16th century fighting equipment
In the 16th century, warfare had dramatically changed from the medieval era. Firearms had made their impact on the battlefield and standing armies were widely used. The "all arms" approach to warfare and the Spanish square were the most effective changes in this century.
This guide leans heavily toward a Spanish depiction.
- Pistol (in later years)
- Sword (usually of 15th century varieties however the basket hilt sword was coming into vogue)
- Full suit of plate armor for knights. A back and breast plate with helmet for non-noble cavalrymen.
- Buff coat or pair of brigandines