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Brigandine

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

About Brigandine

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

There are posted proposals on various brigandine designs on our site. At choice of the customer are presented regional variants of brigandine in the Middle Ages. There is also a variant of brigandine type armor that was used by Mongols. Brigandines offered by us consider the lifetime of one or another sample. Some of them, as Visby brigandine, are made ​by the reconstruction of famous archaeological finds. The practical use of this type of armor can be very various. Our samples of brigandines are suitable both for historical reconstruction, and for participants in SCA, and for filming a movie or advertisement. In each case, the order will be made individually taking into account customer’s requirements.

Upper part of brigandine (tire) is sewn only from natural materials:

  1. leather
  2. velvet
  3. wool
  4. suede
  5. cotton
  6. linen
  7. jacquard 

Fasteners are either from the front or on the sides or from backside.

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 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).     
  7. Choose your size

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 individual measurement request and specification of order’s details.

All samples of presented brigandines 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 brigandine in this section, we can make it individually for you. Just send picture with detailed description to [email protected] 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.

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.

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.

Often, brigandine 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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Review about items

Middle Ages brigandine with fastenings in the front
Kelly
Middle Ages brigandine with fastenings in the front
BRIG-01

I would like to thank all the team of Steel mastery for this armor! As I'm quite tiny girl I had doubts that brigandine will fit me good and be comfortable and not too heavy (however it's a bit heavy, lol)) But workmanship is remarkable, size is very good and there is really great customer support:)

Middle Ages brigandine with fastenings in the front
Charles
Middle Ages brigandine with fastenings in the front
BRIG-01

Brigandine looks good, fits good and protects good. Excellent quality of materials (i have it with leather cover and cotton lining, with stainless steel plates 1.5); also i like the option of changable spaulders. Highly recommend fo SCA fighters.

Middle Ages brigandine with fastenings in the front
Johan Thedwall
Middle Ages brigandine with fastenings in the front
BRIG-01

Got my brigandine and its fits perfect, just like a glove. Will order more from Steel masters in the future.

Visby brigandine with fastenings on the back, 1361
Lucas
Visby brigandine with fastenings on the back, 1361
BRIG-02

Brigandine fits perfects and keeps ups with the hits. Thank you!