How naive was it of them to believe that ruination would be decided in one fateful night; one glorious battle to cancel the apocalypse. Knights and men-at-arms would line alongside paladins and holy servants to defeat the forces of destruction and rebuke the looming threat of my ascension.
When these oh-so-virtuous warriors vanquished me and basked in the glory of their apparent victory, they sealed their fate and the one of their homelands. When my body shattered, the dust of my decaying remains stuck to their skin and armor, cursing them with all the might of my necromantic powers. In their hubris, they didn’t suspect that the great foe of their age could have one last trick up their sleeve, but they found out soon enough.
When their crops failed, rotting in place or simply failing to find enough sun through the thick gray clouds that shrouded the sky, they suspected something was odd. When famine led to plague and sickness, and that the fallen returned to hunt the living, they knew they had been fooled. But it was when they saw the empty husk of my ash-stained armor walk the roads of their land that they knew there was never even a victory to celebrate, for the Harbinger of Ruin has returned, and I walked in the ashes of their fallen nations.
This full armor set is made of handcrafted leather, dyed gray, sanded, varnished, and with a full aging patina that gives it an ancient and worn out finish. Highly modular, the pauldrons, headpiece, breastplate and belt are all available in multiple variations, providing an unmatched level of customization for one of our standard products. Covered in cuts and battle damages, this medieval armor looks like the decrepit gear of some death knight, necromancer warlord, or undead warrior, making it a great choice for dark fantasy characters in LARP.
Inspired by some designs seen in the Dark Souls franchise, the helmet uses a subtle mesh inside the visor to hide the wearer's features and give a darker, more ominous presence to the wearer. This feature has little effect on visibility, but it makes a big impact in terms of fear factor, giving a distinctive inhuman appearance.
The breastplate covers the full body and is articulated with mobile leather plates that make moving easy and give the armor a comfortable fit. The whole piece is adjusted with thick leather straps on the back. The body armor also supports the pauldrons, with the characteristic molded skull ornament. Removable leather sleeves can also be added under the pauldrons to give a more seamless appearance to the armor. These pieces create the illusion of some sort of gambeson worn under the armor and avoid the often stark contrast between the bulky leather armor and the wearer's bared of lightly clothed arms, a perfect compromise for LARP.
The combat belt is a wide and imposing piece with a double set of belts as well as metal rings that can be used to hold armored tassets or various grim talismans and accessories. Long pieces of supple leather hang from the belt, a battle skirt of sort that lengthens the figure and add some flare to the character when in motion.
The full armor also includes a pair of greaves and bracers. Combined with a pair of articulated partial gauntlets, it gives some serious limb protection to this set. All these pieces are attached with adjustable straps and display the same used finish as the rest of the armor. Because of the aging patina and the voluntary use of imperfect hides to craft these sets, each armor is guaranteed to have subtle unique features, natural skin texture and scars enhancing the final product with details that cannot easily be imitated by the artisan.
Thank you to Terra Corvus to give us access to the site for the photoshoot.
Armor by Les Artisans d'Azure
Weapon by Nemesis Workshop
Pictures by Lexa One Photography