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Medieval suits of armor

About Medieval suits of armor

Suits of Armor 

Suit of Armor is a garment set used by Medieval warriors to protect themselves in battles. It appeared in the 14th century all over the Europe, reached its peak of usage and popularity during the 15th — 16th centuries and was going out of use starting from 17th century. Before the development of suits of armor, troops were using the chainmail-brigand sets for maximizing the body protection. However, the development of metallurgy and constantly progressing craftsmanship improvement resulted in the creation of the suit of armor. The production of medieval full plate armor was the pinnacle of blacksmithing that required considerable skills, effort and cost, therefore a medieval armored suits were actually not only combat suits but status goods as well. 

Types of full suits of armor

A great variety of armour suits types were created throughout the history of Medieval warriors’ garments development. Yet some of them were more popular and famous then the others:

* Churburg style armor was a kind of transitional stage from chainmail to Milanese armour. This brigandine based set did not yet cover the entire body of a fighter, but was close to that.

* Knight’s full suit of plate armor was really popular at the end of the 14th century throughout Europe when metal plates began to replace brigandines. This is the elder brother of brilliant tournament armor, not so artsy, but extremely reliable.

* Milanese full suit of plate armour were popular during 15th century and you can recognize it by its functional smooth and sleek outlines even at corrugations. Moreover, its really large pauldrons protected the armpits better than any other plate armor did. 

* Gothic full suit of plate armor was a typical representant of the chic and brutal 15th century armor school. Usually, it consisted of the sallet helmet and armpits protection with separate plates, mainly discs. One of the main features of German Gothic full armor was lots of corrugation which made armor plates more rigid but elastic at the same time.

* Maximilian armour was a kind of knight fashion of 16th century battle suits. Its rich decoration with fluting deflected enemy's weapon and increased armor strength. It was a combination of the Italian rounded and the German fluted styles. You can see this corrugation at Maximilian`s lite and dandy version — Landsknecht three-quarter armor

* Greenwich armour appeared due to the ambitions of Henry VIII and Royal Almain Armoury he founded. This Incredibly beautiful decorated tournament armor suits imitated fashion clothing and were based on Milanese and Maximilian armoury schools. Then and now it is not only an armor, but also a work of art. Clearly, if you are wearing one of these — you are not a common person.

* Japanese armour was samurai version of full combat armor suit. It was fundamentally different from European one consisting of many small iron, leather plates or their combination connected to each other by cords and rivets. It was substantially more lightweight than west armors as samurai had to be able not only to fight and ride a horse, but also do archery.


Suits of armor parts

Suit of Armor was a complex of armor parts combined to provide a superior warrior’s protection. From head to foot, it consists of:

* Head armor — helmet, bevor or gorget.

* Arms armour — shoulder and elbow armor, gauntlets/gloves, bracers.

* Body harness — breastplate, metal skirt/tassets. 

* Legs armor — cuisses, poleyns/knee caps, greaves and sabatons.

Let us also remind you about such important elements as gambesons and other underarmor. Using this entire metallic splendor will be much more comfortable with them. If you do not have one, Steel Mastery is happy and ready to provide you a wide range of comfortable, high-quality gambesons that your new suit of armor fits perfectly on. 

In addition, in case you already own a full suit armor but would like to replace some outworn or damaged elements, we will gladly help you to replenish your suit to its best. Visit our Head armor, Arms armor, Hands armor, Body harness, Legs armor and Foot armor pages to find the elements you want or contact us directly via email [email protected].


Why full suits of armor by Steel Mastery?

When you buy armor suit from Steel Mastery you get such cool benefits as:

* Great variety of hand-crafted medieval suits of armor, made by highest standards from brutal IMCF/HMB to noble HEMA, suits from games and movies armors embodiment to gorgeous replicas of real royal suits of armour. 

* Ability to own your personal custom real armor suit, made by our blacksmiths according to your individual parameters. You can order an armour suit of any style and country, made of steel or titanium of any thickness, a wide range of final treatment and polishing variants, decorations with etching, brass strips or painting.

