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As midnight approaches the Dark Sentinel stands watch. Ready to stand firm against the terrors of the night. He watches, he waits. His darkened armour, dulled to prevent reflection, will not give his position away tonight. His fear, offset, safe in the knowledge that this fine armour is more than a match for what awaits him in the darkness.
Let’s face it, when it comes to historical armour, few things offer greater protection than steel. The downsides of weight, inflexibility and the need for constant maintenance to protect against rust are more than offset by the superb protective qualities that it offers. However, in this day and age, unless you are on the re-enactment or SCA battlefield, you simply don’t need this level of protection that steel affords. The 21st century has seen many advances in plastic technology and these materials have now made their debut upon the world of historical armour!
To the eye, our range of polyurethane armours are near indistinguishable from their metallic counterparts. They are however much more comfortable to wear and can be worn for long periods of time without discomfort. Indeed, the flexible nature of this armour means that it can bend to the contours of your body in a way that rigid steel will not. Each part is typically a quarter of the weight of their steel equivalent, allowing for faster movement with less fatigue. Each piece is hand painted with a durable acrylic finish and is detailed to look as realistic as possible. The maintenance free finish will not rust like steel does and can be worn in all weathers. Adjustable leather straps and the flexible nature of the armour allow it to be comfortably worn by all but the largest of people.
Its versatile nature makes it perfect for a variety of uses such as LARP, Cosplay, Theatre, Medieval Banquets and Weddings.
With proper care and attention, your purchase should last for many years. Your armour is made from a polyurethane material that is very strong and will maintain its shape and form if looked after correctly. Please be aware that although the armour is strong, it is designed to be used for costume purposes only and should not be used or relied upon for protection.
Breastplates and backplates should be strapped together and ideally hung on a coat hanger or similar hanging system. Shoulders also are best stored on hangers. Helmets should ideally be placed on a stand so that any protruding features such as nasals and earflaps are hanging free. We have helmet stands available in our online shop if needed. We recommend that leg armour and braces are strapped around something cylindrical when not in use; drainpipes and drinks bottles could be used for example.
Do NOT store armour on or near to a heat source as this can cause warping.
Your item has been professionally finished with durable paint and polish. Inevitably, as with any painted surface, you will get scratches and wear and tear over time. For surface soiling we recommend washing with warm soapy water and a soft cloth, avoiding leather straps. Leather straps can be polished with normal shoe polish but avoid getting polish onto the armour surface.
Do NOT use any solvent-based cleaners or insect sprays on or near the armour.