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I Spent 518 Hours Making This Futuristic Medieval Armor That Is Lit From Inside And Flexible
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I Spent 518 Hours Making This Futuristic Medieval Armor That Is Lit From Inside And Flexible

My name is Melissa Ng and I’m a self-taught artist. I started exploring 3D modeling and 3D printing seriously back in 2014 and haven’t looked back. Since then, I’ve become obsessed with making intricately detailed fantasy mask and armor designs.

One of my latest creations is the “Sovereign Armor,” which took over 518 hours to design and create (this does NOT include 3D printing hours). Oh, and it weighs only 8 lbs.

After making the “Dreamer Regalia” for actress Felicia Day, my next challenge was to create a practical and versatile Medieval-inspired fantasy armor for a woman (that would be more reasonable than the scantily clad bikini “armor” often seen in games, film, TV, etc.). The Sovereign Armor can be worn as one entire set or it can be divided into multiple outfits and can be worn by various model figures since it is flexible.

And while the Sovereign Armor is designed to be worn by a woman, the armor’s message is for everyone. I made this in honor of the creatives out there who know that, even though it’s empowering to be the ruler of your dreams and creations, you also know how incredibly lonely the journey can often be. The intricate patterns are meant to look like rolling waves while the fluting is meant to look like ripples. I wanted the glowing LEDs to give the impression of magical and ethereal energy and symbolize the light of the creative.

And the light of the creative is a beautiful and painful thing. Beautiful because it’s what inspires you to create. Painful because it’s always at risk of being snuffed out. But, as we all know, nothing worthwhile ever comes without pain and effort. I hope you enjoy my work! :D

More info: lumecluster.com | Facebook | Instagram

I’m a self-taught artist and I’ve created a 3D printed Sovereign Armor

The project started with me doing 88 hours of research with the help of armor educator Ian LaSpina aka Knyght Errant. There was also 20 hours of sketching

Next step was creating a 3D model based on my body measurements

After creating a base model of armor and drawing sketches of intricate details, I modeled the intricate details into the armor

While the armor was printed, I rendered the color and LEDs to give myself an idea of what the final piece would look like

After cleaning and gluing the printed pieces I spent 12 hours sealing the multiple layers of armor components

Next steps were sanding, more cleaning, and making the surface paint-ready. Then I hand-painted the basecoat

I airbrushed several different colors and once that was done, I hand-painted gold embossed details

After sealing the armor I spent 115 hours creating multiple layered lining, LED placement, and connecting armor components

And here is the finished product

The armor with LEDs on

Close up of the Sovereign Armor breastplate

Close up of the back of the Sovereign Armor gorget (neck armor)

Close up of the Sovereign armor front pieces

Close up of the Sovereign armor back pieces

Sovereign Armor gauntlet articulation test

Me in the armor

And now I work like this everyday

Take a look at the Making of video of the 3D Printed Medieval-inspired Women’s Fantasy Sovereign Armor

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Phishcat
Community Member
5 years ago

Do you put your work in any fashion shows? You should check out MakeFashion.ca they do wearable technology and the fashion shows are absolutely amazing. This piece would be a show stopper and it's a good way to get more recognition, if you want.

DarkLumiya
Community Member
5 years ago

HOLY MOTHER OF AWESOME

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

"Futuristic medieval", interesting phrase. Anyway, well done.

Gaz Instone
Community Member
5 years ago

Medieval armour didn't have internal lighting so the 'futuristic' term is apt.

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Jerry Mathers
Community Member
5 years ago

Someone in Hollywood needs to hire her. These are spectacular!

The dastardly Penguin
Community Member
5 years ago

This is so coool

Danny Giusa
Community Member
5 years ago

This is way beyond of a hobby, great engineering!

Greg Hoggarth
Community Member
5 years ago

World of Wearable arts contest in New Zealand. This is better than most of the entrants.

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow, very impressive qand beautiful! Good job!

Bobby Beebe
Community Member
5 years ago

Not only is this character you've created a badass but you, Ms. Melissa Ng, you are the true badass here. I mean damn.

Amanda Bryan
Community Member
5 years ago

AMAZING! <3

Silent Skeleton
Community Member
5 years ago

Gorgeous :o)

Noah Pearson
Community Member
5 years ago

You should work for a clothing desgn company. I don't know your sallary, it might be worse but you would be amazing at it. BTW, what did you use for 3D design. I use tinkercad, but you used somthing Way more advanced.

Budi Prasetya
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow!!!!!!

ALIYAH ALLEN
Community Member
5 years ago

that outfit is f***king lit bro!

