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Brigandines

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 Brigandines

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

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 (wool, leather, suede or velvet) 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).     

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 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.

Review about items

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

    Kelly

    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
    Middle Ages brigandine with fastenings in the front
    BRIG-01

    Charles

    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
    Middle Ages brigandine with fastenings in the front
    BRIG-01

    Johan Thedwall

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

    Lucas

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

  • Mongolian (Asian) warrior armor: 11 - 17 century
    Mongolian (Asian) warrior armor: 11 - 17 century
    BRIG-04

    Clyde

    I just got this armor and must say it is impressive! Every piece is excellent and all together fits me very good. my complimets to crafters:)

  • Mongolian (Asian) warrior armor: 11 - 17 century
    Mongolian (Asian) warrior armor: 11 - 17 century
    BRIG-04

    Jeremy J. Wilson

    Khatanga is absolutely outsatnding; crfatsmanship shows through every stitch and rivet. I was afraid it will be a bit heavy but it is very comfortable and fitting is really good. Lots of compliments to all Steel Mastery team

  • Mongolian (Asian) warrior armor: 11 - 17 century
    Mongolian (Asian) warrior armor: 11 - 17 century
    BRIG-04

    Stan

    Super cool brigand armor! I have it with titanium plates and black leather cover. It is light enough and holds the hits good, I'm totally satisfied. I also have Asian style padded coat from this store and must say it is the best choice for wearing under this khatanga. It took about 2 months from placing of order till receiving of my armor and it's totally ok as for this custom armor. Big thanks to artisans!

  • Mongolian (Asian) warrior armor: 11 - 17 century
    Mongolian (Asian) warrior armor: 11 - 17 century
    BRIG-04

    LEROY 

    J'ai reçu cette armure il y a peu de temps. Les finitions sont parfaites et la qualité de fabrication est parfaite. J'ai opté pour un modèle en tissus et en titane de 1 mm. J'ai choisi le titane pour des raisons de solidité et de légèreté. je souhaite utiliser cette armure autant en combat libre quand tournage vidéo de combat chorégraphié. Pour le moment je l'ai utilisé en combat d'entrainement et de démonstration et je ne suis pas déçu. Les plaques tiennent le choc sans problème. Donc pour finir un bon produit fait avec soin I received this armor recently. The finishes are perfect and the build quality is perfect. I opted for a fabric and titanium model of 1 mm. I chose titanium for reasons of strength and lightness. I want to use this armor in free combatand also in choreographed video shooting. For now I used it in training and demonstration combat and I'm not disappointed. The plates hold the shock without problem. So to finish a good product done with care

  • Brigandine of European knight: 13-14th century
    Brigandine of European knight: 13-14th century
    BRIG-05

    Jeroen Moritz

    I have had extremely good value from my purchase of this brigandine, it has a vast array of customisation and it is very comfortable and relatively light to wear. Barely feel hits in combat, with only minor exterior damage to the brigandine from time to time. Extreme ease of use, no need to make someone your squire for 20 minutes 5 straps is all it takes. In and out under 3 minutes. Have worn this brigandine for 8 hours straight with only minor exhaustion during the day. Does get heavier in the later hours. Used to own a gothic platemail, but cleaning and maintenance weren't for me. Not a huge fan of coat of arms hiding armor either, so the brigandine was a very good compromise between both. Would recommend stainless steel as a upgrade since you cannot clean the steel inside and the upgrade is very affordable. If you are looking for good protection, ease of use, low maintenance, high quality and good pricing, look no further. The brigandine is the piece of armor you seek.

  • European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    BRIG-06

    John Robertson

    I ordered a Brigandine and wasn't disappointed. Very pleased with a quality item. Would definitely order from them again and would recommend them without inhesitation.

  • European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    BRIG-06

    Olivier Girard

    Achetée en bleu & rouge, titane. Travail ahurissant de perfection, solide et magnifique ; une vrai pièce pour un paladin ! Le travail de customisation est génial, le suivi est très appréciable (et évite les erreurs) !

  • European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    BRIG-06

    olivier

    Juste Perfect ! Very nice work, beautiful built, light as mithril :) !

  • European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    BRIG-06

    Anders

    My brigandine arrived yesterday and I like it very much! Very beautiful work for a good price. Now just have to test it in combat:)

  • European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    BRIG-06

    James

    I am completely satisfied with this brigandine. Quality of materials is superb, fit is good. All seams are firm, belts are riveted firmly as well. Price is also perfect for this custom thing. Thank you!

  • European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    BRIG-06

    Kevin Morel-Chevillet

    High quality for a good price. Measures and choices have been respected. Really nice fabric, leather and metal pieces! Perfect work, thank you very much!

  • European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    European brigandine of the 14-15th century
    BRIG-06

    Alexandre Mederres

    Really satisfied, the quality of work done is beautiful, it cash very well shock

  • Brigandine of Spanish knight - 14th century
    Brigandine of Spanish knight - 14th century
    BRIG-12

    Volker

    Awesome armor! Sturdy but not too heavy. Fits perfect and provides good protection. And thanks to the front straps: you can actually put it on all on your own (which accelerates everything very well). Nice work, thanks!

