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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

Brass-Plated Greek Greaves with Leather Straps

$94

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SBA-SPARTANGREAVES

In Stock

SBDK-SHD-SPARTAN

Costume Spartan Shield

$150

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SBDK-SHD-SPARTAN

In Stock

SBFF-BOFF-SHD

Boffer Shield in Red or Black

$17

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SBFF-BOFF-SHD

In Stock

SBH-GLADIATOR

Maximus-Style Spiked Gladiator Helmet Masked Faceplate

$97

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SBH-GLADIATOR

In Stock

SBH-ROMANGALLIC

Roman Imperial Gallic Helmet Leatherl Liner

$85

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SBH-ROMANGALLIC

In Stock

SBIF-SHD-DRAGONWING

Dragon Wing LARP Shield

$92

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SBIF-SHD-DRAGONWING

In Stock

SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

LARP Foam Spartan Shield

$89

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SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

In Stock

SBIF-SHD-TOWER

Footmans Tower LARP Shield

$149

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SBIF-SHD-TOWER

In Stock

SBIF-SOLDIER-ARMOR

Studded Leather Armor Vest with Straps - Size Medium

$145

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SBIF-SOLDIER-ARMOR

In Stock

SBMT-BRA-DEMONSKULL

Adjustable Leather Bracers with Demon Skull Design

$26

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SBMT-BRA-DEMONSKULL

In Stock

SBMU-CRUSADERBUCKETHELM

Crusader Bucket Helmet

$147

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SBMU-CRUSADERBUCKETHELM

In Stock

SBMU-VIKINGSHIELD

Steel-Rimmed Wooden Viking Shield

$179

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SBMU-VIKINGSHIELD

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-ASSASSIN

Assassin Leather Bracers - Adjustable Leather Bracers with Crossing Straps

$43

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SBPT-BRAC-ASSASSIN

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-CELTIC

Premium Celtic Leather Bracers

$66

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SBPT-BRAC-CELTIC

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-KNIGHT

Handcrafted Knight Leather Bracers

$39

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SBPT-BRAC-KNIGHT

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SBPT-BRAC-OVERLORD

Overlord Leather Bracers with Metal Chains

$89

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SBPT-BRAC-OVERLORD

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SBPT-BRAC-SORCERER

Sorcerer Leather Bracers with Battle Mage Star

$52

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SBPT-BRAC-SORCERER

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-SWORDSMAN

Premium Leather Vambraces- Swordsman

$64

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SBPT-BRAC-SWORDSMAN

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-WARLORD

Warlord Leather Bracers with Metal Plating

$72

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SBPT-BRAC-WARLORD

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SBSN-CAP

Arming Cap to Be Worn Under Helmet or Coif

$7

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SBSN-CAP

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SBSN-FS-DOUBLET-1

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

$44

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SBSN-FS-DOUBLET-1

In Stock

SBSN-FS-GAMB

Heavy Duty Cotton Gambeson

$61

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SBSN-FS-GAMB

In Stock

SBSN-MAIL-1-COIF

Anodized Aluminum, Flat Ring Riveted, Chain Mail Coif

$75

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SBSN-MAIL-1-COIF

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SBSN-MAIL1-FS-HAUB

Anodized Aluminium, Flat Riveted, Full Sleeve Chainmail Haubergeon

$210

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SBSN-MAIL1-FS-HAUB

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SBSN-MAIL1-HS-HAUB

Anodized Aluminium, Flat Riveted, Half Sleeve Chainmail Haubergeon

$211

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SBSN-MAIL1-HS-HAUB

In Stock

SBIF-3KNIFEHOLDER

Leather Holster for Three foam Throwing Knives

$31

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SBIF-3KNIFEHOLDER

Out of Stock

SBIF-BRA-KNIGHT

Knights Battle Arm Bracers Black

$30

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SBIF-BRA-KNIGHT

Out of Stock

SBIF-BRA-ORC-STEEL

Orc Steel Arm Bracers

$31

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SBIF-BRA-ORC-STEEL

Out of Stock

SBIF-HELM-BLACKICE

Black Ice Helmet

$170

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SBIF-HELM-BLACKICE

Out of Stock

SBIF-KNIFEHOLDER

Leather Holster for foamThrowing Knife

$8

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SBIF-KNIFEHOLDER

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-BLKRED

Foam LARP Soldier Shield

$84

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SBIF-SHD-BLKRED

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-BUCKLER

Viking-Style Foam Buckler Shield with Solid Grip

$99

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SBIF-SHD-BUCKLER

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-IMPERIAL

LARP Imperial Skull Shield

$153

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SBIF-SHD-IMPERIAL

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-KNIGHT

Knight's LARP Shield

$111

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SBIF-SHD-KNIGHT

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SBIF-SHD-VIKING

