Welcome!

My name is Chaos Doverspike; Graphic Designer, Leatherworker, Modern Manticore, Hexgrinding Dracoform, and Wastelander.This site is an attempt to gather up these variegated skills, materials, and experiences into something coherent...

Chaos?

Not a common name, I know. It's one that I chose for myself years ago, and at this point in life, I've been known by it longer than any other.

Interests

  • Iconography: glyphs, runes, icons, demonology, logos & branding, UI elements

  • Post-Apoc: Mad Max, Wasteland, Fallout, crafting armor & costumes

  • Forging: Smelting metal, welding, creating uncommon knives & swords

  • Leatherwork: Designing articulated armor and custom commissions

  • Composite Beasts: Manticore, Basilisk, Dragons, Cryptids

  • Crafting: Finding unique textures and parts, disassembling machinery, establishing visual themes with different materials.

  • Archery & Target Shooting (.177 - .22)

Media

Somewhat current consumption

  • Music: Djent, Witchhouse, Industrial, Dark Ambience, VG Soundtracks

  • Podcasts: PRX Remix/Radiotopia, MBMaM, 99% Invisible, Maxfun

  • Video: Twin Peaks, The Expanse, Fargo, RedLetterMedia, Internet Historian

  • VG: Zelda:BOTW, Inscryption, Hades

Armorcraft

When I first started all of this, I looked into what information was out there, and what other makers were offering. Metal armor seemed to have all the interesting techniques and mechanics that allowed for joints and moving pieces.Leather armor exist in a broad variety of functionality & price ranges. Now, I'm not the first to create articulated gauntlets. I studied other designs, but the motion was usually very "broad", it didn't seem to correlate with the hand.

Those first few iterations were admittedly ugly, and I spent a lot of time agonizing over the order of layers and contours of edges, long before I even starting working with leather & learning all of those nuances.I'm still refining the process as I go, and I'm glad to have had those many prototypes and display pieces over the years, to flip them around and see how I've been changing my technique and aesthetic.Currently, I have gauntlets, vambraces, pauldrons, and greaves readily in stock, and I've taken up a number of custom cosplay requests. Those in particular are what drive me to innovate new designs, and it's how the Manticore Gauntlets came into existence.

Manticore Gauntlets

Requests for custom work has always enabled me to innovate, and it was such a request that lead to these.Working in vector format and using a laser engraver means that I can design shapes with tight tolerances. The fingers rely on a series of 'live joints' to eliminate the need for riveting or stitching layers together.I took the initiative to bypass Etsy and offer this yet-unnamed design to Twitter directly, creating an order form, figuring out the logistics of taking measurements, and creating a Trello page to track orders with regular WIPs and news. "Manticore Gauntlets" launched on March 20th, 2020.I've got to say, I did not expect this much of a reaction, or so many wild requests. Getting outside of Etsy showed me other possibilities, and I remain thankful for that experience.Manticore Order Form

Wasteland Weekend!

Wasteland Weekend is an annual post-apocalyptic gathering in the Mojave Desert, a confluence of established culture & entirely unique forms of insanity. This is an arena where all of my skills intersect.The Post-Apoc aesthetic is a common interest I share with my partner. In 2014, we cobbled together costumes, a themed tent, and were introduced to Road Rash via a mutual friend. It was an amazing first year, and the reason we kept coming back.After that, we expanded our efforts; the tent was now a modular structure for others, as we started our own VULTUR tribe. I had found an old 96' Toyota Tacoma that was previously used as a hunting truck in Alaska and already had a terrible paintjob and a bullethole or two.We're now members of the Dauntless Express Corp, who oversee the tribe and mission boards just beyond the front gates, and manage the Forlorn Hope Saloon. Although 2020 managed to cancel everything for a year, I'm very anxious to get back out there again...

2014 - 2021

Armor & Weapon Crafting

Contact

Etsy, KoFi, Twitter,E-mail, Manticore Order Form