For Honor

A slight departure from my normal historical based posts, but I wanted to highlight For Honor, the video game title by Ubisoft coming out Feb 14. Video gaming is kind of a side passion of mine, and I always take note when a game set in the medieval period comes out. While not historically accurate by any means, the game is based in medieval combat with various characters to play as (Vikings, Knights, Samurai) as you battle across various landscapes and countries in both a single player, campaign style narrative, as well as multiplayer, PVP combat.

The open beta launches this week from Feb 9 – Feb 12.

More info regarding the game and beta can be found on Ubisoft’s official For Honor site.

Making suits of armor

Watch how suits of armor are constructed in this How It’s Made program, originally aired on the Discovery channel.

How It’s Made – Suits of Armor

Here is also an interesting article from the Scientific American on how medieval armor may have been more of a hindrance than a benefit on the battlefield: “Medieval Armor: Was it Worth the Weight?

Though by the time combatants were wearing these heavy suits of armor, the knight had basically become obsolete with the increasing use of gunpowder-based weapons. As such, the knight decked out in his shining armor was more for show in tournament style displays than for actual, useful function on the battlefield.

*image is from Galerie des armes et armures, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, licensed under the Creative Commons Attriubtion-Share Alike license, uploaded by Mattes.

The Battle of Nations: Full contact medieval combat

The Battle of Nations is an international medieval combat championship, where teams from various countries come together and compete in a full contact competition using actual weapons and a standardized set of rules. The first competition was held in 2009 or 2010 in the Ukraine. This year’s competition is held in Prague and runs from May 7-10.

More info on this year’s event.