Plate armour is made from pieces of iron or steel plate.
While there are some early predecessors such as the Roman 'Lorica Segmentata' or Greek 'cuirass', full metal pate armour that covered the entire body did not start to appear until the late medieval period although small individual pieces of plate armour appeared in the 12th and 13th centuries - initally to cover the knee and elbow joints but as metal working and armouring developed more and more pieces of plate armour started to appear so by the late 14th and early 15th centuries full metal plate armour began to appear and over the next couple of centuries added refinements made plate armour lighter and more effective.
Lord of Battles makes a range of plate armour items in mild steel from across the broad medieval period.
All of our armour is in 16 gauge (1.6mm) - which is suitable for jousting and re-eactment combat use where protection is a priority such as for the body, shoulders, upper arms and upper legs. It is also suitable for light contact use (e.g. LARP).
Sometimes we can obtain thinner gauges 18 or 20 gauge (1.2mm or 1.0mm steel) - which is slightly lighter than our standard 16 gauge but we do not hold these thinner gauges in stock so if you want items in thinner gauges then minimum order quantities (8 per item) are required for us to arrange manufacture.
Our plate armour is not tailor made for the individual unlike custom made plate armour that you can obtain from professional armourers. Rather our armour is more high end "munitions grade" armour which most soldiers would have used.
Our plate armour for limbs and hands is made in one size which will most most people with not much more than minor adjustments.
While this armour is not tailored for the inidividual, it is much cheaper than custom made armour and it will still its job in helping to keep you safe and look good. At a later date, once you decide exactly what type of armour you want, you can get a custom one made while still retaining a 'munitions grade' armour which you can use for training and other activities that expose it to wear and tear instead of your custom armour.
We do not keep much plate armour in stock and because our manufacturer requires a minimum order quantity of each individual item, we buy surplus items from their stock lists. Depending on what items are in stock, it may take us several months to obtain an item that you want. So if you are interested an any of our plate items please contact us so we can order it for you as soon as it becomes available.
These simple steel spaulders are the earliest type of medieval plate pieces for shoulder protection that we know about. They are copied from originals found in the mass graves on the Island of Gotland at the Battle of Visby site. They were normally worn as part of a coat-of plates but can also be worn over a mail shirt.
14th - 15th Century plate elbow armour (couter) . These plate armour pieces were strapped directly to the underlying maille or padded armour and covered the vulnerable elbow joints. These examples have small wings that protect the inside of the elbow from attack.
Generic 14th/15th century plate poleyn wth fan with padded liner.
14th Century "Hourglass" Gauntlets with fine leather glove. One of our best sellers because of the protection and hand mobility that this particular design provides. Over the 3 years that we have been selling and using this product ourselves, we have suggested many minor modificatons to Lord of Battles who have taken this on-board. Because of this refinement to what was already a great product, we believe that these are trhe best 'off the shelf' hourglass guantlets available.
In the 14th century many items of plate armour were decorated with small strips and decorative items of guilded metals and brass. The popular hourglass gauntlet was one of the more common items that were decorated and this pair of brass decorated gauntlets is based on a surviving pair from the late 14th cenury.
14th Century Plain Iron Breastplate (c1390 Italy) in 1.6mm steel. This is a well made and functional breastplate which has the correct "globose" profile of the original.
Late 14th century spaulders with rondels (besegews). The spauder protects the shoulder and upper parts of the arm while the rondel protects the front of the shoulder joint and arm pit.
Generic 14th / 15th Cantury spaulders for protecting the shoulders and upper parts of the arms. They also have a rondel to protect the front of the shoulder and the arm pit.
15th Century Pauldrons to protect the Shoulders and Upper Arms.
Late 14th Century to early 15th Century Italian Style Upper Leg Harness - consisitng of integral Plate Cuisses, winged Poleyns and Demi-Greaves.
Generic Late 14th / Early 15th Century Lower Arms. These include integral rerebrace, winged couter and lower arm canons.
This high quality armour is a fully functional replica of the Leeds Brigandine dated 1470. It is suitable for most forms of medieval combat with 150 overlapping steel plates designed to spread the shock of impact across a wide area.
These Gothic Style 15th century pauldrons cover the entire shoulders with flexible lames that extend down to protect the upper arms. A rondel to protect the armpits completes this item of harness.
This is our best selling plate amour set. It consists of 5 pieces - a gorget, a pair of assymetrical pauldrons that cover the shoulders and upper arms and a pair of lower arms.
This is a superb late 15th Century Steel Gorget with Bevor and Falling Buff. The "Falling Buff" is an affitional top plate in the bevor that allows it to be dropped in an open position to allow more air around the face or closed during battle for affitional protection. It can be worn with our Sallets or 15th century Kettle Hats and is a natural complement to these helmets.
This is another superb late 15th Century Steel Gorget with Bevor and Falling Buff. The "Falling Buff" is an affitional top plate in the bevor that allows it to be dropped in an open position to allow more air around the face or closed during battle for affitional protection. It can be worn with our Sallets or 15th century Kettle Hats and is a natural complement to these helmets.
These 15th century demi-cuisse and greaves with winged poleyn are seen in tapestries and manuscripts of the time and were commonly used by archers and light infantry who needed mobility but protection for the vital knee area.
Late 15th Century Gothic Style upper leg harness consisting of integrated cuisses, winged poleyns and demi-greaves.
A stunning Gothic Breast and Back Plate set done in the style of the 1480s-90s.
Solid Spanish style plate gorget with standing collar which was used during the 16th century.