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Hydroformed Puffy Coat of Armor Is One Full Metal Jacket

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Written by Jonathan Berisford | July 25, 2023

Seen here looking like the Michelin Man’s steel wife, artist Hannah Clarkson models a hydroformed puffy coat of armor that she teamed up with maker Connor Holland to build. Many of the pieces were hydroformed, constructing their basic shape, then pumping them full of water or air to expand the steel outward, not unlike how I expand my stomach with water before hitting an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Connor pops a few welds during the hydroforming process, revealing to enemies where their opponent’s armor is the weakest. That’s crucial information if you plan on dueling a knight wearing this armor. Or if you’re Connor and just want to learn where your welding can be improved.

Of course, the armor was created as an art piece and is not recommended for battle. Especially considering the arms are welded into place, and the whole thing makes its wearer almost entirely immobile. When it comes to doing battle, being immobile is one of the worst things to be, second only to already defeated.