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Valid reason for not having plate armor in early medieval, low-magic fantasy setting?

I'm world building a low-magic, early (to high) medieval (early 12th century-ish) fantasy world for a ttrpg. This world revolves around humans, but -while not something commonly encountered by humans- ...
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Would it be petty of me to make the use of full plate armor a war crime? [closed]

Now this goes back to another question I asked a while back and i will openly admit this is more out of spite than anything else, but I just hear people going on and on about how full plate is the ...
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How would a Spellblade deal with an Anti-magic Heavily armored knight? [closed]

This is kind of a follow up to my last question as i kinda realized this was the question i actually wanted to ask. So you have a setting where everyone is capable of using magic to some degree. ...
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Walking on tiny landmines in steel-soled boots

Gravel mines were tiny explosives the US scattered on the McNamara Line during the Vietnam War. Bernard C. Nalty's Air Power and the Fight for Khe Sanh claims (pg. 105) the Viet Cong cleared them by ...
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How could one defend against a concentrated neutron beam in a hard sci-fi setting?

I'm thinking of adding a neutron beam cannon to my hard sci-fi setting (basically works by accelerating a bunch of ions and then shooting them at a beryllium foil target (see here). However, I don't ...
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How do camouflage plates know what color to change to?

How could organic adaptive camouflage be implemented into materials implementable by humans? I have already developed a general system: the system is made of small plates that form larger plates. each ...
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Bullet resistant space armor material

I'm currently developing a world in which humanity has colonized Mars. Armed bandit attacks are common, and military enforcers are necessary to eliminate these threats. Most combatants use firearms in ...
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Designs for copper-gold-silver armor

In this world, the three metals noted above are the only ones available in meaningful quantities, excluding metals inside live organisms. Obviously, these metals and most of their alloys are softer ...
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Defensive Middle Ages measures against magic-controlled "smart" arrows

Hear hear, with the latest arcane technology, archers on the battlefield are able to shoot "smart arrows". Smart arrows are propelled by a little unit of magiteck, which allows the archer to ...
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Thermal Superconductors vs Pulse Lasers...in atmosphere

Based of a conversation with @Starfish Prime regarding the answers from this question here. In short, while the question itself had a satisfactory answer with it being that pulse lasers would ...
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Thermal Superconductors vs Pulse Lasers

How well can a thermal superconductor protect against pulse lasers? First off, what is a thermal superconductor? It is a material that has a theoretical infinite thermal conductivity, similar to what ...
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Individual Laser-Point-Defense [closed]

Laser point defense is a known concept. A powerful laser beam, either continuous or pulsed is used to shoot down or deflect either a projectile or object out of the sky. The concept has been ...
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How do my enemy robots' weapons not kill my characters?

I’m working on a story-driven game, and I have an aspect of my game I need to create a lore-based explanation for. In this game humans are battling highly advanced robots. These robots are heavily ...
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How to design a standard uniform/armor for a planet plagued by severe weather?

I’m trying to design a standard uniform for a military group that works on a massive planet that has a storm eye similar to Jupiter’s or Neptune’s. This eye hangs over a large ocean and produces semi-...
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Would a laser resistant (heavily heat resistant?) armour for space ships have unfortunate consequences and would it still have to deal with heat?

Basically, I want to decisively put an end to any idea that lasers could be used in my space combat in any large degree. One of the solutions I've thought of is a world having advanced armour (either ...
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How feasible are my Gauss weapons?

Now, in my world, Gauss weapons are in common use for use in armor piercing where LP (low-powered) lasers and plasma fail. Using solid steel needles, slugs, or bolts, depending on the size, shape, ...
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How to counter bulletproof plate armor with 19th Century technology? [closed]

I'm writing a timeline where the Russian Empire figured out how to make magical armor. By fully immersing plate armor in holy water, that plate armor is now fully bulletproof. No projectile will ...
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Armor design for fighting flying monsters?

