Historical Reenactment
Not all armour is created equal. Allow me to share two decades of hard-earned lessons as a re-enactor.

Brigandine is a type of body armour consisting of numerous, small, rectangular, overlapping, steel plates riveted to a textile shell resembling a sleeveless doublet. As with many other forms of armour, surviving examples vary by date and region, but many had a pair of larger 'L-shaped' plates centered over the upper chest, which were known as lung plates. The rivets, or "arming nails," were commonly arranged in triangular groups of three and passed through . Brigandine spaulders are regularly depicted in period artwork; however, no examples are known to have survived.

Armour Build: I. The Long Game
Everyone says ‘what if I knew then, what I know now?’ This series offers advice on the building of a reproduction harness through the lens of someone with two decades of experience.
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Armour Build: II. Historicity
Considering the fact that most sets of armour in museums are "composed," meaning assembled from various pieces, how good are they for use as a basis for reproducing a "historical" harness?
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Armour Build: III. Get Illuminated
What better example of 'conspicuous wealth' than to have your own image painted in the local church? Fortunately, the armour was expected to an exact representation.
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Armour Build: IV. Visit the Dead
Whoever said 'you can't take it with you' obviously had never seen a 15th-century knight's tomb--it was an everlasting representation of their martial glory.
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Armour Build: V. Milanese Export 'Alla Inglese'
See an example of a complete armour build with this English-styled Milanese export harness circa 1450.
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