Question about breast plates?

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Question about breast plates?

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I'm snowed under at work so I'm cheating and asking a quick question without looking.

Do breastplates always have the lower lames or is there providence for without?

And before someone tells me, I realise without lames it would leave the lower half of the body exposed.

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I'm pretty sure that tthey're seen without lames, with only a shot fauld and with a long fauld, but I don't have anything here to check with.
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Just to clarify, is the...

Fauld - the fixed strip bending out from the bottom of the breastplate
Lame - floating bands attached to the fauld (tassets would then attacht to the bottom lame band)

I'm now asking for clarification as a quick search shows that most people and definitions desribe the bands as both lames and faulds.
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The breast plate is the bit that covers your chest.
The plackart is below the breastplate to cover the stomach.
The fauld is the flexible extension than hangs below the plackart to protect your abdomen and sometimes down to the groin. The fauld normally has between 1 and 4 individual lames and may have tassets hanging from it.
A lame is any overlapping (normally mobile) plate.

There is a breastplate without a fauld in Blair's European Armour and a few pictures show what could be such items, but always on common soldiers, such as archers.

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Cheers Colin.
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