyptic world. In fact, you have inspired me to make my own armor.