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  • Decorative armours
    Decorative armours in various sizes. The armours were used to protect the body from attacks and they were normally metallic or leather made. Full armour consists of many pieces, joint together, having reached up to 250 pieces for a single fighter with a weight of about 25 to 30 kilos, but the most common medieval armour is reduced to about 25 pieces, divided into four groups: head, body and upper and lower extremities.

    ARMOUR - PROTECTION FOR THE HEAD (Helmet). Consists of: top of the helmet, visor and chin guard. The top of the helmet is the most solid, also decorated with feathers to appear more height and impress the opponent. The visor covers the face and the chin guard protects the mouth and the chin. Many helmets had the back of the neck longer and with a coat of mail underneath to protect the neck.

    ARMOUR - PROTECTION FOR THE BODY. Consists of: the gorget for the upper chest and back; the breastplate, for the rest of the chest; the faulds that protects the front waist and hips, and some were long, covering the thigh down the knee (tasset); the pauldron (shoulder cop); the plackart for the belly, nearly always a chain mail.

    ARMOUR - PROTECTION FOR THE ARMS. Consists of: shoulder pads; the gardbrace and rerebrace for the upper side of the arm, from elbow to area covered by shoulder armour; the vambrace - forearm guard, may be solid metal or splints of metal attached to a leather backing; gauntlets - gloves that cover from the fingers to the forearms, made from many materials.

    ARMOUR - PROTECTION FOR THE LEGS. Consists of: the cuisse (quixotes) - covers the thighs to thigh knee; the greaves - covers the lower leg, front and back, made from a variety of materials, but later most often plate; the poleyn - covers the knee, connected with the cuisses and schynbald or greave, often with fins or rondel to cover gaps; the sabaton or solleret - covers the foot, often mail or plate.
  • Functional armour
    Functional forged steel armours were used to protect the body from attacks and they were normally metallic or leather made. Full armour consists of many pieces, joint together, having reached up to 250 pieces for a single fighter with a weight of about 25 to 30 kilos, but the most common medieval armour is reduced to about 25 pieces, divided into four groups: head, body and upper and lower extremities.

    ARMOUR - PROTECTION FOR THE HEAD. The helmet consists of: top of the helmet, visor and chin guard. The top of the helmet is the most solid, also decorated with feathers to appear more height and impress the opponent. The visor covers the face and the chin guard protects the mouth and the chin. Many helmets had the back of the neck longer and with a coat of mail underneath to protect the neck.

    ARMOUR - PROTECTION FOR THE BODY. Consists of: the gorget for the upper chest and back; the breastplate, for the rest of the chest; the faulds that protect the front waist and hips, and some were long, covering the thigh down the knee (tasset); the pauldron (shoulder cop); the plackart for the belly, nearly always a chain mail.

    ARMOUR - PROTECTION FOR THE ARMS. Consists of: shoulder pads; the gardbrace and rerebrace for the upper side of the arm, from elbow to area covered by shoulder armour; the vambrace - forearm guard, may be solid metal or splints of metal attached to a leather backing; gauntlets - gloves that cover from the fingers to the forearms, made from many materials.

    ARMOUR - PROTECTION FOR THE LEGS. Consists of: the cuisse (quixotes) - covers the thighs to thigh knee; the greaves - covers the lower leg, front and back, made from a variety of materials, but later most often plate; the poleyn - covers the knee, connected with the cuisses and schynbald or greave, often with fins or rondel to cover gaps; the sabaton or solleret - covers the foot, often mail or plate.

  • Helmets
    In this section you can find medieval helmets, Roman helmets, conquistadors helmets, Spanish helmets, Greek helmets, Japanese Helmets, Lord of the Rings helmets, Conan helmets ... Most are functional and full size.
  • Elbow pads
    Elbow pads are a part of the armor that provide protection for the elbows. They protect the arm and forearm so the whole set must be articulated. There is a full piece that covers all those parts of the body called Jackchains.
  • Chainmail
    In this section you can find affordable chainmails made of iron or aluminum. The chainmail is a metal shield formed by rings of wrought iron or steel. Also used as extra protection for the legs or head, underneath the helmet.
  • Gorgets
    The gorget is the part of the armour that fits the neck for its protection against sword cuts or any weapon that was used in the fighting. This piece of armour came to replace the chainmail coifs, that towards the end of its use, was made with articulated iron pieces and, censequently, did not appear until the XVth century.