* Excellent quality, maximum protection, distinguished mobility and convenience.

* Not just suits of armour, but precious legacy, your descendants will be able to own.

* Work of highly qualified blacksmiths, who choose traditional armoury as their passion in life and vocation.


Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us via email [email protected] and we will be happy to provide any advice and assistance you need in choosing the type, materials, decorations etc. for your suit of armor.

Review about items

  • German gothic full plate armor
    German gothic full plate armor


    I am very happy with this beautiful armor and completely satisfied with carfters' work. IT is heavy, yes. but fitting is perfect and i can move in it. Thanks to all team!

  • German gothic full plate armor
    German gothic full plate armor


    I would like to thank you all of team! This armor is awesome, absolutely what I was hoping it would be! Just fantastic craftmanship, I'm really impressed! All parts fit me perfecrtly (I wear it over the thin doublet, also from Steel mastery:)) and despite it's heavy enought, it's quite comfortable to move in this armor. I am totally in love with this piece of art! Thank you, thank you!

  • Armour of the XIV century in Churburg style
    Armour of the XIV century in Churburg style


    I finally got my armour and it is flawless! Pros and cons: + custom made steel armor which really looks authentic + fits all my measures + possibility to choose customization (I have it of steel 1.5 mm, mirrow finish, brass rivets and red belts. And it is just WOW!:) + top customer support. Always quick replyes, updates on the status of my order + spare parts - belts, rivets and a couple of buckles The only one minus is a waiting time. Manager estimated making time so I was ready to wait. Anyhow if you order such armor for some event, so do it well in advance:) My deepest gratitude to all Steel mastery team for this fantastic work. I am satisfied 100% and will recommend you to all my comrades for sure.

  • Armour of the XIV century in Churburg style
    Armour of the XIV century in Churburg style

    Jack Boys

    Everything went perfectly. Items that I ordered were received in a perfect condition.

  • Full Plate Armor (Garniture) of George Clifford, Third Earl of Cumberland, end of XVI century (1590-1592)
    Full Plate Armor (Garniture) of George Clifford, Third Earl of Cumberland, end of XVI century (1590-1592)

    Adam S.

    My first grand purchase from Steel Mastery (before that I was ordering gambeson, brigandines and plenty of small padded things from them. Every time super quality and service). So when I finally decided to treat myself with a plate armor, there was only one shop which i knew will make it perfectly. Also I knew that it tooks not a month (or even two) to craft such armor. ANyhow, it costs every penny and every day of waiting. I received my order in 6.5 months, every piece was carefully wrapped, packages were easily tracked. Special thanks for client support - always fast answers, great help with all my questions before ordering. Fitting is flawless; armor's completely mobile (I'm able to walk, sit, jump etc.). It is heavy, indeed. But what's expect from such metal shell?:) I do highly recommend Steel Mastery as qualified and responsible shop.

  • Full-plate Gothic armor, XV century
    Full-plate Gothic armor, XV century

    Lee Caplan

    It is my first experience in buying armor online and I’m more than happy)) Best quality I have ever seen and seizes are as they must be. Real custom armoury. Thanks for your help with measure instruction and for sure I’ll recommend you to all my friends and teammates!!

  • Brigandine kit - 1
    Brigandine kit - 1

    Kaleb Lee

    My first time ordering from Steel-mastery honestly I was very surprised. They are fast and nice, spoke to manager and the owner about brigandine. Had some questions). A lot of questions)) Great deliver and excellent quality.

  • Jousting knight armor, 16th century
    Jousting knight armor, 16th century


    I would like to thank all the Steel Mastery team! You guys made a fantastic job! This armor is the best thing I ever worn:) Craftmanship is on point, every piece fits perfect. And I really like blued finish:) Special thanks to client support for always quick replies and updates on status of my order. I recommend Steel Mastery to everyone who's looking for quality and authentic armor.

  • O Yoroi - Japanese samurai leather warrior armor
    O Yoroi - Japanese samurai leather warrior armor


    Beautiful armor, I am very happy with it. Laces are strong; movements are free, general look of armor is awesome. Thank you very much!