Several months back, when Season 1 Netflix’s adaptation of the Witcher novels was in production, we saw some behind-the-scenes footage from some extras, where the Nilgaardian armor was revealed. Rather than having traditional-looking metal-plated armor, we saw them wearing armor that, for the lack of a better term, looked like it was made of black walnuts.
There was a lot of concern about the armor back then, and that it was reflective of a low budget of the show. However, in the context of the recently-released trailer, it doesn’t look nearly as bad. But it is still a bit odd-looking, and on Reddit, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich was asked why they went for that kind of armor as opposed to something more traditionally-intimidating. Here is what Hissrich said:
“The thought process was this: unlike the Cintran army, which consists of highly-trained knights and specialized soldiers under Calanthe’s royal lead, the Nilfgaardian army is one of conscription. As they march northward, the army pillages towns and forces villagers into military servitude. They are not an elite fighting force — yet. There are powerful leaders in the forefront, yes, but the army itself is more rag-tag, borne of necessity, without glamour or means. Their armor reflects that.”
I can certainly see that perspective, but I can’t help but personally wonder what the armor is supposed to be made of. Will that question ultimately be answered? We’ll have to wait and see.
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