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Old 09-18-2019, 10:02 AM   #1
Rasna
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
Default [Low-Tech] Padded Cloth and Layered Armour penalty

According to rules, layering armour over Padded Cloth (DR 1*) would give -1 to DX. However, the combination of metallic armour over thick padding (not so thick to work properly as standalone armour, but in any case thicker of the DR 0* padding which is included in armour stats) was so common in certain periods and regions (ex. XIII to XVI century Europe) that makes me think that the -1 DX penalty for layering armour seems to be excessive. Wearing mail armour over padded cloth isn't the same that wearing mail armour under a heavy gambeson (DR 3) or under a coat of plates. In the first case, the total weight is inferior, the distribution of weight is better and movement are less likely to be significantly hampered.

So I propose that:

1) Wearing a layer of flexible armour over a single layer of Padded Cloth shouldn't give any DX penalty. Wearing any kind of armour over a single layer of Padded Cloth which is Expertly Tailored or Masterfully Tailored shouldn't give any DX penalty. Expertly Tailored Padded Cloth and Masterfully Tailored Padded Cloth would count as Arming Doublet for the purpuose of calculating the -1 DX and -1 DR penalty for wearing a Plate armour suit without a proper underpadding.

Or, alternatively:

2) Wearing a layer of any kind of armour that isn't of Cheap Quality over a single layer of Padded Cloth shouldn't give any DX penalty. Expertly Tailored Padded Cloth and Masterfully Tailored Padded Cloth would count as Arming Doublet for the purpuose of calculating the -1 DX and -1 DR penalty for wearing a Plate armour suit without a proper underpadding.
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