Brigantine – armour of the plates, hardened under a cloth base. Carded basis of chivalry Brigantine was often covered with velvet, often with the arms, and was attached to a decorative rivets form. In XIII-XIV centuries, the brigantine was a typical knight’s armour, and in the XV century – typical for infantry.
The original of this brigandine (probably Milan, 1380-1400) was found in the Castle Hohenaschau, Bavaria, Germany. Currently is represented in Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum) in Munich, Germany. It has a big forged breast plate and horizontal plates below the waist. Horizontal plates are movable. Breastplate and back plate are forged from one piece. The upper part of this armor has two symmetrical shaft-bows of solid rivets (front and back). This brigandine is slim lined so it’s main weight goes on shoulders and hip bones what is more comfortable.
The plates of this brigantine are made of cold rolled steel with a thickness of 1.5 mm. Can be made of tempered steel. Types of covering: fabric (base – tarpaulin, cover – 100% wool) or leather. Notice that colors may vary a bit.
Please notice, that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.