What kind of armor did Medieval women really wear?

We know that skimpy armor that shows off a woman's cleavage is rather impractical for combat and that sculpted "boob plate" armor can be a hazard to your health, but on occasions that women did don armor in medieval Europe, what kind of armor did they actually wear? And is shapely, feminine armor a modern convention, or… » 1/16/14 11:00am 1/16/14 11:00am

The Polish Knight Fighting League is the only reality show we need

1,000 years ago, when men strapped themselves into full-body suits of armor and began hitting at each other with swords, it was war. Today, it's entertainment. The Polska Liga Walk Rycerskich is essentially the Polish version of SCA but with real (albeit dull) swords, and it is even more insane that you can imagine. » 9/23/13 2:20pm 9/23/13 2:20pm

Magnificent Animal Armor for Your Favorite Beast

Whether on the battlefield or just in a parade, humans aren't the only animals who need to don a defensive layer. These suits of armor were made for fighting animals, from horses to dogs, and they are as stately as they are adorable. » 7/11/13 3:59pm 7/11/13 3:59pm

Iron Man 3 VFX reels make the Air Force One scene twice as impressive

One of the amazing things about The Avengers was just how seamless a lot of the CG cityscapes and creations felt. And it looks like Iron Man 3 had a similar amount of heavy CG. Check out some mind-blowing new VFX reels. » 5/15/13 4:40pm 5/15/13 4:40pm

Top 10 Essential Stories About Power Armor

This weekend, we celebrate the awesome majesty of superpowered suits of armor, with Iron Man 3. But the "power armor" genre has a long and kick-ass history, spanning decades of battles and adventures. Here are the 10 most essential power-armor stories of all time! » 4/30/13 10:18am 4/30/13 10:18am

Animal-Shaped Armor for the Eternal Battle of Cats vs. Mice

Jeff de Boer's elaborate suits of armor imagine a fanciful world in which cats and mice have learned to smith metal and construct for themselves often ornate suits of armor. Through the years, he's expanded his visions of animal armor, creating armor inspired by Medieval times, Ancient Rome, the Renaissance Era, and… » 1/27/13 9:00am 1/27/13 9:00am

This remarkable prosthetic hand was made for a 16th-century knight

A few weeks ago, we discussed the amazing prosthetic designs of 16th-century surgeon Ambroise Paré. Fortunately, a few mechanical prosthetics from that early era of artificial limbs survived, including this piece, worn by German Imperial Knight and mercenary Götz von Berlichingen. » 10/14/12 11:00am 10/14/12 11:00am

Roman crocodile armor is the closest thing reality has to Dungeons &…

In the past, we've examined some hilarious forms of body armor for both human and hound.But in terms of sheer flamboyance, it's hard to beat this suit of Roman crocodile armor from the third century, AD. » 9/04/12 4:10pm 9/04/12 4:10pm