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Equipment : Armor

Armor & Shields

A table of miscellaneous equipment, with their weight and costs. This is a basic guide for supplies used in role playing games and fantasy stories.

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Armor

DP's = Damage Points. Each time the armor is hit, it takes 1 DP. At 0 dp's, the armor is useless. Armor can be repaired by an armorsmith. Metal armor can be repaired by a blacksmith.

  • KEY
  • * : AC is for head and neck only
  • † : the shield bonus to base armor class
  • ‡ : the shield bonus to base armor class, this is 2 against missle weapons
Item NamePriceWeightACDPSPBDetails
Armor PaddingPrice: 3 gpWeight: 5 lbs.AC: 9DP: 3S: 0P: -1B: -1Details: Details
Metal armor requires a degree of padding beneath plates to prevent pinching and chaffing. Armor padding is a barrier between the user and the actual armor.
Banded Mail / Augmented MailPrice: 200 gpWeight: 44 lbs.AC: 4DP: 30S: +2P: )1B: -1Details: Details
A type of composite armor formed by weaving leather strips vertically through the mail to improve its protection. The augmentation is performed after the mail is completed and may be added to existing light mail.
Bar MailPrice: 200 gpWeight: 40 lbs.AC: 4DP: 29S: +2P: +1B: -2Details: Details
Similar to augmented mail except that thin metal splints are added instead of leather strips. Hand and foot protection cannot be made from this.
Brigandine, MetalPrice: 120 gpWeight: 35 lbs.AC: 6DP: 20S: +1P: +1B: 0Details: Details
Metal brigandine armor is a form of body armor from the Middle Ages. It is a cloth garment, generally canvas or leather, lined with small oblong steel plates riveted to the fabric.
Brigandine, Wood/Horn/BonePrice: 80 gpWeight: 26 lbs.AC: 7DP: 10S: 0P: +1B: 0Details: Details
Wood, horn and bone brigandine armor consists of cloth garment, generally canvas or leather, lined with small oblong wood/horn/bone plates that are riveted to the fabric.
Bronze Plate MailPrice: 400 gpWeight: 45 lbs.AC: 4DP: 30S: +2P: 0B: -1Details: Details
A type of mail with embedded bronze plates.
Chain MailPrice: 75 gpWeight: 40 lbs.AC: 5DP: 25S: +2P: 0B: -2Details: Details
A type of armor consisting of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh.
Double MailPrice: 160 gpWeight: 45 lbs.AC: 4DP: 29S: +2P: 0B: -2Details: Details
Chain mail armor using thicker chains - the links are twice the weight of light mail, and about 40% thicker.
Gauntlets, LeatherPrice: 2 gpWeight: 2 lbs.AC: 0DP: 5S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A type of leather glove, typically with an extended cuff covering part of the forearm.
Gauntlets, Chain MailPrice: 5 gpWeight: 3 lbs.AC: -DP: 10S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A type of chain mail glove, typically with an extended cuff covering part of the forearm.
Gauntlets, Plate MailPrice: 7 gpWeight: 4 lbs.AC: -DP: 13S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A type of plate mail glove with an extended cuff covering part of the forearm.
Helm, CapPrice: 3 gpWeight: 1 lbs.AC: 1*DP: 5S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
Combat protective headgear, covering the skull. Caps do not have visors, or protect the neck.
Helm, CoifPrice: 8 gpWeight: 2 lbs.AC: 2*DP: 15S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A close fitting cap that covers the top, back, and sides of the head.
Helmet, BasinetPrice: 10 gpWeight: 5 lbs.AC: 2*DP: 25S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
An open-faced military helmet that evolved from a type of iron/steel skullcap, but it added a more pointed apex to the skull, and it extended downwards at the rear and sides to afford protection for the neck. A mail curtain was usually attached to the lower edge of the helmet to protect the throat, neck and shoulders. A visor (face guard) was often employed to protect the exposed face.
Helmet, GreatPrice: 30 gpWeight: 10 lbs.AC: 3*DP: 35S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A flat-topped cylinder of steel that completely covered the head and had only very small openings for the eyes and mouth. Later designs gained more of a curved design, particularly on the top, to deflect or lessen the impact of blows.
Helmet, Open FacedPrice: 10 gpWeight: 4 lbs.AC: 2*DP: 20S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A helmet without a visor, leaving the face exposed
Hide ArmorPrice: 15 gpWeight: 30 lbs.AC: 6DP: 20S: 0P: -2B: 0Details: Details
Armor created using tanned hides stitched together.
Leather ArmorPrice: 5 gpWeight: 10 lbs.AC: 8DP: 10S: 0P: -2B: 0Details: Details
Armor created using leather sewn together.
Leather Armor, Hard / Cuir-bouilliPrice: 20 gpWeight: 15 lbs.AC: 7DP: 14S: 0P: -1B: 0Details: Details
Thick leather armor, which had been boiled in a hardening concoction (typically water, with oil or wax. And possibly the use of ammonia from fermented animal urine). The boiling causes the leather to become harder but also more brittle.
Lamellar, MetalPrice: 210 gpWeight: 36 lbs.AC: 4DP: 26S: 0P: +1B: 0Details: Details
Lamellar armor consists of hundreds of small rectangular iron or bronze plates (scales or lamellae) which are pierced in various locations and laced together into horizontal rows to the proper length needed to construct a particular armor item.
Lamellar, Wood/Horn/BonePrice: 120 gpWeight: 20 lbs.AC: 5DP: 10S: 0P: +1B: 0Details: Details
Lamellar armor consists of hundreds of small rectangular wood, horn or bone plates which are pierced in various locations and laced together into horizontal rows to the proper length needed to construct a particular armor item.
Padded ArmorPrice: 4 gpWeight: 10 lbs.AC: 8DP: 10S: 0P: -2B: 0Details: Details
A light form of armor that consists of a thick set of clothing that has been stuffed with additional padding.
Plate MailPrice: 600 gpWeight: 50 lbs.AC: 3DP: 35S: +3P: 0B: 0Details: Details
A chestplate of plate mail armor, typically consisting of a front and back plate, linked together at the sides.
Plate, FieldPrice: 2,000 gpWeight: 60 lbs.AC: 2DP: 40S: +3P: +1B: 0Details: Details
Field Plate is armor worn by heavy infantry, where movement is not a priority. It is extremely heavy, but provides a great deal of protection. Unlike full plate, which is custom made for each user, field plate is more interchangeable.
Plate, FullPrice: 4,000-10,000 gpWeight: 70 lbs.AC: 1DP: 45S: +4P: +3B: 0Details: Details
Personal armor made from iron or steel plates, culminating in a suit of armor that entirely encases the wearer. This armor is extremely heavy and slows movement, but provides a great deal of protection.
Ring MailPrice: 100 gpWeight: 30 lbs.AC: 7DP: 15S: +1P: +1B: 0Details: Details
Unlike chain mail, which is interwoven chains linked together, ring mail consists of a series of metallic rings sewn to a fabric or leather foundation.
Scale Mail, MetalPrice: 120 gpWeight: 40 lbs.AC: 6DP: 20S: 0P: +1B: 0Details: Details
Scale armor, metal, is an early form of armor consisting of many individual small armor scales (plates) of various shapes attached to each other and to a backing of cloth or leather in overlapping row
Scale Mail, Wood/Horn/BonePrice: 120 gpWeight: 20 lbs.AC: 7DP: 10S: 0P: +1B: 0Details: Details
Scale armor is an early form of armor consisting of many individual small armor scales (plates) of various shapes attached to each other and to a backing of cloth or leather in overlapping row
Shield, BodyPrice: 10 gpWeight: 15 lbs.AC: 1‡DP: 35S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A body shield is a large shield, about the size of the individual using it.
Shield, BucklerPrice: 5 gpWeight: 3 lbs.AC: 1†DP: 10S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A small round shield, 6"-18" in diameter, gripped in the fist. It was generally used as a companion weapon in hand-to-hand combat during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Its size made it poor protection against missile weapons but useful in deflecting the blow of an opponent's sword or mace.
Shield, LargePrice: 13 gpWeight: 13 lbs.AC: 1†DP: 30S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A large shield is about 4' in height, and 2'-3' wide. It is useful in deflecting missile, but difficult to wield during melee attacks by smaller individuals.
Shield, MediumPrice: 7 gpWeight: 10 lbs.AC: 1†DP: 25S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A medium shield is roughly 2'-3' wide, and a strong companion to a melee weapon.
Shield, SmallPrice: 3 gpWeight: 5 lbs.AC: 1†DP: 10S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A small shield is under 2' in diameter and gripped in the fist. It is generally used as a companion weapon to melee weapons, like the sword. Its size made it poor protection against missile weapons but useful in deflecting the blow of an opponent's sword or mace.
Shield, WoodenPrice: 1 gpWeight: 3 lbs.AC: 1†DP: 8S: -P: -B: -Details: Details
A wooden shield about three feet wide. Wooden shields are not as durable as other shields, but they do provide some protection.
Splint MailPrice: 80 gpWeight: 40 lbs.AC: 4DP: 30S: 0P: +1B: +2Details: Details
Limb armor consisting of strips of metal, or splints, which are attached to a fabric or leather backing or covering. The splints are narrow metal strips arranged longitudinally. The splints are pierced for riveting or sewing to a backing of straps, a foundation or a covering.
Studded Leather ArmorPrice: 20 gpWeight: 25 lbs.AC: 7DP: 15S: +2P: +1B: 0Details: Details
Leather armor that is reinforced with small metal studs.

