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Chris Z.




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PostPosted: Wed 02 Sep, 2020 4:04 pm    Post subject: Armor weights and measurements         Reply with quote

Not sure is this is the best place for this. I have been designing a role-playing system this year and my primary goal is to be historically accurate when possible. While I can find lengths for weapons, its rare that I find a weight. And with armor, its even harder to do. Is there a source that someone can suggest? I have guessed at rough square footage and used a per square foot weight for steel and other materials. This has been surprisingly accurate based on the limited weights I have been able to find, Since I do not have, nor can afford to buy an example of every piece of armor, this has been a real challenge. I find it hard to believe no historian has sat down and measured and weighed various armor pieces and published the result. I realize not every piece of armor is available, but surely there are similar examples that I could at least make an educated guess? I have used replicas for weapon sizes, but even they rarely list weights. My biggest challenge is helmets. Any help would be appreciated and could be credited.
Chris Z, President Dahrkhorse Games, Spokane Wa, USA
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Anthony Clipsom




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PostPosted: Thu 03 Sep, 2020 12:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A good place to start is to trawl through the online catalogues of major arms and armour collections. For example, the John Woodman Higgins collection. https://www.worcesterart.org/collection/higgins-collection/ or the Royal Armouries https://collections.royalarmouries.org/#/objects (in the latter case, use the object data tab, which often has dimension data). There are many others with catalogues on line .
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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Thu 03 Sep, 2020 2:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Get a hold of GURPS Low-Tech.
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Chris Z.




Location: Spokane Washington USA
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PostPosted: Sun 11 Oct, 2020 5:08 pm    Post subject: Valuable Info         Reply with quote

Anthony Clipsom wrote:
A good place to start is to trawl through the online catalogues of major arms and armour collections. For example, the John Woodman Higgins collection. https://www.worcesterart.org/collection/higgins-collection/ or the Royal Armouries https://collections.royalarmouries.org/#/objects (in the latter case, use the object data tab, which often has dimension data). There are many others with catalogues on line .


Thank you this was most helpful! I can make better estimations for the items they didn't have, though I was surprisingly close in most cases.

Chris Z, President Dahrkhorse Games, Spokane Wa, USA
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Jeff Cierniak




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PostPosted: Mon 12 Oct, 2020 3:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The Wallace Collection is also a great resource. I made a spreadsheet of weights, lengths, year, potential maker, balance point when available of longswords and arming swords from that resource. Because I'm a huge nerd.

https://wallacelive.wallacecollection.org/eMP/eMuseumPlus

Just use the dropdown menu for arms and armor.
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