During the 1st Century, the Roman Legionnaires replaced the mail shirts (chain mail) called Lorica Hamata with a more practical Plate Armour called Lorica Segmentata (Segmented Iron Shirt).
- Plate armour – Wikipedia
Plate armour is a historical type of personal body armour made from iron or steel plates, culminating in the iconic suit of armour entirely encasing the wearer.
- Mail (armour) – Wikipedia
Mail (chain mail) is a type of armour consisting of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh.
- How did metal plate armour compare with chain mail armour
For a strong man, more-or-less trained to fight, both types of armor were rather mobile. But since we’re asking for a comparison, let’s look at reenactors in the appropriate armors.
- Chain Mail – Medieval Life and Times
Chain Mail was the earliest form of metal armor worn by the average soldier during the Medieval times and era.
- Plate Armour – Medieval Times | Medieval Life
Only well protected Knights would survive in the brutal medieval battles that involved swords, arrows and other brutal medieval weapons.