Magical Armor Enhancements

  • KEY
  • ¹ Unlike the additional cost, the increase to the armor or shield's hardness and hit points are only gained from its enhancement bonus, not its special abilities.
  • ² If the armor or shield has a magical bonus greater than +5 or a special ability worth more than +5, then it's epic. Multiply magic cost by 10.
Bonus ValueAdditional CostHardness Increase¹Additional HP¹
+1Additional Cost: +1,000 gpHardness Increase¹: +2Additional HP¹: +10
+2Additional Cost: +4,000 gpHardness Increase¹: +4Additional HP¹: +20
+3Additional Cost: +9,000 gpHardness Increase¹: +6Additional HP¹: +30
+4Additional Cost: +16,000 gpHardness Increase¹: +8Additional HP¹: +40
+5Additional Cost: +25,000 gpHardness Increase¹: +10Additional HP¹: +50
+6Additional Cost: +36,000 gp²Hardness Increase¹: +12Additional HP¹: +60
+7Additional Cost: +49,000 gp²Hardness Increase¹: +14Additional HP¹: +70
+8Additional Cost: +64,000 gp²Hardness Increase¹: +16Additional HP¹: +80
+9Additional Cost: +81,000 gp²Hardness Increase¹: +18Additional HP¹: +90
+10Additional Cost: +100,000 gp²Hardness Increase¹: +20Additional HP¹: +100
+11 or moreAdditional Cost: + bonus squared x 10,000 gpHardness Increase¹: + enhancement bonus x2Additional HP¹: + enhancement bonus x10

 

 

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