Medieval Armour (Brigandine & Plate): WHAT I GOT WRONG!

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Measurements for medieval clothes and armour are SUPER important and you cannot underestimate how important the waist size was to medieval tailoring.

20 thoughts on “Medieval Armour (Brigandine & Plate): WHAT I GOT WRONG!

  1. Glenn Chartrand says:

    Just put an internal belt in it.

    Put small loops of leather around the rivets and run a belt through them.

    Thats a relatively easy fix that won't be visible from the outside and I bet it was a common practice in the past.

  2. thoughtheglass says:

    The wasp waisted shadow is really interesting. As well as reenactment I also spend a lot of time lifting weights. Compressing your gut is really helpful – which is why weightlifters use belts- it takes strain of the back and makes you more stable.

    In the art their armour looks tighter than it needs to be for mobility – it looks like it's actively constricting their waists. I wonder if it's also to reduce back again and provide strength and stability.

  3. Bruno Schmidt says:

    I have a question, do you guys notice how tight the waist is on maximilian cuirasses, but they dont actually make use of the plackart piece?? But the question itself resides on the fact that they stoped to add the plackart piece on the maximilian style of armour… Does someone knows why they choose to discart the plackart on the maximilian configuration? For what ive seen, the plackart offers such a good advantage to protection.. especially when considering the protection that this piece provides against gunpowder weapons like those used by the arquebusiers on the late 15ths and early 16th… The era of the maximilian cuirasses were used… but for some reason they stoped… does sanyone here knows why???

  4. N. G. White says:

    Seems to me like the waist would get pulled in a little more tightly once you factor in a sword belt, much like with the rope. I assume, anyway, that a gentleman able to commission such a fine piece of armor would've needed somewhere to hang his scabbard!

    I am curious whether that's a serious consideration when making this particular style of harness, or if it's attested-to in period writings.

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