My miniature armour is made in exactly the same way as the full
size armour of the period, i.e., completely hand forged, both hot
and cold, from flat steel using many iron anvil stakes, Bichorns,
hammers, files, punches and hollowed tree stumps. The making and
assembly of my miniatures do not incorporate any modern pressed
or moulded parts whatsoever, and each miniature remains absolutely
I have am so meticulous in the construction of this armour, even
the helmet skulls are raised from one piece, not constructed of
two halves as modern imported reproductions often are. Each shoulder
harness also incorporates the typical six moving plates (depending
on the particular armour of course). This offers full rotation
from waist to overhead. This is often more articulation than some
of the wearable reproduction armour I regularly see for sale.
As you will see from the internal pic, even when certain lames
can’t be seen when the armour is standing, such as Pauldron,
Couter and Poleyn lames, the correct articulation is still in place.
The detail photograph, shows the correct four lame Poleyn articulation
in place, each lame with the perfect orbit, and gliding perfectly
from standing to squat position. The same photograph shows the
rear Greave plate being tried for size, this notoriously difficult
to shape plate is very rarely seen on reproduction armour, presumably
because the armour is designed to stand flat against a wall and
not invite close inspection.
My miniature armour is made from many different gauges of steel,
predominantly 0.8mm as a starting sheet gauge throughout, but as
with the Solerettes, Sabatons & Gauntlets, often 0.6mm & 0.4mm
steel is used for the smaller more intricately articulated pieces.
Each miniature is typically composed of over 60 separately forged
steel plates, and over 140 hand-made iron and brass rivets. Once
I am satisfied that each plate is the correct shape, and it works
perfectly with its neighbouring plate, each riveted piece is then
heated and slack-quenched to provide uniform hardness and temper,
which ultimately rsitemss in a superior and fluid articulation,
requiring no force at all.
Each piece articulates perfectly with its own weight alone, just
like full size armour of the period did the day it was made.
Each of my fully articulated miniatures typically weigh 300 to
400 grams without the stand, base or weapon. Each miniature typically
stands approximately 10 ½” tall in its own right
i.e, not including the stand, which makes them approximately 1/6th
scale. Why 1/6th scale? Simply because this is the smallest I can
make them with working articulation, but I am happy to make them
to any scale at all, all you have to do is ask.
Each armour comes numbered and marked, and comes complete with
steel stand and oak base. When not on display or when in transit,
each of my standard scale 1/6th miniatures armour can be undressed
and packed safely in its own Baize lined wooden case, this is included
with each armour. A perfect gift for the collector who thought
he had everything.
I have a very extensive reference library
here, so finding a picture or painting of the best example of
what you have in mind won’t
be a difficult.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or requests at all,
whether it be for full size armour for wear or display, a study in miniature,
a single helmet, or all the kings men, I welcome any challenge or restoration.
Just click on my contact page, and I will do the rest.
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Thank you for your interest, I look forward to our talking in the
“This is truly remarkable, the detail and
skill to create something so intricate and small is astounding… Well
Andrew Norman, Rockingham Castle
“You are the most excellent artist with
profound knowledge and skills, I am so excited to have found you”.
Tazio Kimura, Private collector
“To call Nigel’s work reproduction
armour would be accurate, but would miss the point however. His
pieces are truly works of art, and Nigel’s encyclopaedic
knowledge of his craft is manifest in his work”.
Jeremy Wilton, The Four Shires Magazine
“We think this commission will be an investment”.
Bob & Gloria Long , Private
Anything at all can be recreated, it’s all quite simply
down to time, and therefore ultimately your budget. All I need
are a few clues re; period, style and finish and whether the piece
is for wear or display, and I will happily do the rest, and trawl
through my extensive library and provide images of exactly what
it is I think you are aiming for, and as the famous quote by King
Maximillian I to his armourer (below) clearly illustrates, I am
at your disposal.
“Arm me according to my own wishes, for it is I not you
who will take part in the tournament!”
King Maximillian I to court armourer Conrad Seusenhofer
My method statement is best illustrated by a quote by the greatest
writer on the subject:
“For the study of ancient armour to be successfully pursued,
it is of primary importance that a careful examination be made
of every existing specimen within our reach… Every rivet-hole
and rivet in a piece must be studied, and its use and object thought
Charles Ffoulkes 1909