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The pictures of the armour being worn by models, also feature additional armour sections that are not included with this purchase. The armour section for sale is the mid-section (waist) armour (“plackart”) front and back, with the two segmented upper leg guards (“tassets”) which attach to the lower front section of the plackart. Other armour sections in the photos: for shoulders (“pauldrons”), shins (“greaves”) and upper arms (“vambraces”), are also available but are purchased separately.
A plackart (also spelt Placcard, Planckart or Placcate) is a peculiar type of armour popular from about 1525 -1610 (although they were not unknown to the late middle ages). To the uninitiated this half-armour, protecting only the lower-torso, seems to offer scant protection, but (as with all armour) there was strong reasoning behind it. A confident and skilled fighter would value freedom of movement, and would often go without certain armour sections which were considered a hindrance, or which would overheat them. For these reasons the plackart gained some popularity, as it afforded no insulation and offered some protection without compromising movement.The plackart protects the solar plexus from blunt impact which can knock the wind out of you easily if wearing only maille and protects well from horizontal cutting attack to the lower torso if one's arms are up holding a sword.