Dressing in late 14th century armour

  1. My guess is to enable quick release if one ended up snagged and hanging upside down from a horse.

  2. So i dont think its been answered, but that syle of belt called a plaque belt is actuly a symbol of knights rank rather than a belt. Each of the panals would represent a diffrent order the knight or lord was sworn to or to show diffrent symbols of loyalty such as the tudor roses. It is more comman in english and late german styles armours rather than lower europian or Italian style. It was also worn out of armour in the banquet, however if i rember correctily it was considered bad form to wear it in an tourneys, as it was seen as a martial symbol.

  3. Off topic, but the amount of protection these armour offer has always made me wonder why people in zombie movies never invested in chainmail or raided museums for full armour sets. They're basically completely bite proof.

  4. This is a pretty chainmail heavy configuration, not all would wear it this way but some did. Beginning earlier in this century, options for wearing maille only where the plates didn't cover became more available.

  5. I live in Mississippi. I can spend about 30 minutes in full kit , very similar to this, before entirely overheating.

  6. I was thinking all of that work for a musket ball to punch through the chest piece. Obviously not for the entirety of the period which these were used, my mind just jumped to the first European battles with gunpowder.

  7. Actually you are most likely fine being trampled by a horse in full plate armor,ive seen it happen

  8. That's not a problem at all. Even with all the armor, your crotch is still only covered by your underpants (because those parts are protected by...horse), and layers just resting on top (Aketon, maille, coat of arms). All you need to do is open a single drawstring, pull it down, and pee.

  9. This is why the scots had skirts. "FREEDOM... for my butt!" - but all they heard was Freedom, and thus they repeat.

  10. The gambeson pants were quite open in the crotch area, I have tried and its possible to use toilet with armor on, requires some weight shifting and nimble hands but possible. (not that I have peed in Armour but tried the concept while wearing one.

  11. I have pissed several times while wearing my harness, its not easy, but it is doable. Just whip the dick out through any available hole and angle yourself so it hits the ground. If you're wearing a cup, its much harder and I usually take my gear off in that case.

  12. Join a reenactor group, I know a bunch of people who wear armor on a fairly regular basis. But the heat is definitely an issue, even if it's just light gambesons and gorgets for rapier

  13. “Ye must dresseth for thine slide, not for thine ride” - Sir Harleth of Davidson circa 1373 (unconfirmed)

  14. Zippers only replace the ladder stitches. On US military uniforms for example the only zipper is on the front of the blouse. Everything else is buttons and Velcro. However, Velcro is loud is there are units that use buttons in theater as buttons are the most quiet form of accessible closure.

  15. Of course. There are going to be people literally crapping themselves during death or moments before, no one will notice your pee mail.

  16. No imagine 10000 of these guys running at you screaming and utterly determined to kill you. I think anyone in anything is pissing themselves

  17. Everything he was wearing was made for the man we were watching. Everything was man to spec for the most part. Imagine the effort made just to prepare the armor and cloths, the chain mail, all just for him for a two minute video. Of course he is much more than that, but the preparation to get to this point is massive.

  18. It got me wondering about how long it took to makes all the stuffs they showed and how long it would take to get everyone ready for a battle. Also how many people it would take in support roles to help them.

  19. While proper fit is no doubt vital for good protection and mobility, I imagine it's a bit like buying clothing today. If you're rich and fancy you can afford to have everything bespoke and made-to-order. If you're less fancy, then you might have to buy off the rack and get pieces modified for fit. As such, you might have to compromise a bit on fit and protection because there's only so much reshaping you can do with hardened steel. Things like the chain maile and gambeson shirt however would be pretty easy to modify.

  20. Ya, if this was 1390, and that guy rolled up on that horse in that armor and jupon with his squire following him , the modern equivalent is pulling up to the event in a McClaren in a handmade Saville row suit while two supermodels get out of the passenger side having ridden in the lap of the other, Bruce Wayne style. A full suit like what you see would be the equivalent of dropping close to US$750,000 in today's money back in 1380-90. These dudes were most certainly the 1%'ers of the day.

  21. From much of what I’ve read, knights in this period were very often captured and ransomed as opposed to killed. Apart from the obvious financial incentive, it must also be pretty hard to kill someone, wearing all this metal, with an edged hand weapon.

  22. I forget the exact time period, but certain armors worked so well against arrows that knights would come out of battle resembling pincushions. The arrows sticking harmlessly out of the armor.

  23. Unless fighting against enemy professional troops with the proper weapons someone in armor like this was very very difficult to kill, and wearing this also indicated that you were not just a lowly soldier so you would likely be captured anyway.

  24. Hence why you find extant armor and gloves with gold and brass trim, as a way for that rich knight to show the other army "hey, you kicked my ass, please don't shove a dagger into my armpit to kill me as I lay knocked out on the ground, im rich and worth ransoming."

  25. That’s why they had squire’s. Being a knight was its own business and they had to upkeep so much stuff like buying and maintaining a horse as well as several squires to do all that for him

  26. All that and the main character will still just cruise by and lightly graze his sword across your chest and you're dead.

  27. The amount of erections he's lost in the process of trying to get this off and catching a whiff of some 14th century beef curtains

  28. Damn the weight for the horse and If I am not wrong some horses also had some armor also, those horses were badass

  29. I wondered about the leg armor and the horse. I always thought riding armor left the inside of the legs exposed so you could feel and steer the horse and it would not hurt it.

  30. That’s pretty much how Agincourt was won. Yes, the longbowmen did their part, but so did the weather. It rained torrentially and men at arms were drowned in the mud.

  31. Please downvote me for this: the music is from Palestrina’s Missa pro defunctis, a 16th-century mass. Two centuries later than the armor depicted.

  32. It always amazes to look at a knights armour because of the complexity, workmanship (some museum suits are just stunning), and cost.

  33. Former firefighter here. Older fire gear ( turnout) with scba, helmet, mask and boots weighed this much. If you carried a Halligan or axe it was just over 100 lbs. you learned to move differently so as not exhaust too quickly. Definitely a younger man’s game.

  34. So real question, how much did you need to worry about sword strikes and the like damaging the relatively weak looking leather thongs and straps holding all of that together?

  35. It definitely happened, artwork shows pieces of armor must have been cut off frequently enough to draw it in. Though considering these methods of attachment were common over a long time, it must have been infrequent or inconsequential enough to keep em around unchanged. That's one benefit to wearing as much chainmail as this gentleman is, so that if a plate comes undone he's not so vulnerable.

  36. I watch this thinking, “damn that’s just plain ridiculous”. Then I remember wearing battle rattle back when I was in. Same shit, different era.

  37. That’s fucking bad ass! Saving for the next time some anime weeb wants to debate wether or not a samurai could best a knight.

  38. It’s not like samurai armor was anything to fuck with either. Although I’d agree that most periods the knight stomps the samurai when the warriors are of similar skill

  39. Japan at the height of the samurai was xenophobic. No new ideas coming from outside. Meanwhile European blacksmiths and knights learned from other blacksmiths and knight. Not to mention the poor quality metals that ancient Japan had to work with. It’s an unfair matchup. Japan did amazing things with their resources for war. I can only imagine what they would’ve come up with if they’d fought in Europe (and if they’d been closer to the region)

  40. The armor looks really cool. Watching this video made me sweaty and claustrophobic though. I didn’t know the armor was 36 kg or around 79 pounds.

  41. Crazy how now-a-days you can equip all this by just right clicking the armor from your inventory. Technology is amazing.

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