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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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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

In Stock!

SBIF-SHD-TOWER

SBIF-SHD-TOWER

Footmans Tower LARP Shield

$149

In Stock!

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

In Stock!

SBPT-BRAC-KNIGHT

SBPT-BRAC-KNIGHT

Handcrafted Knight Leather Bracers

$39

In Stock!

SBPT-BRAC-OVERLORD

SBPT-BRAC-OVERLORD

Overlord Leather Bracers with Metal Chains

$89

In Stock!

SBSN-CAP

SBSN-CAP

Arming Cap to Be Worn Under Helmet or Coif

$7

In Stock!

SBSN-FS-DOUBLET-1

SBSN-FS-DOUBLET-1

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

$55

In Stock!

SBSN-FS-GAMB

SBSN-FS-GAMB

Heavy Duty Cotton Gambeson

$61

In Stock!

SBSN-MAIL-1-COIF

SBSN-MAIL-1-COIF

Anodized Aluminum, Flat Ring Riveted, Chain Mail Coif

$75

In Stock!

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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SBH-SPARTANCRESTED

SBH-SPARTANCRESTED

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

$160

Out of Stock

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

Out of Stock

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)

In ancient Rome, the Legionnaires may have gathered the triumphs, but it was the gladiators who captured the hearts and imaginations of the denizens of Rome.

They were the super sports star of the Roman world. Only, they didn't get paid. And most of them were prisoners. And they didn't get any endorsement contracts. And if they didn't play well, they tended to die. (Hmm... this analogy seems to be falling apart on me). They were, however, given zealous respect for their athletic ability, martial prowess and Rugged good looks. In fact, it is said that the greatest prize for a noble woman was to bed a gladiator (even if it wasn't deemed socially acceptable). In even more fact, some noble women are said to have purposely been impregnated by gladiators so that they would have strong children (Emperor Commodus is said to have been conceived in this manner, although that has been disputed). It's funny that some of the oldest examples graffiti in history, found scrawled on Roman walls, said things like "Celadus, suspirium puellarum" ('Celadus makes the girls swoon.' Celadus being a famous gladiator in Rome). (Credit goes to the BBC for that tidbit of historical trivia). One last similarity between gladiators modern athletes; Like super star sports figures of today, many gladiators were criminals (hehe).

Gladiators usually were trained in one particular school of combat or another. Often, the region from which they came determined what type of gladiator they would become. Below is a short list of some of the popular types of gladiators:

  • Thraces: Wore distinctive, tall helmets. Carried a curved sword similar to a falcata and a small rectangular shield. Had armor on both legs.
  • Hoplomachi: Fought with gladius and shield. Wore a wide-brimmed helmet, often sporting feathers. Armor consisted of a manica (armor that covers one arm and shoulder) and padded quilting.
  • Provocatores: Wore heavy chest armor and swung a gladius. Also had armor on one leg. Obviously had priorities out of whack since he wore a breastplate to protect his chest, but only a loincloth for his privates.
  • Retiarii: These are the net and trident men that you always see in gladiator movies. They wore no armor (in fact, they often fought naked) and were very fast.
  • Secutor: Fought against the retiarii (in fact, were created specifically to fight them. Wore a smooth helmet with small eyeholes to prevent the retiarii's trident from blinding them. Carried a tall shield and a gladius.
  • Dimachaeri: Fought with two short swords and must have been very flashy to watch indeed.
There were many, many other styles of gladiators, including ones who fought only animals, female gladiators and even midget gladiators. Most gladiators were slaves, prisoners or disgraced citizens. Slave gladiators could earn their freedom if they survived and fought valiantly for a certain number of years.

Inspired by Model SBH-GLADIATOR

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