Welcome to Fight Friday!
As promised in Monday’s post, today is all about the helmet.
Monday, we talked about why every suit of armor should start with a sturdy helmet. (You know, so you keep your brain intact inside your cranium. Otherwise, well, not good things will follow.)
Our primary focus was not a physical helmet, but the helmet of salvation.
Today, we get to take a peek at some helmets through the centuries. And, okay, some from fiction as well. I don’t go into a lot of detail, since this is really just a fun post.
When we think ancient warriors, most of us probably think of Spartans, Romans, Persians, etc. Have you ever really taken a good, up close look at their gear? It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. No technology as we know it, yet they came up with some astonishing ways to keep their skulls protected.
This is a rather ornate early helmet. Surprise, it’s Spartan!
This one is said to be early Viking.
Here’s an ornate piece. It was found in the ruins of the ship of a seventh century Anglo-Saxon King. I’m going to guess this probably didn’t see much battle.
~Knights and Dragon Slayers
The following are what probably pop into your head first when you think armor. I’ve got to say, I’m not sure how they held their heads up to fight! These look heavy.
I’m putting the Samurai Warriors in this section. Their battles were fought over centuries, with not much changing in the way of their armor. Beautiful pieces, and strong, despite being made mostly of leather, bamboo, and bone, sometimes different metals.
~19th and 20th Centuries
An American soldier, circa World War II. This guy was especially happy to have his helmet.
This one is Russian, these particular helmets worn by commanders. How did they get this to stay on?
Now, we get into the really cool stuff.
Modern tactical gear is a thing of beauty. Not only designed to maximize protection, but also communication, and visualization. Many have cameras mounted to them, so those back at base can have immediate sitrep.
This one is my personal favorite. The head gear of a fighter pilot.
~Art Imitates Life
And now, for some rather well-known helmets.
And, of course, a little homage to the man who is the inspiration for my character “Ryland” in REBIRTH.
So, to close today’s post, I leave you with a word of advice. This bit of wisdom can be used in both spiritual and physical battles.