Gambesons - Or what you wear under your armor
Gambesons aren't just really thick jackets. They serve or served a real purpose. So that armour, whether made of leather or metal, does not rub on the skin. You usually wear a gambeson under it. Gambesons or in Larp also called "Gamby" are padded or multi-layer undergarments that provide the necessary padding. The padding intercepts blows from weapons and makes Gambesons an important part of medieval equipment. They also automatically make a medieval warrior, mercenary or knight appear massive and heavier, a desired side effect!
Larp Gambesons - Historical or Fantastic?
A Gambeson can be both short and long-sleeved. Some lined variants of the gambeson are also excellent as overgarments for men and women. Typically, gambesons were made of multi-layered linen, but the stuffed gambesons from the High & Late Middle Ages are most popular with modern larp & show fighters because of their high cushioning effect and elegant appearance. Here you will find a number of different models, which are suitable for different types of armour. Some Gambesons are historically based, others are rather fantastic. It is left to ones own taste and character concept for which style one decides.
Upholstery - For the medieval Protection
Gambesons are a fine thing for the extensive protection of the upper body and arm area. But there are also areas that a gambeson does not cover sufficiently or not at all. Padded hoods for the head are actually indispensable for wearers of helmets and show fighters. Because a blow on the unpadded head can hurt very much also with a padded weapon. For the show fight upholstery for arms and legs is also a must, because even with blank weapons you can injure yourself. Arm pads, leg pads or also upholstery collars are very dressing and beautiful accessories to a medieval outfit.