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Lamellar vs. Scale Armour
#1
Which one can be considered "better", on balance?
Stefan (Literary references to the discussed topics are always appreciated.)
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#2
You first have to define the two terms. IMO lamellar is an advanced form of scale in which the plates are assembled such that there is no need for a backing. If there is no backing then lamellar should be cheaper, lighter, and faster to assemble than scale.
Author: Bronze Age Military Equipment, Pen & Sword Books
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#3
Don't we have several older threads on this subject? What I want to know is something more exotic. How effective is fighting naked with no weapons? :woot: Confusedilly: :whistle:
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#4
Dan, was it you who said that scale's leather or fabric backing tends to degrade because it can't be washed, or how the scale's holes fray the thread they're sewn with?
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Quote:Don't we have several older threads on this subject? What I want to know is something more exotic. How effective is fighting naked with no weapons? :woot: Confusedilly: :whistle:

probably you ill have to ask HERE Wink
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#6
Quote:Dan, was it you who said that scale's leather or fabric backing tends to degrade because it can't be washed, or how the scale's holes fray the thread they're sewn with?
It is mainly the lacing that causes the problems. The same problems occur with both scale and lamellar. I like this passage from Sakakibara Kozan:

"When soaked with water the armour becomes very heavy and cannot be quickly dried; so that in summer it is oppressive and in winter liable to freeze. Moreover, no amount of washing will completely free the lacing from any mud or blood which may have penetrated it, and on long and distant campaigns it becomes evil-smelling and overrun by ants and lice, with consequent ill effects on the health of the wearer.”
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