Researching weapons and armor
Question: I can picture the weapons and the armor I want to use in my book because I've seen it in movies and tv show or something similar but I don't know the name of it I just know where it goes and what it looks like so I've tried googling pictures to see if I could find the right thing and what it's called and it's worked for something's but not all. Do you know of anything that can help me like a website or something where it has the name and a picture of the weapons and armor or should I not worry about naming it and just describe it or should I just keep trying to google it?Answer:
You might try visiting a good library. By good, I mean a large library with a reference librarian whose job it is to help people find information.
I'm pretty sure there are plenty of books on the history of armour and armaments that would give you all the information you need. They would also help you to make sure you are being consistent--that is, not mixing armour from different periods and places in a way that won't make sense. I'm pretty sure I've seen some nice illustrated nonfiction books for children (to use as references when they study history) that name all the pieces of a knight's gear.
You can't always trust movies. While they try for accuracy, they don't always succeed.
Getting the names right matters insofar as your characters, if they have any training in the armour and weapons they are using, should know what the various pieces are called. (If you have a main character who knows nothing about such things and just picks stuff up, that's a different story.) You don't have to go into great detail, but you the details you provide should be accurate in order to give a sense of authenticity.