Armor Overhaul

Light Armor
Cost Armor
Bonus
Max
Dex
Bonus
Armor
Check
Penalty
Arcane
Spell
Failure
Weight Notes
Padded Gambeson 2 gp +1 +4 -1 5% 5 lbs Quilted tunic, primarily meant as padding
Quilted Aketon 5 gp +2 +2 -2 10% 8 lbs Heavier quilted armor meant to stand on its own
Leather 10 gp +3 +2 -3 15% 10 lbs Thick, hardened leather armor, covering torso, legs and upper arms.
Ringmail 15 gp +3 +4 -2 10% 12 lbs Somewhat softer, lighter leather, reinforced with metal rings or disks.
Mail Shirt 75 gp +2 - -1 5% 20 lbs A short sleeved mail shirt
Lamellar Cuirass 50 gp +3 - -1 5% 15 lbs A cuirass made up of small rectangular plates, covering the torso.
Coat of Plates 100 gp +3 - -2 10% 10 lbs Predecessor to the brigandine; large metal plates inside a layer of cloth.
Brigandine 50gp +2 - -1 5% 10-15 lbs Metal plates sewn into a doublet or surcoat.
Breastplate 150 gp +3 - -1 5% 10 lbs Plate breast and backplate.
Plate Cuirass 500 gp +4 +3 -3 15% 25 lbs Plate breast-and-back plate, as well as upper leg armor. Some examples of this armor may be proofed.
  • Light armor generally covers only the main body unless otherwise noted. As such, it can all benefit from the extra “pieces” below, and much of it can also be layered.
Pieces
Cost Armor
Bonus
Max
Dex
Bonus
Armor
Check
Penalty
Arcane
Spell
Failure
Weight Notes
Bracers / Gauntlets 10 gp +1 - - +5% 1-2 lbs
Greaves / Armored boots 10 gp +1 gp - -1 - 2-3 lbs
Medium
Cost Armor
Bonus
Max
Dex
Bonus
Armor
Check
Penalty
Arcane
Spell
Failure
Weight Notes
Brigandine, Heavy 100 gp +6 +3 -4 20% 30 lbs Brigandine body armor combined with mail, plate or additional brigandine on the limbs.
Mail Hauberk 150 gp +5 +3 -4 20% 40 lbs A long hauberk of heavy mail.
Light Mail 150 gp +3 +5 -3 15% 25 lbs A mail hauberk, but the rings are of lighter weight.
Banded Armor(Segmentata) 100 gp +5 +4 -3 15% 20 lbs Classic lorica segmentata, made from rows of overlapping iron or steel bands.
Half Plate 1,500 gp +6 +3 -3 15% 35 lbs Plate armor covering the body, legs and arms. Examples of this armor may be proofed.
  • Medium armor is typically primarily body armor. As such, it too can benefit from the “pieces” above, and several types of it can be layered with light armor for additional protection.
Heavy
Cost Armor
Bonus
Max
Dex
Bonus
Armor
Check
Penalty
Arcane
Spell
Failure
Weight Notes
3/4 Plate 3,000 gp +8 +4 -4 20% 50 lbs “Savoyard” style heavy cavalry armor, covering virtually the entire body. Some examples of this armor may be proofed.
“Plate Mail” 2,000 gp +8 +2 -4 25% 50 lbs Early “full” plate armor, a combination of plate, mail and splinted armor.
Full Plate 8,000 gp +10 +3 -5 30% 45 lbs Full plate armor with mail covering any openings.
Gothic or Maximillian Plate 12,000 gp +12 +4 -5 35% 50 lbs The pinnacle of development for full plate harness.
Layering Armor
  • This is not an exhaustive list, and the DM may declare things practical at discretion.
  • When layering, armor bonus stacks; max dex bonus is equal to the lower bonus for the two layers, -1. Armor check penalty is equal to the greater penalty -1.
Gambeson Aketon Chain Shirt Light Mail Mail Hauberk
Gambeson - X X X X
Aketon X - X X X
Lamellar Cuirass X X X X X
Coat of Plates X X X X X
Breastplate X X X X X

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