Crossbows often wear thicker armor than archers. As a weapon used in sieges, crossbows are often used with large shields, possibly as a necessary protective equipment. My kids accuse me of having a favorite child shirt. The illustration shows that there was a crossbow shooter with armor and body armor in addition to the helmet. Almost no contemporary illustrations of 1415, however, most of the quotations were at a later date. century or more. Much more comes from expensive manuscripts that represent battles and devices in a very stylized way, to make the crossbow arm as heavy armor as a knight! The top hat is usually a wide-brimmed hat, although this time there existed a type of bascinet with a hinged lid on the right side of the face that could be broken when it reached the range to start shooting.