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Questions tagged [armors]

For questions that involve outer protective coverings used for the defense of biological creatures.

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What's a modern era armor that would be best for a late medieval-style fantasy world? [on hold]

Armor has changed to meet the needs and demands of a particular time period's training, technology, and combat styles. If you were sent to a medieval fantasy world- full of monsters, mounted knights,...
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How difficult would it be to use scrap metal from a car to make armour or an effective short sword without using fire?

Tools available would be wire, bricks, hammers, a hack saw, a pair of compound snips, and flex glue. As well as the intact body of the car itself. Assume you find the tools inside or easily within ...
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Shield only combat

Asking this for a more realistic view for ''rising of the shield hero' and possible uses in future writings. A shield is not a weapon, it is basically armor, that's why heavy armored knights rarely ...
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What kind of equipment would a giant-slayer use?

My character is a giant-slayer living in the far North with his family. He is able to bend and generate magnetic fields. The only technology he could use would be something like Feudal Japan and/or ...
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What sort of armor would a bounty hunter wear in the medieval age?

What sort of armor would a bounty hunter wear in a fantasy based world inspired by the medieval ages (1100 A.D - 1400 A.D) that would allow him to be both protected and agile, while remaining somewhat ...
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Would chainmail stop an arrow from a longbow?

Restated in more words, would a conscripted pikeman with a decent set of chainmail but no shield have any hope against an arrow from your basic english longbow?
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If people had hollow bones to enable flight how would you design armour to protect them?

A race in my novel have hollow bones to allow for flight. The character that belongs to this race is a warrior. It would be very easy to break bones simply by punching a fighter of this race. Is there ...
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How to make female breast armor viable?

It is known that armor with accentuated design for breast is a bad choice in an actual confrontation. What can be changed to make "breast armor" more effective? Like materials(fictional or not), ...
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Could a hand grenade be effective against a band of medieval knights?

So, a group of people have just been transported back to early 14th century England, and have angered a band of noble knights. Their armor looks like this. One of my characters, Tim, received a hand ...
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Would it be possible to create a flexible and useful armour with woven metal wires?

Essentially could I make flexible cut proof clothing with flexible metal wire? Or would making the wire flexible require making them so thin that slicing is easy? Edit: naturally gambeson or some ...
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Ballistic armor for mammoths/ general potential carrying capacity

First question so go easy! I've been looking around for the carrying capacity of Elephants, hoping to extrapolate that to a Woolly or Columbian Mammoth. I know logging Indian elephants can lift half a ...
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Blunt force resistant armor?

In my fantasy world, monsters of several varieties all exist. However, it seems the majority of them have enough stab resistance that blunt force is the best way to defeat them. I want to have a ...
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How effective would an iron sulphide carapace be at resisting small-arms gunfire?

I've been designing a race of humanoids with a thick chitinous arthropodal carapace resilient to small-calibre gunfire and physical trauma that would cripple a normal human being. This carapace is ...
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Indestructible silk: good armor?

I've been playing with different conceptualizations and types of armor for historical settings, especially armor with magic enchantments or made from weird materials. I was stuck thinking about ...
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Oyster Shell Scale Mail

Would it be possible to make a crude scale mail out of oyster or some other mussel shells. If so how effective would it be? Do I need to invent some kind of super tough oyster for it to work?
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How many humans would I need to skin to create a bulletproof full body suit [closed]

How many humans would I need to skin to create a bulletproof full body suit. The main thing is that I am a guy who wants to not get shot and I happen to enjoy harvesting human flesh and I am dead set ...
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Why Would Someone Not Remove Their Armor? [closed]

You pull up a stool at the bar next to a gentleman in full plate armor. The two of you strike up a conversation, but during the whole time, the man does not remove his armor, nor does he even raise ...
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Heavy, immutable steel: armour design

Imagine a metal that can be molded into (almost) any form using magic, but once the process is done the material becomes absolutely immutable. It is not possible to physically alter its form. It can ...
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Full body bullet resistant armour

The "people" wearing this are 10 times stronger than humans and have near unlimited muscular endurance so weight is of little (but not no) concern. Their ballistic and gun technology is as advanced ...
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Which properties would alloys that becomes increasingly reflective as they heat up have? [closed]

One of the things I'm working on for my science fiction setting are reasons for laser weapons to not be very prominent. One of the ideas I came up with was for the primary hull plating of most ships ...
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Why might soldiers still wear metal armor after guns are re-invented?

So, out in the Virginia-Maryland area, long after an apocalypse, tension is brewing between two powerful city states. The Holy Kingdom Of Fredericksburg and the New United States were already ...
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Fire Resistant Armour for a Medieval Era Like Setting

When I say medieval it’s more like a fallen world that went barbaric really quickly. Firearms and combustible fuels have been commonplace so society is still advanced in a way, but is more tribal/...
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Armor for Giant Crabs to Defeat Explosive Bites from Predators

The Eternal Arms Race Between Weapon and Armor This world has a race of giant crabs who have developed armor sufficiently strong that the top predator's teeth can't puncture the armor. In response, ...
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Anti-Dragon armor, shields and melee weapons

It goes without saying that dragons are bad for societies, they kill people, burn villages, steal cattle, infect people with the cooties, etc..., so obviously, any sane nation would take measures to ...
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How to make my motorcycle rider survive driving into a wall?

