FreeTheSlaves said:I always thought that the historical look of plate armour was very funky, in particular the pig-snout helms, and the germanic overlapping upper over lower helms. The plate armour was not symmetrical because of mounted combat requirements & the tabards, creast & shield all had their ornaments & coat-of-arms.
There is heaps of room for stylizing the historical look but I cannot stand the utterly stupid and death-invitingly-impractical spikes, hooks and anything else which must catch blows and magnify damage.
Well, armor spikes were probably developed to help fight weird monsters that swallow whole or grab people with tentacles and such. When grabbed, neither conventional armor nor weapons do much good. DnD characters have to fight alot more than other people with weapons, so the armor should reflect the different threat environment.