Lee-Ann Gilliam
Community Member
5 years ago

This lady has some serious skills! She should market this to the high end cosplay crowd.

get in
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd like one in black please, very nice. Oh and I'd need leg armor also.

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
5 years ago

Incredible work of art.

John Tougas
Community Member
5 years ago

That is freaking amazing. It deserves being in a movie. First rate work, madam...

Ivana Černy
Community Member
5 years ago

Amazing work, wish you many many more ideas and projects like this. You are wonderfully talented.

ZUKE the GOOCH
Community Member
5 years ago

That is a beautiful piece of work.

Jerry Mathers
Community Member
5 years ago

Somebody in Hollywood needs to hire her. These are wonderful!

Patrick Grey
Community Member
5 years ago

She should send her CV to Weta Workshop

Sue Murgatroyd
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow, I love it

Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow! Amazing work!

kiwiiikiwii
Community Member
5 years ago

So much details! Wow! 😍

Vera Deme
Community Member
5 years ago

Unique!

Carrie Hoover
Community Member
5 years ago

That is awesome!

Cathy Shift
Community Member
5 years ago

so cool.

John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Wonderful! When do you plan on finishing with the lower torso and legs?

Jeremy Burnich
Community Member
5 years ago

Awesome as usual!

Saad Waaziz
Community Member
5 years ago

nice post.

Sherry Davis
Community Member
5 years ago

I want a staff. The armor is way cool too. Good job.

Simão Silva
Community Member
5 years ago

Uau!!!! :o

Melody Reid
Community Member
5 years ago

You are one talented person! This is the most amazing armor I have ever seen! I loved seeing your video of how you made your armor as well. Beyond amazing! I can see you making costumes for the movies.

Gal Cohen
Community Member
5 years ago

This is awesome af!

Asper Rated
Community Member
5 years ago

Exquisite! What a new way of thinking about an old thing. Really. A beautiful new thing.

Henny Hana
Community Member
5 years ago

This...this is what female sword wielder in games should wear. Not some flimsy garment that cant even barely cover you. Imma dream this suit tonight with my zweihander xD

Bethany
Community Member
5 years ago

This is awesome especially because it can light up

Bethany
Community Member
5 years ago

Is that a dress under it couldve worn something cooler

Jani Agung
Community Member
5 years ago

I Hope I can Used in my Kaki Palsu, it's awesome

John Tougas
Community Member
5 years ago

That 's freaking amazing, and deserves to be in a movie. First class work, madam...

Benski Trenkins
Community Member
5 years ago

I am amazed. Lovely work.

Jack
Community Member
5 years ago

super!

Una van Hooff
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazing!! Great Job 🤗

Silva Tomsone
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh my god, made my day

Marie
Community Member
5 years ago

"And now I work like this everyday" XD

Mr.Fly
Community Member
5 years ago

This is pure magnificence! I love it!

Edi IP
Community Member
5 years ago

god bless you

Rebecca Howard
Community Member
5 years ago

You are amazing!

Willie Simpson
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow

Leonard Gibbons
Community Member
5 years ago

this would probably take me 34 years

Sue Murgatroyd
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow, I love it

Ed Üs
Community Member
5 years ago

Awesome

Josta Loos
Community Member
5 years ago

just one word: wow!

--
Community Member
5 years ago

good job

Jess Kidd
Community Member
1 year ago

This is amazing!!!

Meara
Community Member
5 years ago

This is beautiful....like something from a dream.

Dave Paquette
Community Member
5 years ago

You might have a career in making movie props. You are that good! :-D

Dave Paquette
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow awesome job on this.

Melanie Alcalde
Community Member
5 years ago

I admire your artistry and patience.

Kelvin Low Woon Ming
Community Member
5 years ago

Nice artworks! Especially those gauntlets! Damn!

RustBunny
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks freaking awesome. I don't know why, but the articulation of your gauntlets impresses me most, not to make light of everything else you did to complete this.

Tinne
Community Member
5 years ago

A great and memorable post I've seen in a while! Great job, @lumecluster and a sound message. Best to you and keep at it!

Tinne
Community Member
5 years ago

One of the best posts I've seen in a while! Great job, Ms. Ng, and a great message. I am sure this will take you far. Best to you!

Justin Agabi-Keyamo
Community Member
5 years ago

absolutely amazing. how much do you charge to have one of them?

Jace
Community Member
5 years ago

Congratulations on wrangling Blender. Pretty much every 3D package is a disaster of geekery, anti-user design, and bugs, but Blender was the most arbitrary of the ones I'd tried to learn in a decade of messing with 3D. I finally gave up because it felt like self-abuse.