Question I am currently trying to create a dramatic introduction for one of my characters, John Smith. The current iteration of the idea has him suddenly colliding with a solid wall on a motorbike, ...
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Armor for wings

I have a character who fights hand to hand against people with swords and powers so he wears armor to protect himself. The thing is he has wings and I've been racking my brain if there could be armor ...
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If resistance were also a measure of a metal's resistance to magic, which metals would make the best armor and weapons?

In a fantasy setting I'm working on for an RPG, I was trying to determine what properties I could use to determine how well metals resist magic and how readily they absorb enchantments based on ...
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Creating a Scientifically Semi-Valid Pseudo-Arthropod Primate Part 2: Exoskeleton Mimicking Amour plating

Other questions from this thread: Question 1 Question 3 Oh my that title is a mouthful, but as a parody of the super solider questions and as an efficient way of organizing these questions I will ...
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Pancreas Chitin

Okay so I am making these arthropod looking humanoid mammalian species, so think of a human with armadillo armor and jointed sloth arms. And I have heard that the pancreas produces Chitin so my ...
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Fighting Styles That Would Focus on Armoring the Extremities? [closed]

I had a thought, are there any conceivable fighting styles that would generate a focus on armoring the limbs, like gauntlets on the arms and boots on the legs, over the main body? Does anyone have any ...
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Is a “constructive” explosion with reactive armor possible? [closed]

I know most reactive armor contains explosives which are designed to take out the shell before it hits the main section of hull. If a shaped charge (or high explosive) detonated within a meter or less ...
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Could a non-newtonian armor coupled with a dampening fabric stop bullets but not melee weapons and arrows/bolts? [duplicate]

In a futuristic setting, nations have invented a way to create armor just a bit heavier than cloth. This would be worn like chainmail and would be available widely. I am looking for a way to make this ...
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Armor increasing strength

Many games have various side bonuses on their armors other than just defense. These bonuses can often be active things like having a ghost thrall to protect you when wearing a special armor or more ...
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Could the development of a body armour that completely stop any small arms' fire make a civilization go back to medieval-style combat?

In my futuristic, nations at war have invented a fabric just a bit heavier than cloth, that effectively stops any small arms fire. This huge leap in technology made gunpowder small arms useless. Large ...
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Power Armoring the Marines against blasts

The scenario: Near future robotics technology has an energy storage breakthrough, and one of the many implications is battery operated powered suits of armor become a viable technology for soldiers ...
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Psychological Warfare! [closed]

What are some ways that heavily armored mounted/unmounted terror troops could ellicit fear in their design, perhaps some burning fuses in a pauldrons?Some historical examples of psychological warfare ...
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Armor For A Giant

Assume we have a 9 foot tall giant and the weight of the armor matters fairly little. How thick would armor have to be in order to shrug off almost all blows from humans including bolts from heavy ...
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How can armor be made with medieval materials be capable of resisting magical fire and lightning?

How can armor, including shields, made with materials available in medieval times, be made to withstand magical fire and lightning attacks? The fire attacks are equivalent to that from a propane ...
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What are some existing or theoretically possible strong but lightweight armors?

So recently I'm working a speculative science fiction universe where I'm trying to adhere as close as possible to the laws of physics and the possibilities of technology. I want to have mecha (because ...
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How thick would armor be in order to stop an arquebus / musket shot and the threat of fantasy monsters [closed]

In a fantasy world, which has both medieval and early-modern inclinations (300's - 1690's), and factors such as magic (though very rarely used directly offensive, so there's no things such as '...
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Aluminium as body armor?

So, this question has been asked before, but I would like to make a few stipulations regarding the specifics of my question. Firstly, the aluminium in question is fabricated in modern times, and ...
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Deflective Shielding: Possible?

While the term Deflective Shield comes up in a lot of space science fiction, I wasn't thinking about plasma shields, magnets, or personal energy shields. Instead, I was thinking about bullet-proof ...
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Would modern body armor be much more useful for creatures that only cared to protect their heart

Let's imagine a supernatural creature that can walk off all damage unless their heart is hit. (think Mr Sinister. The damage is done, it's just not lethal) These creatures exist in modern times, have ...
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Would a race of creatures with thick natural armor create artificial armor?

I was wondering if creatures with thick natural armor would create artificial armor. They have all the resources they would need in order to create armor, but their natural armor is better than a ...
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What's a good jaw and tooth build to break armor? [closed]

Partial extension to this question: What kind of natural armor would stop bullets? I was wondering what kind of jaw and tooth build would be able to break armor which can withstand 4 gigapascals to ...
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Is it possible to have detachable natural armor?

This is a partial extension to this question: What kind of natural armor would stop bullets? I was wondering if a creature could grow armor in such a way which would allow for it to detach a portion ...
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What kind of natural armor would stop bullets?

It should not resist 50 cal bullets, but an armor which could protect a creature from the US standard issue rifle, for example. Here are a couple of things the armor needs to do: Protect the creature ...
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Possibilites with very lightweight material for Weaponry [closed]

How do the properties of density, sharpness, brittleness of a material impact on the usability and the design of weapons. Would it cause weapons to be designed vastly different or would it make ...
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What are the priority plate parts to reinforce chainmail other than cuirass?

We have a warrior. He owns and wears a gambeson, a mail hauberk, an open steel helmet, all necessary clothing and a good pair of boots. He is looking to reinforce his armour with a few select parts of ...
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What body armor protects against a laser?

I've been working on a mostly-realistic story set, let's say, 500 years in the future. Humans have colonized the solar system and no longer live on Earth. Semi-automatic weapons with frangible rounds ...