Plate Armor

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A type of Armor

Plate armor is the pinnacle of medieval armor and offers excellent protection against both impact and penetration. Plate armor armor forms a solid metal shell over the protected areas that spreads impact over a large surface area to mitigate concussive force. The individual metal pieces of plate armor are shaped and fitted to articulate together and follow the contours of the body. Plate armor will not deform locally when struck, but will instead behave as a single contiguous whole.

Armor Points

Base Armor Points: 5
Maximum Armor Points: 6


Metal used must be at least 1.22mm (18 gauge) steel. At least 75% of the protected area must be covered by individual plates which are large relative to the hit location protected; Plate is large individual contiguous pieces of metal connected together to form a whole, not a large number of smaller plates. Each plate must be firmly attached to all neighboring plates by strapping or metal-on-metal articulation in such a way as to form a rigid shell when worn. Armor may still be flexible where necessary for mobility.

Armor Specific Modifiers

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Fluted: +1

The armor has been fluted for additional strength and rigidity.

Heavy Gauge: +1

Metal used is at least 1.58mm (16 gauge).

Metal Articulations: +1

Articulations and connections between plates are metal-on-metal rather than metal-on-leather.

Gambeson: +1

This armor is worn over a Gambeson.

See also: General Modifiers

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