Above left: 2014, above right: 2017. The irregular surface of the original frontplate didnīt meet my requirements; a new one had to be built (with lots of eyes: follow-me-eyes).
This armour basically consists of layers of cotton linen and undiluted, waterproof, transparent-drying D3 wood glue. It withstands real blades and arrows, thus offering genuine protection.
Paddings are made from cheap camping sleeping mats, lacings are polyester- cord, glue is Pattex classic, side closings are self- adjusting velcro.
Symbols and runes are made with window- color- contour and the surface was then sealed with a mixture of 4 parts transparent H3- glue and one part acrylic paint. All colours: acrylics.
The only metal components that were used are hollow rivets that fix the lower visor to the helmet and function as initial linking of the two walls of the harness.
Elsewhere Iīve already compared the substance with modern armoured vests because it functions more like todayīs ballistic protection than medieval plate armour:
The glue turns the layers of cloth into an inseparable composite material whose surface from a certain thickness on will become invulnerable to blades. Adequate meterial thickness provided, the point of an arrow can neither displace nor cut the material and thus is stopped.
Hereīs a link to the tests Iīve conducted: linothorax test.
Lemme mention here again that this kind of composite will not protect you against modern firearms (plate armour wonīt too, btw).
Layers of glued cloth are extremely tough but always stay flexible. This is a positive attribute insofar as a considerate amount of impact energy will be absorbed that way but is a disadvantage as the material will dent much easier than a metal plate. In early warfare the battlefields were just crawling with blunt high- energy- impact- weapons like clubs, heavy but not very sharp swords or maces of all kinds (not to mention armour- piercing pick- like devices against which the only defence is not to get hit at all). So with lino (even more than with metal armour) the idea is not only to stop a weapon from biting pieces out of you but also to avoid “compression traumata” which occur when the armour after a blunt impact makes unhindered physical contact with the wearer and transfers energy (like a hit on chainmail worn without sufficient padding). The consequences of such a concussion would be bruises, lacerations or even bone fractures.
And hereīs the receipt I came up with: arched components and two- walled crumple zones.
Because I deliberately forego the use of strengthening the material with metal plates which would efficiently restrict unwanted flexibility (they could be riveted on or glued in) the harness has dentable areas which absorb enough energy to prevent such injuries and help to impede penetration.