Rivalsan wrote:Actually - Chainmail was supposed to protect against slashing weapons and against pesky things like arrows (Crossbow bolts can cheerfully go through plate armor). It was the padding beneath that protected against blunt weapons.
While it is true that the amount of bludgening damage dealt by a claymore was often fatal, chainmail was still good at dissipating the force of blows as a lot of the energy is used up spreading the rings (chainmail is worm loose so the rings bunch together). Also while it was much better than plate at protecting from you from arrows they could still quite often puncture the chainmail.
the_masochist wrote:and thus came the reign of Rapiers, which could find chincs in the armor and strike vital points, while easily dodging the big clunking knights.
A reason why Short Swords were so effective.