Mallas describes the helm as being based on a Norse design, but the specifics are unique to her needs:
If it's not obvious enough from the craftsmanship: it's a Lonely Mountain Forge original commission. I was inspired by the Norse Chieftan Helm on the Lonely Mountain Forge site but wanted something a bit more unique to my reenactment persona. Annora the Axe came up with this fantastic creation.
Mallas goes on to describe the design process:
"What I love about the helm — aside from that it's all mine — is that it's a custom job. With the loaner helms that I've tried on, one problem I had was that I couldn't breathe in them. Granted, a helm is supposed to be snug, but with asthma, I found I couldn't take in a lungful of air — kinda important when fighting. Annora took my measurements and took into account that I wanted a bit of extra breathing room at the mouth and nose area. I also have to wear sport goggles with the helm, and again she took this into consideration...."
Mallas says that she loves the fact that this is the only helm of its kind:
"Something else I like is that there weren't any molds of this helm. It truly is one of a kind... [O]ne of the advantages of having everything made by hand, the way it's supposed to be made in the craft. While I wanted something stylistically like the Norse Chieftan helm, I let Annora come up with the details — seeing how she's the artist and I'm not. ;) And what details! They truly are breathtaking."
Mallas adds that the artist built the design of the helm around her persona and name:
She considered my name, Mallas, and its meaning, Falcon Feather. And she took into mind the meaning hawks and falcons have for me personally and created the spectacular beard of feathers...."
"Here's a pic of Annora putting the final touches on the helm this past weekend. I can't wait to wear it into battle!"
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