As long as humans have been trying to poke each other with sharp things, armor has been a practical necessity. The styles and materials of historical armor has varied greatly over the centuries, but one thing remains consistent: you want to look good while you're wearing it.
Of course, suits of armor had their own pitfalls for medieval combatants, but that doesn't negate the evocative nature of the armor itself. A shining knight on horseback, the fearsome men-yoroi of the samurai, and the ornate mirror armor of the Ottoman Empire, still fire the modern imagination. Below is a collection of some of the coolest historical armor.
Hercules Armor Of The Emperor Maximilian II Of Austria (c. 1555)Ready for action?
Gothic Armor By Lorenz Helmschmied (c. 1450-1515)Ready for action?
Japanese Gusoku Armor (c. 19th Century)Ready for action?
Parade Armor Of Henry II Of France (c. 1555)Ready for action?