Hey, I was just playing a swords and sorcery game, and I found a really awesome rare magical plate breastplate that I could wear, according to my strength score in the in-game rules.
It got me to thinking about how I could take it on and off from day to day, and actually live as this character.
What if there were hinges in the shoulders, around the neckhole? You would be able to lift it over your head, with one hand on the breastplate, and one hand on the hinged-on backplate, then lower it over your head through the generous or custom-fitted neckhole crafted between the chest and back plates. Then, you would secure it by means of leather straps and buckles, just like a series of common belts, along the sides. Viola, your core is protected front and back with plate. And, you could put it on and take it off, all by yourself, with just a bit more effort and time than it would take for a contemporary person to put on a button down shirt.
So, I'd like to ask our forum's resident historical experts. Was there ever such a contraption in history? Or, did I just have an inventive idea about 500 years too late, in relation to the invention of gun powder and revolving chamber guns. As we all know, the invention of revolving chamber guns and rifles, and then of machine guns, completely made moot the wearing of armor in combat.
But, before that, I wonder why the technology did or didn't come together for the easy-wear plate cuirass I am imagining?
I wonder if it has to do with the history of the invention of the steel hinge, and the steel-and-leather buckle? Did people not have these in time to apply them to plate mail armor before it became obsolete?