Questions tagged [armors]

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Generic term for limb armor [closed]

Is there a generic term that encompasses the various types of limb armor together? I'm hoping there's a catch-all I don't know about that I could use that would describe the collective of bracers/...
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If the Vikings grew horns, what would their helmets look like?

Imagine all the Scandinavians started sprouting horns, much like their stereotypical image, out of their heads. Now, how do they redesign their helmets to match a horned head? Note that your helmet ...
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Specs for body armor rated to stop a heavy machine gun

I have a setting where some units of specialized infantry use ridiculously over-engineered power armor similar to that worn by the Brotherhood of Steel in Fallout or Space Marines in Warhammer 40k. ...
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Reinforcing a fused ribcage to be more bullet resistant, how?

So, dragons, wyverns, gryphons, bird people, pterosaurs, etc... Every flier shares the problem of toughness (the lack of it) when compared to grounded creatures. The only path we can go down on is ...
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How do guns not penetrate the hull of a spaceship/station and still punch through body armor? [duplicate]

There are plenty of modern or slightly futuristic developments of the firearm that would avoid punching a hole in spaceships. The problem is that in doing so, all of them are much worse against body ...
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Reality Check: Sub-Dermal Armor / Dermal Armor

Multiple role playing games make use of sub-dermal or dermal armor. This includes fusing plates of material directly to the skin and implanting material below the derma. I see huge problems with all ...
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Where to research medieval leather armor? [closed]

Has anyone any good resources for medieval armor? Specifically leather armor, and within the later 15th century and early 16th century.
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Modifying muscles to be more bullet resistant without affecting strength?

So, if we were to treat realistic creature design like making a pokémon card, one of the obvious "types" would be volant (flight-capable) creatures, and their biggest downside would be the ...
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How do I waterproof paper armor?

So, a little while back I suggested Chinese-style paper armor as answer to this question. While it was well liked, a couple people mentioned that in the MythBusters test it didn't hold up very well ...
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Is it possible for a medieval-style SCA/LARP armor to shatter? If so then how?

I was writing a story where a character wearing armor constructed for SCA / LARP has his armor repeatedly heated (e.g. walk through house on fire) and cooled (e.g. liquid nitrogen spray, a barrel of ...
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Composite Organic Armor

So, to lead, I've been developing a sort of faction that is entirely organically based that is capable of producing things such as advanced infrastructure like city level energy production, complex ...
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A stronger replacement for calcium carbonate in super-strong scales?

So, the microstructure of abalone shells is 95% calcium carbonate, such as aragonite, tiles and 5% organic polymer that binds them together. This binding fails in a graceful manner, allowing the shell ...
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How to make shaped armor out of bone and resin? Any examples beyond The Elder Scrolls?

So, as the title says, are their any well known examples of bonemold armor outside of The Elder Scrolls Universe? Is it something I could include in my world without somehow immediately being compared ...
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Composite armor plates: stainless steel mesh embedded in poly resin

Long story short: the setting is something like Highlander meets The Road or I Am Legend – basically a vast majority of humanity dies VERY suddenly such that vast quantities of regular items are ...
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A Modern Knight [closed]

I am an eccentric billionaire with a strong preference for all things medieval. However, my company happens to produce state-of-the-art modern military technology. Fascinated by stories portraying ...
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Powered armor that enhances speed. How useful would it be?

I think people misunderstood my previous question, and that's my fault. However, I think it's a good time to test out something I've been working on. You see, I've been watching Lobotomy Corp ...
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How to prevent powered armor from letting people carry bigger guns?

Oh yes, personal powered armors, such as MJOLNIR, are a staple of sci-fi. A sci-fi that disguises itself as fantasy needs to have some for the knights! But, there is one thing I don't want to let it ...
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how well would a magical scale armor-strength cloak work as armor?

the cloak covers most of the body, usually down to a foot above the ground. it's stiff enough and built to sort of spread out as it gets lower at a constant rate, and underneath the cloak is the ...
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I need a 1980s suit of nuclear-fed heavy power armor

With a miniaturized nuclear reactor on my back, what does my late Cold War suit of CBRN-shielded antiballistic-plated power suit look like? Could it mount vehicle-grade weaponry?
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Using frozen light as a starship shield

Frozen/Solid light Shields I can't find much online; but after listening to an Isaac Arthur episode where he briefly mentions frozen light, I immediately thought about the Hardlight items from the ...
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Could a dragon scale mail be made from shed skin?

So, Georgie, the paladin who's still unsure about going down the path of lawful stupid, decided not to kill the dragon. Now, this means they can finally use The Orb of Dragonkind for something after ...
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How could a ballistic mask provide full protection without compromising the wearer's singing voice?

So, I'm having trouble with one of my character designs. Guardian angels are former humans who died in such dumb ways that Heaven simply couldn't let them in, not before they proved they can prevent ...
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If it could be shaped, would chitin from giant insects make decent body armor?

I found a previous question on using chitin from giant insects to make weapons and armor, but the answer left out something I had considered for the medieval fantasy setting I'm developing. The answer ...
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Could a steel cylinder punch through plate armor?

I want to be a bit more creative in my design of medieval weapons, and have begun looking into the creation of an Arbalest that instead of shooting traditional crossbow bolts, shoots metallic ...
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Strength of a fictional armor against a crossbow bolt

So, in my story, there is a fictional material called master cloth with about 10x the strength of Kevlar, and an average thread thickness of 1/8 inch diameter. The cloth is as light as most fabrics, ...
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How would a well-equipped Renaissance knight mitigate a dragon's fire breath?

