Description of Armors
This is a game, and, to a certain extent, you can see armor as a series of numbers. However, for RP purposes, it can be useful to know a bit more than just the numbers and a slight summary. I'll be using this page as a collecting area for describing the armors involved. Over time, I hope to build up a decent number of links.
- 1 Description of Armors
- 2 Light Armors
- 3 Heavy Armors
- 4 Example Images
Not really armor at all, cloth armor instead represents simple clothing or the lack thereof. Your defense, then, is entirely related to your ability to get out of the way of blows - your reflex defense. Among others, cloth includes wizardly robes, noble and peasant clothing like, and, of course, nudity.
Also not really armor, leather armor represents tough clothing, able to afford at least some protection to the wearer. While the armor can't stop anything, and your defense is largely being able to get out of the way, leather armor does at least stop some minor nicks and glancing blows. Leather armor includes clothing made from soft leather, padded armor (gambeson), etc.
The lightest form of actual armor, hide armor does require you to avoid the full weight of blows, but does, at least, provide good protection against many attacks. While your defense is not based off of your reflex defense, you apply your dexterity modifier to your AC. Hide armor includes thick, bulky furs (as worn by barbarian tribes), but also armor made with hardened (generally boiled) leather, as well as llamar armor that is not rigid. It is expected that hide armor includes a padded base of leather armor - you can simply strip down if you so feel the need.
Chainmail provides the first form of metal protection, fully capable of stopping a blow. Instead of defense being modified by your ability to evade blows, more important is your ability to tough out the impacts - your constitution modifier. Chainmail armor is a full suit of chainmail, protecting all parts of the body, but is also equivalent to other relatively light, flexible forms of metal armor. Chainmail is assumed to include padded armor underneath the actual mail - you can strip down to leather if you so choose.
Scale Armor is the heaviest armor that may be expected from a normal man-at-arms. Scale armor is similar to Chainmail in flexibility, but uses are large number of rigid scales to somewhat distribute impacts, and turn stabs or cuts. Like all heavy armors, scale armor uses your constitution modifier to describe your ability to receive blows without harm. Scale armor may be metal scales sewn to a cloth or leather backing, directly tied to each other, or even attached to chainmail backing to reinforce the chainmail. Scale armor also describes very thick/heavy chainmail. As with chainmail, you may strip down to the padded leather undersuit.
Half-plate consists of rigid metal protection over vital areas, or wherever the warrior expects to be hit. Normally, this includes a metal breastplate (cuirass), vambraces, greaves, on top of chainmail covering the rest of the body. However, half-plate also includes jack-of-plates, brigandine armor, solid llamar or laquered armor, etc. Half-plate can also describe very heavy scale or chainmail armor, particularly when plates are used to reinforce or provide extra protection. Generally, you should be able to strip down to just the chainmail underlayer, or the later of padding underneath that.
A full suit of knightly armor, covering the vast majority of the body, save where protection is impossible due to mobility or visibility concerns (such as in the armpits, between the legs, or the gaps in the visor). As with all heavy armors, full plate armor uses your consitution modifier. While no chainmail is worn under the metal plates (for added protection, thicker plates are better than underlying mail), full-plate can be stripped down to just the underpadding, like most heavy armors.
Since all the images I aren't necessarily legal to reproduce for something like this, I'll just be posting links over to my own photo-collection.
The full album can be seen here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/108431043774720671054/albums/5673964613639393969?authkey=CL6jiL-XzcKYrwE If you look at the bottom, under the picture, you'll see "Chick Armor - Nil Athelion" - right under that, it should say "Options". Click that, and you can find where to download the full-sized image. Or just ask me.
Album contains some citations, and a lot of various remarks. If you can find the source of more unattributed images, please let me know. A lot of my collection was scoured second-hand, from threads, albums, etc. Often attribution gets lost along the way.
Also! If you find images of ladies wearing competent armor, let me know.
Sorry, my armor deals with armor, and none of the pictures that would describe this belong in my album. If you need examples for cloth, I'm sure you'll find many if you try at all.
[] Same was with cloth, my album is concerned with armor, and so very few images are of people wearing stuff that's providing the minimum protection.