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Steel's density of ~7.75 times that of water means you can discount 13% of its weight to buoyancy, but that's about it. I have lifted 18 kg of collected dropped weightbelts from the bottom on one occasion, which put me at -10 kg of surface buoyancy after my gear weight and wing buoyancy was accounted for, and -14 kg at the bottom for the initial ascent (...


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My character lives on a medieval world, and is a female knight, she is looking for marriage and is trying to look more attractive for potential candidates without losing too much protection. I think you need to look at this differently. Marriage, especially among the knighted classes, in medieval times was not primarily about looks (and not even in the ...


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Can Lord Woodesey have an antlered helm? Yep, you bet, absolutely. As Kilisi pointed out, lots of impractical/decorative armor existed back in the day, just because the wearers liked how it looked. Does Lord Woodesey really need it to be battle-worthy? Even if he does, allow me to point out that in a fantasy/RPG setting if you say "Lord Woodesey appeared, ...


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These people want to be seen. source Your advanced people are very good looking. They spend a lot of time and energy at it. They are vain. They want the primitives to see and appreciate them. They also want their peers to see and appreciate them. But they do not want to be hit by a rotten tomato or a poisoned dagger. The personal shield allows these ...


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Mantis Shrimp Claws will do quite nicely. Carbon is extremely abundance on Earth's surface and presumably any other Earth-like planet that the author may be working on. Given the many forms that carbon can take from the ultra soft graphite to the ultra hard diamond, it should be able to satisfy your needs. Characteristics of good armor The element(s) ...


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Easy. Metal interferes with the correct and proper flow of mana. Depending on how far you would want to take things you can say wizards can't stand to be near any metal at all while spell casting, so no metal weapons either. Or you can just say that the wizard being surrounded by metal (as they would be while wearing metal armour) prevents them from ...


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Wearing armor is a skill. Just strapping armor on someone who isn't physically fit, doesn't have the callouses, muscle strength, and proper reflexes means the armor is worse than useless. It will actively impede their movement, make them fatigued, and distract them from the fine concentration necessary to cast magic. While warriors are wearing armor, getting ...


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Most known accounts of women in medieval era war have them wearing armour designed for men. One exception is Joan of Arc who had a suit of plate armour specially built for her. No known images exist from her lifetime, but one depiction (drawn from written accounts) shows the armour as very similar to armour worn by men, albeit slightly smaller and gathered ...


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Make the material flexible. Consider Kevlar: it's an ultra-strong fiber that can be woven into sheets of highly tear-resistant fabric. Thick, interlocked layers of this fabric are used to spread the force of a bullet out over a large area. Using it to make a weapon just doesn't work: it's too light to make an effective bullet, too floppy for a long-rod ...


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A bounty hunter is a predator. What kind of armor do predators have? source None. A predator does not want a fair fight. It does not want a fight at all. A predator is not going to roar at its prey to give it notice. A predator is not going to plaster a big sign on its chest reading "I WILL KILL YOU". A predator wants to surprise prey, and at worst ...


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Good News Everyone! We already have a natural armor that can resist bullets. I introduce to you the humble Abalone. After millions of birds pecking at these things trying to get to the soft, gooey interior, they have evolved the best shell currently known to man. These shells have literally evolved to withstand concentrated, rapid forces. If you crush and ...


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You've removed the weight/protection tradeoff, so your lucky squire is going to be moved around on a cart because they're wearing so much armour. You've also removed the sensory/protection tradeoff, so your squire will be effectively blind and deaf for the duration of the battle. Why would they need eyeholes, after all? You can have huge armour spurs ...


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If the creature needs its ears to function well in battle, or for ritual or cosmetic show offs, you need holes. Helmets for military dogs have them: Otherwise, do fold their ears:


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Holding a shield is like an invitation for others to throw stuff at you. It's a pretty aggressive move actually. You're saying "I know you're violent and I'm prepared." You're telling them you're at war. An invisible shield protects just as well as a visible one (better actually, because the attackers don't know where the shield stops and starts and ...


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Armor is for protection, not sex appeal. A live woman is a far better marriage prospect than a dead woman. The whole sexy armor troupe is about serving the male gaze, not doing anything for the woman who is fighting. Armor is for actual fighting, not walking around. It's heavy and doesn't breathe and you can't move very well in it. A realistic knight ...


