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Armor and Helmets

Even the best swordsman gets hit once in a while. And when they do, you've gotta hope they're wearing some of this stuff...
SBA-SPARTANGREAVES

SBA-SPARTANGREAVES

Brass-Plated Greek Greaves with Leather Straps

$94

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SBFF-BOFF-SHD

SBFF-BOFF-SHD

Boffer Shield in Red or Black

$30

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SBH-GLADIATOR

SBH-GLADIATOR

Maximus-Style Spiked Gladiator Helmet Masked Faceplate

$97

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SBH-KETTLEHELM

SBH-KETTLEHELM

European Kettle Hat

$104

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SBH-MINI-CENTURION

SBH-MINI-CENTURION

Miniature Roman Helmet with Gallic Design

$33

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A miniature replica of the Roman Centurion helmet. Made of steel and featuring a brilliant red horse hair crest. The helmet is shipped with with a display stand.

SBH-MINI-CRUSADER

SBH-MINI-CRUSADER

Miniature Medieval Crusader Helmet with Cross Shaped Brass Face Accent

$33

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This is a miniature Medieval crusader helmet. It is also known as a Sugar Loaf helmet. This helmet stands 8 inches high and is a true replica of the full size helmet. The helmet is shipped with with a display stand.

SBH-MINI-GLADIATOR

SBH-MINI-GLADIATOR

Miniature Gladiator Helmet with Hinged Face Mask

$33

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This is a miniature Roman Gladiator helmet similar to the helmet worn by Russell Crowe in the film "Gladiator" This helmet stands 6.5 inches high and is a true replica of the full size helmet.

SBH-MINI-KNIGHTHELM

SBH-MINI-KNIGHTHELM

Miniature Knight's Helmet with Hinged Face and Neck Protections

$33

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This miniature Medieval Knight helmet is a replica of the helmet style we most often associate with the armor worn by Knights of the middle ages. The style of helmet is more precisely known as a close helmet or close helm.

