#1 By: Cory Doctorow, November 26th, 2013 08:40
#2 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, November 26th, 2013 08:48
Here they come to snuff the rooster, oh yeah
Yeah, here come the rooster, yeah
You know he ain't gonna die
No, no, no, you know he ain't gonna die
#3 By: Rosko , November 26th, 2013 08:51
(prepares self for deluge of "is that a cock on your face?" jokes.)
#4 By: Cocomaan, November 26th, 2013 09:16
Don't knock it. Roosters can be terrifying.
#5 By: Aaron Wallace, November 26th, 2013 09:43
That is clearly parade armor, it is designed to look impressive to the village or city you just conquered.
#6 By: Jason, November 26th, 2013 09:48
Big Alice in Chains fan. This totally made my night.
#7 By: kpkpkp, November 26th, 2013 10:02
Here's your man:
#8 By: snig, November 26th, 2013 10:04
Worth plenty of gold to stand around wearing it saying "Yeah, I'm feeling pretty cocky".
#10 By: MarkNeumayer, November 26th, 2013 10:54
Exasperated 16th century German knight - "No, really, it's a cockatrice. I swear."
#11 By: Donovan Acree, November 26th, 2013 11:22
Agrarian people understand how viciously mean and insanely persistent a rooster can be. Foxes go after the hens but leave the rooster alone for a good reason.
#12 By: Mellivora Capensis, November 26th, 2013 11:42
Or, more likely, on your way to the tourney.
#13 By: logruszed, November 26th, 2013 11:49
Would be funnier if the relief was concave instead of convex. "That was Sir Shecky. Shecky was not the best knight but we kept him around because he'd do anything for a laugh. Why, you should have seen his helmet!"
#14 By: Aaron Wallace, November 26th, 2013 12:17
where you would take it off and put on something much more functional and not covered with days and days of work in the filigree.
#15 By: Charlie, November 26th, 2013 12:37
That's a very beautiful and elaborate example of an armet, a type of highly fitted helmet. It was probably the pride and joy of one particular person, who would always wear it any time a helmet was called for. If you captured such a helmet it'd be unlikely to fit you, so you'd hang it on the wall for a trophy, or ransom it back to the owner.
Armets evolved into the simpler hounskull (also called a "pig face" or "dog face") bascinet. Bascinets do not have the hinged and locking cheekplates or the extremely dished out back, so they can fit a wider range of head shapes.
#16 By: Daemonworks, November 26th, 2013 14:07
#17 By: Charlie, November 26th, 2013 15:00
#18 By: Charlie, November 26th, 2013 15:05
#19 By: Eric Wagner, November 26th, 2013 15:17
I was about to post this identical pic. Run away! Run away!
#20 By: Jason Andresen, November 26th, 2013 15:19
Is that armet designed to be a challenge? If you laugh or even giggle while in presence of the Emperor you will be slain, now behold him in is horned nerd disguise!
#21 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, November 26th, 2013 15:21
Somehow none of the metal stuff is as creepy as what everybody was doing once war gasses hit the scene. Maybe it's just an entire adolescence playing games filled with sinister gas-mask mooks; but those things are creepy.
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