- Aug 14, 2014
- Parts Unknown
Homemade Chainmail Clothing ModificationsOkay so I have seen some ideas for homemade armor and loot able armor and I had created a thread months ago that dealt with Shark Suit's and Homemade Chainmail. It had to be deleted because someone had already suggested Shark suits, I had not been able to see the post due to not having my backer status yet which is where it was located. I have searched though for home made chain mail and have not seen anything yet, the only mention of chainmail I have seen is in the Shark Suit thread but just as a description for the suit. So I thought why not recreate the half of my thread that hadn't been discussed. The idea stemmed from one of my favorite games S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in the form of a semi hidden piece of armor, that involved a set of tactical swat style clothing with a inner lining of chainmail.
My idea is for a modification that could be built for almost any type of clothing consisting of simple home made chainmail. Simple chainmail itself is actually very easy to make and just about anyone with a little knowledge about metal working self taught or other wise can make it. All you need is a wire cutter and any length or gauge of metal wire and a small pipe, some flux, a small file and a small propane torch would also help to strengthen each ring. Starting off takes a bit of trail and error to find the right length of wire to cut for the best ring size. To create a ring all you need to do is cut a length of wire and use your small pipe to give the wire a curved shape, then you just lightly hammer the metal into the ring shape using the curve of the pipe as a base. After creating a sufficient amount of rings then comes the time intensive part where you have to gently connect each ring into a web, the more ring's you add the more of a mesh it becomes. After each ring is connected a small bit of flux is applied to the broken gap of each ring then heated and gently hammered and afterwards gently filed.
Once you have enough sheets of chainmail the next step is to apply it to clothing, depending on the clothing the item is reversed inside out and the inner lining is opened. Depending on the size of the chainmail sheets and the size of the article of clothing the sheet will be evenly stuffed into the lining and sewn into place concealing the addition. These modifications would allow you to give any article of clothing added protection versus sharp weapons and objects as well as bites. I also think this is something that any person would be able to make during the apocalypse all you need is access to a hardware store and a store with sewing needles and thread. Like the Shark suit it would be a great item versus zombies(and crazy people with machete's) but it wouldn't offer very much added protection versus bullets. The difference is it wouldn't be effective as the suit but would be easier to come by as long as you knew how to craft it or knew someone that did.
The combinations are pretty numerous just about any jacket or shirt could be modified as well as pant's. Gloves could be modified as well as shoes or boots to protect from the crawling undead lol. Balclavas or similar clothing could be modified to protect from slashes and bites to the head. Any flak or tactical vests could also be modified to give protection against close melee attacks and ranged fire. All the modifications would be hidden and would only appear as apart of the name and if they decide to show wear from damage on clothing.
To address concerns about the game being flooded with zombie proof clothing like it was brought up in WasbiKicks91's shark suit thread the homemade modifications would be substantially less powerful then the shark suit typically made from titanium I believe or expertly made chainmail from an actual blacksmith. It would also wear down fairly quickly, if they allowed you to add and remove clothing attachments like weapon modifications you would have to remove the mail and repair/replace it often especially against zombie bits. Also despite what I said about the ease of making it they should probably add it as a crafting recipe you could find.
So what do you guys think, read,, write, review, thoughts, opinions........or the Jawa dies..........no wait....that's a diffrent forum.......still leave your thoughts.