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LARP Armor

For all their safety features and careful design, LARP instruments still hurt. Yes, it's a manly sort of pain, one that you shrug off while shaking your head for the dumb mistake you made, but pain nonetheless. Strap on some LARP bracers, or LARP greaves, or a LARP shield to take the sting out of your screwups.
SBA-SPARTANGREAVES

SBA-SPARTANGREAVES

Brass-Plated Greek Greaves with Leather Straps

$94

In Stock!

SBBR-BUCKLER

SBBR-BUCKLER

Steel Buckler Shield with 12 Inch Fluted or 15 Inch Plated Design

$52

In Stock!

SBFF-BOFF-SHD

SBFF-BOFF-SHD

Boffer Shield in Red or Black

$17

In Stock!

SBIF-SHD-DRAGONWING

SBIF-SHD-DRAGONWING

Dragon Wing LARP Shield

$92

In Stock!

SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

LARP Foam Spartan Shield

$89

In Stock!

SBIF-SHD-TOWER

SBIF-SHD-TOWER

Footmans Tower LARP Shield

$149

In Stock!

SBPT-BRA-HERO

SBPT-BRA-HERO

Hero Battle Arm Bracers

$21

In Stock!

SBPT-BRAC-ASSASSIN

SBPT-BRAC-ASSASSIN

Assassin Leather Bracers - Adjustable Leather Bracers with Crossing Straps

$43

In Stock!

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!

SBPT-BRAC-SWORDSMAN

SBPT-BRAC-SWORDSMAN

Premium Leather Vambraces- Swordsman

$64

In Stock!

SBPT-BRAC-WARLORD

SBPT-BRAC-WARLORD

Warlord Leather Bracers with Metal Plating

$72

In Stock!

SBIF-3KNIFEHOLDER

SBIF-3KNIFEHOLDER

Leather Holster for Three foam Throwing Knives

$31

Out of Stock

SBIF-BRA-KNIGHT

SBIF-BRA-KNIGHT

Knights Battle Arm Bracers Black

$30

Out of Stock

SBIF-BRA-ORC-STEEL

SBIF-BRA-ORC-STEEL

Orc Steel Arm Bracers

$31

Out of Stock

SBIF-HELM-BLACKICE

SBIF-HELM-BLACKICE

Black Ice Helmet

$170

Out of Stock

SBIF-KNIFEHOLDER

SBIF-KNIFEHOLDER

Leather Holster for foamThrowing Knife

$8

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-BLKRED

SBIF-SHD-BLKRED

Foam LARP Soldier Shield

$84

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-BUCKLER

SBIF-SHD-BUCKLER

Viking-Style Foam Buckler Shield with Solid Grip

$99

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-IMPERIAL

SBIF-SHD-IMPERIAL

LARP Imperial Skull Shield

$153

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-KNIGHT

SBIF-SHD-KNIGHT

Knight's LARP Shield

$111

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-VIKING

SBIF-SHD-VIKING

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

$69

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-VIKING27

SBIF-SHD-VIKING27

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

$189

Out of Stock

SBIF-SOLDIER-ARMOR

SBIF-SOLDIER-ARMOR

Studded Leather Armor Vest with Straps - Size Medium

$145

Out of Stock

SBIF-WOODELFEARS

SBIF-WOODELFEARS

Wood Elf Ears, Costume with Adhesive

$17

Out of Stock

SBMU-LEATHVIKINGHELMET

SBMU-LEATHVIKINGHELMET

Leather Viking Spectacle Helmet

$118

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

SBPT-BRAC-BERSERKER

SBPT-BRAC-BERSERKER

Beserker Leather Bracers Adjustable Leather Bracers with Large Sewn Rings

$52

Out of Stock

SBPT-BRAC-SORCERER

SBPT-BRAC-SORCERER

Sorcerer Leather Bracers with Battle Mage Star

$52

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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