Then, last night, I was watching Kurosawa Akira's 蜘蛛の巣城, or Throne of Blood. For those unfamiliar, this was the movie where Kurosawa transplanted Shakespeare's Macbeth and changed all the Scotsmen into samurai. Of course, Toshiro Mifune stars.
|My buddy Justin decked out in a parade|
So I'm a bit unsure on what to do. Right now, I've got three categories, Light, Medium and Heavy. Each category has three armors in it. One, Kote, works like a shield, being able to combine it with what in Flying Swordsmen I termed "corselet armor" meaning just a breastplate and maybe a few other pieces. There are three of these, two light and one medium. The other medium and all of the heavy armors would be considered "suit" armors in Flying Swordsmen.
Maybe it's fine the way it is. I've got most of the major Japanese armor types covered, in a non-historically accurate way. Or maybe the more abstract FS version would work better? A super simple way like OD&D/Classic D&D's leather/chain/plate? 3E OA's categorical armor (ashigaru armor, samurai armor, barbarian armor)? Or should I go full-bore baroque detail AD&D/OA style?
What say you, readership?