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>Dear Brigandine experts, when was this armor in use? It looks like it would be a late Middle-Age/early Renaissance armor, but at the time, most weapons would have been able to go through it. So : was the design already used in the early Middle-Age, so that we can be knightly with style?
brigandines evolved from around the late 1350's, all the way to the late 1580's or so.
they're remarkably effective, and very tough. good mobility - better than plate - and weight distribution and comfort is better than solid plate too.
it's overlapping thin plates, so you almost have them like scales. the thinner scales allow it to be pretty light, but still good defence, and the overlaps mean there's no gaps. its hard, rigid but enough movement to allow twisting, the scales are riveted in usually with 2 sets of 3 pins on 15th C, and 5 in a row on 16th C ones, so its very hard to tear a plate free. even if it does, you still have one layer of plate in place, no gaps, and you have to break all the points to do so. as the scales are on the inside, it also means no failed point is exposed easily.
they started off with coats of plates around the 1330's or so, which had evlved to the corrazina in the 1390's.
(pictured), and that in turn to the 15th C brig.