Sep 11 2008

Two articles on futuristic weapons and armor that might help inspire a plot or visual

Published by at 1:52 am under Guns,Research and Resources,Science Fiction

Defense Tech has an article on military exoskeletons.  We haven’t reached the level of killer androids (yet), but strength-enhancement is interesting, too.  (Also, if killer androids are in the works, exoskeletons will help programmers teach the androids how to move naturally, says one commenter).

Popular Mechanics did an article on 5 rifles in development.

They include a submachine gun that can fold into a large pocket…

…a rifle and grenade launcher that can fire around corners…

…a gun whose bullets are designed to burst mid-air…

…a laser-mounted bullpup…

…and a more reliable take on the M-16.

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4 Responses to “Two articles on futuristic weapons and armor that might help inspire a plot or visual”

  1. Ragged Boyon 27 Oct 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Well although I do need help with futuristic weapons. I was thinking more along the line of laser rifles and stun rays, Aadrello’s main weapon is a neon staff that looks sort of like Darth Maul’s double-lightsaber but it’s not red and it doesn’t cut through stuff. I also need help with Jornai’s sword to make it look royal yet sci-fi

  2. Jacobon 29 Oct 2008 at 9:27 am

    OK. For your staff, I’d recommend looking at these references.

    As for the sword…

  3. Ragged Boyon 29 Oct 2008 at 2:41 pm

    The first and second swords are awesome, I’m leaning towards the cutlass with my personal spin of course. As for the staff I , honestly, wasn’t attracted to any of them. Thanks for trying though, the fourth staff and the first staff gave me an idea.

  4. Educated Amateuron 05 Jun 2009 at 10:41 am

    In My story, even though it is in the distant future, weapons are still more bullet-based than raygun-based. Typical soldiers still fight with assault rifles and super advanced, self-targeting sniper rifles. There is one notable exception, and that is the concussion cannon, which creates a directed shockwave which can level buildings and turn soldiers into smears on the pavement. But this is turret mounted and usually mounted on a tank-like vehicle.
    But, with advances in high-velocity armor, blades are still in use for close-quarters combat. One of my main characters uses a Kukri (Gurkha knife) and his opponent has a long, straight saber.

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