Back in august The Schmitthenner Armory, in
Screven, Georgia, USA was contracted to provide a significant order of leather
armor and various other pieces for the movie.
They were kind enough to contact us and have provided some interesting
pictures of the work they did for the film, for which we thank them. You can visit their website, and even order
your own custom armor if you so desire, here:
They certainly seem
like the right people for the Job, backed by centuries of experience in the
armor making business!
Some of the movies
costumes for the extras were reused from the similarly themed “Beowulf &
Grendel” for which the folks at Schmitthenner had also provided armor for. They pointed out though that the pieces
reused were mostlythat it was mostly belts
and baldrics. Debra [Hanson, costume designer for
‘Outlander’ and ‘Beowulf & Grendel’]
said that mostly They wanted a different look for this movie, a little more of
the type of armour which had a beaten used "Viking" look to it.
So most of the main actor's armour was not reused for this film.
The people thus described the work they did for
outlander as “a daunting amount
of custom belts and baldrics, numerous armours and unreleased custom work”, and
they were hard at work crafting it right into October, just as the film was
getting ready to star shooting.
“These all are photos of
armour sepcifically crafted for the movie "Outlander" Special
attention was given to aging the leather, rivets and buckles. Runes and symbols
were etched into the materials. We are proud to have contributed in presenting
depth to this movie. In addition to
these photos are other pauldrons and specially designed segmented arm armour
for this film.”
“Some of the Women's double wrap belts, Medieval
Ring belts, and Medieval Double wrap belts we did for the movie.”
“Our "Eurasian Scale"
armour. Leather scale armour has been found as early as 6th Century B.C. I
believe that this type of reproduction adds some real depth and grittiness to
A closer look at some pauldrons (shoulder armour) and
leather/chainmail bracers (forearm defenses)
“A Viking style derivation of the Roman style
Manica, these "Viking" Style Segmented arms are decidedly of
Celtic/Norse design. Celtic knotwork embossing of each lame, articulated elbow
cop with tooled "Four Directions" handcrafted detail and sturdy
1" aged brass buckles and straps add to the overall quality of these arms.”
“Norse style "Viking" bracers,
reminiscent of around 9th Century AD, these bracers have deeply tooled design
which conjures visions of early Nova Scotia Viking settlements or Icelandic
ventures by the pioneers of the seas. Originally
custom designed for the movie "Outlander" starring James Caveziel,
John Hurt and Jack Huston.”