Sunday, October 3, 2010
What the heck is leather armor?
Just what the heck is the "leather armor" in AD&D supposed to be?
Wikipedia tells us that in the Middle Ages, mail (what is called chainmail in AD&D, following the incorrect Victorian terminology) and plate (encompassing plate mail, field plate, and full plate) were the norm. There's lamellar, but that is really just scale mail without the backing, and can be composed of scales of either leather or steel. Even made of leather, it hardly seems like the sort of thing a thief would use and still be able to remain silent.
Is it some sort of breastplate of cuir bouilli? Leather scale armor (on a backing of leather)? Lamellar?
Can someone with a better knowledge of historical armor help me out on this?