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Russian Leather Armor

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The first form of Rus protective armor attempted, it was possibly developed around the late 8th Century (and was seen up to the 10th Century). Comprised of various sections of cured leather, normally a padded pattern was made. Strips of leather (affixed in a scaling pattern) was applied. Treated with animal fat glue, when dried – it was very strong and could withstand sword slashes. The suit consisted of 4 components. The Breastplate (which curved and extended around the Wearer's “flanks” (which was in turn “tied shut”- very much as a girdle). The top of the Front Breastplate was latched to dual leather shoulder Spaulders. No form of arm protection was used (other that possibly padded clothing. Finally, a Base Shirt was attached to the bottom of the Front and Back Breastplates. This affored some protection to the upper thighs and groin.