Yes, they were invented mainly for penetrate through chainmail, but with strong bow and right arrowheads was possible to penetrate the chest plate too.
Read the description below the video.
It is a pity that no one has tested it with a full plate armor and some dummy inside.
So once again, bodkin arrows were never ment to be used against plated guys. The impact from heavy bow would break the tip.
Just by look.... that armour is nothing like good quality. The only proper test I know about is here https://www.youtube....h?v=Ej3qjUzUzQg
And even so... none of the arrows made it past arrowhead, person in armour would be absolutely unharmed even in this shitty armour!
Scholagladiatoria channel has more videos on this topic, but they are more theoretical.
Those two channels are run by guys with degree in archeology. Unlike your "video" where you can´t eve add comment, which by itself is alarming.
Arrows and a breast plate in this video is from good quality materials and were made with use of modern technology. You can see, that almost all the arrows with white wings passed through and they were shot from bow with power only 110 lbs. How would it turn out with a bow of 160 lbs.
Look at that: https://knowledge.li...060&context=etd
Straight from that source
"The longbow was extremely effective and was considered by contemporary historians to be a deadly weapon. The introduction of plate armor caused some problems with arrow penetration which as a result diminished the lethality of the longbow, but it still continued to be a highly effective weapon."
The french knights didnt die to the arrows directly btw, At least not the majority. Most of them died because their horse was killed or they were knocked off it and falling off a charging horse with full plate armour does tend to break necks and bones. Then the ones who didnt die on impact with the ground were either trampled or drowned in the muddy fields. Once they were on the ground it was very hard to get up, especially if injured. Those who made it to the English were then either killed when they charged into spikes (which wasnt many since they mostly just funnelled them into the centre where the English dismounted knights were) or by the superior English heavy infantry.
That is absolutely right. English are known for taking great number of captured frencj knights. You can´t capture dead body pierced with arrows.
Edited by Valandil, 11 September 2019 - 13:31.