Weta Workshop has won several awards for the armour and chainmaille the company designed and has produced, including the Academy Award for Best Costume in 2004 (Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), a BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design 2003 (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) and Phoenix Film Critics Society Award 2001 for Best Costume Design (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring).
The company produced more than 2,500 suits of armour for ten different cultures over the course of the trilogy.
Weta Workshop has produced armour and chainmaille for many other groundbreaking projects, including Ridley Scotts' Kingdom of Heaven, Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Microsoft's Halo 3 short films and more recently Steven Spielberg's Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, James Cameron's Avatar and Neill Blomkamp's District 9.
Guided by the creative hand of Richard Taylor, Workshop Supervisor Rob Gillies and Costuming Supervisor Matt Appleton, the Weta team prides itself on artistry, vision and innovation and is dedicated to producing beautiful, authentic and practical armour of the highest quality for any genre -- to budget and to deadline.
Housing a blacksmith's shop and a comprehensive leatherworking studio, Weta Workshop has the facility to produce full plate, medieval styled articulated armour, any period leather armour and components, and modern war and security breastplates, shields and body armour. Modern 3D scanning, modeling and milling innovations allow Weta's technicians to create armour from digital assets as well. The company can produce intricate, hero one-off pieces or mass produce replica armour in large numbers.
Weta Workshop has developed an extremely lightweight and strong chainmaille for sale to costumers in the entertainment industry. Unlike most costume chainmaille, Wetamaille is not knitted, but an injection molded replica maille that perfectly mimics the movement and appearance of historic chainmaille at a fraction of the weight, making it actor-friendly and easily maintained.
Weta Workshop can also guide clients through the realities and benefits of using armour and chainmaille, offering experience and advice on the most appropriate ways to utilize them effectively for their specific needs.