UGH, plate-mail is overrated, its heavy as hell, hot, sweaty, and constricting. YES I have worn platemail, i was so pissed that I could barely use my arms and I kept getting pinched, even with the padding!!! I like the picture though very much the style I have seen you do so far.
You just have to get the right type, though. If you just have generic, off the shelf plate mail, of course it's going to be hot, sweaty, and constricting. But if you have it custom fitted to you, or even get generic stuff fitted closely to your size, it's actually a lot easier to move in than you'd think. It's like wearing a heavy backpack full of gear, but better since the weight gets evenly distributed across your whole body. I actually prefer it to something like chain mail, except for the obviously inferior ventilation. It takes training to build up the proper muscles, but it's something you can get used to quickly. You just really, really need properly fitted equipment. (Yes, I've worn plate and chain before as well. And gone running around in it all day, yelling and cheerfully trying to whack people. ^_^)
I have worn chain mail, too. I like that the weight forms it to your body, but I have to say my favorite is a scale mail, not steel but bronze, the color like dragon like, and it fits AMAZING... yeah I still can't wear it too long... I have bad lungs.
Really? Huh; I've never really been a huge fan of scale mail. It seems like a sort of a half-way point between chain and plate - heavier than chain but without quite as good ventilation. And you don't want to run your hand across it the wrong way, heh. Though it does look *very* good. I will also agree that both scale and plate are very nicely form fitting. Women in chain mail can be surprisingly sexy.
Buuut I still have to come down on the side of well shaped plate (if you can afford it, which is a big "if"). Just because there's so much you can do with it. There's records of knights - in full armor - turning cartwheels or climbing up the undersides of scaling ladders. You don't want to turn cartwheels in a tunic of chain or scale mail. It just kinda ends up with you in a tangled heap of limbs and metal while your friends laugh so hard from the sidelines they can't stand up.
Yeah, but still the invention of the poleaxes and specialized weapons meant to render armor usless, what scares me the most about plate in the fact that it is bent easily by striking it. Once it is bent is reduces mobility even more, jamming joints and crushing internal body parts.
Point, but again I have to stress quality. High quality plate is more resistant to bending - in fact it's supposed to stand up to the force of someone charging at it, on a horse, with all that alarming amount of momentum funneled down to a single point.
However, I admit even high quality stuff doesn't always stand up and a polearm wielded by a competent individual can generate a lot of force. Unfortunately, the alternatives are even worse. Chain or scale won't deaden blunt-force trauma nearly so well. So instead of bent armor, you'll have a broken arm. Which will put you out of the fight entirely, even if your enemy's too stupid to use the next stroke to kill you. And unfortunately, unlike in comics, real enemies are rarely that stupid.
Good point. I'm more in the camp with Lady Pendragon on this one: hit things with a two-handed sword. And plate mail works perfect for that. But for a bow, well, you do want something more flexible. Besides, if you have ranged weapons, the best defense when someone comes at you is usually to run away. Preferably screaming in a cowardly fashion to let your comrades know you're in trouble (never underestimate the usefulness of a cowardly scream).
Oh, er, by the way, sorry Nebezial for turning your comment section into a debate on the virtues of different armor types. Uh, hopefully it will prove useful one day? Heh (cue embarrassed grin).