Lamellar plate/lame Aluminium

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Lamellar armour is a kind of personal body armour consisting of small plates (lames) which are laced together in parallel rows. Lamellar armour evolved from scale armour, from which it differs by not needing a backing for the scales. Lamellar is pictured in many historical sources on Byzantine warriors, especially heavy cavalry. It is thought that it was worn to create a more deflective surface to the rider's armour, thus allowing blades to skim over, rather than strike and pierce.

Each plate is approx 9 grams
8.5 cm long x 3.5cm wide x 1mm thick
Hole diameter: 4.5mm

Set of 10 plates as used in a lamellar suit A sample of the front of a prelaced section A sample of the back of a prelaced section

In these laced sample pictures red cord has been used to show the horizontal plates joined and the black cord shows the rows being joined.

Tips on estimating requirements based on size.
You need to establish columns and rows needed, taking note that shoulders require fewer columns than the torso.
1. Estimating number of rows, measure the height in centimetres and divide by 6. (eg. 30cm / 6 = 5 rows).
2. Estimating number of columns, measure width or circumference in centimetres and divide by 2.2. (eg. 88cm / 2.2 = 40 columns).

NOT for SCA I purchased 100 plates to make some hip armour. After one testing strike with a rattan weapon, the lamellar bent almost 90 degrees. With two fingers you can bend a plate with ease.

They softened the blow as they should do, but won't last more than a few fights. After a series of 6 hits, they were completely bent and twisted.

Do not purchase these for SCA combat.

Edit: MFC would suggest using steel for any heavy combat or use the aluminium only as every second plate only.
Very good! Hello!
I really appreciate the guidelines you provided for the making of the lamels of the byzantine armour! I myself made around 350 pieces of aluminum but using only handy gadgets instead of automatic ones. However, when I started putting the pieces together I came across some difficulties:
1. You didn't mention how loose the knots should be and I decided that they need to be as tight as possible. As a result the armour turned into a closed cylinder with no flexibility. Maybe I should loosen the cords but how much?
2. I didn't see any explanation of how the knots are being made in the inside part of the armour at the end of each row. If I use one and the same cord, can I use it for both the horizontal and the vertical knots?
3. Is it necessary for each lamel to be curved in such a way that it is fully attached to the body?
Thank you!
Fairly nice Out the 125 plates I got, four were poor quality. Two had deep gouges, one had a few poc marks, and the last had a hole not fully punched.
Besides these four, the rest were polished too a shine. Though slightly scuffed from transit. Over all, I am pleased with my purchase and hope to buy more in the future.

We usually send a few extra to cover any inconsistencies - MFC
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