Cubster wrote:Well I think that for WotR you have the last days of effectiveness for the longbow since armour had reached a stage of near inpenetrability.
I have not seen penetration cited as a general issue during the fifteenth century, indeed a wishful view for a return to the longbow even appears in seventeenth century sources. The problem seems to be the availability of large number of men who had trained from early adolescence to use the size of bow required to penetrate full plate. The demise of the longbow in UK was arguably a social issue rather than one of military effectiveness.
As an aside, scientific tests on longbow penetration have neglected to consider other effects of arrow impact on the target, such as concussion and blunt trauma.