Lilith Kooks
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh my goodness, may I suggest showing this to companies that does sci-fi/fantasy tv shows/movies? that makes me think of a place like Asgard, or Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit. That is so beautiful!

Loïck Gagnon-Mayer
Community Member
5 years ago

wich kind of white ''plastic* or something did you use? :O please

Elrian Buck
Community Member
5 years ago

I want one ! O-o so amazing

Kholi Kricho
Community Member
5 years ago

Awesome!

Koko Sempai
Community Member
5 years ago

VERY TALENTED!

Karan Vyas
Community Member
5 years ago

Is it made of any metal?

Mousse
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazing. I think it's cool how you would spend all that time doing that. I can't focus on a simple sketch!

Larry BobJoe
Community Member
5 years ago

this is sick. Personally, I think that it would have been cooler to have a skull design painted on the face mask

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago

If you replace the yellow elements with red ones it would look like Elder Scrolls Deadric armor. :)

Carrie Hoover
Community Member
5 years ago

Amazing. Although I would have gone with leather or pleather for the skirt. You are very talented!

ALIYAH ALLEN
Community Member
5 years ago

i'm not trying to sound sexist but a female made that? what ever gender you are that is awesome! good job.

Talise Snyder
Community Member
5 years ago

... you sound sexist. Why are you surprised that a female made this? Maybe you should say that you are surpised that anyone could make something this cool. No need to bring gender and "I'm not trying to sound ______, but..." into this.

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Phishcat
Community Member
5 years ago

Do you put your work in any fashion shows? You should check out MakeFashion.ca they do wearable technology and the fashion shows are absolutely amazing. This piece would be a show stopper and it's a good way to get more recognition, if you want.

DarkLumiya
Community Member
5 years ago

HOLY MOTHER OF AWESOME

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

"Futuristic medieval", interesting phrase. Anyway, well done.

Gaz Instone
Community Member
5 years ago

Medieval armour didn't have internal lighting so the 'futuristic' term is apt.

Load More Replies...
Jerry Mathers
Community Member
5 years ago

Someone in Hollywood needs to hire her. These are spectacular!

The dastardly Penguin
Community Member
5 years ago

This is so coool

Danny Giusa
Community Member
5 years ago

This is way beyond of a hobby, great engineering!

Greg Hoggarth
Community Member
5 years ago

World of Wearable arts contest in New Zealand. This is better than most of the entrants.

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow, very impressive qand beautiful! Good job!

Bobby Beebe
Community Member
5 years ago

Not only is this character you've created a badass but you, Ms. Melissa Ng, you are the true badass here. I mean damn.

Amanda Bryan
Community Member
5 years ago

AMAZING! <3

Silent Skeleton
Community Member
5 years ago

Gorgeous :o)

Noah Pearson
Community Member
5 years ago

You should work for a clothing desgn company. I don't know your sallary, it might be worse but you would be amazing at it. BTW, what did you use for 3D design. I use tinkercad, but you used somthing Way more advanced.

Budi Prasetya
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow!!!!!!

ALIYAH ALLEN
Community Member
5 years ago

that outfit is f***king lit bro!

Lee-Ann Gilliam
Community Member
5 years ago

This lady has some serious skills! She should market this to the high end cosplay crowd.

get in
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd like one in black please, very nice. Oh and I'd need leg armor also.

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
5 years ago

Incredible work of art.

John Tougas
Community Member
5 years ago

That is freaking amazing. It deserves being in a movie. First rate work, madam...

Ivana Černy
Community Member
5 years ago

Amazing work, wish you many many more ideas and projects like this. You are wonderfully talented.

ZUKE the GOOCH
Community Member
5 years ago

That is a beautiful piece of work.

Jerry Mathers
Community Member
5 years ago

Somebody in Hollywood needs to hire her. These are wonderful!

Patrick Grey
Community Member
5 years ago

She should send her CV to Weta Workshop

Sue Murgatroyd
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow, I love it

Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow! Amazing work!

kiwiiikiwii
Community Member
5 years ago

So much details! Wow! 😍

Vera Deme
Community Member
5 years ago

Unique!

Carrie Hoover
Community Member
5 years ago

That is awesome!

Cathy Shift
Community Member
5 years ago

so cool.

John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Wonderful! When do you plan on finishing with the lower torso and legs?

Jeremy Burnich
Community Member
5 years ago

Awesome as usual!

Saad Waaziz
Community Member
5 years ago

nice post.

Sherry Davis
Community Member
5 years ago

I want a staff. The armor is way cool too. Good job.

