Scale armour is armour in which the individual scales are sewn or laced to a backing by one or more edges and arranged in overlapping rows resembling the scales of a fish/reptile or roofing tiles. The scales are usually assembled and strapped by lacing or rivets. Lorica squamata is an ancient Roman armour of this type.
Scale armour is an early form of armour consisting of many individual small armour scales (plates) of various shapes attached to each other and to a backing of cloth or leather in overlapping rows. Scale armour was worn by warriors of many different cultures as well as their horses.
If that armour pictured is Lamellar, it should be removed and if it is scale, I think it should be made clear that Samurai armour often was lamellar, so that the casual reader doesn't confuse the two. --Narelon 14:52, 21 April 2009 (UTC) paper armour. The word "paper" never occurs in this article.
- Types of Scale Armours
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- Comparison with Other Armour Types
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Scale armour is armour in which the individual scales are sewn or laced to a backing by one or more edges and arranged in overlapping rows resembling the scales of a fish/reptile or roofing tiles. Lorica squamata is an ancient Roman armour of this type and gyorin kozaneis the Japanese (samurai) name for this type of scale armour. Other types of armours made from individual scales but constructed in a different manner have their own separate names such as lamellar armour where the individual scales are perforated on several or all edges and lashed tightly to each other in straight ridged rows and do not need to be attached to a backing. The Romans also had a variant called lorica plumatain which the scales were attached to mail.
Horses covered with scale armour are mentioned in the ancient Chinese book of poetry Shi Jing which is several thousand years old.Scale armour is not of frequent occurrence on the grave monuments of the German frontier. On two tombstones of the Sertorii at Verona (one that of a centurion, the other that of a standard-bearer) both figures are represented wearing a tunic of scale armour which covers the shoulders and comes down below the belt. The Carnuntum monument of Calidius (a work of the middle of the first century) shows also a scaled tunic of a centurion. Again, in the collection of marble portrait-busts from the great Gallo-Roman villa of Chiragan near Toulouse, the Emperors Antoninus Pius and Severus both appear wearing corselets of scale armour.
Scale armour offers better protection from blunt attacks than mail. It is also cheaper to produce, but it is not as flexible and does not offer the same amount of coverage. Forms other than brigandine and coat of plateswere uncommon in medieval Europe, but scale and lamellar remained popular elsewhere. Modern forms of scale armour are sometimes worn for decorative or LARPpurposes, and may be made from materials such as steel, aluminium, or even titanium. A similar type of modern personal armour is Dragon Skin body armour, which uses ballistic fabric and high-impact resistant ceramic plates to protect against pistol and rifle fire. However, its "scales" are not exposed.A brigandinewhich consists of scales riveted between layers of leather or cloth.A coat of plateswhich consists of larger plates riveted between layers of leather or cloth.
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Scale armour is armour in which the individual scales are sewn or laced to a backing by one or more edges and arranged in overlapping rows resembling the scales of a fish/reptile or roofing tiles. The scales are usually assembled and strapped by lacing or rivets. Lorica squamatais an ancient Roman armour of this type.
The specific term "micro armour" originated and was trademarked by GHQ founder Gregory Dean Scott in 1967 for a line of metal 1:285 scale armour miniatures. GHQ also published Micro Armour: The Game - WWII in 2001 some 34 years after founding the company. Early on, a competing company called C in C offered 1:285 scale micro armour starting in 1974.
Lamellar armour is a type of body armour, made from small rectangular plates (scales or lamellae) of iron or steel, leather , or bronze laced into horizontal rows. Lamellar armor was used over a wide range of time periods in Central Asia , Eastern Asia (especially in China , Japan , Mongolia , and Tibet ), Western Asia , and Eastern Europe .
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Cataphracts, with scale armour for both rider and horse, are believed by many historians to have influenced the later European knights, via contact with the Byzantine Empire.  Surviving period examples of barding are rare; however, complete sets are on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art ,  the Wallace Collection in London , the Royal Armouries in Leeds , and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York .
Japanese armour makers started to use leather (nerigawa), and lacquer was used to weatherproof the armour parts. Leather and or iron scales were used to construct samurai armour, with leather and eventually silk lace used to connect the individual scales (kozane) from which these cuirasses were now being made.