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    Quote Originally Posted by T.Allen.Smith View Post
    You might be surprised to learn there was a period of approximately 300 years where firearms and armor shared the battlefield. There's a common misunderstanding that with the advent of gunpowder, and shortly after firearms, armor just up and disappeared. That just isn't the case.
    And of course, now that materials science has caught up to ballistics, what do we have on the battlefield again but gallant knights in kevlar armor, bravely wading through hail of bullets atop their mighty mighty armored beasts of war!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.Allen.Smith View Post
    You might be surprised to learn there was a period of approximately 300 years where firearms and armor shared the battlefield. There's a common misunderstanding that with the advent of gunpowder, and shortly after firearms, armor just up and disappeared. That just isn't the case.

    Sure, the death knell for armor began to ring after the invention, and improvement, of firearms technology, but it took almost three centuries before the armored knight/soldier was no more. There's a plethora of history packed into that 300 year that you might look toward for information.

    Best of luck!
    Yeah, agreed. Early firearms were hideously inaccurate at virtually any range above point blank. That, coupled with the really long reload times, given muskets needed to be loaded through pouring gunpowder into the barrel, with wadding, and a bullet. Getting the gunpowder wet made it useless, and hitting a moving target is always really hard. Your armour was to protect you from swords once you get into combat. Mounted on horses, you could get into combat quickly.

    But with magic involved, you could gain accuracy, firepower, or maybe even a magically reloading gun!

    Armour wise, I would imagine that native americans would be more likely to utilise magic, which could give their bows and spears vastly improved range, and armour piercing capabilities. Gun wielding, horse riding cowboys (for want of a better term), would probably go for some kind of middle ground on mobility and protection. Perhaps chain, or lamellae (interwoven discs of metal) whcih awarded decent protection without having the heavy, thick breastplates of plate armour.

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