The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Khyron Feb 18, 2013 @ 9:45pm
So why is leather armor better than studded armor?
Shouldn't plain leather be weaker than leather with iron studs? I don't get it.
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radbass2 Feb 18, 2013 @ 9:46pm 
dammit. now thats gona bother me. annnnnnd im off to find a mod to fix it. you ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥....
ARmodder Feb 19, 2013 @ 4:20pm 
Yes in real life it would be as the studs in the studded armor are designed to deflect sword blows, but at the same time leather armor also comes in different thicknesses and leather can be hardened to a certain extent to give it more strength but overall you are right it should be weaker in game but then again it's a cool armor option!
Idolmaster Feb 19, 2013 @ 4:43pm 
Because Bethesda said so
ARmodder Feb 19, 2013 @ 4:49pm 
That too best thing to do if you want the ratings to be closer to real world specs is to either ask someone to make a mod for the default in game armor that addresses that but judging by what radbass2 said he may find one to fix it
ARmodder Feb 19, 2013 @ 4:50pm 
or you can make a mod for it yourself!
Toaster filled with babies Feb 19, 2013 @ 4:52pm 
Because: N a z i' s
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Le Ver Coquin Feb 19, 2013 @ 5:01pm 
The material may be more resistant but the studded armor shows a lot more skin than leather does.
Grand Wazoo Feb 19, 2013 @ 5:08pm 
Only the weak wear armor..true sons and daughters of skyrim quest boldly in their underwear without shame or regret...
ARmodder Feb 19, 2013 @ 5:09pm 
On another note ask the Irish with over 5000 years of experience in warfare they will know
Khyron May 18, 2014 @ 10:44am 
The fact Bethesda couldn't even get the armors right shows they have no clue as to what makes a fantasy rpg fun.
tonyrayvick May 18, 2014 @ 10:53am 
Originally posted by gravytrain:
The fact Bethesda couldn't even get the armors right shows they have no clue as to what makes a fantasy rpg fun.

Because the number on a piece of armor = fun. Most of the armors are fine. You'll quickly drop that leather for some Elven anyway, so what's the big deal? I mean, I have Weapon and Armor Fixes, but, honestly, unless they actually knew that some of the weapons and armors didn't have the correct keywords and things on them, it isn't noticeable enough for anyone to care.
Zefram Cochrane May 18, 2014 @ 1:14pm 
Isn't stud armour basically animal furs stitched together? Leather is actually tanned and worked so should be tougher. Or something like that.
Khyron May 18, 2014 @ 1:20pm 
Originally posted by Zefram Cochrane:
Isn't stud armour basically animal furs stitched together? Leather is actually tanned and worked so should be tougher. Or something like that.

No, it's leather armor with added studs.

Even in the game it uses the same leather material but with added studs. Any D&D based game has studded leather as an upgrade from leather.
gnewna May 18, 2014 @ 1:39pm 
Originally posted by gravytrain:
Originally posted by Zefram Cochrane:
Isn't stud armour basically animal furs stitched together? Leather is actually tanned and worked so should be tougher. Or something like that.

No, it's leather armor with added studs.

Even in the game it uses the same leather material but with added studs. Any D&D based game has studded leather as an upgrade from leather.

No, it may have the same components plus some iron, but look at it: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Studded_Armor_%28Skyrim%29?file=Studded_f.jpg The top half is basically a leather vest (English rather than American), and the bottom is pretty much cobbled together bits of old animal. And tbh, most blows are likely to be aimed at the torso, not the fronts of the thighs, which is where the supposed additional protection of the studs is. The male version is somewhat better, with a metal disc thingy in the front of the torso, but it's better *than the female kind*, not than the leather: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Leather_Armor_%28Skyrim%29?file=Bujold.png (The leather armour actually has some metal components, too.)

Also, Elven armour is horrid and Thalmor-tainted. Although it probably says something about me that I don't consider the red Vampire armour (my favourite light armour, generally) to be tainted by its association with vamps... I mean, erm, it shows how terrible the Thalmor are. Yes.
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HeimdallW32 May 18, 2014 @ 1:46pm 
As far as I can tell, Studded Armor is meant as a small upgrade over Hide Armor, not Leather Armor (which is a more professional set of armor).

The really weird thing is Imperial Armor and Imperial Light Armor.

Imperial Light Armor is worse than Leather Armor, and Imperial Armor has the defense of Iron Armor but the weight of Steel Armor (weighs more than Iron Armor!), and both use steel to make. Oh, and they're both worth less than Leather and Steel armors, respectively. And, you need the Steel Smithing perk to even craft them.

There doesn't seem to be any point in making the Imperial armors except for appearance, since they're just flat out worse than what they should be a small upgrade over (considering the increased material costs for both).
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Date Posted: Feb 18, 2013 @ 9:45pm
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