Jango, I built 7 complete sets of lorica sgmenta with some of my students. Mine was made out of 3mm cold steel. Heavy, but effective. We made everything else too: scutum, pilum, gladius, helmet, but they were made of wood or papermache. We tested the pilum against various targets ant became pretty good at hitting man-sized shapes at 20-30m, depending on the kid. The pilum were so lethal, I decided not to let the kids take them home. My armour still sits proudly in my class, awaiting the day civilisation collapses.
Anyway, amost every template I made was derived from links on this site.
I found some of the templates I gave my students. Of course, you can do a better job and use better materials than cardboard! I was able to download a fantastic template of all pieces of the lorica segmenta; I just had to enlarge the shapes on a photocopier before tracing them on metal.
This is a sketch showing them how to put the pieces together. This is not the great template I downloaded from Legio XX
This is how you could make simply an officers kit
This is how you could kill your friend if you are not careful. We found theaded 1/4 inch rods for $1.00 at the hardware store. The completed pilum were able to punch through 1/4inch plywood at 15m (minus the wooden safety tip). They now hang on my classroom wall.
This is how you could just bruise your friend.
And this is how to stop your friend hurting you. The hardened boss is a formidable weapon in itself, we found.
As you can see, I whipped this up for kids so they would actually finish a project, but maybe it will give you ideas.
Last edited by siquq; 09-04-2007 at 01:47 AM.