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breastplate

1. for use with a saddle, a strap attached to the girth at its lowest point, which then passes between the forelimbs, passes upwards and divides to pass on either side of the neck and to meet at the withers after attaching to the front edge of the saddle. Designed to prevent the girth of saddle slipping backwards especially in a herring-gutted horse.
2. in harness, a broad strap, usually padded, which runs horizontally across the chest just below the neck. Behind the shoulders it is attached to the backstrap, which prevents it from falling down, and to the breeching which goes around the thighs of the horse. The breastplate keeps the harness from sliding back along the horse.
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The standard sample of the breastplate "For Service", manufactured in accordance with the above requirements and a technical description is located at: Minsk, ul.
A breastplate can take 20 hours and set you back around PS400.
The fact that one of the breastplates bears the inscription 'Last of Her Tribe' is sufficient for him to bundle this with various photographs with similar captions (together with Henry Kendall's 'The Last of His Tribe') and invoke a settler motive of wishful extinction.
Rome's a long way to travel to be chafed by a breastplate, but if you want to learn to be a gladiator, there's really no alternative.
Lindsey told how one of the breastplates inspired Oscar-winning costume designer Janty Yates when she came to create Russell Crowe's outfit in Gladiator.
The procession was made at a fairly sedate pace and looked an impressive sight with a division of soldiers and officers in their shiny breastplates and plumed helmets leading the way and another behind.
Quillwork attached it to the bottom of breastplates in this fashion has been somewhat uncommon in the last several decades.
These days his sons Augusto and Giampaolo are busy on the Cinecitta lot with HBO's "Rome," for which Augusto is costume supervisor, overseeing a 4,000-piece wardrobe made entirely with fabrics and designs true to ancient times, while Giampaolo is the skein's leathermaster, crafting breastplates and battle bodices that bolster the hubris of the current Caesar (Ciaran Hinds) and his legionaries.
The costumes are terrific - big boots, helmets and breastplates - and the fight scenes prolific
Troops are known for their silver breastplates, plumed helmets, white breeches and red tunics.
A bright summer sun glinted on the silver and gold helmets and breastplates of the Household Cavalry.