Appreciate the expertise Merlkir and company.
I shouldn't have said necessarily that rawhide characterized all leather armor, just that was the author's conclusion and I've seen it noted elsewhere. I don't know what the results of tanning would have done, but they do seem to conclude a wax covering would solve the issue. Leather armor is tricky (beyond scales) because of the pop cultural favoritism of it, which in turn seems to have created a very ardent and somewhat aggressive camp against the use of leather in any armoring capacity beyond scales. However, we have the Nuzi documents having a distinction between leather scale and 'leather armor', along with the growing opinion that linothoraxes were actually leather spolas. So it's tricky. When I've consulted some experts about the idea of segmented or laminated leather armor they were against the idea, yet there seems to have been some mongol 'rawhide hoop armor' described as such by a period witness.
Interesting stuff Merlkir, I appreciate it, though if I could get your clarification/wisdom on a few thoughts:
1) Would it always have to be bony (white, off white, or a light beige) or could it be a darker brown? Or is that dark brown typical of leather a result of the tanning, thus not applicable to rawhide?
2) I know you don't texture (as far as I know) but you're a highly established artist, so if you or others could offer advice on how I would better depict these examples of leather armor as rawhide, I'm all ears. Below is the work I did before I was realizing the distinction of rawhide used in armor.
- Would I need to lighten and desaturate the leather to be more off white/white/beige?
- It seems like, correct me if I am wrong, rawhide is much more heterogeneous in shade/texture/color than leather (which can still have a diversity of shading/coloring/lighting). So the leather ought to have more swirls and fades and light and dark splotches?
- More grainy or less grainy and smoother?