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Ben P.




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PostPosted: Tue 13 Jan, 2009 7:39 am    Post subject: How effective was armor of proof?         Reply with quote

The title is self evident, discuss! Big Grin

BTW Is it true that a Lorica Segmenata can shrug off a ballista bolt?
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Kjell Magnusson




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PostPosted: Tue 13 Jan, 2009 10:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Probably depends a lot on when and how it was proofed against what. From what I can recall Swedish breastplates in the late 17th century where proofed by placing them against a stuffed sack, and then shooting them with the standard infantry musket at twenty paces. These breastplates would have been about 8mm thick I think. Use less powerful weapons to proof with, and you could end up with considerably weaker (and lighter) armour passing.
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Jan, 2009 11:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Segmentata cannot "shrug off" a ballista bolt, no.

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Ben P.




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PostPosted: Tue 13 Jan, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

M. Eversberg II wrote:
Segmentata cannot "shrug off" a ballista bolt, no.

M.


Okay thanks for the info
I was just wondering because I heard about a show on The History Channel (Before the days of modern
marvels and apocalypse) where a bolt bounced off

BTW does anyone know where I could find this video?

Thanks for the info on proofed plate
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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Tue 13 Jan, 2009 1:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ben P. wrote:
I was just wondering because I heard about a show on The History Channel (Before the days of modern
marvels and apocalypse) where a bolt bounced off


The test sample didn't shrug it off. The plates were severely dented and would have caused blunt trauma to the wearer. However the test piece used plates that were thicker that what was typically worn by the legionaries.
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan, 2009 8:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Arr ye matey! Thar search function is yer best friend:

http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t...stol+proof
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