Realistic Equipment


There was a motley array of equipment present in Medieval armies as often men were required to provide their own. Therefore, differences in wealth and standing from society were reflected in the assorted qualities of equipment present, ranging

from town levies with leather jerkins to noble knights in full plate-armour. However, despite disparities in the value of the equipment each have their own vices and virtues, which is something that is reflected in the armour system of Gloria Victis.

Light Armour

Made either from Cuir Boulii or Quilted Fabric, they offer superior maneuverability as well as moderate protection. Due to the high availability of leather and cloth these armours are quite affordable and are therefore highly favoured by the common soldier as well as those on a tight budget. The light weight of these armours allows the wearer to nimbly dodge blows that would have been impossible to evade in a more cumbersome yet of armour.

Medium Armour

Primarily consisting of leather but incorporates metal components such as mail in vital areas such as the chest. Armours from this class such as Brigandines offer substantial protection from damage without sacrificing too much maneuverability. Medium armours are also the most commonly sought after armour due to their versability and are the standard fare of infantry. However due to the increased workmanship required to craft these, there is a marked increase in the price of these armours compared to light armours.

Heavy Armour

The Plate-Armour provides unparalleled protection in the Medieval World. However due to the complex processes involved in the crafting of these armours they can only be afforded by the very rich. Though they offer superior protection Plate-Armour is cumbersome beyond belief, sapping a man of his stamina in a matter of minutes of fighting. The enclosed environment of Plate-Armour is unbearable on a summer’s day and the experience compared to being boiled alive leaving the wearer hardly in a condition to fight. When combined with a mount and lance, heavy armour is truly something to be feared, the increased weight adding even more momentum to an already awe-inspiring cavalry charge.


There is a constant battle between armours and weapons, with the former intent on stopping the latter and the latter intent on getting through the former. There was no clear winner until the advent of gunpowder but instead there was a wide array of

weapons with their own specific purpose. Weapons in Gloria Victis each have their own unique purpose with certain weapons more effective against certain types of armour.