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Based on [ The Armoury] and [ Killer Shrike's High Fantasy Hero]

! Material ! Name ! DEF ! Locations ! Weight ! Cost ! Notes ! Locale

Bezanted Coat 2 10,11,12 0.13 42
Bezanted Jack 2 7-12 0.1 32
Brigandine Coat 4 10,11,12 0.15 360
Cuirbouilli Cuirass 4 10,11,12 0.05 270
Cuirbouilli Greaves 4 15,16 0.02 210
Cuirbouilli Helmet 4 4,5 0.01 110
Cuirbouilli Vambraces 4 7,8 0.01 90
Lamellar Coat 5 10,11,12 0.11 120
Lamellar Greaves 5 15,16 0.04 190
Lamellar Vambraces 5 7,8 0.02 110
Leather Coat 3 10,11,12 0.06 54
Leather Helmet 3 4,5 0.01 12
Leather Jack 3 7-12 0.04 44
Leather Leggings 3 13-18 0.07 92
Leather Mask 3 3 0.01 8 -1 PER
Leather Sleeves 3 7-9 0.03 55
Mail Coif 6 4,5 0.02 180
Mail Habergeon 6 10,11,12 0.14 500
Mail Hauberk 6 8-14 0.17 700
Mail Leggings 6 13-18 0.19 690
Mail Sleeves 6 7-9 0.12 365
Plate Arm Harness 7 6-9 0.11 420
Plate Breastplate 7 10,11,12 0.12 740
Plate Full 8 3-18 0.38 2000 +3 PRE
Plate Greaves 7 15,16 0.06 600
Plate Half 8 6-12 0.21 1640
Plate Helmet 7 4,5 0.03 100
Plate Leg Harness 7 13-18 0.16 840
Plate Vambraces 7 7,8 0.04 320
Plate Visored Helm 8 3,4,5 0.04 225 -3 PER
Ring Coat 5 10,11,12 0.1 340
Ring Jack 5 7-12 0.13 390
Ring Sleeves 5 7-9 0.08 185
Scale Habergeon 5 10,11,12 0.17 475
Scale Hauberk 5 8-14 0.23 530
Scale Sleeves 5 7-9 0.14 265
  • DEF is the resistent protection provided.
  • Location specifies the locations covered on the hit location table.
  • Time specifies the approximate time to make this kind of armour.
  • Weight is weight of armour expressed as a percentage of body weight.
  • Cost is in pennies and is based on a normal version of armour for someone of human size.
  • Notes applies to the character while wearing this armour in addition to any other rules.

Armour Material Descriptions:

Bezanted: Cloth or leather sewn or rivetted with small, non-overlapping metal plates.

Brigandine: Also called “coat of plates,” this armour is made of shaped pieces of metal rivetted onto leather.

Cuirbouilli: Leather hardened by boiling it in wax.

Lamellar: A more advanced form of scale armour, in which the scales are longer, interlaced, and not sewn to a fabric.

Leather: Tanned and prepared animal skin.

Mail: A fabric of interwoven metal rings. One wears mail over a padded garment. The term maille is Middle French, brought into English in the 14th century (Hundred Years' War). The term chain mail is probably anachronistic, and at least redundant.

Plate: Armour made of shaped metal pieces, not attached to any backing. It is still assumed to be worn over a padded garment.

Ring: An earlier, or simply cheaper, form of mail, in which the links are larger and sewn onto a leather backing.

Scale: Armour made from overlapping scales sewn onto cloth or leather.



Cloth based
Leather based
Metal scales
Halay Steel


! Total Weight Carried ! DCV/ DEX Roll ! Movement ! END Cost per Turn

Up to 10% -0 -
10-24% -1 -
25-49% -2 -1“
50-74% -3 -2”
75-89% -4 -4“
90-100% -5 -8”


Total Weight Carried: A percentage of the total weight a character can lift , as indicated by the Strength Table (page 34). For example, a character with a 20 STR can lift 400 kilograms; if carrying 200 kilograms, he would suffer a -3 to DCV and DEX Rolls.

Movement: Moving characters can carry up to 24% of the weight they can carry with their STR at no penalty. However, carrying more than that slows them down. The Movement column shows the impact that carrying 25% or more of their carrying capacity has on their movement. The number of inches listed in the table is subtracted from the character's movement rate. As explained on page 364, characters can use their movement to improve their STR; this may allow them to overcome some or all effects of encumbrance at less cost in velocity.

END Cost Per Turn: When Encumbered in combat, the character uses this much END per Turn in addition to any other END used for STR, Powers, and the like. Additionally, you can use this number as the amount of Long Term END he loses every hour which he carries that much weight.

A character must pay the END cost for Encumbrance in his first Phase of each Turn. As a default, he pays the entire END cost in his first Phase, but the GM may, if he wishes, divide the END cost equally over the character's Phases for the Turn. At the GM's option, characters so Encumbered that they must pay END do not get Post-Segment 12 Recoveries (and possibly not even normal Recoveries) until they get rid of enough weight to remove the penalty, or sit down and do nothing but rest.

Hit Location table

3-5 Head x5 x2 x2
6 Hands x1 x½ x½
7-8 Arms x2 x½ x½
9 Shoulders x3 x1 x1
10-11 Chest x3 x1 x1
12 Stomach x4 x1½ x1
13 Vitals x4 x1½ x2
14 Thighs x2 x1 x1
15-16 Legs x2 x½ x½
17-18 Feet x1 x½ x½


STUNx: Multiplier to stun for killing attacks, after defenses have been applied.

N STUN: Multiplier to stun for normal attacks, after defenses have been applied.

BODYx: Multiplier to body for all attacks, after defenses have been applied.

To Hit: Penalty to target this location.


For the purposes of the material herein, it is assumed that to use armour a character must be proficient with its use. This is handled via 2 point armour Familiarities (AF) for each Category of armour, and a 1 point armour Familiarity for Shields. Characters lacking the appropriate proficiency may wear armour, but suffer major penalties for doing so for both Equipment and Magic based armours bought with the “Real armour” Limitation.


Armour is cumbersome and imposes penalties upon the wearer. Whenever attempting a DEX Roll or using a DEX Based Skill the Character sufferers the encumberance penalty; further if the character is taking a physical action which the GM determines is precarious or awkward the Character must make a DEX or Skill Roll at the listed penalties to avoid falling over or otheriwise inconveniencing themselves at the GM's discretion. These penalties can be counteracted with the use of Penalty Skill Levels.


A character can purchase PSL's to offset the DEX and DCV Penalties of wearing armour. The character can purchase the 1.5 point Single Penalty levels vs either DEX or DCV, or the 2 point Tight Group levels vs both DEX and DCV, at their discretion. It is almost always more efficient to purchase the Tight Group levels.


! Cost ! Name ! Effect

1.5 Shield DEX Offset
1.5 Armour DCV Offset
1.5 Armour DEX Offset
2 Armour Total Offset
4 Shield Master
4 Medium armour Master
6 Heavy armour Master
roleplaying/hero/ws/armour.txt · Last modified: 2015/01/26 19:23 (external edit)