Viking-Style Foam Wood Design Shield with Solid Grip, 21 Inch Diameter

$69

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SBIF-SHD-VIKING

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SBIF-SHD-VIKING27

Viking-Style Foam Wood Design Shield with Solid Grip, 27 Inch Diameter

$189

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SBIF-SHD-VIKING27

Out of Stock

SBIF-WOODELFEARS

Wood Elf Ears, Costume with Adhesive

$17

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SBIF-WOODELFEARS

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-DEMON-SHIELD

LARP Whispering Eye Foam Shield

$117

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SBMU-LRP-DEMON-SHIELD

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-ELDRITCHSHIELD

Eldritch - Elven-style Latex / Foam Shield

$184

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SBMU-LRP-ELDRITCHSHIELD

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-HOLYDEFENDER-SHLD

Holy Deffender - Crusader Style LARP / Foam Heater Shield

$132

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SBMU-LRP-HOLYDEFENDER-SHLD

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-SKULL

Polyurethane Skull Helmet

$136

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SBMU-LRP-SKULL

Out of Stock

SBMU-TEMPLARSHIELD

Templar Wooden Crusader Shield

$144

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SBMU-TEMPLARSHIELD

Out of Stock

Strongblade Lore
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)

Medieval and Renaissance warriors weren't all that dissimilar from zombies, really. They tended to smell bad. They grunted a lot. They attacked in hordes. And the only way to ensure death was to hit them in the head.

Unlike zombies, Medieval and Renaissance warriors were aware of this weakness, and they tended to encase their heads in metal (and I'm not talking about the golden crown that Khal Drogo gave to Viserys, for you Game of Thrones fans). Of course I'm talking about my favorite piece of medieval armor--the helmet!

There is a lot of confusion about the different helmet types. What's the difference between an armet and a close helm? Why do frog's mouth helms have such sissy names? Could you really cook in a kettle helm? What's so great about a great helm? Well, I'm here to tell you! I'm going to go through each of the helms in Chronological order. And yes, I know I'm skipping a few, but in the interest of brevity, I'm going to stick to some of the most common types. As always, if you find that I missed something, feel free to not contact me and complain. Kidding. If you have any comments or ideas, I'd love to hear them in the comments below, or on our Facebook page. Corinthian Helmet

The helm that launched a thousand movies.

Corinthian Helmet - 8th century B.C.E.: Yeah, we loved the movie 300. Leonidas and his happy few, taking on the entire Persian army (and some really strange creatures that apparently the Persians brought out for battles). The Spartan helmet worn by Leonidas and his crew is a creative design based on the Greek Hoplite helmet (otherwise known as the Corinthian helmet). Another Corinthian style helmet was the Troy helmet, used in the Troy movie. The Hoplites were among the most heavily armored soldiers in history. Their helmets covered most of their face, with huge cheekplates and a long nasal that left very of the face exposed. A tall horsehair crest (front to back, or from temple to temple) was often added to the helmet to indicate rank or unit, or just to make these helmets that much more bad-ass. Variations of the Corinthian helmet were seen in Greece and Italy for hundreds of years. Spangenhelm

Spangenhelm, 6th to 10th century: That's the 500s to the 900s, for those of you chronologically challenged. Spangenhelm is German for "Please buy Volkswagens." These types of helmets were usually a bit conical (pointy toward the top). These are the helmets you typically see in movies when the time period is somewhere between the fall of the Roman Empire and the start of the Norman conquest. They usually have cheek pieces and can be highly decorated, sometimes have face masks, and occasionally have chain mail aventails that protect the back of the neck. Variations of this type of helmet go all the way back to the first century A.D., but only a very few are capable of this sort of time-travel. Yeah, not funny. But, seriously, this is an ancient type of helmet. Some Viking helmets came down from this family tree. And the Sutton Hoo helmet, although it has more in common with a Roman Cavalry helmet, is "spangenhelmish." Which, in German, means, "Pretty please buy Volkswagons." Norman Helm.

Nasal Helm/Norman Helm, 11th to 13th century: Yes, I know that nasal helms have been around since the Byzantine Empire, but the height of their popularity in modern culture is the 11th-12th centuries. These helmets gradually replaced the spangenhelms. They're the ones you see soldiers wearing in the Robin Hood movies. The ones worn by the Normans who fought at the Battle of Hastings under William the Conqueror.

A lot of Viking helmets are actually similar in design to Norman helmets (although probably having more in common with spangenhelms). Nasal helms are usually conical, and they make your voice sound really pinched, which is why they call them nasal helms. Okay, not true. But kinda funny? Maybe? They're called nasal helms because of a piece of metal that extends over the nose, preventing a Tyrion Lannister sort of nose-chopping-off injury. (For those who actually read the books.)

Want to read more about helms (And see the images that go with this article)? Then go to the Strongblade History of Helmets page.

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