Korean Armor

  • Armor
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

With variations seen throughout Korean military history, this type of predominate Armor was seen in the 13th through 16th Centuries. Although Nobility wore armor similar to their Chinese counterparts (with regards to detail and decorations), it was quite common for Royal troops to be armored. The “Scale Plate” design was the most used. Small, angular pieces of iron or metal were riveted into overhanging layers. The Coat would have sleeves that extended to just below the elbows. Normally a protective Base Shirt belting was attached to protect the lower abdominal and groin area. Additionally, the Scaling Plate was used to fashion pants as well. Usually, this type of armor was somewhat form fitting for movement (needed with the use of many Korean weapons). Another innovation component was the attached “Neck Ring”. This armor somponent encircled the neck og the wearer to protect against axe and sword blows. It extended high enough to also protect the lower face. Most helmets used were of the Barbute-style (a semi-conical protective piece with an open face and a slight Nasal Guard extension. Most European Armies did not array their common soldiers this way – but this was common dress for Royal Armies.