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Large projectiles vs heavy personal armor

In my world personal body armor has reached a point where most weapons designers have given up trying to make cartridges that will penetrate armor, and instead have gone back to large caliber rifles ...
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How strong would a humanoid need to be compared to real world humans to be able to wield a 1/4 inch thick solid steel shield easily?

I'm working on a fantasy RPG where I plan for things to start out on the more realistic side in terms of weapons and armor, but let the higher end gear move into weapons and armors that wouldn't be ...
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Is it reasonable to have transparent faceplates on powered armor?

Is it reasonable to have transparent face shields on powered armor or should they be covered with armor? While there are fairly good arguments for why open helmets were fairly popular historically ...
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How to justify arm mounted weapons on powered armor

I have a question about powered armor as it is often used. The issue is that of hand or arm mounted weapons. These are extremely common with suits like Iron Man or Bobbie Draper in The Expanse. How ...
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How could armour be designed to improve unarmed martial arts?

How could armour be designed to improve hand-to-hand martial arts? Reinforced, angular greaves with pads underneath to improve sweeps and kicks? Full plate is always good, but I feel like it could ...
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If you were wearing a bomb suit, would it be safe to set off a Claymore mine strapped to your chest?

The M18A1 Claymore mine is a directional fragmentation anti-personnel mine. It is designed to kill by projecting a lethal hail of steel balls within a 60-degree cone in front of itself. It seems ...
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How would a futuristic robot soldier look like? [closed]

I feel that whenever I search for something like “futuristic robot soldier”, the results are always similar and they look like designs and concepts made by ARTISTS, not ENGINEERS. As far as I know, ...
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How to make this armor flexible without losing protection?

I only care about the chest piece, I need it to bend forward and sideways at the abdomen region, I don't care about being able to extend the spine backwards. My characters are animated in a way that ...
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Is this armor uncomfortable and dangerous?

What are the specific materials? none really, In my game.... I mean worldbuilding project I want this kind of armor to be crafted from different materials but following the same aesthetic guidelines......
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What weaponry and equipment would a 'demonic' race use?

I'm writing a short story, and one of the species are Material Demons. I plan on there only being a single Material Demon character, but I'd like to know what weapons the Material Demons might use. ...
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What weapons and equipment would be best for a Dullahan in this setting?

Note: Other than a detachable head, there isn't much in common with the standard Irish myth, and this makes use of a magic system. I'm also fine with a little hand waving if I must, I would just ...
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Does full plate armour require additional design considerations for cold regions?

By this I mean like would they require things like fur lining or additional insulation? My understanding of wearing full plate, along with the usual worn gambeson and chain and such, is rather hot, ...
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Feasibility of Jade Armor

For my short story, I want to create a set of Jade armor. I believe Jade is an incredibly impact resistant material, as evident with the Patu club. I only need one, not mass-production. Would a Jade ...
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Ideal helmet shape that uses chiton armored goggles

A while back I learned that chitons have hundred's of small eyes that allows them to perceive the outside world without compromising the there armors integrity. This has also lead to some speculation ...
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human version of hermit crabs

I have some tribes of nomads that live in pretty harsh places, going around by carts or building shelter is usually not an option. They live and sleep in some kind of heavy primitive armor, I was ...
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What would cause full body armor to return?

Many times in sci fi, the concept of full body armor has come up again and again. Most famously in Star Wars where we see Stormtroopers wear white armor covering their entire body. What I'm ...
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How would one design a helmet for antlered humanoids?

There have been many questions on this site about helmets with antlers, but I am going out and asking about antlers with helmets. Specifically, I am asking in the context of creatures that are ...
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Would people still be able to utilize Iron Alloy tools, Structures, Weapons & Armour in a Medieval high-oxygen world?

So me and my buddy are currently working on a story that takes place on a different earth-like planet similar to when carboniferous life like the Meganeura dragonfly inhabit the landscape. A few ...
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What would body armour designed for women look like?

Currently pretty much all body armour is designed for men, then sometimes adapted for women (although very often it isn't). So what would body armour designed for the use of women look like? (...
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Is ice armor better than nothing in medieval battle or is it just weighing you down?

"Speed is the essence of war" - Sun Tzu, MBA. However, this war has dragged on for a long time and resources are getting scarce; new ice mages are issued a loin cloth while flame mages get ...
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How did armor differ from place to place? [closed]

I don't have much knowledge about history so I was wondering how much armor/weaponry changed in different regions. What factors would influence it? I imagine a lack of natural resources would have an ...
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Could Osmiridium alloy be used as armor plating? (Hypothetical, cost does not matter.) [closed]

I would like to know if it is plausible. I would also like a rough estimate of the force that a 1 meter x 1 meter Osmiridium alloy beam could take before breaking.
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Would Anthropomorphic Bugs and Crustaceans Need Armor?

In my book series, many of the sentient races that exist are anthropomorphized versions of real animals. This has been mostly problem-free with vertebrates, but I have a question regarding ...
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How would shell-maille fare against oceanic predators?

Imagine merpeople(your typical half-fish bodied mermaid sort) have managed to construct a form of maille armour out of shells and gold in a similar manner to scalemaille. Shells because they're hard ...
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How Would a Highly Organized Standing Army Accomodate Different Sentient Species?

In my book series, the Aurean Empire has a very organized and professional standing military, heavily influenced by the Roman and Eastern Roman Empires, in which weapons and armor between soldiers is ...
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How thick does a layer of spider silk need to be to stop these calibers of bullets from passing through?

