Plastic Buckles

OVERVIEW

Plastic buckles are now one of my favorite attachment options after five large EVA/Worbla armor builds. In my experience, they’re one of the most reliable and strong ways to attach armor pieces, especially Pauldrons (shoulder armor), Breastplates, and Sabatons (shoe armor).

Pros:

  • They’re available in lots of sizes and are readily available in bulk on sites like Amazon. I personally use them in 1″ and 1/2″ sizes.
  • They work really well in combination with elastic on boots and breastplates to allow for breathing and flex.
  • Because they’re strong and sturdy, they’re great for clipping on bulky pauldrons. In my experience, I recommend using two buckles front and back for each shoulder to prevent slippage and rotation.

Cons:

  • They (generally) need to be sewed to straps such as nylon webbing or elastic, so if you don’t have access to a sewing machine you need to hand sew these in order for them to be strong.
  • They can be bulky and hard to hide.
  • Often, the buckles are only available in black (with some exceptions for the smaller sizes used for paracord bracelets.)

Rating: ★★★★★

EXAMPLES

With my Doom Crusader build from Diablo 3, I had a large breastplate and backplate that needed to get strapped together. I also wanted to be able to breathe and be adjustable, so I used plastic buckles and sewed them to elastic instead of nylon webbing.

With my Doom Crusader build from Diablo 3, I had a large breastplate and backplate that needed to get strapped together. I also wanted to be able to breathe and be adjustable, so I used plastic buckles and sewed them to elastic instead of nylon webbing.

With my Doom Crusader build from Diablo 3, I had a large breastplate and backplate that needed to get strapped together. I also wanted to be able to breathe and be adjustable, so I used plastic buckles and sewed them to elastic instead of nylon webbing.

With my Doom Crusader build from Diablo 3, I had a large breastplate and backplate that needed to get strapped together. I also wanted to be able to breathe and be adjustable, so I used plastic buckles and sewed them to elastic instead of nylon webbing.

YAY FOR NOTES (IGNORE ME):

Doom Crusader: breastplate, hip plates, shoulders, boots tbd

Valkyrie: boots

Sunwell Hunter: shoulders

Vicious Hunter: arm thingys

Valeera: –

Recommended For:

Breastplates, Boots, and Large Shoulders.

Velcro

OVERVIEW

Plastic buckles are now one of my favorite attachment options after five large EVA/Worbla armor builds. In my experience, they’re one of the most reliable and strong ways to attach armor pieces, especially Pauldrons (shoulder armor), Breastplates, and Sabatons (shoe armor).

Pros:

  • They’re available in lots of sizes and are readily available in bulk on sites like Amazon. I personally use them in 1″ and 1/2″ sizes.
  • They work really well in combination with elastic on boots and breastplates to allow for breathing and flex.
  • Because they’re strong and sturdy, they’re great for clipping on bulky pauldrons. In my experience, I recommend using two buckles front and back for each shoulder to prevent slippage and rotation.

Cons:

  • They (generally) need to be sewed to straps such as nylon webbing or elastic, so if you don’t have access to a sewing machine you need to hand sew these in order for them to be strong.
  • They can be bulky and hard to hide.
  • Often, the buckles are only available in black (with some exceptions for the smaller sizes used for paracord bracelets.)

Rating: ★★★★★

EXAMPLES

With my Doom Crusader build from Diablo 3, I had a large breastplate and backplate that needed to get strapped together. I also wanted to be able to breathe and be adjustable, so I used plastic buckles and sewed them to elastic instead of nylon webbing.

With my Doom Crusader build from Diablo 3, I had a large breastplate and backplate that needed to get strapped together. I also wanted to be able to breathe and be adjustable, so I used plastic buckles and sewed them to elastic instead of nylon webbing.

With my Doom Crusader build from Diablo 3, I had a large breastplate and backplate that needed to get strapped together. I also wanted to be able to breathe and be adjustable, so I used plastic buckles and sewed them to elastic instead of nylon webbing.

With my Doom Crusader build from Diablo 3, I had a large breastplate and backplate that needed to get strapped together. I also wanted to be able to breathe and be adjustable, so I used plastic buckles and sewed them to elastic instead of nylon webbing.

YAY FOR NOTES (IGNORE ME):

Doom Crusader: breastplate, hip plates, shoulders, boots tbd

Valkyrie: boots

Sunwell Hunter: shoulders

Vicious Hunter: arm thingys

Valeera: –

Recommended For:

Breastplates, Boots, and Large Shoulders.

Velcro

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Recommended For:

vambraces, boots, places with things

Doom Crusader: Tabards, Horns, Upper Arms

Valkyrie: Thigh Plates

Sunwell Hunter: Hip Plates

Vicious Hunter: Shoulders, Hip plate, Boots

Valeera: Knee Spikes, hand things

Snaps

Doom Crusader: Shoulders & Gorget

Valkyrie: –

Sunwell Hunter: –

Vicious Hunter: –

Valeera: –

Zippers

Doom Crusader: Boots

Valkyrie: –

Sunwell Hunter: Boots

Vicious Hunter: –

Valeera: –

Friction Fit

Doom Crusader: Vambraces, sort of thighs

Valkyrie: Vambraces, greaves

Sunwell Hunter: sort of boots, sort of belt

Vicious Hunter: Vambraces, sort of breastplate

Valeera: boots, thigh armor

Elastic

Doom Crusader: Breastplate, hip plates, thigh armor, sort of vambraces, boots tbd

Valkyrie: breastplate, boots

Sunwell Hunter: breastplate, hip plates, boots

Vicious Hunter: –

Valeera: –

Magnets

Doom Crusader: –

Valkyrie: –

Sunwell Hunter: Magnetic clasps on vambraces

Vicious Hunter: vambraces

Valeera:-

Grommets

Doom Crusader: –

Valkyrie: Breastplate, thigh armor

Sunwell Hunter: Belt

Vicious Hunter: breastplate

Valeera: –

D Rings

Doom Crusader: –

Valkyrie: breastplate sort of

Sunwell Hunter: Hip Plates, shoulders

Vicious Hunter: –

Valeera: vambraces

Glue

Doom Crusader: gauntlet

Valkyrie: gauntlet

Sunwell Hunter: gauntlet

Vicious Hunter: –

Valeera: –