If you want to argue that the T9A rulebook plate armour should have been named something different, I'll agree. At a minimum the world "full" should have been left in there and then it would be clearer that half-plate, breastplates and muscle cuirasses were not meant to be included under that one word label (instead being heavy, light and light armour respectively).
If you want to argue that the minis you picked represent miniatures that actually look well-protected, that I will not give you.
(And again, WDG armour is explicitly magical. I'd allow a chainmail bikini that you sold your soul for to give +3 AS.)
If you want to apply the standards of fantasy, I'll point to ridiculous looking things that look more like power armour than anything a normal person could wear. Those elves aren't especially heavily armoured by fantasy standards. They're armoured, but not more so than anyone else.
And you're arguing for them to be exceptionally well-armoured. Because light armour on common infantry and heavy on elites is the human norm. You're arguing that they are more heavily armoured than comparable human ranges. Not buying it.
And top 5 armor factions have 3+ infantry, 1+ cavalry, and/or ubiquitour 2+: WDG, ID, DH, EoS, KoE. #6 is currently HbE (which can also do ubiquitous 2+, and has "3.5" infantry in LG). Given there are only 16 factions, and 6 of them are those, 4+ infantry is looking pretty average. Especially since Orcs are probably #7 even if DE had 4+ infantry. (OnG has 3+ special infantry, 2+ cavalry, and iirc potentially 4+ infantry in core). Assuming HA/shield spears and plate TG/DJs, that would probably make DE a solid #8, which is average, and that's assuming SA doesn't push them into 9th (which they probably do, with 3+ special infantry, 4+ core infantry, and 2+ cavalry).
So no, i'm not buying the average is 6+ or 5+. That's clearly below average when you look at faction capabilities.
And the miniatures certainly look as well protected as things I've seen used for EoS knights. Not everyone uses historical models even when they're available.
Just because I'm on the Legal Team doesn't mean I know anything about rules or background in development, and if/when I do, I won't be posting about it. All opinions and speculation are my own - treat them as such.
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