Exactly what it says on the tin: how thick would a layer of spider silk need to be to stop each of the following bullets from passing through? .22 Short .32 ACP .380 ACP 9×19mm Parabellum .45 ACP ...
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How Might an Army with Modern Technology Gear up for Seal Clubbing Technologically Backwards Enemies?

In my book series, the Ishga Empire has a monopoly on technology that we would say ranges from an industrial revolution to sci-fi level, although their military tech capabilities for the sake of this ...
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Why would a suit of armour need power to provide protection to its wearer? [closed]

Why would electricity be needed to provide protection to the user of a suit of power armour? I'm not referring to the movement or any other systems in the armour. I mean, if the user gets shot, ...
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Armour designed against magic

How would you design armour to be effective against wizards? For simplicity's sake we'll have the only magic available to the wizards be elemental magic(fire, ice, electricity, wind, light), and they ...
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How big would my airship have to be to fit a modern VLS system

For my factions anti-occult paramilitary force, I decided to give them large, armoured airships for their main form of transport and attack, which do not use gas bags for lift, but rather a magical ...
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Would gauntlets with claws be an effective weapon?

I am coming up with a kind of weapon a supervillain builds himself with fairly modern materials/tech. He uses it as a weapon, but also as a device for lacerating and torturing his victims. I’m ...
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Using dead bodies for material 5: civilian armors

The world is suffering from the creatures of fantasy and nightmares which can appear with just a few minutes of warning anywhere, regardless of it being the middle of the street or on top of your bed ...
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What would armor designed to withstand a grenade blast in an enclosed space look like?

Let's say that someone throws an M67 hand grenade into a completely enclosed room - i.e. the door is the only entrance/exit. How would someone build a suit of armor to functionally negate the ...
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Would ‘fractal armor’ be effective against light/energy-based weapons? When paired with a force-field wouldn’t it be the king of the battlefield?

Basically, in my alternate timeline, technology advances a lot more quickly, and in the 16th century, humanity lives among the stars. Energy-based weapons are commonplace, and powerful kinetic weapons ...
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What would make Orcs wear less armor?

Orcs are typically depicted as being extremely warlike creatures. With their average intelligence slightly lower than humans. But they have more physical advantages such as superior strength and ...
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Would a 'Brigambeson' be useful?

Would a brigandine-gambeson hybrid, which would be a gambeson with metal plates attached like in brigandine, be effective in protection, compared to other stuff that could be done with the same ...
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Could Snakemen Wear Full Armor?

Snakemen are absolute beasts in combat when you factor in all of their snake qualities. One of the ways they would be practically unstoppable is if they fought using constriction (credit goes to ...
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Would multilayered, detachable armor actually work?

This is a very stupid thought that's been at the back of my head for a while. Armor in question is literally meant to protect the body from bodily harm, so making it muti layers and detachable would ...
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How effective would lamellar armor laced together with riveted mail rings be?

There are a myriad of armor types made from small metal plates joined to make armor in the absence of affordable large plate forging tech. Lamellar is small semi-overlapping plates with holes punched ...
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Can automatic semi-perpetual motion mechanical legs exist?

Related question >> A person has decided to mechanize themselves. Their spine was severed at the height of the L-1 vertebrae, legs and guts where removed. The leg prostheses come in many forms ...
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How Would the Square-Cube Law change Medieval/Ancient Warfare Between Tiny Humanoids

My story has a battle between two tiny races of humanoids. Assume that both of these races have developed in relative isolation from one another so they have not had a lot of time to develop ...
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Could a human survive a fall into water with exoskeleton armor?

When a character jumps into water from a great height, they would normally be severely injured, as displacing the water to decelerate is harder than displacing the impacting body. If the body is soft, ...
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Alternative Methods to Penetrating Body Armor?

This is a follow up to this question I asked a few days about methods to penetrate advanced body armor. That post primarily focused on possible methods of penetration, but this post will primarily ...
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Are AP slugs for shotguns possible?

When writing stories I usually use war as a simple and understandable way to introduce a conflict that needs to be resolved or sweeps the character away. To keep it interesting I need to build ...
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Aircraft aluminum grade 7075 used for body armor in medieval setting

I've read a few discussion on the use of aluminum in medieval armor. There are a lot of people saying that aluminum is a bad choice for armor because it's too soft and brittle. There are many ...
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Would composite armor based on diamonds be useful against firearms?

Under normal circumstances, monolithic diamond is pretty terrible at resisting impact, due to it being weak in certain planes, also known as cleavage planes. To solve this, why don't we just make the ...
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Effectiveness of an armour made of woven leather

In my world, one ancient culture uses a basic sort of armour made of thin, soaked leather strips which were woven together, either like thatch or like a mere weaving. Below are some pictures to ...
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How feasible is armor composed of micarta?

I'm using Micarta as a catchall for fabric and resin composites. Given the strength of Spider silk, and the potential ease of fabrication of micarta, could micarta spider silk armor function as a ...
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Could one make decent armour based on a jaguar pelt?

I have always loved the fursuit uniform of the Aztec Ocelotl warrior: But, to my great disappointment, it turns out that in reality the suit was not made out of an actual jaguar pelt: the helmets ...
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The Best Materials for Heatproof Armor [duplicate]

In the Kingdom of Fire, those with the ability to bend the burning element to their will have the unique secondary ability of being able to withstand extremely high temperatures and are able to set ...
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