zedeyejoe wrote:Actually the Mongols used leather armour, so successfully that the Samurai thought it was a superior iron - it was shaped to deflect hits.
Reason for marines to use leather armour; weight and does not rust. Other nations, for instance Macedonians found advantages in non-metallic armour.
And yes I am aware that legions were made out of marines in cases of emergency. So that is why you could end up with troops in leather armour operating on land - not yet re-equipped.
In the Republican times only the wealthy could afford mail armour and most had to make do with a bronze chest plate and a leather jacket.
So no folks, do not dismiss the idea of marines in leather armour.
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