Questions tagged [armors]

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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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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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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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How can I protect witches in combat who wear limited clothing?

On TV, witches often wear skimpy, impractical outfits when going into a fight. This is done for fanservice reasons, so I wanted a way to make this sensible. Witches perform magic by drawing in energy ...
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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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Powered Assault Armor - How possible it could be with near future technology

So a man who was about to die was given a chance to evade death under the circumstances that he must travel to parallel world earth where magic exists and has only medieval level technology. He has 3 ...
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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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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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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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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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What would a sentient, intelligent, but very small bird use as a ranged weapon against human or larger armored targets?

So I have sparrows, which are sentient and intelligent, which are physically exactly still just the same, no extra hands or anything, so any weapon would have to be held in the feet or somehow ...
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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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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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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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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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Is diamond armor better than traditional armor?

A medieval alchemist (from Europe) has figured out how to crystallize any object and turn it into diamond. Would diamond armor (e.g. chain mail and plate armor) and weapons be superior to their ...
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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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How would metal cloth affect armor design?

Within my setting, there will be a race of spider people, and they will have the ability to create "metal silk", which is basically taking any type of metal, realistic and fantastic, and dissolving it ...
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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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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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What it takes for body armor to stop a .50 cal?

The .50 BMG is a very powerful round with a lot of penetrating power. I want to survive it. I did some research on my own, I'm just not sure how to combine these in a way to effectively stop a .50 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How do I encourage fully armored knights to carry a shield

I am told by my friend, who has some HEMA background, that real fully armored late-medieval to Renaissance knights generally did not carry or use shields. This was because of two reasons. Firstly, ...
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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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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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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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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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How to make nuclear armour?

What law of physics needs to change in order to create nuclear (proton-neutron "crystalline like mesh") plate armour ?
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Physical speed of insectoid lifeforms

Would humanoid sized insectoid lifeforms be relatively slow considering that their exoskeleton would have to be rather heavy since it takes more 'armor' to get the same relative protection? Generally ...
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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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Plant-based Armor

A lot of games feature some sort of wooden armor, but it's usually pretty low-level and mostly useless. However, I think that with a knowledge of flora and a healthy dose of imagination, there exist ...
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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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Alternate alloys for weapons and armor?

What other hypothetical alloys could be used for ancient/medieval era weapons/armor? Don't use made up elements (or alloys, if you can help it). Assume metallurgical technology up to the medieval ...
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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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How do I create armor for a physically weak species?

In a world I am building, the sapient species (the Lokk) have discovered another species (the Lotl) and they have decided to go to war. The problem is that their bone design is physically weak against ...
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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 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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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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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 ...