We've been designing leather body armour for Larp for the best part of 25 years now and our larp Body Armour range can be broken down into four basic designs.

The first and oldest is the tabard style armour. It's made of basically two large medium weight leather panels riveted together at the shoulders. This drops over the head and fastens at the sides. It has flap sleeves to cover the upper arms and the whole is covered in studs or plates to give added armour protection. It has the added bonus of being quite long giving good protection to the upper legs. The Plated Tabard and Studded Tabard are the examples of this body armour.

Next is the Jacket style armour which is put on like a modern jacket and fastens down the front. It has short sleeves to cover the upper arm, sometimes full sleeves and on other models the flap sleeve. Size adjustment is via laces at the side although these can be left alone when the sizing is finished as this style fastens down the front. This armour is made in both suede and medium weight leather. A large number of variations of this armour are available with different levels of armour decoration and different lengths. Typical examples are Elven Plated Armour or the Studded Coat of Arms. There is even one with a built in hood, the Robin Hoodie.

The cuirass style is a classic back and breastplate armour made from a heavy leather. It is normally dropped over the head and fastened at the side with size adjustment provided by buckle and strap. It looks like real armour and will give a certain level of real life protection from unpulled blows and falls. Examples are the Shadows Fold Leather Cuirass and the Raven Leather Armour

The last section is a combination of tabard and cuirass, a mixture of heavy and medium weight leather such as the Claw Plated Body Armour which uses heavy leather shoulders and heavy leather plates on a medium weight leather for a more bulky look. Another variant on this idea of tabard and cuirass is scale armour which is a large number of small heavy leather plates fastened to a medium weight leather tabard such as seen in the Immortal scale armour or the Orc scale armour

Some of your choices could be dictated depending on the larp system you play. Some games have a 'it hits where it hits' rule whereby if there's a gap between your cuirass and your greaves and you are hit there then it counts as a hit with no armour. Other systems will give global armour values dependant on what you're wearing and any hits count against that rather than what armour is on the specific location. Either system is equally valid but if you're playing in a larp game that has the first type of armour usage you need to be sure you're not leaving any main areas uncovered when choosing your body armour.

It's also worth checking the armour value of any particular armour in a larp system with a Ref if you're not familiar with the rules. Some larp systems are looking for a higher level of reality then others and will ask for heavier leathers to represent heavier armour, some systems a happy with just an increase in the level of metal decoration on medium weight leather. Again both are valid but it's important to check what you want to buy has the desired effect In Game.

Larp Leather Ltd
Unit 23, Tanner Business Centre
Chew Valley Road
Greenfield, Oldham
Phone: +44 7986 335478

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