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Ronald M




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PostPosted: Tue 02 Feb, 2016 11:01 pm    Post subject: Few questions         Reply with quote

Would a man in plate still carry a shield, ever?

and... i had a few others ill post them here when i remember them

smiley face 123? no? lol yeah well im here cause i like...swords and weapons and stuff obv
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Feb, 2016 12:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Short answer. Yes, there are plenty of images of men in full plates armour using various types of shields.
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Feb, 2016 1:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes, they a re very large exception to the rule. Some pics are undoubtedly showing something archaic/classical but Stephen is right. Still don't think its the norm and it depends on who, when, why etc. You couldn't for example, wear a typical heater on a mid 15th cent Milanese, the couter would get in the way terribly.
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Ronald M




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PostPosted: Wed 03 Feb, 2016 7:25 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Stephen Curtin wrote:
Short answer. Yes, there are plenty of images of men in full plates armour using various types of shields.

but why? theyre pretty much wearing a shield so what would the point be?
would it be like a defense againse stuff like maces so they don;t take the blunt force directly on their podies of something similar to that?

smiley face 123? no? lol yeah well im here cause i like...swords and weapons and stuff obv
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Luka Borscak




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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb, 2016 11:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If you can put something between you and lances, maces and pollaxes even if you wear armour, you do. Nobody wants to be hit by these weapons no matter what he's wearing.
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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Feb, 2016 10:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

And a shield might not only protect the bearer but also the people behind them.
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Alexis Bataille




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Feb, 2016 11:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There is plate and plate. Some very late plate can be used in joust without shield.
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Alex W.




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PostPosted: Sat 27 Feb, 2016 2:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Another answer to why a man in plate harness might wear a shield would be financial. His armour would be among the more expensive things he owns, and even when it functions perfectly, it would retain damage from absorbing or deflecting a blow, which could be expensive to repair. Shields, on the other hand are much cheaper and easier to replace, as well as adding yet another layer of defence in a literal fight to the death.
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