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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

    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

    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

    Alexandre Mederres

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

  • 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

    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 !