How do I make melee combats with swords and shield more viable in a futuristic setting, where laser/plasma weapons exist? (Assuming the combatants are durable enough to take a few shots before being incapacitated)
Some context, space travel is possible and the lore of the world aimed to be built around melee combats. Soldiers are generally specialized in either melee or ranged weapons. Ranged weapons like guns are mostly for soldiers who cannot be specialized in melee (ie. the race is not durable enough to be assigned as melee soldiers)
I would use star wars for reference, particularly Episode 2: Battle of Geonosis. In that part of the movie, we could see clones pitted against the droid army in the sandstorm, all in an open field with minimal cover. In my own twist, I would have more melee occuring across the battlefield.
So, using the scene from star wars as one of the few references, I came across several area on a battlefield that would dissuade melee combats. Aerial bombardments or artilleries are particularly problematic, especially in the open field.
My current solutions/justifications so far:
1. Keep melee combat in urbanized area suited for CQC
2. Since melee don't consume ammo, they are much cheaper to maintain (though more skills required)
3. A past comment suggests using shields (not against the idea, but if possible, less reliance on shield to have a mobile army)