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A number of people have attempted swimming in heavy medieval-style armor as experiments, with videos available on YouTube or similar sites. I've never seen one where the person actually succeeded. They tend to be at a point where they speculate that with more strength and training they could do better, but... no success so far. See here for a sample of ...


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Focus less on actual armor and more on keeping the enemy at a distance. Ranged weaponry is your friend. In most role-playing and computer games, the sling is almost always seen as a sub-optimal weapon. In actual use, using prepared shot (not just stone, but specially made of metal or ceramic), they can be quite deadly. If the Lokk are also physically ...


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A wizard wearing armour is a disgrace – it suggests his magic is poor. Regardless of how good his magical defences actually are, relying on armour makes him look weak – and thus, regardless of anything else, no-one will hire him. Perhaps this even extends to undermining his own confidence, rendering his spells weak?


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Police is already widely use transparent riot shields. The reason is simple: to see through. Invisibility might be just a side-effect of super-transparent technology.


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Historically, tabards and painted shields were used display a Coat of Arms. If you want knights from the same area (but of different houses) to show some similarity, then you can make some armaments/adornments specific to certain regions. These could include: Helmet designs Plumes or crests of coloured animal hair Shield shape, e.g. circular, rectangle, ...


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There are two ways to go with this. The way it SOUNDS like you're asking for is for your powered armor to carry an entire second set of ceramic plates all the time can be swapped in and out while you're fighting. I think this is a Bad Idea and I wouldn't equip MY armored minions this way. You're basically handicapping your troops by adding all that extra ...


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Instead of superlight gas, imagine you had vacuum: no gas. Real things containing vacuum must be structurally augmented to avoid being crushed by atmospheric pressure which is why gas fill is nice. To sidestep this we will state that your light gas has the same mass as vacuum which is 0; vacuum gas. How much would that reduce the weight of the armor? For ...


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Yes Any change in material or join is a weak point or a stress point. If the gem was an integral part of the armour then the gem would be a weak point: because the join is a weak point because the toughness of the gem differs from the metal and it would flex differently passing more stress to the join risk of the gem shattering, gemstones are hard, ...


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The material property we'll want to concern ourselves here is Toughness. This value denotes a material's resistance to fracturing. A typical diamond has a toughness value of 2.0 KIc, which is greater than most stones or rocks, and similar to ceramics. Steel, on the other hand, has a value of 50 KIc, and many metals have similarly high values compared to ...


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You don't have to weaken armor to decorate it. First, gems are never going to make plate or other metal armors better at their job. Plate armor is best when it has as few joints, beyond what is necessary for mobility, as possible. Never make the gems relevant to plate armor's structure. If you must have them they can simply be added to the exterior of the ...


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Knights did not walk around in armor. Armor was worn in battle, or at tournaments, or, occasionally, at social events. (Quite similar with modern soldiers; they don't wear body armor when they don't have to. Armor is not confortable at all.) The identity and provenance of the knight was advertised by means of heraldry. Specifically, the knights wore: A ...


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Give it a very high strength to weight ratio. A material that is very strong but weighs almost nothing would be lousy for any kind of weapon that relies on mass. A bullet made of aerogel or styrofoam isn't going to do any real damage, especially if you are firing it at something as hard as steel. At any distance the air resistance will simply rob it of ...


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You can go for something similar to the plates on armadillo tails It will protect the tail and allow some mobility. You can also add blades to the plates, so that it can be used to hurt enemies approaching from behind. Just be sure she doesn't wiggle it while in a friendly crowd, for obvious reasons...


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Contrary to a lot of people's belief, shields were used as both an offensive and defensive weapon. Shield attack video However your problem is reach and penetration. You can bash an unarmored opponent with a shield fairly effectively or just barge into them with it. However a sword or mace will have more reach and penetrating power than your shield, and a ...


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Comfort, individually Plate mail is heavy and hot, which is why you don't want to wear it all the time. Instead, you'd strip down your armor while you weren't seriously expecting combat, leaving only the gambeson (cloth padding) or gambeson and chain mail. Much more comfortable, but now you're vulnerable. Logistics, on an organization level Let's say you'...


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