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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-SPARTAN

SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

LARP Foam Spartan Shield

$89

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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

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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

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

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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

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)



Greek Hoplites
There have been few military units as devastating in their time as the Greek phalanx. Heavily armored and insanely well trained, these soldiers were capable of standing against any and all challengers. Fighting for one's country was an unswerving responsibility among the Greek city-states. Even the poets of the time were tough bastards; most of them wrote only of warfare, courage, resolve and beating the snot out of your enemies.

Greek warriors fought in a phalanx; a unit of heavily armored men that fought in rows, with large shields (hoplons), long spears and short swords. The wealthy made up the majority of the infantry. Those with money were the only ones who could afford the horrendously expensive armor and weapons that made a Hoplite warrior. The poorer troops were thrown into skirmishing units that were armed with slings, bows and spears and wore light armor. These skirmishers were generally only on the outskirts of the battle. This strikes me as particularly ironic because in modern day warfare it seems like the poor are the ones on the front lines while the wealthy are ... well ... on their yachts, laughing and chugging boat-drinks thousands of miles away. My how Democracy has changed over the years.

The Greek Hoplites fought primarily with spears. A typical Hoplite battle consisted of opposing units charging each other with their shields up. The two units would crash together and start shoving. If you've ever seen a rugby scrum, then you get the general idea of phalanx warfare. Only, these rugby players are extremely well armored, and are jabbing long, lethal spears over the top of their shields trying to kill as many of the opposing players as possible.

The shoving and stabbing would continue until one of the units started to falter. The first phalanx to start breaking up usually ended up getting routed and usually massacred. If neither unit gained any definitive advantage for a time, the fighting broke down to a big sloppy melee. Formations vanished and chaotic carnage would reign, with soldiers trying to keep themselves alive while killing as many of their opponents as possible. It was at this point that most Hoplites would switch to their short sword.

Phalanx units were funny things. Each man depended on every other man to hold the formation. If enough of your fellow soldiers lost their courage, your unit would be lost. It was an interesting practice for hoplite commanders to divide their very best soldiers among the front line and the very last line of their units. The front line fighters needed to be strong because they were slamming headlong into their opponents. But the back line warriors needed to be experienced because they needed to keep all of the other soldiers from running away. They would shout encouragement, push against the lines ahead of them and, if necessary, threaten the other soldiers to make sure they kept their minds on the business at hand. Running from a fight was considered cowardly, not just because you lost your nerve, but also because you doomed your mates to a horrible fate. It was said that a Greek should never die with a wound in his back.

Inspired by Model SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

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