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Coat Of Plates

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:29 pm
by Miniseys

I am just starting out in reacetment and was looking for some form of light armour. I have looked at different manefactures and have found the prices much to high :o . I am thinking about have ago about trying to make one myself but am unsure of costs and the length of time it will take. Also the difficulty of making the coat is another contributing factor to weather or not i undertake the challenge. I am also unsure of weather to use metal or plastic as the plates.

Many thanks for any comments of advice. :D 8-)

Re: Coat Of Plates

Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:17 pm
by Phil the Grips
A decent pattern for a COP is here- tho' you don't give a dateline so it may be wrong

Plastic shouldn't even be considered as it is certainly not a Medieval material

Personally I'd save up and get a decent gambeson or jack as it is more versatile and protective in a reenactment context as it covers mroe and takes impact better.

Re: Coat Of Plates

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:35 pm
by Miniseys
Thank you verry much. Your advice has come in handy. Do you know any good places that make them.

Many thanks. :rock:

Re: Coat Of Plates

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:50 pm
by deBrownhill
One thing you can do depending on your persona/station is get a really good Gamberson and wear a coat of plates over that. Though this depends on which period your aiming for.
Have fun

Re: Coat Of Plates

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:17 pm
As the advice above: I'd go for a gambeson/jack to start with (that's what I did, making my first one - from bits & bobs given to me by group members). There are some quite good/reasonable ones on offer these days. This'll give you your basic protection and if you chose wisely (& grab folk for advice when buying/making) it'll be a good base from which to start if you later want to metal-up (when funds improve/your own construction skills increase). Also, it's a good fall-back when it's too hot to tin-up... :)

Re: Coat Of Plates

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:07 pm
by The Iron Dwarf
for info on making your own stuff you could read ... 345ec802f8
there are many on there into bashing metal though you should also talk to people here and at events.

what era are you interested in?
what type of things do you want to do relating to that era
you could look for a group in your era and area and meet up with them at events to see how much help they can be to you and also to avoid costly mistakes.