During the early Renaissance, how might a knight-errant equip themselves to mitigate the offensive capabilities of flying, fire-breathing reptiles? It can be assumed that the knight, backed by a ...
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What modern materials would be useful for a steel plate armor?

I'm not talking about better steel or adding cameras or bullets, but modern materials to improve some of the armor's weak points. In my world alchemists have improved their magic to the point they can ...
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What are the most likely civilian applications for “powered armor”? On- and off-Earth? [closed]

I am envisioning something developed as the next step beyond today's most cutting-edge powered exoskeleton tech (think of the Sarcos Guardian XO, but about 15-20 additional years worth of improvements)...
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What would a cold-adapted knight wear (at Pluto temperatures)?

This is a sequel to my previous question, involving the humanoids on Pluto. Before I ask my question, I want to provide a little context. Basically, they have a society similar to Europe during the ...
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Do I Have to Radically Change Plate to House Gems?

In a world there is a king and that king has knights. These knights make use of magic amulets to protect them from supernatural threats: witch spells, manticore venom, werewolf curses, et cetera ad ...
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Ideal Materials for Laser / Energy Weapon Defense

In most future sci-fi settings, it is apparent that laser weapons (or as Star Wars likes to call it, blasters) and energy weapons in general would have replaced most standard ballistics for main ...
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Would the Flamebreaker Armor in “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” work?

The Flamebreaker Armor is a full plate armor present in the videogame The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which protects the wearer from heat. When fully upgraded, it makes the wearer fireproof ...
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How effective and viable would bronze full plate be?

In my fantasy setting in development,tin is significantly more common than in our world. Leading to bronze armour and weapons being much cheaper. Due to metallurgy not being as advanced iron is still ...
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zora armor, and how it could actually be made to swim up water falls?

so in the game's legend of Zelda, there is the Zora armor. it helps you swim faster (which is shown by having flippers on the feet so obviously that would help, and it's skin-tight to fit whoever it ...
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is there a way to make water armor and condense the water?

i want to make an armor made of liquid, for example like dew accumulate and attached to the person or just dip into water and the water attached/carried on (just example), but it also condense the ...
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The possibility of a bulletproof hardwood?

In my conworld, the inhabitants have futuristic technology and use armour that is made of primarily wood but will absorb bullet impacts and even armour-piercing rounds. It is cited as being very fire-...
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The effect of a 20 kilojoule punch on a person that is wearing a plate armor

I have always been in love of hand to hand combat but I realize the concept of efficiency and why that is not an ideal choice for combat so I decided to write a story in which characters who are ...
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What would be the most practical way to use a dragon's scales as armor?

I'm working on a roleplaying game in a medieval fantasy setting with a focus on crafting and I am having trouble visualizing how armor made from scales of creatures would be assembled; both for art ...
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If ancient soldiers could firebend, would battle lines cease to exist? [closed]

Consider Ancient Rome. If some proportion of soldiers in Caesar's military had the ability to shoot small jets of fire out of their hands for a maximum duration of 1 second, and perhaps a total limit ...
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Direct Consequences of Powered Armor [closed]

The Question What are the direct consequences of powered armor being practical? Background In the setting I have been working on, humanity has invented a man-machine interface, bio-mechanical cells ...
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What would be the best Tauren equipment to maximize it's charging abilities?

I'm currently designing a Tauren race (as in Minotaur, not centaur), pretty similar to the ones found in the Warcraft universe*. They are a biped race, with the head and feet of a bull, arms and torso ...
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What metallic alloys would be used for weapons and armor in the XXI century knighthood games?

The year is 2035 and Channel 55-KYED decided on a new reality show. the XXI century knighthood games. It will be your basic renaissance faire re-enactment of medieval combat but since they are doing ...
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What limitations, drawbacks, and gear can I give my hero who has absorption and reflection abilities?

I have a character who exists in a world where superpowers are a thing and common. Her ability is to absorb and reflect back energy and force she receives and even amplify that force (kinda like Black ...
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Armor for a pyrokinetic

What could a group of pyrokinetics wear. They can't wear armor made from flammable material (obviously). They can't wear iron/steel armor because it would get hot too quickly and it wouldn't be so ...
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How to protect these rhinos? [closed]

In my post-apocalyptic world, rhinos are used as beasts of burden. However, in order to survive harsh conditions and harsher predators, they need to have some sort of armor (natural or unnatural). ...
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Armor that is “good” but also weak in some way [closed]

In a setting where a people armed with guns and effective armor (of some sort), are engaged in a struggle against another people armed with primitive weapons and equivalent armor. By that, it's ...
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Why not use futuristic pavise ballistic shields for protection?

Working with a world with relatively high industrial technology, including good materials technology but no energy weapons or the like but modern-day ballistic technology. Why not use the equivalent ...
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How would armour (and combat) change if the fighter didn't need to actually wear it?

Through an arcane ritual, a warlock-knight forms a bond with their squire: thereafter, the squire wears the armour, and the warlock gets the benefit of it. So any force (be that hand, weapon or ...
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Armor design for bird people? | Gliding

So, there are birdpeople/birdfolk in my setting. They're ~170 cm tall bipedal humanoids with a pair of functioning wings, slightly below the shoulders. They're covered with feathers, except for the ...
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Why would an invisible personal shield be necessary?

I’m trying to think of a reason why an advanced civilization would find it useful to invent an invisible handheld shield as protection against a civilization with primitive weaponry (sticks, stones, ...