Then you could take them to Biennale of Art in Venice, create a good title for this artistic creation like...."Blatta in the plates" and obtain great fame as the new Concept Artist of the moment!!!!
In that future day remember of us and our great suggestion!!! (the royalties.....Blatta!!!)
Sith5DarthLazy you are right! so I'll try to give some form of practical back up:
Tester Blatta (o.c. voluntary tester!) and a big guy of the same physical proportions of a normal germanic worrior of the time.
Offensive Equipment for the test: big germanic wood club/mace like one of those used by the low condition worriors of a germanic warband of the time we are examining.
Defensive equipment, two objects:
1) a good mail coif like those used by Sassanids and by the Romans in this age.
2) An helmet of good iron or bronze plate like an Imperial Italic H.
Test consist, if possible, in two phases with 2 sub-phases:
A-1) Blatta put on Mail Coif first ()
A-2) The great guy with the great germanic wood-club/mace strikes the immoble, poor Blatta with all his strength on the head.
Now, if his physical condition let him to continue the test:
B-1) Blatta, removed the Mail Coif, will put on (what remain of) his head the Imperial H plate helmet.
B-2) Exactly like phase A): great guy, great german wood club/mace, great strike on the head!
now we can compare the results of the test checking the conditions of:
1)Mail Coif and Imp. Helmet H
2)The head of Blatta (or what remain of it)
3)Asking Blatta (if is in condition to give some sensible answer)
which one of the two kinds of protective equipment, Mail Coif or Plate Helmet, on his unquestionable judgement, is the best!
The test is simple, absolutely verifiable, and in the end relatively low cost for guys which attend some reenactment (wrong spell?) group.
Oh I forgot to say that would be better to have present some medical personal with first aid equipment!
Iforgot to say that the test might be repeated with other sort of defensive equipment:
Club/mace vs. Lorica Segmantata Newstead /Lorica Hamata / Strke on the back
Club/mace vs. Laminated Manica (as those of Clibanarii)arm defense / Mailed arm defense / Strike on arm
Obviously we would need new testers! ( I'm out)