27th of July, 1361, Island of Gotland
The troops were gathering on the edges of the city of Visby to face the Danish invaders, unleashed by their king to seize the riches and the land of the prosperous swede town. The enemies were battle-hardened Danes, armed with two-handed axes, crossbows, lances, and swords. The town's militia had more men, but they were ill equipped and unprepared. Only a few of veterans were holding the line among the townsfolk, protected by full sets of coat-of-plates. Even them would struggle against the Danes heavy infantry and volleys of arrows, but they were determined to resist the invaders and act as bulwarks for their fellow citizens. History would tell us centuries later that their valiance wouldn't ultimately be enough, but their bravery in the face of a far superior force wouldn't be forgotten.
Inspired by one of the coat of plates found on the Visby battle archaeological site, this armor piece follows precisely the historical pattern of the time. Adapted for live action roleplaying, our version of this famous armor uses aluminium plates for a lighter and more comfortable result, without compromising on its overall appearance and decorum. This piece is the perfect alternative to traditional plate armor in LARP for anyone seeking a more modest or humble look. Coat of plates were often the first choice among the more commun knights, mercenaries, man-at-arms, and militias from the 14th to the 16th century.
Handmade in Quebec, Canada by Les Artisans d'Azure