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Old 09-23-2017, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default Segmented Plate - Pyramid Low Tech II what am I missing?

I decided to create a little chart of DR, but segmented plate is so horrible. I can't see any reason why anyone would choose it over scale or mail. It's more expensive, heavier, and less protective on average than either.

DR 3 is more expensive and barely 0.5 lbs lighter than 5/3 mail, for example.
So what am I doing wrong here?
Even assuming it's TL2, so is mail. And there's no option for advanced TL3/4 Brigandines anyway.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:25 PM   #2
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Faulds and tassets.
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:16 PM   #3
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Those are real words.
Mail would still be better for the abdomen and legs according to these rules.
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Old 09-24-2017, 01:23 AM   #4
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I have used Segmented plate for characters in the past because it can be made into extra heavy plate while the chain cannot.
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Old 09-24-2017, 02:17 AM   #5
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That's not mentioned in this article or any official book I'm aware of.
I understand that that might work as a nice kludge to make it less abysmal and more reasonable for some players though.
But my point that Segmented Plate is worse in nearly every single way to mail... up to whenever you decide it is too heavy for mail to be an option.
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Old 09-24-2017, 02:32 AM   #6
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Also looking at mail compared to scale gives me pause.
Looking at just the crushing DR, scale is a bit lighter and much cheaper.
Looking at just the impaling/cutting DR, scale is a bit heavier and cheaper.
But taking them together makes scale the more sensible option if you will ever face blunt weapons.

So we have mail as much better than segmented plate, and scale better than either. That disagrees quite a bit with historical armor progressions.

How has everyone that's used this article dealt with that?
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