In the test he shows that he is able to move slightly if he swims, but that he can walk on the bottom of a swimming pool and try to jump up towards the surface. He thinks that some strong fighters may have been able to do a limited amount of swimming in armour.Michael K. Bergstrom on Vimeo wrote:A test concerning swimming in plate armour.
With the help of Dive Alaska, and SOMMA, in Anchorage, Alaska. I took part in a test to determine if swimming in plate armour was feasible. The test results were interesting.
Tester: Michael K. Bergstrom
Assistant: Lance Hanes
Chris Cushman of Penguin Arms
Allan Senefelder of Mercenary's Tailor
Michael Bergstrom of SOMMA
Underwater video by Dan Lee.
Many thanks to Dive Alaska for their assistance.
Mountain Stream Media and Dan Lee Videography
Shot on the Sony EX1, EX3 w/Canon 21x HDGC lens, Canon T2i, and Olympus oStyle 8000.
What are your thoughts on thoughts on swimming in armour? Would you automatically make PCs drop to the bottom of any water body? Would you make them roll strength checks to stay at the surface and move towards a river bank? Would you allow PCs in plate armour to walk across the bottom of a river (if thy could hold their breath)?
Would you multiply encumberance values? Would you treat metal armour differently to leather armour (or clothing)?