That was very interesting, I especially liked the comparison between 12 Ga butted and 16Ga riveted. It is nice to see that it takes dramatically thicker rings for butted maille to perform comparably to riveted maille. I would like to point out however, that 16 Ga (butted) is still armor, it does still does offer some protection, albeit far more limited than the heavier maille. Not all men-at-arms needed/ wanted the extra protection, at the cost of added weight.
It is my opinion that the way the rules are written, I.e. in the spirit of how the game is played, that 'armor' in Dagorhir is meant to represent 'lighter' armor, rather than heavier. Solid blows against armor only minimize damage, not ward it off entirely...as a 12 Ga (butted) or 16 Ga (riveted) would. Practically speaking, most (blue) swords would be rendered nearly ineffective against said 'heavy' maille, when properly padded. Certainly far more than what the 16 Ga (butted) could take!
TL;DR: IMO 16 Ga (butted) is fine for Dagorhir, but if I'm going to fight with live steel, I'm going 16 Ga (riveted) or better!
« Last Edit: April 11, 2012, 02:00:10 am by Jack Stewart III »
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