  • Brigandine of Spanish knight - 14th century
    Brigandine of Spanish knight - 14th century
    BRIG-12

    Oliver

    the brigandine arrived today. It fits perfectly. Thank you and the crafters very much.

  • Brigandine of Spanish knight - 14th century
    Brigandine of Spanish knight - 14th century
    BRIG-12

    Clara

    Hello, I have received my brigandine and I can inform you that I am extremely satisfied with the quality. It both fits and looks amazing. If I had the money I would definitely buy from steel mastery again. : )

  • Brigandine of Spanish knight - 14th century
    Brigandine of Spanish knight - 14th century
    BRIG-12

    Arno

    I got my brigandine and very satisfied with it! Quality workmanship and materials (I have it made of beautiful wine red velvet with brass rivets). Staprs are strong enough. Also a big thanks for additional rivets and straps.

  • Large-plate brigandine
    Large-plate brigandine
    BRIG-14

    Dan

    I got my brigandine just in time and very happy with it. Excellent service and outstanding work, compliments to blacksmiths!

  • Large-plate brigandine
    Large-plate brigandine
    BRIG-14

    Marc

    Wow, this brigandine is superb! It is well-worked and materials are so good! I have it with titanium plates and it is lighter than I expected. Very good fitting and very practical design. I am so happy to have it. Highly recommended!

  • Brigandine for staging and LARP, model 1
    Brigandine for staging and LARP, model 1
    BRIG-15

    Karl Antony

    Perfect quality. Fast delivery. Ann you are the best! Thank you for all your help!

  • Khatangu degel of the Golden Horde warrior, XIV-XV century
    Khatangu degel of the Golden Horde warrior, XIV-XV century
    BRIG-18

    Olaf

    Thank you so much for this brigandine, I'm expressed! Nice custome fit, it looks beautiful and workmanship is outstanding. Look forward to order more from you shop.

  • Khatangu degel of the Golden Horde warrior, XIV-XV century
    Khatangu degel of the Golden Horde warrior, XIV-XV century
    BRIG-18

    Tom Eldwin

    I just done some training in behourd. 15 min of fighting with 7 assault (2/2 fighters). The bracers are ok with only 3 lacers that are damaged but not totally. The brigandine is really cool and get just a cut of 1cm. A strong hit with à two handed axe on my ribs. No damage for me. Thank you to you and and you're blacksmith.

  • Munich brigandine (corazzine) from Hohenschwangau castle,1360-1450 (14 - 15 century)
    Munich brigandine (corazzine) from Hohenschwangau castle,1360-1450 (14 - 15 century)
    BRIG-20

    Jörg

    Big thanks to the whole team! This corazzine is one of the most splendid armor I've ever had!

  • Munich brigandine (corazzine) from Hohenschwangau castle,1360-1450 (14 - 15 century)
    Munich brigandine (corazzine) from Hohenschwangau castle,1360-1450 (14 - 15 century)
    BRIG-20

    T. Frank

    The armor is solid and quite handsome. Great product.

  • Munich brigandine (corazzine) from Hohenschwangau castle,1360-1450 (14 - 15 century)
    Munich brigandine (corazzine) from Hohenschwangau castle,1360-1450 (14 - 15 century)
    BRIG-20

    Lucas Custer

    I would definitely recommend it. It was my first time buying armor online, easy to order and fast delivery, good packaging. I collected my order at Orange medieval market, so shipping was for free. I met there my manager, with whom I was doing the order and the owner of the store. They are very nice and reliable guys.

  • Munich brigandine (corazzine) from Hohenschwangau castle,1360-1450 (14 - 15 century)
    Munich brigandine (corazzine) from Hohenschwangau castle,1360-1450 (14 - 15 century)
    BRIG-20

     Prince Val

    I was the first to command this brigandine, she is perfect, well formed, solid and resists well to shocks ! Elegant and noble, I recommend it to all knights of high rank !

  • Royal brigandine for SCA and fencing
    Royal brigandine for SCA and fencing
    BRIG-24

    Georg

    I am satisfied with my Royal Brigandine. It is carefully crafted and fits well. Also the small bag with the reserve for a repair is really great.

  • Royal brigandine for SCA and fencing
    Royal brigandine for SCA and fencing
    BRIG-24

    Georg

    I received the parcel shipment. The small bag with the reserve for a repair is also really great. I am also satisfied with the Brigantine. Thanks for that!

  • Royal brigandine for SCA and fencing
    Royal brigandine for SCA and fencing
    BRIG-24

    Daniel

    I received my custom made brigandine and it is fantastic! Quality of materials and workmanship is very good. Specail thanks for a small bag with spare detalis (rivets, a piece of fabric, belt). great servise, guys, keep it up! Cheers from France!