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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

Brass-Plated Greek Greaves with Leather Straps

$94

Model
SBA-SPARTANGREAVES

In Stock

SBBR-BUCKLER

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

$52

Model
SBBR-BUCKLER

In Stock

SBFF-BOFF-SHD

Boffer Shield in Red or Black

$17

Model
SBFF-BOFF-SHD

In Stock

SBIF-SHD-DRAGONWING

Dragon Wing LARP Shield

$92

Model
SBIF-SHD-DRAGONWING

In Stock

SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

LARP Foam Spartan Shield

$89

Model
SBIF-SHD-SPARTAN

In Stock

SBIF-SHD-TOWER

Footmans Tower LARP Shield

$149

Model
SBIF-SHD-TOWER

In Stock

SBIF-SOLDIER-ARMOR

Studded Leather Armor Vest with Straps - Size Medium

$145

Model
SBIF-SOLDIER-ARMOR

In Stock

SBMT-BRA-DEMONSKULL

Adjustable Leather Bracers with Demon Skull Design

$26

Model
SBMT-BRA-DEMONSKULL

In Stock

SBPT-BRA-HERO

Hero Battle Arm Bracers

$21

Model
SBPT-BRA-HERO

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-ASSASSIN

Assassin Leather Bracers - Adjustable Leather Bracers with Crossing Straps

$43

Model
SBPT-BRAC-ASSASSIN

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-CELTIC

Premium Celtic Leather Bracers

$66

Model
SBPT-BRAC-CELTIC

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-KNIGHT

Handcrafted Knight Leather Bracers

$39

Model
SBPT-BRAC-KNIGHT

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-OVERLORD

Overlord Leather Bracers with Metal Chains

$89

Model
SBPT-BRAC-OVERLORD

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-SORCERER

Sorcerer Leather Bracers with Battle Mage Star

$52

Model
SBPT-BRAC-SORCERER

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-SWORDSMAN

Premium Leather Vambraces- Swordsman

$64

Model
SBPT-BRAC-SWORDSMAN

In Stock

SBPT-BRAC-WARLORD

Warlord Leather Bracers with Metal Plating

$72

Model
SBPT-BRAC-WARLORD

In Stock

SBIF-3KNIFEHOLDER

Leather Holster for Three foam Throwing Knives

$31

Model
SBIF-3KNIFEHOLDER

Out of Stock

SBIF-BRA-KNIGHT

Knights Battle Arm Bracers Black

$30

Model
SBIF-BRA-KNIGHT

Out of Stock

SBIF-BRA-ORC-STEEL

Orc Steel Arm Bracers

$31

Model
SBIF-BRA-ORC-STEEL

Out of Stock

SBIF-HELM-BLACKICE

Black Ice Helmet

$170

Model
SBIF-HELM-BLACKICE

Out of Stock

SBIF-KNIFEHOLDER

Leather Holster for foamThrowing Knife

$8

Model
SBIF-KNIFEHOLDER

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-BLKRED

Foam LARP Soldier Shield

$84

Model
SBIF-SHD-BLKRED

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-BUCKLER

Viking-Style Foam Buckler Shield with Solid Grip

$99

Model
SBIF-SHD-BUCKLER

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-IMPERIAL

LARP Imperial Skull Shield

$153

Model
SBIF-SHD-IMPERIAL

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-KNIGHT

Knight's LARP Shield

$111

Model
SBIF-SHD-KNIGHT

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-VIKING

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

$69

Model
SBIF-SHD-VIKING

Out of Stock

SBIF-SHD-VIKING27

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

$189

Model
SBIF-SHD-VIKING27

Out of Stock

SBIF-WOODELFEARS

Wood Elf Ears, Costume with Adhesive

$17

Model
SBIF-WOODELFEARS

Out of Stock

SBMU-LEATHVIKINGHELMET

Leather Viking Spectacle Helmet

$118

Model
SBMU-LEATHVIKINGHELMET

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-DEMON-SHIELD

LARP Whispering Eye Foam Shield

$117

Model
SBMU-LRP-DEMON-SHIELD

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-ELDRITCHSHIELD

Eldritch - Elven-style Latex / Foam Shield

$184

Model
SBMU-LRP-ELDRITCHSHIELD

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-HOLYDEFENDER-SHLD

Holy Deffender - Crusader Style LARP / Foam Heater Shield

$132

Model
SBMU-LRP-HOLYDEFENDER-SHLD

Out of Stock

SBMU-LRP-SKULL

Polyurethane Skull Helmet

$136

Model
SBMU-LRP-SKULL

Out of Stock

SBPT-BRAC-BERSERKER

Beserker Leather Bracers Adjustable Leather Bracers with Large Sewn Rings

$52

Model
SBPT-BRAC-BERSERKER

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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