Russian Kuyak Armor

  • Medieval Era
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

Developed around the 12th Century, Kuyak Armor was a form of Coat Plating used by Russian soldiers. The plating was often made from highly polished pieces of metal, riveted in sections – and mounted on a thick layer of leather (such as a girdle or vest). The mirroring effect was not for decoration, but served as a piece of combat technology. Bright sunlight (reflecting off the plating – especially in a snowy landscape), could blind an enemy. Worn over Chain Mail with a Gambeson or related underclothing – The Kuyak was popular with front line troops (Cavalry and Archers).