|Ring Archer Armor|
|Age Available||Imperial Age|
|Cost|| 250 Food,|
|Stats||Archer armor +1 and pierce armor +2|
- Technically speaking, Ring armor (ringmail) is a synonym for chain armor, a tier-2 upgrade for infantry and cavalry. Unlike their melee counterparts, archers were unlikely to wear a full pauldron of mail armor for two reasons:
- Archers were almost always of a lower social standing than knights and thus could not afford such protection.
- Full suits of mail were both cumbersome and heavy, negatively affecting the mobility and fire rate of archers.
Limited and partial sets of ringmail were often available for archers of a professional army, however.
As the Middle Ages progressed, light troops were more aggressively employed in battle. They supported pikemen phalanxes and were put into combined formations with these units. Crossbowmen needed to get close to the enemy to shoot. During assaults on fortifications and castles, they were exposed to enemy fire. In conjunction with their more aggressive roles, the armor that light troops wore was upgraded to ring, or chain mail. This was the lightest and most flexible of the metal armors and minimized interference with fighting, while providing better protection than padded leather.
|Missile / Siege Technologies|
|Fletching | Bodkin Arrow | Bracer | Padded Archer Armor | Leather Archer Armor | Ring Archer Armor | Ballistics | Murder Holes | Heated Shot | Chemistry | Siege Engineers | Thumb Ring | Parthian Tactics|