Here's our first shot opening the 'Hundred Years War' collection, intended to highlight variety in armor arts and solutions in the course of that period. We aimed to produce a typical set of armor for a common soldier based on the historical accounts, artworks, and artifacts when possible.
...By the time he was born, the bloody war has already lasted for several decades. Has he seen much, except struggle and poverty generated by the long-playing confrontation, revolts, and internal chaos? Serving through a feudal obligation or for pay, the war could be a means to improve his finances and status. Strong chance this man-at-arms gonna find his death on the battlefield, thankfully he's not the one who dreads the grave. The courage and ferocity of the 'hounds of war' went hand in hand with cynical contempt and greed.
15th-century infantrymen were often armed with polearms - pikes and halberds. Pikes were used only for the first strike, then halberdmen came into battle, spreading havoc among the enemy ranks. Guided by strong hands, a halberd could cut through helmets, shields and chain mail just like through paper. With its help, one could conduct heavy chopping and stabbing shocks.
1. Brigandine which consists of 400 stainless scales and chain mail rings, riveted on the cotton basis from the inside with approximately 1,250 brass rivets. Difficult-to-make and time-consuming body armor indeed. Snug fit offers superb ergonomics, as the armor weight is distributed evenly throughout the body. Overlapping plates riveted with the degree of movement between each other ensure flexibility. The outer layer is made of natural wool, with lacing on the sides and shoulders.
2. All-metal medium-sized plate pauldrons feature stiffening ribs and curling edges, resembling seashells. Protect both from glancing strikes and from cutting off the brigandine ties. Their back part is assembled with sliding rivets, while the front part - with the thick genuine leather straps. Axilla is protected with detachable oblong bell-shaped besegew.
3. Armor arms consist of layers of splinted metal and leather, working together to create a difficult-to-penetrate defense. Can be worn all together when tied up, or disassembled to get separate splinted rerebraces, bracers, and half-closed stainless elbow couters. The interior and exterior on the braces are staggered with riveted splints. Elbow joint is protected from the inside with protruding element and detachable rondel.
4. Mitten gauntlets designed specifically for infantry wielding pikes and halberds. These reinforced gloves feature extremely deep outermost plate that perfectly protects the fingers and stands up to the impacts and punctures well. Segmented thumb plate mounted on a hinge allows secure holding the weapon without sacrificing any form of movement. Come complete with riveted inner gloves made of genuine stretchy leather.
5. Armor legs can also be disassembled into their component parts to wear the splinted cuisses, greaves, and knee poleyns separately. An efficient combo of leather and metal plates makes them rigid and highly protective. Anatomically molded to conform to the natural shape of calves, the greaves are the jewel in the crown: made of naturally tanned leather and drawn on a boot-tree, they provide excellent snug fit. Popliteal cavity is covered with the large rondel from the outside and a small rondel on the inner side of the knee.
Please note, helmet and bevor aren't included, as well as the other items shown in the pictures, but can be ordered separately in our store.
Significantly, halberdier's armor must be strong enough to withstand attacks with any vector for lack of the shield. Double layer of protection, made through combining leather with metal perfectly suited this purpose. Therefore brigandine armor matched with splinted limbs protection was common for almost 200 years, from the 14th to the 16th century, until the armor's gone.
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