Can You Move in Armor?

Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Marchmaine
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    Great… now I gotta get new workout gear.Report

  2. Pinky
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    I don’t know if we’re picking teams for any reason right now, but if we are, or in case we do, I just want to say I’m pretty sure this guy is my first choice.Report

  3. Michael Cain
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    At the beginning, the video said the armor weighed a little over 26 kg — call it 60 pounds. In Iraq and Afghanistan, US ground troops’ body armor came in at about 33 pounds w/o helmet, and covered much less area. The Army does seem to be making a significant effort in the last few years to lighten that, as a result of numerous studies indicating that the contemporary answer to the headline question is “Not very well.”

    March load in Iraq and Afghanistan was frequently over 100 pounds. I seem to recall reading somewhere recently that one-third of the medical evacuations of service personnel there were spine and joint injuries related to the loads they were carrying.Report

  4. Burt Likko
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    This is a young man in exquisite physical shape, and exercising in a not quite 60 pound suit of metal armor seems like an excellent way to maintain that condition. So it’s possible. Probably takes a lot of time to get into that kind of shape and a lot of time to stay in that kind of shape once you get there. The medieval texts suggest that the fellow being emulated knew of few others of similar physical prowess.

    I also wonder about nutrition: a medieval person’s diet would be very different than our own. A noble probably was wealthy and had access to a lot of meat, which a peasant or a merchant might not.Report

    • North in reply to Burt Likko
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      Yeah one of the biggest things about the past was the incredible disparity in nutrition. We don’t appreciate, these days, how much more scarce protein was for even middle class individuals. You can see it in the Briggs cartoons too and they only date back a century and change.Report

      • Michael Cain in reply to North
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        One of the interesting features of the Colorado State Capitol is that here and there, in odd places, are a whole raft of large blow-ups of pictures obtained from the state historical society that were mostly taken in the 1900-1910 decade. One of the things you notice in most of them is how big people’s heads are relative to their body. In the large box of old family photos in my closet, this trend seemed to have continued at least into the 1950s.

        An exception is a picture of the state senate chamber with the Senators present. White, male, and quite overweight on average.Report

        • North in reply to Michael Cain
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          Wow, yeah, talk about illustrative of my point!
          If a bunch of us were somehow moved into the 16th century they’d think we were elves or something and, for all intents and purposes, we would be.Report

      • Erinye Oleary in reply to North
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        Because 3000 calories of bread is suddenly short on protein? That’s around 100 grams per day, dude.

        Kwashikor was unknown to the Middle Ages peasant, because of the prevalence of protein (both consumed via breads and beans, and the weevils that fed on both).

        We do not appreciate, these days, how rotten or spoiled the food was.Report

  5. Kazzy
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    I think they got the climbing thing wrong. An “ell” is approximately half a meter from what I can dig up online, so I assume this was more of a shimmy up between two closely-spaced walls and not a rock-wall style ascent.

    Still, this is impressive on so many levels. I started walking around in a weighted vest during the pandemic as it was often my only source of exercise. Fully loaded, it was 60 pounds. I couldn’t go far with that weight. I could routinely walk for a few miles with it at about 36 pounds but the pressure put on the shoulders eventually becomes unbearable.Report

  6. Murali
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    So, Wizards and Paizo should raise the dex modifier cap on full plate?Report

    • North in reply to Murali
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      They did right off the bat actually. Half plate is actually more cumbersome and difficult to move in for those systems than full plate specifically because full plate works better.Report

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