Armour for the Medieval Knight
Epic Armoury’s Complete Milanese Armour is a set of plate inspired by medieval armour and low-fantasy settings, polished to a high-gloss finish to appeal to the knights in shining armour. The set includes a breastplate, pauldrons, faulds and tassets, and couters–all that is left is the gambeson and clothing you desire to complete your LARP character’s look. Made of 1 mm thick mild steel and leather straps and fittings, this armour is built to withstand the abuse of a LARP or reenactment with regular leather and metal armour care.
Available in sizes Medium, Large, and X-Large; and in colours Polished Steel and Epic Dark.
Milanese Armour Breastplate
Milanese Armour is a simple piece of armour protecting the front of the torso and abdomen. The plate rests at the waist and is sculpted to fit the body and add structural strength to the steel. The Milanese Armour is embellished with a beveled plate on the chest to deflect attacks.
The Milanese Pauldrons are a pair of shoulderguards. The pauldrons rest on top of the shoulders and cover the upper arms and a large portion of the upper back. Both are attractively curved to add structural strength to the steel while maintaining flexibility thanks to the overlapping plates. Asymmetrical in design, the left pauldron is fitted with a vertical plate designed to protect the head from glancing blows. These pauldrons are embellished with a top beveled plate to further deflect attacks, as well as a chain pin to attach an insignia. Secure them by tying the canvas ties to the breastplate, and pulling the leather straps tight around the upper arms.
Faulds and Tassets
The Faulds and Tassets are designed to protect the waist, hip and upper thigh from attacks that might leave you off balance, wounded, and vulnerable while on the battlefield. This armour limits your weak spots without limiting your mobility thanks to the articulation of its bottom plate. They are secured with two adjustable leather straps over the shoulders and another around the waist.
The Milanese Couter is a pair of guards that protect the entire elbow–including the sides and a portion of the arms, thwarting even the most determined soldier. Its shape is intended to not only block blows, but to deflect them away safely. A curved shelf is riveted and welded along its edge, catching strikes that would otherwise slide onto the arms. One leather strap is used to keep each of the couters in place. Conveniently placed eyelets can be used to attach the couter firmly to a gambeson or shirt.
Inspired by Medieval History
- Historically designed with sculpted ridges and overlapping plates to provide reinforced protection and to deflect attacks on a chaotic battlefield
- Plate armour became more popular as firearm technology became more prevalent during the 13th century
- Made from 1mm/19 gauge thick mild steel
- Rolled edges with no sharp edges
- Straps and fittings made from top-grain leather
- Hand made, welded pieces for maximum durability
- Polished steel finish
Epic Armoury metal works products should still be treated with oil and kept in dry storage. All our metal armours contain leather parts that need regular maintenance using leather-care products to keep the leather from drying out.
If your armour does get wet, it is important that you dry it thoroughly as soon as possible.
After handling, wearing, or after six months of storage or display, all metal should be wiped with a clean cloth. Lightly oil the clean surface with a quality machine or mineral oil. Alternatively, you can apply a coating of wax to the entire surface of exposed metal. Allow the wax to dry for a couple of hours and then buff it lightly with a soft cloth.
Rust-Prevention and Removal
Store your armour is a dry place and check it every couple of months for signs of rust. If any is found, remove it by gently rubbing the affected spot with a mildly abrasive pad dipped in paste wax, oil, or water-displacing liquid.
Leather Straps and Fittings
Clean by removing dirt with a hard brush, then gently rub on leather soap with a clean, damp cloth until the leather appears clean. Remove soap with a separate damp cloth to wipe away any soap residue and then use a dry cloth to wipe away any remaining water from the leather.
You should always condition leather after cleaning, since the soap will have removed some of its natural oils. Treat the leather with mink oil, olive oil, or beeswax polish with a clean cloth, gently rubbing a small amount of oil or polish in circles into the leather. Allow the leather to soak in the oil before wiping the leather with a final clean cloth to remove any excess residue.