Is that armor legit? Looks like something out of RPG game. Also weird armors and uniforms thread.
Whoever designed this intended for their enemies to die of laughter
During tournaments lavish armours full of shinny garments were wore to show how rich and awesome you were while performing huge LARPs to show how rich and powerfull the guy organizing the party was.
armour "alla antiqua".
pretty much made up to look "roman" or "classical".
Rather fashionable at that date for commanders, princes etc to effectively ape the style of Imperial Rome. only no-one really knew quite what imperial rome was like.
The Negroli armours are even more over the top and fantastic than that picture.
it's funny how you can see traces of that all the way to the 20th century cinema, with all legionaries wearing capes and muscular, form fitting vests.
also guy on the right is a total fuccboi
Does pic related count? It's not military per se, it's the outfit worn by the spiritual police in some west africa communities.
There's a great exhibition on these at the British Museum, some of them are actually pretty neat. While they usually look incredibly stupid, some of the traditions surrounding them are very very interesting. Usually they would discard them immediately after use for symbolic reasons.
IIRC that's a drawing of a mercenary on parade. If you were rich enough to afford it you would have a set of ornate parade armor that you would wear in order to look badass before the public. Typically you'd change to something more practical before going to the fight, but some battle armor was pretty fancy as well.
I don't think they look stupid, I think they look terrifying.
I remember I saw a video of one with a huge clay dong that would squirt out water. You don't want that shit knocking on your door at night.
They're very ungainly to walk around in, and in full light they look pretty silly to someone who isn't accustomed to their cultural practices.
But if a guy dressed in one smashed down my door screaming and gesticulating I would definitely shit myself.
Hate to disappoint, but that's not the armor one would wear into hell, or anywhere outside a controlled environment like a parade for that matter.
Not necessarily armor, but a bizarre episode in Chinese history was the emergence of the Tigermen.
The Tigermen were pretty much light infantry tasked to do skirmishing roles during the 1700's Qing Chinese army. They fought in the south vs. tribal entities down there. They *literally* wore tiger fursuity costumes as it supposedly scared the crap out of the Southern Tribesmen.
Which was true apparently because the military formation lasted up until the Opium wars. 140 years worth of existing.
Here's a lelsome depiction in Miniature.
Here's a period depiction from an Edo-Period Japanese Encyclopedia about China.
The Tigermen are at the bottom left.