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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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Brigandine armor for SCA and fencing (basic model)
Red Scale
Brigandine armor for SCA and fencing (basic model)
BRIG-23

This has to be my favourite purchase from Steel Mastery. It's just amazing! Has great comfort and makes one feel like a tank, perfect!

Brigandine sport-optimized (XVth century)
Nick JM
Brigandine sport-optimized (XVth century)
BRIG-30

Hello everyone my experience with Steele Mastery has been a very positive and welcoming experience. They are nothing if not very accommodating with any questions and worries, any I had and asked were responded to almost immediately like within the hour. Which is not common for a online website in my experience. I got a brigandine armour and the quality is amazing, I don’t know why they don’t use armours like these in media they look cool and are quite easy to move in. All and all the whole experience was a 10/10. Ps give Ann a raise she’s awesome.

SMALL-PLATED BRIGANDINE, SECOND HALF OF THE XVTH CENTURY
BKF
SMALL-PLATED BRIGANDINE, SECOND HALF OF THE XVTH CENTURY
BRIG-28

Great product--just let Steel Mastery know what you want and they'll do it for you. I got the brigandine kit and it came all ready to assemble. Highly recommend these guys, --BKF

Brigandine sport-optimized (XVth century)
Ricardo Tanner
Brigandine sport-optimized (XVth century)
BRIG-30

Amazing! The quality ist great and it fits perfectly. Color represantation isn't accurat on the images shown. I've got the wine red one and it's a bit darker, but I prefer it like this. It's a beautifull color. I like that the leather strips from the fastenings are quite thick, so they should prevent nice durability. This brigandine is super comfortable to wear. Would recomment this!