Over chainmaille sat exceptional suits of armour – often made of real metal! One of the most challenging suits to create for LOTR was that of the Dark Lord, Sauron. This awe-inspiring design required technical trickery to pull off in steel, in only six weeks. This was a complete head-to-toe interwoven suit of armour, with more than 60 pieces of sharp and extremely complex components that needed to move and slide over themselves. Once this intricate and extremely close-fitting suit of armour was finished, it was acid-etched from helmet to toe cap with fine and detailed motifs. You can see an exact replica of the original steel suit on the Wētā Cave Workshop Tour – the urethane stunt version has been painted and detailed so accurately, it’s difficult to tell it’s not the real deal!