Not him, but IIRC it had to do with a combination of it being cheaper and that the shield the hoplites used, when in formation, covered pretty much the whole body minus your head and lower legs which made chest armour not as necessary. I also seem to remember it having something with the increased professionalisation (read mercenaries) of the hellenic world.>>65795516>fast horseman would be weighed down by armor
Perhaps only tangentially related, but the roman knights were, up until the second punic war or there about, very lightly armoured even though they were all rich guys. Their modus operandi was also to engage in one on one fighting with the enemy cavalry in the hope of winning glory and honours. This apparantly perplexed the much heavier armoured Pyrrhic cavalry who were not used to drawn out fighting between cavalrymen.>Boobplate
It's basically just OP who have posted boob plate images and the only ones bringing it up are the few guys who rant against it.>>65795661>fighting style
This is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of the topic in this thread and it's one that I'm guilty of missing.
There is a significant difference between what equipment is useful for someone who is going to stand in line with thousands of other tightly packed men and what would be useful to a duelists/brawler who's expecting to face individual opponents.
The same thing would apply to an adventurer in a fantasy setting. Someone who's expecting to go slay monsters would in all likelyhood require completely different gear than someone who is hired to clear out a bandit camp. >>65796823>If you don't want to (or can't) wear armour use a big shield.
Just bear in mind that a big shield is both heavy and unwieldy. If you don't got a fair number of buddies you can cozy up to in a nice formation you might be better off going with a buckler.