Most armour terms derive from medieval French. While some words are familiar, others are now quite obscure, so we thought it would be useful to have a brief explanation of what they really mean, and how they apply to the armour we make.
The archer's variant of the vambrace. Designed to protect the inside of the forearm from both bow string and arrow, bracers fasten on the outside of the arm rather than the inside, as vambraces do. [Examples]
Elbow defense, in its simplest form a cup spanning the gap between forearm and upper arm armour.
Jointed armour covering the hand, wrist and forearm. [Examples]
Armour for the leg, covering the shin and sometimes extending to the thigh. [Examples]
Upper arm armour, most often a single plate. [Examples]