[Runequest] Questions about armor.
Bjørn Are Stølen
stolenbjorn at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 9 11:33:45 EST 2010
Well, if one find of asian armor brought back to sweden as souvernir counts as quite a bit, well, yes. (and you have to search for lamellar armor, scale armor only exists in RQ, I think)
Here's a link to a picture of the viking-reenactors oh so frequent flirt with this one find of lamell in Scandinavia:
If you want to play historically correctly, I'd only put armor on the lifeguards of extremely wealthy men, and leave the rest with no armor (or throwing out the soft-leather and hard-leather sections, replacing them with "light-textile armor" and "heavy textile armor".)
For those that want to play fantasy, well then, that's just fine, you can even ad horns on the helmets, and put plate-armor on your barbarians :)
> I think there were more than one styles of chain mail and also didnt the
> vikings use scale mail quite a bit?
> Good luck.
> 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
> > platemail.
> > 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.
> > Sincerely,
> > 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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