    In Spain, the gorget was widely used during the XVIth century. For its historical importance we should cite the gorget of Philip II, kept in the Real Armería of Madrid, in which we can see several silver reliefs representing an army in the middle of taking the San Quintín Plaza.

    The gorget was the first piece to be dressed. Over the gorget, the breastplate and the besagues, linked together by strings and buckles.

    The gorget consisted of an articulated metal collar divided in two parts, covering upper chest and upper back, joining both on the shoulders.
  • Shields

    Shields, bucklers, Celtic shields, coats of arms, medieval shields, Greek shields, Spartan shields, Roman shields. The shield is the oldest active defensive weapon, used both for protection and attack. The rodela is a type of round shield, which is attached to the arm straps and a handle. It was the favorite shield cavalry, for its lightness and maneuverability. The buckler is a small shield with a cup center, which serves as a garnish for the hand. It was used in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance but did not serve as protection against throwing weapons like arrows but it was useful against hitting swords or maces. It was a simple but effective weapon, often combined with a bracamante, or rapier.

  • Greaves
    The greaves of warriors and conquerors are pieces of armour that cover the leg from the knee to the bottom of the foot and they were made of many different materials including fabrics, leather, and iron.. The first greaves we know were used by the Greeks and later popularized by the Roman Empire.

    Since its beginnings, the greaves have experienced a number of changes, the Romans manufactured them with cloth, leather and metal pieces and in medieval Europe existed the greaves that protected the whole leg.

    Of course, the ones that covered the entire leg were made with several parts to form an articulated armour and provide greater mobility to the warrior.
  • Gauntlets

    The gauntlets or medieval mittens are the metal gloves, the parts of armour to protect fingers and hands during battle. During the XIth and XIIth century, the gautlets consisted of a chainmail sack; in France, people wore them with a hand opening to easily remove the fist. Then leather gloves were made, with an iron roundel on the back and a chainmail buttoned over the sleeve. From the early XVth century, the metal gauntlet was detached from the leather glove, allowing the contestant to wear a split-finger gauntlet on the left and the mitton on the right hand. This depended if he had to fight with different weapons. In the XIVth century, separated fingers gautelets appear; they consisted of several pieces of steel, accommodated to the divisions of the hand.

  • Shoulder pads

    The shoulder pads are that part of the armour that does not receive much attention, but in the medieval days, warfare days, they saved the arms of more than one warrior. As the whole armor, shoulder pads were made at the beginning, with animal leather, chain mail and some piece of iron. A curious fact to note is that many of the warriors wore only one pad, mostly on the left, so that the right arm did not lose the mobility needed to handle the sword. This is why many armours were are asymmetrical. With the idea to also protect the right shoulder, the craftsmen began making articulated shoulder pads, incorporating both leather for flexibility, as iron to receive the blows.

  • Breastplates and...
    The breastplates or plackarts are the pieces of armour responsible for protecting the chest of the warrior. It has been a military mainstay since ancient times and were usually made of leather, bronze or iron in antiquity. With the part corresponding to the back, along with the other body protectors happen to be known as the Armor. Another name for this piece is "cuirasse" (french), metal parts designed with athletic body shape.

    Plackarts of the German Gothic style were often fluted, a form of decoration that gave straight ridges to the armour. Fluting decorated the armour while also making it stronger, and possibly deflected sword blows by guiding them off the armour.

    From about the 12th century, knights wore long and flowing surcoats over their armour, which were frequently emblazoned with the arms of the wearer.

  • Chainmail coifs
    The chainmail coif is the part of the armour that meets the difficult task of protecting the head. In medieval times it was the first and almost only resource of the warrior, until the helmets appeared.

    We speak of a flexible chainmail courtain that extends to cover the neck and shoulders and it could be attached to the head by grasping a leather cord through brass rings at the edge of the head.

    The biggest drawback of the chainmail coif was that did not prevent bones from breaking and in case of any cuts, the rings dug into the flesh, a real nuisance while fighting, and to avoid this, they put cloth and leather caps below the coif.

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