Simão Silva
Community Member
5 years ago

Uau!!!! :o

Melody Reid
Community Member
5 years ago

You are one talented person! This is the most amazing armor I have ever seen! I loved seeing your video of how you made your armor as well. Beyond amazing! I can see you making costumes for the movies.

Gal Cohen
Community Member
5 years ago

This is awesome af!

Asper Rated
Community Member
5 years ago

Exquisite! What a new way of thinking about an old thing. Really. A beautiful new thing.

Henny Hana
Community Member
5 years ago

This...this is what female sword wielder in games should wear. Not some flimsy garment that cant even barely cover you. Imma dream this suit tonight with my zweihander xD

Bethany
Community Member
5 years ago

This is awesome especially because it can light up

Bethany
Community Member
5 years ago

Is that a dress under it couldve worn something cooler

Jani Agung
Community Member
5 years ago

I Hope I can Used in my Kaki Palsu, it's awesome

John Tougas
Community Member
5 years ago

That 's freaking amazing, and deserves to be in a movie. First class work, madam...

Benski Trenkins
Community Member
5 years ago

I am amazed. Lovely work.

Jack
Community Member
5 years ago

super!

Una van Hooff
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazing!! Great Job 🤗

Silva Tomsone
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh my god, made my day

Marie
Community Member
5 years ago

"And now I work like this everyday" XD

Mr.Fly
Community Member
5 years ago

This is pure magnificence! I love it!

Edi IP
Community Member
5 years ago

god bless you

Rebecca Howard
Community Member
5 years ago

You are amazing!

Willie Simpson
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow

Leonard Gibbons
Community Member
5 years ago

this would probably take me 34 years

Sue Murgatroyd
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow, I love it

Ed Üs
Community Member
5 years ago

Awesome

Josta Loos
Community Member
5 years ago

just one word: wow!

--
Community Member
5 years ago

good job

Jess Kidd
Community Member
1 year ago

This is amazing!!!

Meara
Community Member
5 years ago

This is beautiful....like something from a dream.

Dave Paquette
Community Member
5 years ago

You might have a career in making movie props. You are that good! :-D

Dave Paquette
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow awesome job on this.

Melanie Alcalde
Community Member
5 years ago

I admire your artistry and patience.

Kelvin Low Woon Ming
Community Member
5 years ago

Nice artworks! Especially those gauntlets! Damn!

RustBunny
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks freaking awesome. I don't know why, but the articulation of your gauntlets impresses me most, not to make light of everything else you did to complete this.

Tinne
Community Member
5 years ago

A great and memorable post I've seen in a while! Great job, @lumecluster and a sound message. Best to you and keep at it!

Tinne
Community Member
5 years ago

One of the best posts I've seen in a while! Great job, Ms. Ng, and a great message. I am sure this will take you far. Best to you!

Justin Agabi-Keyamo
Community Member
5 years ago

absolutely amazing. how much do you charge to have one of them?

Jace
Community Member
5 years ago

Congratulations on wrangling Blender. Pretty much every 3D package is a disaster of geekery, anti-user design, and bugs, but Blender was the most arbitrary of the ones I'd tried to learn in a decade of messing with 3D. I finally gave up because it felt like self-abuse.

Lilith Kooks
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh my goodness, may I suggest showing this to companies that does sci-fi/fantasy tv shows/movies? that makes me think of a place like Asgard, or Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit. That is so beautiful!

Loïck Gagnon-Mayer
Community Member
5 years ago

wich kind of white ''plastic* or something did you use? :O please

Elrian Buck
Community Member
5 years ago

I want one ! O-o so amazing

Kholi Kricho
Community Member
5 years ago

Awesome!

Koko Sempai
Community Member
5 years ago

VERY TALENTED!

Karan Vyas
Community Member
5 years ago

Is it made of any metal?

Mousse
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazing. I think it's cool how you would spend all that time doing that. I can't focus on a simple sketch!

Larry BobJoe
Community Member
5 years ago

this is sick. Personally, I think that it would have been cooler to have a skull design painted on the face mask

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago

If you replace the yellow elements with red ones it would look like Elder Scrolls Deadric armor. :)

Carrie Hoover
Community Member
5 years ago

Amazing. Although I would have gone with leather or pleather for the skirt. You are very talented!

ALIYAH ALLEN
Community Member
5 years ago

i'm not trying to sound sexist but a female made that? what ever gender you are that is awesome! good job.

Talise Snyder
Community Member
5 years ago

... you sound sexist. Why are you surprised that a female made this? Maybe you should say that you are surpised that anyone could make something this cool. No need to bring gender and "I'm not trying to sound ______, but..." into this.

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