SBH-ROMANGALLIC

SBH-ROMANGALLIC

Roman Imperial Gallic Helmet Leatherl Liner

$85

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SBH-SPARTANCRESTED

SBH-SPARTANCRESTED

Weathered Bronze Greek/Spartan Helmet with Horse Hair Crest, Liner

$160

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SBIF-HELM-WARRIOR

SBIF-HELM-WARRIOR

Warriors Leather Helmet Black Large

$69

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SBIF-SHD-DRAGONWING

SBIF-SHD-DRAGONWING

Dragon Wing LARP Shield

$92

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SBIF-SHD-TOWER

SBIF-SHD-TOWER

Footmans Tower LARP Shield

$149

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SBPT-BRAC-ASSASSIN

SBPT-BRAC-ASSASSIN

Assassin Leather Bracers - Adjustable Leather Bracers with Crossing Straps

$43

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SBPT-BRAC-CELTIC

SBPT-BRAC-CELTIC

Premium Celtic Leather Bracers

$66

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SBPT-BRAC-KNIGHT

SBPT-BRAC-KNIGHT

Handcrafted Knight Leather Bracers

$39

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SBPT-BRAC-OVERLORD

SBPT-BRAC-OVERLORD

Overlord Leather Bracers with Metal Chains

$89

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SBSN-CAP

SBSN-CAP

Arming Cap to Be Worn Under Helmet or Coif

$7

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SBSN-FS-DOUBLET-1

SBSN-FS-DOUBLET-1

Full Sleeve, XV Century, Cotton Arming Doublet, Black/Ecru

$55

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SBSN-FS-GAMB

SBSN-FS-GAMB

Heavy Duty Cotton Gambeson

$61

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SBSN-MAIL-1-COIF

SBSN-MAIL-1-COIF

Anodized Aluminum, Flat Ring Riveted, Chain Mail Coif

$75

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SBSN-MAIL1-FS-HAUB

SBSN-MAIL1-FS-HAUB

Anodized Aluminium, Flat Riveted, Full Sleeve Chainmail Haubergeon

$210

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SBSN-MAIL1-HS-HAUB

SBSN-MAIL1-HS-HAUB

Anodized Aluminium, Flat Riveted, Half Sleeve Chainmail Haubergeon

$211

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SBIF-KNIFEHOLDER

SBIF-KNIFEHOLDER

Leather Holster for foamThrowing Knife

$8

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-KNIGHT

SBIF-SHD-KNIGHT

Knight's LARP Shield

$111

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

LARP Foam Spartan Shield

$89

Out of Stock

SBMU-CRUSADERBUCKETHELM

SBMU-CRUSADERBUCKETHELM

Crusader Bucket Helmet

$147

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-DEMON-SHIELD

SBMU-LRP-DEMON-SHIELD

LARP Whispering Eye Foam Shield

$117

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SBMU-LRP-ELDRITCHSHIELD

SBMU-LRP-ELDRITCHSHIELD

Eldritch - Elven-style Latex / Foam Shield

$184

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-HOLYDEFENDER-SHLD

SBMU-LRP-HOLYDEFENDER-SHLD

Holy Deffender - Crusader Style LARP / Foam Heater Shield

$132

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-SKULL

SBMU-LRP-SKULL

Polyurethane Skull Helmet

$136

Out of Stock

SBMU-VIKINGSHIELD

SBMU-VIKINGSHIELD

Steel-Rimmed Wooden Viking Shield

$179

Out of Stock

SBPT-BRAC-SWORDSMAN

SBPT-BRAC-SWORDSMAN

Premium Leather Vambraces- Swordsman

$64

Out of Stock

Strongblade Lore
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)

You know your civilization is tough when it's very name comes to mean "warlike".

The Spartans were reknowned for their ferocity and for their military strength and skill. Of the Greek city-states, the Spartans were one of the few who actually had a standing army with professional soldiers. Most of the other city-states had sitting armies who would rarely stand at all. Okay, just jokes. Other Greek city states had armies composed of citizen soldiers who would arm and equip themselves at times of war, but no real standing professional army. The Spartans had a strict military philosophy that made them strive to be as strong and disciplined as possible and to do away with all other distractions (In addition to "warlike" the name Spartan has come to mean simple and sparse).

Ancient artwork on vases, urns and the like depict Greek warriors fighting nude or with very little armor. This is a stylized version of warfare -- a dreamy artistic interpretation of fighting, man versus man in the simplest, most pure sense of the term. Frank Miller, in his graphic novel 300, took his cue from these types of artistic renderings, giving his Spartan soldiers a jock strap, a shield, a helmet and little else. This certainly looks impressive (particulalry when your actors work out obsessively for 6 months before shooting) but is not exactly how Greeks fought. The hoplite, a standard unit in Greek militaries, was a heavily armored soldier, with a steel or bronze cuirass (breastplate for you who don't speak Spartanese), heavy greaves on their legs, vambraces on their arms, helmets and mud flaps with silhouettes of naked women on them (okay, no mud flaps). Thus armored, the hoplites were: A. Well protected from just about any type of attack, B. Heavier, thus allowing them to push their opponents backward when meeting shield-to-shield and C. No fun in swimming competitions.

Greeks fought as a unit known as a phalanx. They grouped themselves together tightly, using their shields to cover themselves and part of the soldier to their left. In this way, every shield covered half of two people. Their own shield covered their left and their neighbor's shield covered their right, so that every soldier was fully covered from the knees to the shoulders. Their heads were protected by a large helmet and their legs by sturdy iron or brass greaves (usually sculpted to look like legs). In their right hands, they carried a long spear with a rounded leaf-blade. The spear typically had an iron or brass spiked butt which helped to balance it and could also be used to stab with if the spearhead broke. On their waist, Greeks carried a short leaf-bladed sword. This was used when the fighting got very close or their spears were mangled beyond use.

The fighting style of Greek soldiers (particularly the phalanx units) was fairly simple. They would march forward, sometimes at a run, and slam into their opponents. The two rival units would meet shield to shield, spear to spear, and begin shoving and stabbing at one another (This was exemplified in the movie 300 by the memorable scene of Leonidas' Spartans stylistically shoving their opponents off a cliff). When the soldiers of one unit started to fall, their unit tended to disintergrate like a chain with breaking links. When enough men fell in one formation, the remaining men tended to turn and flee, knowing that to stay was death. Greeks generally placed the strongest, most experienced warriors in both the front and the rear of the formation. The ones in the front bore the brunt of the initial charge. The ones in the back kept the unit together for as long as possible if things started to go badly (and also turn and face enemies that might flank them). Sometimes neither unit would gain a clear advantage and the fighting would break down into hundreds of small combats between the men, usually with swords.

The Spartan poet Tyrtaeus, a warrior himself, wrote extensively about the horrors and glories of phalanx formations. Liek this little gem:

Our soldier should be disciplined in the work of the heavy fighter, and not stand out to the missiles when he carries a shield, but go forward and fight at close quarters and with his long spear or short sword, thrust home and strike his enemy down. Let him fight toe to toe and shield against shield hard driven, crest against crest and helmet against helmet, chest against chest; let him close hard and fight it out with his foeman, holding tight to the hilt of his sword, or to his long spear.

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