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Combat Armor

Combat Armor is among the best forms of protection in the post-War Wasteland. Although extremely expensive, the protection value of this armor and its variants is surpassed only by the few incarnations of power armor.

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Background

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Construction

Combat armor was designed to sheath the human body as completely as possible in high durability armor. The primary skin of combat armor is composed of complex polymers and ceramics. This hard armor was manufactured as specific plates. The plates were manufactured with a matte-finish olive drab coloring suitable for woodland camouflage. These plates are affixed to a flexible body suit interwoven with thermal-dissipative membranes and bulletproof material.

The torso is covered by the primary armor assembly, including a split breastplate, pauldrons, gorget, and abdominal ring. The sleeves of the body suit are full sleeves, and include armor plate protection for the upper and lower arms, as well as gloves. The lower body is protected by woven trousers and incorporate no hard armor, save armored boots. In the interests of comfort and maneuverability, the armor encasing the foot and lower leg is articulated, not sealed. While this permits longer wear times and more comfortable and sure footing, it compromises the armor integrity. Consequently, water and other liquids can enter the armor and affect the user.

A helmet completes the ensemble. In most pre-War variants, the helmet is a ballistic assembly, designed to protect the wearer from projectile and energy weapon impacts, bladed weapons, blunt trauma, and concussion. An integrated polarized visor protects the user's eyes from the ordinary battlefield hazards of grit and dust, but also laser blindness and fragments. Helmets also incorporate a combination camera/laser rangefinder unit built into the helmet's right side, just above the ear. Those suits of combat armor surviving in the wasteland still have the housing for that equipment, but no suit has been documented as having working hardware. After the Great War, simpler helmets without the additional equipment are also common. It was common to see the US Army with this armor in many places. In Alaska, the US Army could be seen with winterized combat armor.

The combination armor layers of a suit of adequately-maintained combat armor conferred to the wearer significant protection against most types of damage, including laser, plasma, and blast damage - uncommon for personal armor. Yet, it did so without the extreme weight inherent in most battle armor systems of the 20th and 21st centuries. Combat armor provided outstanding protection at comparatively low weight but high comfort levels.

Pre-War users

Combat Armor ad from Fallout d20

Prior to the War, Combat Armor was nearly exclusively the property of military forces and police special units. Currently-available historical documentation shows users only in the North American continent, but allied nations were likely to posses identical or similar systems. Combat Armor was the de facto armor of the United States military, issued to all combat soldiers not in the Powered Armor units. Additionally, at least one Canadian partisan was caught on camera wearing a suit of combat armor.

Civilian ownership of Combat Armor was highly restricted. A special permit was required from the BADTFL for private ownership of advanced armors, including Combat Armor.

Considered to be the premier military body armor of wide availability at the time of the War, Combat Armor was nevertheless on its way to obsolescence thanks to the advent of the T-51b version of Power Armor.

The following is based on Fallout PnP d20 and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

According to the cancelled Fallout d20, the Combat Armor was developed in 2051 and a commercial version was available.

Post-War users

As with all commodities, rarity confers cost. The relatively scarce nature of Combat Armor makes it a valuable item in the Wasteland. Consequently, only those who are either very wealthy, very well-connected, very lucky, or very skilled own Combat Armor, and even for those persons finding a suit can be a task.

Around the time of the Vault Dweller, Combat Armor was extremely rare. The Gun Runners of Adytum owned and wore several sets, and a few merchants had a suit available for sale at extremely high costs. The armor was also used by the Hub police. The Brotherhood Initiates used a superior variant.

By the time of the events surrounding the Chosen One, the armour became more popular, used by the Vault City Guard, New California Rangers, Hubologist guards and even some raiders, as evidence by Bishop's mercenary raider captains and Darion's elite raiders. The selling price was lower, but locating a set of the armor was still difficult. Shops in San Francisco often had a set or two in stock, but usually for $12,000 or more.

You are also able to get Phoenix Armor Implants and Dermal Impact Armor with the information received from a computer in the Medical area on the first floor of the vault in Vault City. Though both are quite expensive they do offer you 5% resistance in particular damage areas and do not drop your Charisma by 1 like their enhancement versions.

In the Capital Wasteland, the combat armor is more commonplace, probably due to the number of military bases and high concentration of armed forces around the D.C. area.

Variants

Combat Armor

Gameplay articles: Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, Van Buren

The basic version, as described above. Comes in sleeved and sleeveless variants.

Combat Armor Mark II

Gameplay article: Fallout 2

Combat Armor Mark II is slightly more durable than standard combat armor, providing modestly greater protection against all forms of damage. It is distinguishable from standard Combat Armor by the bronze tone of the gorget.

Winterized Combat Armor

Gameplay article: Operation: Anchorage

This winterized version was used by the United States during the Anchorage Reclamation campaign in Alaska.

Security Uniform

Gameplay article: Fallout 3

A weaker, civilian version, used by the Tenpenny Tower Security and Rivet City Security after the War.

Brotherhood Armor

Gameplay articles: Fallout, Fallout 2

The Brotherhood of Steel has also developed their own improvement on Combat Armor. Called, creatively, Brotherhood Armor, this version boasts significantly improved defensive ratings in all forms of damage. However, this armor did not see widespread use as its holdings were zealously restricted to the ranks of the Brotherhood and those who had been of unique assistance to the Brotherhood. Its distinguishing marks includes pale green/grey coloring of the armor panels, blue trim on the chest armor panels, a brilliant silver gorget and under-armor breastplate, and pronounced riveting on the pauldrons.

Talon Combat Armor

Gameplay article: Fallout 3

A black colored variations of the traditional combat armor. The suit bears the Talon Company logo in white on the left breast. There is also a unique version - Lag-Bolt's Combat Armor.

Ranger Battle Armor

Gameplay article: Fallout 3

A version used by Reilly's Rangers, superior to the basic combat armor.

Appearances

Combat Armor appears in all released Fallout games except for Fallout Tactics. Prior to the project's cancellation, Combat Armor was to be a wearable character armor option.

Armor of Fallout
Armor of Fallout 2
Armor of Fallout 3
Armor of Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel

This article uses material from the "Combat Armor" article on the Fallout wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Traveller

Up to date as of February 05, 2010
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From Traveller Wiki - Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far future

Combat Armor
Type Protective gear
Tech Level 11
Size 3l
Weight 18kg
Cost Cr20,000
Combat Armour is a complete vacc-suit-like array of metal and synthetic armor. Combat armor is strictly military and not available on the open market; it is issued to troop units and elite mercenary battalions.

Inexpensive when compared to battle dress, combat armor is widespread in military use for higher technology forces, and usually contains integral communications equipment.

Chameleon Option

At Tech Level 12, a chameleon surface becomes available for the combat environment suit, combat armor, or battle dress, at an additional cost of Crl000. It selectively bleeds heat to match background IR levels and effectively renders the wearer invisible to IR sensors.

Psionic Shield Option

Beginning at Tech Level 12, psionic shielding is available as an option for any armor at an additional cost of Cr4000. Psionic shielding protects the wearer from psionic mind reading and from psionic life sensing.

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises and by permission of the author.
Imperial Encyclopedia
– Double Adventure 1 Shadows/Annic Nova

This article uses material from the "Combat Armour" article on the Traveller wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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