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  • Chainmail - The Oldest Form of Armour

    Chainmail or simply referred to as 'mail' is a type of armour made of small metal rings linking together in a pattern to form a mesh. The origins of chainmail can be dated as far back as the 4th Century BC, with the earliest example of ‘surviving mail’ being found in a chieftain's burial located in Romania. The concept of chainmail was said to have been created by the Celts but some believe it was thought up a lot earlier, taking inspiration from scaled armour. Scaled armour consists of many individual small armour scales (plates) of various shapes attached to each other and to a backing of cloth or leather. The scales can be made from horn or iron but were said to not be as flexible as chainmail armour and does not offer the same amount of coverage. Chainmail armour provided an effective defence against slashing blows by edged weapons and penetration...

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  • Armed for the Future

    Polyurethane Armour for LARP and Cosplay by Red Dragon Let’s face it, when it comes to historical armour, few things offer greater protection than steel. The downsides of weight, inflexibility and the need for constant maintenance to protect against rust are more than offset by the superb protective qualities that it offers. However, in this day and age, unless you are on the re-enactment or SCA battlefield, you simply don’t need this level of protection that steel affords. The 21st century has seen many advances in plastic technology and these materials have now made their debut upon the world of historical armour! To the eye, our range of polyurethane armours are near indistinguishable from their metallic counterparts. They are however much more comfortable to wear and can be worn for long periods of time without discomfort. Indeed, the flexible nature of this armour means that it can bend to the contours...

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  • Iconic Helmets of History

    Ribchester Roman Cavalry Helmet Buy a full size replica of a Ribchester Roman Cavalry Helmet from the Knight Shop The Ribchester Helmet is a Roman ceremonial helmet made of bronze, dating back to the 1st and 2nd  centuries AD. The helmet is named the Ribchester as it was discovered by a clog maker's son in1796, who was playing behind his father's house in Ribchester, Lancashire. He discovered a mass of corroded metalwork which proved to be a hoard of Roman military equipment. Ribchester was a Roman cavalry fort and it is likely that the hoard was deposited under a barrack room floor at around 120AD. However, the helmet would not have been used for protection in battle but would have been worn for decorative purposes by elite cavalry troopers of the unit that was stationed there when performing "Hippika Gymnasia" (cavalry sports). The helmet, together with the rest of the...

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