This Brigandine Torso Armor is crafted from plates of 18 gauge steel which are solidly riveted inside a shell of sturdy and high quality suede leather. The individual plate lames are riveted only to the leather and allowed to glide past each other freely to give this armor a substantial degree of articulation and movement; this ensures that the armor has a minimal impact on the movement of the bearer and will allow them to contract and extend the torso as needed. The upper torso plates can also glide past one another horizontally to allow the arms to move closely to the chest without hindrance.
The armor is donned by simply placing it on and over the torso and then buckling the sides; a set of durable steel buckles and thick leather straps on both sides of the torso both secure the armor and adjust its fit.
Brigandine armor was quite common in the later medieval period and brought excellent plate-armor protection without grand expense and this is evidenced by the common depiction of this armor on men-at-arms and soldiers of the period. The armor was fairly common among knights and the more well-heeled warriors of medieval society as well who would display their status with more exotic and colorful fabric to use for the shell backing of their brigandine. The armor is eminently practical as the overlapping plates work with one another to absorb and dissipate the force of a blow and their steel construction ensures that the torso of the wearer is practically immune to cuts. Being crafted from a composite of smaller plates also made its creation more materially attainable than the large and solid pieces of steel plate used for a plate harness.
Interior Chest Circumference: 38 – 42 (adjustable)
Length (not including decorative fringe) 22
Weight: 16 lbs
Interior Chest Circumference: 42 – 46 (adjustable)
Length (not including decorative fringe) 23
Weight: 19 lbs