In my setting, there is a type of monster which is an aggressive, airborne humanoid which oftentimes preys on humans travelling through its habitat. Its prevalence, and the danger which it can cause ...
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Why would soldiers continue using helmets after the Renaissance?

In my world, it is a mix of Renaissance and 17th century style. For soldiers, they wear helmets as part of their uniform and armor. However, even into their version of the 1700s and 1800s, they ...
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How to make stealthier armor?

In my setting a colonial power at a late medieval level of technology has gifted its native allies with mail armor. The natives are quite happy to receive it, but are simultaneously frustrated. The ...
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Would Tungsten be a useful material for medieval armor and weapons?

Tungsten is a very dense and robust metal that has the highest melting point and boiling point of any metal. This makes it very resilient in certain situations but also makes it hard to craft stuff ...
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If people in medieval times had access to osmium, would it be used? [closed]

Let's say that in 1,200 AD, aliens secretly come to Earth and drop off tons of Osmium in various places.The aliens then leave and humans discover this new metal. By the late medieval era, forges ...
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Would the articulations/joints/bearings of a bulletproof full-body suit be easily pierceable?

Context: This armour was designed to be a full-body "bulletproof" suit, only capable of stopping bullets from military assault rifles that have the same capabilities of today's ones. Of ...
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If people in medieval times had access to titanium, would it be used over steel?

Let's say that in 1,100 AD, aliens secretly come to Earth and turn all of the titanium oxides into pure titanium.The aliens then leave and humans discover this new metal. By the late medieval era, ...
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Could vacuum armour protect vehicles and people from explosions? [closed]

If you have a <1mm thick layer of vacuum inside an armour plate, be it for vehicles or body armour, wouldn't it stop explosive shockwaves from penetrating through the armour? This is, of course, ...
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Would Medieval Paratroopers be useful for sieging castles? [closed]

In my world, there exists giant eagles kind of similar to the ones in LOTR. These eagles are large enough to ride and are domesticated. As a result, people have been using this giant eagles in warfare....
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Structural design of shoulders for rigid suits and/or armour, what would be the best way to make these?

Well, I don't know if I should post this question on Worldbuilding, Engineering or Game Design stackexchange, but it has been a matter that keeps hammering my brain. The context: In this story, armies ...
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What would be better? Half a ton of ballistic armour or half a ton of sandbags?

Context: In this history, the army finds out a way of making reliable exosuits, but they can only help its user to carry more weight while walking and running, it can't throw cars, jump over buildings ...
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What would be a good reason to make a Wasp or Bee shaped armoured exoskeleton with big rear?

In a setting where there are multiple different species of aliens (alongside humans), humanity was forced to quickly adapt to aliens and invented various war machines. Among them are several types of ...
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Could bone armour ever match the protective qualities of steel in this setting?

Setting: Urban Fantasy/ Think present daytime, but with RPG elements. Summary: My MC needs to make armour for his army. He can do so using his crafting skill. The skill would allow him to make any ...
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Feasibility of body armour for mer-people [closed]

I have seen a number of posts on this site about the difficulties of technological advancements for those who dwell beneath the surface of the sea, and this is colouring my treatment of mer-people in ...
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Why can my power armor's magic lightweight fuel cells not be used for other things?

I have a setting where there is power armor along with a somewhat compact power source that powers not only the suit, but some basic weapons and additional features on the suit. The problem I am ...
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If linen armor is really that effective, why was it not used? [closed]

Looking into possible lines of development of armor in low-tech civilization, I came across this: https://jhupress.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/unraveling-the-linothorax-mystery-or-how-linen-armor-came-to-...
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Human precursors design powered armor for invertebratre Cephalopod slaves that have lungs too, up-right or octopus-form?

https://ibb.co/Fqmb4tH. I couldn't use the upload option as its saying server issue. That is the picture of my cephalopod. I'm trying to come up with an idea for power armor for my octopus species to ...
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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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