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Most historical arms and armor were made of metal, leather and stone. This is the thread for historical weapons and armor made of weird shit. This is an example of armor made from the Gilbert islands made of thick, woven coconut fiber. The helmet is made from a pufferfish. I've seen a set similar to this in another museum. The woven fiber body armor looked like it would be reasonably effective. Coconut husk is pretty tough and the vest was very thick. I wasn't so sure about the helmet. The Gilbertese were also the foremost users of shark's tooth weapons, although other Polynesians used them as well: Several historical examples I've seen are these strange, branching designs: Polynesians were not the only ones to use teeth in their arms. The Mycenian Greeks made helmets out of boars teeth. One such helmet is described in the Iliad, and there are a few archeological discoveries of such: And finally, a club used by Inuits made from the penis-bone of a walrus:
Collimatrix posted a topic in Mechanized WarfareThis is wonderful. I learned: 1) The leo 1 had poor hull armor, but excellent turret armor! 2) Chieftain's armor was 16 inches thick! 4) The T-64 was the Soviet's own version of the leopard(?!) Actually, the materials science stuff seems solid, and jives with what I've heard before (but how much of that is people repeating this article?).
I seem to recall hearing somewhere that sloping actually increases effective armor more than line of sight thickness, due to yaw effects on the projectile. How is this affected by materials quality, projectile velocity and the like?