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Elidhu
July 19th, 2006, 02:16 PM
Hi guys, i've been researching the different types of armour but i can only find info on the really heavy type, like breastplates etc. Does anyone know what travelling armour would consist of... or dress armour? Also, what was worn as socks? Was it stockings or something? I need info for both male and female armour including what material it would be made of. Calling all armour experts, i need help!

Holbrook
July 19th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Hi guys, i've been researching the different types of armour but i can only find info on the really heavy type, like breastplates etc. Does anyone know what travelling armour would consist of... or dress armour? Also, what was worn as socks? Was it stockings or something? I need info for both male and female armour including what material it would be made of. Calling all armour experts, i need help!

Here is a list of sites to get you going. And I also suggest you start googling and raiding your local library.

I suggest SFI and Arms and Armour, for the best info. Also take a look on amazon, there are lots of books about the subject.

Sorry there is no shortcut to get this info, you need to spend hours, weeks and even months getting the research you need.

Also they didn't wear socks... they wore hose, and hose, braies (underpants) and shirt were worn under gambsons (thick padded jackets) also padded leggings of a sort sometimes. The armour was attached to this. They also wore a padded hat like a baby's bonnet under their helm.

As to medieval armour, there was no women's as such, the nearest is the sort Elizabeth I wore, a shaped breast plate.

Travelling armour??? errr you either wore your armour if the situation was dangerous enough, or wore a mail shirt or breastplate, most would carry their armour along with their kit. Knights had money so a few servants as well. As I said, research, best advice I can give is to pick an age say 1250's or 1350's or 1450's and study the armour of that time for your work. To attempt to study all armour would take years and years....


http://www.digiserve.com/heraldry/armor.htm

http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=41041

http://www.arador.com/main/index.html

http://members.aol.com/TeacherNet/Medieval.html

http://www.kinleymacgregor.com/medieval_history.htm


Edit: It was made or lots of things from stiffened leather, mail or maile, (not chainmail, that word a invention of fantasy, no historian worth their salt would use it.) made of iron or steel rings. pieces or small plates or iron and steel, sometimes bronze sewn on leather. shape steel armour and lots of varitions inbetween.

You really need to set a time period/type and study that.

davidf
July 23rd, 2006, 11:12 PM
For a good general book on armor (and weapons), check out:

An Historical Guide to Arms & Armor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0816026203/sr=8-1/qid=1153710246/ref=sr_1_1/104-6184880-5331144?ie=UTF8

For an incredible look at Viking shields, helmets (no horns, please), byrnies, etc:

Viking Weapons and Warfare
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0752428470/sr=1-1/qid=1153710445/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-6184880-5331144?ie=UTF8&s=books

Enjoy!

Dave
http://www.wouldyoubuythisnovel.com

Ward
July 23rd, 2006, 11:50 PM
This is definitely one area where a little research goes a long way, you can't really skimp on knowledge here. I recommend you check out those links, but be sure to get yourself some books on the period you are interested in and read them--you really can't get away with winging it or dressing your story up with a few details here and there in the case of arms and armor.

Mock
July 24th, 2006, 08:01 PM
A book called The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy (which I highly recommend by the way, hey does that mean I get half the profit off the next few purchases?) has a whole chapter on it.

I'd say traveling armor would probably a leather cuirass, a cloak (maybe made of wool or something).

Keep this in mind, however: The idea that plate armor makes knights slow and clumsy is a myth. Complete bullshnitzel. A set made by a master smith weighed LESS than the amount of stuff that a modern soldier carries (approximately 45 pounds) AND is much better spread out across the body.