Monday, July 16, 2018

Gauntlets And Bullets

Picking up where I left off yesterday, I have more from the Armour exhibit at the Canadian War Museum. This is the hockey gear for Shannon Szabados, a three time Olympic gold medallist for Canada. Contemporary goalie padding includes Kevlar, foam, titanium, plastic, and carbon in its design.

Here we have more helmets from various sports.

Thematically, the exhibit moved into combat armour, with examples of armour displayed from the Middle Ages courtesy of the Museo Stibbert.

This was one of those items you could try out, so it would be a contemporary reproduction as opposed to a classic artifact. You put on the gauntlet (right handed of course, no consideration for us southpaws) and pulled the sword from its hilt. I was able to do so, but it's rather awkward to handle.

More contemporary body armour in combat was also featured. This included German plate armour of the First World War, on the right, and Second World War era flak armour used by the American air force.

This is a current standard Canadian utility uniform. It includes a fragmentation vest, helmet, and other features meant to blend in and to protect the soldier wearing it.

Another aspect of current day technologies was displayed here- bulletproof vests for police officers.

There were some other hands-on items: replica light weight armour to try on, as well as a familiar shield for comics fans for photo ops.

There were two displays from movies that certainly qualify as armour. This, for instance, is body armour from the film Mad Max: Fury Road, for a character referred to as the Bullet Farmer, incorporating bullet shells into his garb as a form of armour in the hellish dystopia of the film. A photograph of the actor Richard Carter in character accompanies the display.

This, on the other hand, is the Mark XLII armour for Iron Man, life sized and positioned for photo ops. Apparently Tony Stark doesn't like it when you tell him Doctor Strange has a better beard.


  1. Interesting! If I visit, my imagination will run wild. The knights and amour might become alive and started walking! Ha ha!

  2. Hello, that is an interesting exhibit. Enjoy your day and new week!

  3. perhaps is a gladiator sport.

  4. Fascinating exhibit! I would love to see that one!

  5. @Nancy: it was fun to see these.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: it is indeed.

    @Marie: I enjoyed it.

  6. Imagine the soldiers of today would ran around in this heavy outfit ! I think they would go on strike and no wars will be made anymore ! Which would be a good thing !

  7. Such an interesting display that would be interesting to everyone seeing it I'm sure!

  8. Love that they mixed the serious armour with the comic William, keeps dad happy and the kids 😀

  9. One wonders how they were able to move in the old armor because it must have been very heavy. They certainly wouldn't be trying to escape.

  10. They had some fun creating these displays.

  11. Iron Man's armor, Captain America's shield...I could get into this, even with my short attention span!

  12. @Gattina: modern military gear can get quite heavy, particularly when you add a pack to the mix.

    @RedPat: I enjoyed touring it.

    @Grace: the kids were certainly enjoying the stuff you could get hands on with.

    @Red: the weight would have slowed you down.

    @Sharon: especially the Iron Man armour!

    @Norma: it was fun.

    @Lady Fi: that it was.

  13. That was funny. I looked at the first picture and thought it was a Samurai warrior's outfit then read it was a hockey goalkeeper's outfit!

  14. Intriguing armor ~ neat shots!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. Cool exhibits. Those super hero items must be very popular among kids :-)

  16. Looks like a great exhibit. My son would enjoy walking around this one.

  17. I bet that place is a great hit with young boys,

  18. An interesting exhibit, good shots William.

  19. @Fun60: now that's odd!

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Tamago: they were while I was in there.

    @Denise: I had a ball being in here.

    @Rosemary: definitely!

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Cloudia: the nearest place that I can think of that regularly exhibits them is the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. I remember finding them fascinating back in the day.

  20. What an interesting exhibit! I've never seen anything quite like it. No wonder you had a good time.

  21. I love the hockey one, but all the rest...ugh...we are monsters.

  22. Will return for another look at these images and fine designs and unusual items.

  23. i am one who enjoys action movies. what cool. ( ;

  24. Interesting display. I like watching Avengers and Iron Man series is my favourite.

  25. @Catalyst: I enjoyed it.

    @Kay: it was fun!

    @Sandi: we can be.

    @Julia: thank you.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Klara: those movies haven't had one false step. Yet.