Guidelines

Can arrows penetrate plate?

Can arrows penetrate plate?

Computer analysis by Warsaw University of Technology in 2017 demonstrated that heavy bodkin-point arrows could penetrate typical plate armour of the time at 225 metres (738 ft).

Can a crossbow penetrate a shield?

Fully penetrating a shield is quite difficult. A bodkin arrow or crossbow bolt may put a crack (not a hole, no material disappears and the wood has a grain so it’s a crack) in the shield which is as wide as the arrow shaft.

Can crossbows shoot through plate armor?

These were a response to plate armor. Even at extreme close-range with high-poundage war-bows, penetrating plate armor is almost impossible. Very powerful crossbows at very close range might do it, especially against low quality armor, but even then, the odds are in favor of the armored man.

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Can you pierce armor with a crossbow?

Yes they could depending on the thickness and angle. Crossbow bolts were designed to pierce armor and some were even barbed, they shot faster and penetrated better than a bow arrow, the bolts were thicker and stubbier but this gave them weight to penetrate armor, which was often made of iron or steel.

Can an arrow pierce silk?

Genghis Khan was once said to have issued all his horsemen with silk vests, as an arrow hitting silk does not break the silk but ends up embedding the arrow in the flesh wrapped in silk, allowing the arrow to be removed by gently teasing the silk open.

What can a shield stop easily?

The shield will stop the arrows and the swords easily. These things are deigned to stop bricks, shotguns and pistol rounds. Medieval bows and crossbow bolts just don’t have the velocity to carry armour piercing punch over distance.

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How much damage does it take for an arrow to penetrate?

It usually takes at least two to three inches of penetration to damage any vital organs. Economic and social factors. Cost and availability of armor, skill of the archer, horses, mass archery. Some armors that defend very well against arrows were prohibitively expensive.

Can a ballistic vest stop an arrow?

A ballistic vest without a plate would not stop an arrow, a ballistic vest with a plate might, if the circumstances were ideal. As for ballistic shields: these are way less common and less uniform than vests. They are made in a variety of materials and in a variety of weights.

Can arrows go through armor?

The test by Todd’s Workshop titled “Arrows vs Armor” is probably one of the only unbiased tests which use historically accurate armor and not aluminum LARP costumes. Yes, depending on what type of armour. Arrows can go through maille (though often the gambeson underneath would stop them.