Fit for a Hero or a Villain: The Dragon Cuirass (also known as “Dragomir”)
When it comes to fantasy armor, most people are looking for something that looks impressive, but is also comfortable and practical to wear. If you’re one of those people, we have some good news. This cuirass is a great example of fantasy plate armor, being ideal for both LARPing and display purposes.
As to be expected, this piece of armor is a part of a larger set. If you’re looking to be fully kitted out in plate armor, it might be an idea to stick to the same set to make sure that each piece fits together nicely. Otherwise, there’s nothing wrong with sporting half-plate.
This cuirass is available in two different colours, which means that there is a version for most fantasy characters. Soldiers and knights who are either neutral or firmly on the side of good may prefer the silver variant. However, those with darker intentions, or just a darker fashion sense, will be drawn to the black cuirass and armor set.
As a cuirass, this piece of armor features both front and back plates which are fastened with leather straps. These straps help to secure the armor to the wearer and can slightly adjust the fit to your liking. The cuirass also features buckles to attach other pieces of armor, if you’re so inclined.
Both front and back sections are further broken up into overlapping plates which provide greater mobility and allow for a unique design. These are all riveted to internal leather straps which hold the cuirass as a whole together. These plates are each shaped into attractive points and are all carefully decorated with embossed curves that follow the form of the armor for a distinctive fantasy look.
Fantasy Armor: The Pitfalls of Design
The concept of “fantasy armor” is an odd one, because it can have a huge variety. Broadly speaking, fantasy armor refers to a design that has never appeared in reality, that we know of. The same is true for weapons. Because of this, there’s a lot of room and allowances for different designs.
Some fantasy armor can be frankly ridiculous, and impractical. This tends to crop up when it’s designed solely for looks. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, although some people do find that this type of armor lessens the sense of realism. These designs can be handwaved with magic, but that doesn’t help us when designing armor to wear in the real world.
Another practice for designing fantasy armor is to make something that is more grounded and plausible. Usually, these examples have been inspired by real designs and simply embellished to fit the fantasy world.
When designing fantasy armor to wear, we always have to remember that it needs to be practical enough to be worn by a human. Preferably, this armor would also be comfortable enough to move in and wouldn’t crush the wearer with the weight of a thousand spikes.
The technical specifications for the dragon cuirass are as follows:
- Material: 18 gauge mild steel and leather straps to secure
- Colours: Available in either polished metallic silver or black
- Care Instructions: Keep away from water. Clean with a metal polish and treat with oil to maintain. Treat the leather fittings with leather-care products.
Both the black and uncoloured versions of this cuirass are available in Medium and Large. The measurements below are approximate due to the handmade nature of the item:
- Medium: 47.2-55.9 inches chest circumference, 25.2 inches length
- Large: Measurements not yet available