Photographer's Note

Only a few complete examples of Gothic armor exist nowadays. This is the late-era Gothic armor of Archduke Sigmund of Tirol (1427-96), which is arguably the finest remaining example of Gothic armor (almost complete). It was made by Lorenz Helmschmied around 1480 and is on display in the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna

Although Gothic full-body armor might appear heavy and cumbersome, it normally weighed less than 20 kilograms (44 pounds) and the weight was well distributed over the body to allow for excellent and fluid movement in combat. Modern day tests in re-enactments have confirmed this. In comparison, today's combat soldier carries more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of equipment and the average modern day assault rifle weighs around 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds).

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