A quick update on the build of my new coat of plates. The plates have been cut! and the upper chest and back have had their corners ground to a workable smoothness. Once I've ground the remaining body plates I'll begin shaping the metal and/or cut the leather that lies under the plate. The upper chest and back will have a solid leather backing, while the body plates will be supported along four straps.
It's about time I change my armor. The suit I originally made is beginning to show the wear and tare of six summers of combat. So it's back to the drawing board. For my new suit I'm keeping the coat of plate but advancing the technology a few decades. My new armor will have fewer and larger plates but will still rely on leather to provide support to the structure.
Just like my last coat of plate, I intend to leave the plates exposed to show in inner workings of the armor. The armor will be nearly semetrucal so I only need to pattern one half and then flip the pattern for the other side.
The only problem I haven't figured out is if I want to use an early style sallet or a late style of basineit. this specific coat of plates spans a time period were either helm would be appropriate. Desicions desicions....