This is armor consisting of a layer of small steel plates sandwiched in between two layers of cloth or leather (or both). Popular from about 1400 onwards. A lighter version is called a jack. This armor is a direct descendent of the early "coat of plates."
Armor made from leather soaked in melted wax. Some descriptions make it sound to be leather soaked (or boiled) in hot oil.
Armor formed from small metal plates laced together. Popular with warriors of the Middle East. Used in Europe around 500 AD. This form of armor was almost extensively used in Japan.
Armor made riveted metal rings interlocked together to form a flexible metal mesh. Also known as "chainmail." Other names for this form of armor are "ringmail" and "linkmail ." This type of armor dates to Roman times (lorica hamata)
Armor made from rigid metal plates. Originally, such defenses were used in addition to mail armor. Later, full suits of completely articulated plates were made. A "white harness" is a fully covering suit of plate armor.
Armor made overlapping metal (or horn or leather) plates (i.e. scales) riveted to a heavy leather backing. This type of armor dates back to the Romans (lorica squamata).
Armor made vertical strips of metal riveted to a heavy leather backing. This type of armor is a common form of limb defense from circa 1250 to circa 1350.
Armor made from horizontal strips of metal. The closest historical form of this armor would be the Roman lorica segmetata.
Armor comprised of a chain coat and plate reinforcement. Representative of late 1300's armors. A better terms would be "transitional" plate.
Armor made from a heavy leather coat with metal rings sewn flat upon it. No actual pictorial or physical evidence seems to exist of any sort of armor that ever looked like this.
See Splint above. Due to it's construction, it would be impossible to make a full body suit of this armor.
Fitted helmet. 15th Century, Italian in origin.
A padded gambeson worn underneath metal armor. Fitted with points (strings) to attach armor pieces; may have gussets of mail sewn on the insides of joints (elbow, arm-pit).
Chain neck guard attached to the edge of the helmet.
Close-fitting metal helmet with a T-shaped opening in the front.
Close-fitting metal helmet.
Combined neck and chin protection, worn with some types of Sallet or Burgonet.
Torso protection. Worn with or without a backplate.
Cloth armor, where plates of metal are riveted between two layers of sturdy cloth.
Small round shield.
Light helmet worn in the 16th century. Could be combined with a Bevor for neck and chin protection, or worn open-faced.
Mail shirt. See also hauberk.
Broad-brimmed metal helmet.
Mail leg protection.
Hood and neck protection, sometimes extending down to cover the shoulders. Usually of mail, sometimes leather.
General military half-armor. Usually of plate, and covering the arms, torso and upper legs.
Breast and back plates.
Thick leather armor, hardened by boiling in water or wax (and possibly oil.)
Abdominal protection, worn below a breastplate.
A padded and quilted body armor, worn underneath heavier armor for comfort, or by itself as light armor.
Padded and quilted thigh defenses. 13th-14th C.
Hand armor. Could be mail, plate, or quilted (usually in combination with a long-armed gambeson).
Rigid metal neck protection. Depending upon the type of helmet worn, this could be either outside or inside the helmet's lower rim.
Large metal helmet, often fitted over an open bascinet or coif.
Shin and ankle armor.
Mail shirt. Arms could be short or long; the hauberk could extend down to cover the thighs. "Hauberk" could also be used to refer to a scale armor covering the same regions.
Cloth armor, thickly padded and stuffed with tow or linen. Usually many layers. Quite comfortable.
Broad-brimmed metal helmet.
Long tear drop-shaped shield.
Large squarish shield for protecting crossbowmen in sieges.
Short breastplate, for protecting the abdomen and short ribs.
Upper arm protection.
Foot armor. Also called a solleret.
Fitted brimless metal helmet.
Lower arm protection.
Mail face protection in the form of a flap that laces up over the nose and lower face, leaving the eyes uncovered.