[Runequest] Questions about armor.
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Thu Dec 9 05:39:17 EST 2010
Not sure how accurate it is, but the old Compendioum of Arms, Armour and
Castles by Palladium gave some pretty accurate insights. I mention this
only because I only just got around to buying it recently (USD1 on eBay,
USD15 postage, overseas airmail is expensive:)
I think there were more than one styles of chain mail and also didnt the
vikings use scale mail quite a bit?
royce at efn.org wrote:
> Hi, All,
> I was wondering if others might share their practical experiences in
> using armor. My campaign is set in 12th century England (around 1140),
> so the armor of that setting is my focus -- in other words, before
> My understanding is that knights would wear a knee length chainmail
> hauberk, with a steel helmet. Were these usually the bucket-style
> helmets? Did the chainmail require straps to stay properly affixed, or
> did it wear well like clothes? Was padding the norm under chainmail?
> If so, then how practical was it to wear chainmail without a layer of
> padding? What other important details are there to consider?
> Who had chainmail, and who didn't? For soldiers without chain, what
> armor did they have?
> Any knowledge, corrections, or tips -- either on or off topic -- are
> warmly welcome. Many thanks ahead of time.
> Asher Royce
> P.S. Anything on Viking armor & shields would be interesting, as well.
> Their glory days were past by the 1130's, but I'm comfortable with
> anachronisms. :-)
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