German full plate armour for dismounted and mounted action, 15th century


Gothic armour is a German kind of Milanese type of full-plate armour.

It emerged in the second half of the XV century. The armour was very widespread on the territory of the Central Europe. The fact that it was worn by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I added the popularity to the armour.

In the name ‘Gothic’ lies the likeness with the architecture of the time: upward trending and oblongness of the forms.

Compared to the original Milanese predecessor, the gothic armour had several significant improvements. The details were smaller which not only covered the body better but eased the movement of legs and arms as well. The plates were also partly covered with corrugation. This brought an additional barrier of rigidity due to which the armour could stand the attack of the cold arms better.

Helmet sallet, which was popular in the Germanic lands. It was usually used with bevor. One of the distinguishing features was also Sabatons with pointy tips. Gothic armour could be both with tassets or without them. Plate gloves consisted of a line of segments which protected fingers but at the same time did not restrict the movement. The groin could be protected with a shell if it was for the foot soldiers. In other cases the shell was not worn since the groin would be shielded by a horse.

The development of the gothic armour occurred in two stages: during the period of ‘high’ and ‘low’ Gothic. Examples of the ‘high’ gothics differ due to a more marked waist, pointy tips of knees and elbows and the length of the toes. Sallets in this case had the face guard. In the last case the length of the toes of sabatons depended on the owner’s qualifications. ‘Low’ Gothic was often of a lower quality since it was purchased by the middle classes. It had less corrugated stripes. The details were held together by the leather belts which created a danger of cutting them with a sword during a battle. 

Base price includes armour made of cold-rolled steel 1.0 mm. Helmet has sewn liner and steel decoration.

Brass decoration and finish treatment (such as mirror polishing or blueing) are additional options.

This model can be moderated as you wish. Features which can be modified such as type and thickness of metal, colour of leather straps, additional decoration are specified in options. In addition, you can combine various elements of the armour, for example, cuirasses of one type and the helmet of another.

It is important to consider that together with cuirasses and chain armour the necessary elements of protection also were, and should be if possible, helmets, padded liners, brigandines, arm armours and leg armours.

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This product is still to be handcrafted and you may customize it selecting its properties. The measurements of your body required for crafting this product will be requested after the purchase. The product will be completely custom-made according to your wishes.

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German full plate armour for dismounted and mounted action, 15th century
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