Scaled armor has been known since the ancient times. For example, in VII – III century b.c. Scythians made such types of armor using bronze, iron, bones or thick leather. It is composed from the small scales attached to the leather or cloth base material. They were assembled in the way when each scale is covered by another one. The plates had a shape of slightly elongated fish scales. Roman’ scale body protection called lorica squamata was common in Europe and the Middle East. But the fall of the Roman Empire caused a reduction of its manufacturing. Big popularity of the scaled armor gained in the IX century in Byzantine. There are lots of medieval miniatures displaying the knights wearing the armor composed of the small metal plates of different shapes. Scaled skirt as a separate armor was in use in XIV – XV century in medieval Europe.
Our Scaled skirt is made from the four rows of arranged rectangular plates with the size dimension of 8.5cm x 5cm each. The bottom edge is pointed. There’s a reinforcement rib going by the vertical central line on each scale. Plates are fixed with two rivets to the base material which is composed of durable canvas black wool fabric.
Scaled skirt can be used as additional protection when you need to cover the gaps between leg harness and brigandine. At the same time it’s a good solution to emphasize your armor set with a particular element.
Skirt is very light and with the 1.0 mm titanium option has a weight of 1.9 kg only (Please note, that weight can be a bit different depending on the size and type of material the scales are made from). You are welcome to choose the design of the Scaled skirt. It can be a full skirt that covers rear and hips all around. Or a half skirt with the open front. Armor is suitable for full contact medieval combat.
Please notice, that measurements should be with padding/gambeson.