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About Zlosk

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  • Birthday 09/14/1970

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    Evergreen Park (Chicago 'burb)
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    Homebrewing, programming, CG
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  1. Zlosk

    Forum dying

    I think there are more fans, but there's also a lot more places to discuss chainmail. After TCB went away, here and MAIL were the major spots. It seems like the maille Facebook group that I'm a part of is thriving, even if I'm not too active on it. There are other FB groups out there too, but one is enough for me.
  2. Zlosk

    Inlays For Dummies!

    I missed seeing this back in 2012, but this may make your life a little easier. The box with "Left button" and "Right button" is made for tweaking your image in IGP, or for drawing from scratch. Left-clicking on a ring or left-clicking-and-dragging across rings will paint the ring(s) with the left button color, and right-clicking on a ring or right-clicking-and-dragging across rings will paint the ring(s) with the right button color. Left-click on the color box to the left of the text to select a new color.
  3. Yes, I did write IGP, sometime in the early 2000's. I haven't touched it in quite a while, but I can take a look and see about putting together a 16 ga 5/16 wrong pattern. As for the patterned image... IGP translates each pixel from a data image into a ring. The patterned image is the "pretty" image of the inlay, which will have somewhere in the area of hundreds to thousands of pixels per ring. IGP is not memory-efficient - trying to use a patterned image as a data image is likely to attempt to chew through all of your computer's memory, and fail when it can't.
  4. I personally suggest IGP (http://www.zlosk.com/pgmg/igp/index.html), even though it could be a lot better. If designing from scratch, it's fine. If you wish to start with a pre-existing image, It's best to use another paint program to shrink the image AND the color palette, then load into IGP for final tweaking. If you don't want to download anything, you can make a design in the paint program of your choice (1 pixel = 1 ring), and load it up in the Canvas Irregular Grid Painter (http://www.lostsensesdesigns.ca/cigp). A lot of people use cross-stitch programs, as they generally work well at resizing images and adjusting colors to achieve a particular palette.
  5. Zlosk

    seeking tutorials on chain mail clothing!!!

    For a shirt, a great resource is https://web.archive.org/web/20160508055350/http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.barker/farisles/guilds/armour/mail.htm. Hooray for archive.org's way back machine, as this resource no longer appears to be on the normal web,
  6. Zlosk

    Ring size help

    My guess is that the large rings are 16g, the connectors are 18g, and the ring ID's are Konstantin's initial guess. I met Sky Cubacub (the artist and model in the originally posted photo) several years ago and she was wearing it, and I remember asking her about it, but I don't remember the answers.
  7. Zlosk

    what is this weave. .

    To me, it looks like half of the columns use graduated sizes of rings, and the other half uses a consistent ring size, to make a graduated variant of Snake Skin (which is Euro 4-1 with an added constraint of using two different ring sizes in the pattern).
  8. Zlosk

    are "trevor barker" and "bladeturner" GONE gone?

    Hey Mr. Peabody! Let's use the WABAC Machine! (Or in this case, the Web Archive Wayback Machine.) Butted Mail: A Mailmakers' Guide: https://web.archive.org/web/20160508055350/http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.barker/farisles/guilds/armour/mail.htm Bladeturner Hauberk Pattern: https://web.archive.org/web/20161106092514/http://www.bladeturner.com:80/pattern/hauberk/hauberk.html
  9. Zlosk

    Tailoring a mail hauberk

    I've put younger kids in similar weight shirts, and they can still move, but it does slow them down quite a bit. Their parents found it rather hilarious, especially when the kids with previously boundless energy tired out in a few minutes and tried to get out of the armor. I laughed along with the parents for the first couple attempts to take off the shirts, and then showed the kids how to do the downward dog shimmy
  10. Zlosk

    Witcher 3 Ursine Armor

    Based on an estimate of Geralt's height being 5'-11", or 180 cm (source: https://steamcommunity.com/app/292030/discussions/0/483368433106517315/), each pixel translates into about .09". I measured 30 rows (15 one way, 15 the other) at 138 pixels, or about 12.4". Vertical spacing of rings between rows works out to about .41", so the ring ID needs to be at least that big. Appearance-wise, it looks to me like an aspect ratio in the 4-5 range.
  11. Zlosk

    Shirt Neckline Fitting

    Please realize that the Mailmaker's guide can give you a shirt tailored exceptionally well to your body, by which I mean it will move with you through your entire range of motion, but it also will be near the minimum amount of material (and therefore weight) to do so. The 3 points I brought up in my first post are enough to make a decent shirt, built like a T-shirt. If your chest & belly are about the same size, T-shirts fit great. If they are different, you either deal with it fitting in one area and being tight in another, or going up in size and fitting in one area and being loose in another. Since maille is like a Chinese finger trap, it never really gets loose; it just squeezes to the body and gets longer. My first shirt (16 ga. x 1/4 galvy, short sleeves, mid-thigh) was made in this manner, and works fine, at a weight of 28 lb. It's just heavier than it needs to be, and I could probably shave off a couple pounds.
  12. Zlosk

    Shirt Neckline Fitting

    Trevor Barker's Mailmaker's Guide (thankfully preserved by the Internet Archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20160508055350/http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.barker/farisles/guilds/armour/mail.htm) shows a very good way to incorporate the expansion/contraction, depending on which way you are going. The Hauberk section shows all of the various expansions/contraction areas used in this shirt in the Wallace collection . If you need, I can take pictures of my shirt that I've done this way, but I think that the Guide is easier to understand. Also, I've been where you are with having to tear apart a shirt to deal with tailoring, a few times. It sucks every time, but it's worth it to have a decent-fitting shirt.
  13. Zlosk

    Shirt Neckline Fitting

    There are a few things that I was taught to do to help with the fit of a shirt, which also affects the neck. 1. Because your arms rotate forward more than they do backward, the back of your shirt should be wider than the front of your shirt. I think the normal difference between front and back is about 10". If your back and back of the neck are fairly tight, this adjustment will help. 2. Your head hole should not be exactly centered on the shirt, but should instead be a a little forward. If you are being choked in front and it is loose in the back of your neck, moving the hole forward should help. 3. Even though one's back (and therefore, the shirt) is fairly wide around the shoulderblades, it needs to taper down by the time it gets to the neck. You can choose to do this with contractions, switching to smaller rings for a few rows, or edging the neck with a tighter weave that will pull the neck in. If everything else fits fine, but the back of the neck is still loose, tightening up the back of the neck should help, Whatever your method of contraction, keep the contractions above your shoulderblades.
  14. Zlosk

    The Bestest Pliers FAQ

    I like my cheap little linesmans pliers, with worn teeth, broken springs and all. 16 ga 3/16 stainless used to be a massive pain, with occasional slips and hand damage. After switching things up, and essentially going on an unintentional hand strengthening regimen (working on 14 ga x 3/8 stainless, then 5/16, then 1/4), going back to 16 ga x 3/16 felt easy, and slips just stopped. However, during the 14 ga x 1/4 work, there were much slippage and cursing.
  15. Zlosk

    Scalemail Inlay Designer v2

    That is great. i like the layout, and it has some functionality that I've wanted to add to IGP for years. (Specifically, the ability to create shapes out of the scales (or rings, as would be in my case.)