Plate armour, or full plate armour, is only worn by the Greatswords, Knights and leaders of the Empire.1 p72-79 It is the best armour available to humans, although it was in fact crafted by the Dwarfs.1 p41 Each warrior is responsible for his own armour, and takes pride in its designs and embellishments.1 p43
A shield is a weapon used in defense, used by almost every race in the Warhammer World. Shields come in many shapes, sizes and materials. Primitive races such as Orcs, Goblins, Beastmen, and Barbarians commonly use shields made of wood. More nations such as Humans, Elves and Dwarfs etc. often use shields made of metal. The Lizardmen use shields which are made of turtle shells and are sometimes enhanced with Bronze.