Plate armour

Me looking especially broody while waiting for a fight at the fighter auction at Rowany festival this Easter. I went for surprisingly high and died valiantly for my step fathers’ honour, who would not let himself be outbid by someone who wanted a lady fighting for them.

My kit is finally all together! I’m amazed I look so serious in this photo, I’m usually grinning like a lunatic and chatting to everyone in between fights.

PS, I am all the sweaty!

ロンドン塔 − ホワイト・タワーでロイヤル武器庫。


Tower of London - Royal armouries of the White Tower. 

Giants armour. German field armour. 1540s.

History Meme:
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Plate armour is a historical type of personal armour made from iron or steel plates. While there are early predecessors such as the Roman-era lorica segmentata, full plate armour developed in Europe during the Late Middle Ages, especially in the context of the Hundred Years’ War, from the coat of plates worn over mail suits during the 13th century. In Europe plate armour reached its peak in the late 15th and 16th centuries, with the full suits of Gothic plate armour worn on the battlefields of the Burgundian and Italian Wars. The most heavily armoured troops of the period were heavy cavalry such as the gendarmes and early cuirassiers, but the infantry troops of the Swiss mercenaries and the landsknechts also took to wearing lighter suits of “three quarters” plate armour, leaving the lower legs unprotected. [X]


I really have no words to express how much Alanna’s story and Tamora Pierce changed my life. I was so happy to finally pay tribute to one of the most influential YA literary characters of all time, Alanna. It made me even happier that this wasn’t a costume I put together, but my own armour. The armour I fight in, the armour I learn in, the armour I wear to protect myself.

I hope you like these photos as much as I enjoyed being Alanna for a few moments. Not for to long, I have a long way to go with my own fighting, my own partners to learn to love and my own life to live, but for a moment it was amazing.


Photos taken by a very talented photographer, here is his personal website. Very different from these photos, but you can see a really diverse range of photography.

ロンドン塔 − ホワイト・タワーでロイヤル武器庫。プレート・アーマー・ガルニチュールとハーフ・シャッフロン。ジョスト物。1570年。

Tower of London - Royal armouries of the White Tower. Plate armour guarniture and half shaffron. Jousting items. Around 1570s.

ロンドン塔 − ホワイト・タワーでロイヤル武器庫。




Tower of London - Royal armouries of the White Tower. 

This giants armour is a German field armour. 1540s.

Armour for a child. Probably English, 1610s.

The two swords are ceremonial “Zweihänders”. They can also be called bearing swords and must be held with two hands to wield. 15th century. 

[Re-edited to add “ceremonial”]


Pair of Gauntlets Belonging to the Armor of Duke Friedrich Ulrich of Brunswick (1591–1634)

Date: ca. 1610–1613 

Geography: Greenwich

Culture: British, Greenwich

Medium: Steel, gold, leather, textile, copper alloy

Dimensions: proper left gauntlet, H. at cuff 5 1/8 in. (13 cm); W. at cuff 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm); L. 14 9/16 in. (37 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 14 oz. (845 g); proper right gauntlet, H. at cuff 5 1/8 in. (13 cm); W. at cuff 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm); L. 14 3/16 in. (36 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 15 oz. (883 g)

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