Brigandines

This section contains brigandine body protection. Here you can see different models of armour, which was popular in medieval Europe, Bizantium and Asia.


Every item is handcrafted and made-to-measure. We make every item according to historical analogues, which are kept in museums or shown on the medieval paintings, gravures or manuscripts.


To order one of these brigandine, you need to do few simple steps:

1.    Open the wished item;

2.       Choose required type and thickness of metal plates;

3.   Choose cover outer layer (wool, leather, suede or velvet) and lining (cotton, linen) for your brigandine;

4.       Define metal for buckles (steel or brass);

5.    Select required rivets;

6.       Choose decoration for your armour (festoons, trimming).

         

If you have any difficulties with choosing, please contact our manager. We’ll help you to define your size, required model and its complement.


Once all options have chosen, you need to add item to the cart and make a payment. After that, manager will contact you with measurement request and specification of order’s details.


All samples of presented body protection are perfect for participation in the tournaments of medieval fencing, historical festivals, bohurts and reenactment events. Depending on the complement, such defense is compliant to the standards and rules of such social movements, as SCA (The Society for Creative Anachronism), HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts), HMB (Historical medieval battles).


If you didn’t find the wished armour in this section, we can make it individually for you. Just send picture with detailed description to sales@steel-mastery.com. Then we will quote you and discuss details of order.

 


Basically, brigandine is an armour, where metal plates are sewn or riveted to the base. Typical model of the XIV-XV centuries had small plates, which overlapped each other. Thick canvas or leather usually were used as base.


 

brigandine_plates_layout


This body defense had so good protective features, so it existed as protective gear in many countries during almost four centuries. It provided steady protection against stabs and slashes. At the same time, armour did not hinder the movements (generally, due to plates layout), and provided a warrior with good mobility to attack and respond for a treat. Front and side cuts contributed greatly to it as well. Moreover, unlike the chainmail brigandine did not ding, what was an advantage for a fighter in some situations.


Rivet head on the outer side of brigandine could create certain pattern. Sometimes, they were decorated with embossing or gilding. Quite often brigandines were being covered with expensive fabrics, such as velvet or silk. Length could vary from waist-level armour to knee-length. First of all, this factor depended on the combat arm and battle technique.


 

long_brigandine_of_spanish_knight


Common infantryman had brigandine with plain bottom edge. Knights of higher social classes could afford such types of decorations, as festoons or beautiful trimming.


Brigandine took on great importance in Asian countries, such as Persia, India, Japan. Mongolian armour Khatangu-degel or so-called “vest- shell’ gained the largest popularity. One of typical feature was a pattern of rivets on the base with contrast edging. Square or leaf-shaped spaulders and elongated tassets were used together with khatangu-degel. Mounted warrior in such armour was almost completely covered with body protection.

 

khatangu_degel_mongolian_brigandine

 

Often, brigandine protection was combined with chainmail and plate bracers and greaves. We are referring to brigandine plate armour, which was spreading from the XIV century.

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