(much still to organize here, just a few pictures)
Rerbraces (upper arm guards)
His Rerebraces (Upper Arm guards) are covered in little hexagonal scales, elongated along the vertical axis. You can see they're definitely separate scales and not just engraved or printed on because some are lifting.. They don't overlap, but fit precisely together after the fashion of some Oriental armor. Think 'pineapple' surface, or tiles in a bathroom.
Gimli's hauberk (maille coat)
It is not chain maille. It is knitted "washers". These are laid out in strips and joined to the next row. The over lap is about 1/3 the washer... ie to the whole.
One row is done w/ a little overlap
and then the next is layer on w/ a little overlap the other direction too.
Wire hold them both directions... going in and out of the center hole
to the edge horizontally and vertically.
Report from michaela after holding it: (7-03)
From Judy SB
As far as the chain goes, yeah, it's gusari/japanese 4 in 1 chain. ... They also used 16 gauge brass wire. It made me very very happy (and made me feel a bit more competent. Nice to occasionally find out that you aren't a moron!). However, not washers…. Sheet PVC that was punched in the shape (for weight purposes). ,,, Richard Taylor said the chain took them three weeks to make. He didn't specify how many "them" were .