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The reason to wearing a helmet is the same as to wearing body armour - to absorb the damage from a weapon instead of having the head do it. Leaving one's head unprotected can be dangerous, for should a blow find its way there, the damage can be as lethal as to any critical part of one's body.


Helmet Categories

Helmets are divided into two categories; light and heavy. Light helmets can be worn by everyone, while heavy helmets require the Medium Armour proficiency to avoid penalties.

  • A character with no armour proficiency gains a BDB -2 penalty if wearing a heavy helmet.
  • A character with light armour proficiency gains a BDB -1 penalty if wearing a heavy helmet.

Armour Check Penalty

The skills modified by the armour check on helmets are: Climb, Disable Device, Listen, Open Lock, Search, Set Trap, Sleight of Hand, Spot, Swim, Tumble

Light Helmets

LIGHT HELMETS DR Slash DR Bludg DR Pierc Arm Check Move Arc Fail Bdb HP DC
Woolen Hood 1d1 1d2 1d1 - 100% 0% - xx xx
Leather Hood 1d2 1d1 1d1 - 100% 0% - xx xx
Padded Hood 1d1 1d4 1d1 - 100% 0% - xx xx
Leather Helmet 1d3 1d2 1d1 - 100% 5% - xx xx
Padded Leather Helm 1d4 1d3 1d2 - 100% 5% - xx xx
Waxed Leather Helm 1d5 1d4 1d2 - 100% 5% - xx xx
Cuir Boilli Helm 1d6 1d3 1d3 - 100% 5% - xx xx
Mail Coif 1d8 1d2 1d4 - 100% 5% - xx xx
Chitin Helmet 2d5 2d3 2d3 - 100% 10% - xx xx
Padded Coif 2d8 2d4 2d4 - 100% 5% - xx xx
Spangen 2d8 2d2 2d3 - 100% 10% - xx xx
Kettle Hat 2d8 2d2 2d4 - 100% 10% - xx xx
Morion 2d8 2d2 2d6 - 100% 10% - xx xx
Hjalmr 2d8 2d3 2d4 -1 100% 10% - xx xx
Burgonet 2d8 2d3 2d6 -1 100% 10% - xx xx
Barbute 2d8 2d3 2d8 -2 100% 15% - xx xx

Light helmets include all leather, hide and mail helmets, as well as all open faced plate helmets.

Mail Coif:
The mail coif is a protective head and neck covering, often covered by a helm for added protection. Hand-made of interwoven iron rings, the mail coif offers excellent protection against slashing attacks, but nearly none against blows.

Padded Coif:
Thick, soft padding beneath the mail coif makes it both more comfortable to wear and makes it offer better protection.

The spangen helmet consistsof several small plates of iron or latten bound together with various patterns of banding, all held together with many rivets.

Kettle Hat:
A kettle hat is a helmet made of steel or iron in the shape of a hat. There are many design variations. The only common element is a wide brim that affords extra protection to the wearer. The kettle hat is worn by troops of all types, but most commonly by infantry. The wide brim gives good protection against blows from above, such as from cavalry swords

The Morion has a flat brim and a crest from front to back, designed to strengthen it. The shape is derived and developed from the Kettle Hat. It is often worn by infantry, together with a breastplate or buff coat as they stand in polearm-formations, protecting the flanks of the unarmored archers and crossbowmen.

The hjalmr helmet consists of several small plates of iron or latten bound together with various patterns of banding, all held together with many rivets.The construction of the helmet is due to the fact that large sheets of iron plate are hard to come by. Mail protects the neck and iron plates cover both the cheeks and eyes. The model originates from the Northmen. Their chieftains adorn their helmets with precious metals and stones.

The Burgonet helmet consists out of a simple hemispherical bowl; a short bill or peak to defend the face without restricting vision or breathing; a collar to defend the neck; and hinged plates to protect the sides of the head and face.

The barbute helmet is characterized by a rounded skull; a "t-shaped" opening for the face, sometimes expanded into a fully open face; a strongly flared tail and cheek pieces all executed to form a very elegant, flowing defense for the head.

Heavy Helmets

HEAVY HELMETS DR Slash DR Bludg DR Pierc Arm Check Move Arc Fail Bdb HP DC
Visored Helmet 3d3 3d2 3d3 -4 95% 40% -1 xx xx
Great Helmet 3d4 3d2 3d4 -7 90% 60% -1 xx xx
Bascinet 3d8 3d3 3d5 -5 95% 50% - xx xx
Armet 3d8 3d4 3d6 -5 95% 50% - xx xx
Sallet 3d10 3d6 3d8 -5 95% 50% - xx xx

Heavy helmets include all close faced plate helmets.

Visored Helmet:
A visor is used in conjunction with this otherwise open-faced helmet, which protects the face during battle. The visor consists of a hinged piece of steel that contains openings for breathing and vision.

Great Helmet:
The great helmet is the simplest, and most cumbersome of all close faced helmets. It is a simple cylinder with a flat top that covers the head and has small openings for the eyes and mouth. The great helm offers greater protection than open faced helmets, but limits the wearer's vision and is uncomfortable. It is often removed after the initial "clash of lances" as it impedes sight and breathing and is very hot.

The bascinet developed from a smaller version without a visor that was worn under the great helm, by extending the plate down over the neck and cheeks. Gradually the great helm was discarded altogether in favor of the bascinet because of the superior vision, glancing surface, and lightweight design.

Armets are built of a snug-fitting bowl that come to just above the ears, fitted with cheek plates that attached by hinges to this bowl. Usually the chin pieces clasp in the front and secure in the back along a strip of steel that extends from the shallow skull bowl. The bowl itself is often reinforced with an additional layer of steel across the brow, and a visor fills in around the nose and eyes to make an exceptionally functional closed helmet.

The sallet is a war helmet that covers the entire head, offering excellent protection. It is worn with an extended, padded, gorget called a bevor that protects the wearer's jaw. No breathing holes are needed, as there is a natural gap where the helmet overlapps the bevor near the wearer's mouth.

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