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Body Armor Suits

for various sizes

By Pauli Hakala [fearless@otol.fi]

Body armor is designed pretty much like a robot is. Choose the armor type at first, then choose body parts which the armor will protect. Average 3cf, 150lbs, 5'9" (175cm) human:

Armor Tables

These are used just like the one in GURPS Robots, except that body-armor materials tend to be lighter and/or more expensive than those used by robots and vehicles of the same TL.

Ancient and Medieval Armor (TL4 and less)
TYPE Lbs. Cost Other
Bronze Plate 1.0 32.5$ --
Segmented Breastplate .88 18.6$ PD2, DR3 vs impaling
Plate armor .71 54.5$ --
Segmented Plate .63 31.2$ PD2, DR3 vs impaling
Wood .38 16.8$ Flammable. Max DR 3
Chain mail .51 12.2$ DR 2 against impaling, Max DR 4
Hard Leather .46 17.5$ Max DR 2
Soft Leather .45 21.0$ Max DR 1
Padded Cloth .64 12.9$ Max DR 1, Flammable
Straw armor 1.25 0.1$ Max DR 1, No PD, flammable
Scale mail .79 15.0$ --
Samurai,stl .40 114$ --
Ninja Armor .30 40$ Max DR 3, flammable
Reptile Hide .46 13.3$ Max DR equals animals +1
Glass armor .68 44.4$ PD +1, 3 hits over DR shatters
Crystal Plate .50 546$ PD +1, 5 hits over DR shatters

Preindustrial Armor (TL5)
TYPE Lbs. Cost Other
Plate armor .40 15$ 1862 price

World Wars Armor (TL6)
TYPE Lbs. Cost Other
Steel & cloth .52 4$ Flammable, Holdout-1 concealable
Plate Armor .54 6.7$ --
Sniper Armor .66 4.3$ Awkward, Half move and -3 to senses

Modern Armor (TL7)
TYPE Lbs. Cost Other
Armor Coat .10 22.7$ Max PD 1, Move -1, -2 to athletic skills
Ablative .3 7.5$ PD1, DR1 ag non-beam attacks max
Heavy Plate .07 413$ Comfortable, fine materials
Inserts .125 60$ Often worn to reinforce other armor
Fiberglass .15 10$ PD1, DR2 ag. impaling and cutting
Kevlar .046 100$ PD0, DR2 ag. impaling

Near-future Armor (TL8)
TYPE Lbs. Cost Other
Ablative .15 7.5$ PD2, DR2 ag non-beam attacks max
CID plate .07 11.7$ --
Monocrys .03 125$ PD1, DR2 ag impaling
Reflec .05 150$ Max DR 2. PD6 ag lasers, no DR ag non-lasers

Space Exploration Age Armor (TL9)
TYPE Lbs. Cost Other
Ablative .08 7.5$ PD4, DR4 ag non-beam attacks max
CID plate .06 11.7$ --
ICA Plate .05 42.5$ --
Monocrys .02 125$ PD1, DR2 ag impaling

Interstellar Age Armor (TL10)
TYPE Lbs. Cost Other
CID plate .05 11.7$ --
ICA plate .04 42.5$ --

Camouflage & Threat Protection options from Robots can be used with body armors of appropriate TL. Empty space may be added into the armor in order to contain electronics and other gadgets.