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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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Which situations would justify powered armor?

The problem with powered armor is that it is often approached backwards when compared to real design principles. Instead of finding a problem that is best solved with powered armor, most approaches ...
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Designing “Invincible” Armour 2: Protecting Sensors?

As explored in my last question, my sci-fi civilisation have figured to make a functional suit of armour out of invincible unobtainium. However, they find themselves facing another problem - a suit of ...
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Designing “Invincible” Armour?

My sci-fi civilisation has discovered how to make things out of unobtainium. Because of Quantum Space Magic, it is (for this purpose) unbreakable, perfectly reflective, and completely inflexible. The ...
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Copper Armor as defence against laser weaponry?

As I'm sure many of you educated folks on this stack exchange know, copper is one of the most heat-conductive common metals out there. My question: if, for some reason a society with early 20th ...
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What happens during simultaneous hits on a tank

For various reasons I have an army that uses many smaller vehicles instead of spending a lot of full main battle tanks. This army uses mostly up to 90mm* cannons on their vehicles rather than the ...
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Is is possible to create body armour that can withstand being shot ten times? [closed]

So in video games, there is there armor that is gun-resistant. I know there is real-world armor that could take one shot but is there one that could take, say, ten? Is there an example of this?
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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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