|Low Tech Gear
Prior to the coming of the great cataclysm many of the modern high
tech materials that are known as Mega Damage. Some of the first
non-military uses of these materials where in the construction of
bridges and other highway constructions. The materials proved to
be very helpful in dealing with the shearing forces of earthquakes
and the forces of weathering. From there it was natural for them
to make their way into the automotive and building construction
After the great cataclysm there was an immediate need for spare
parts, body armor and materials to build fortifications. With most
if not all heavy manufacturing off line world wide, the term junkyard
warrior took on new meaning. During the first days and months after
the coming of the rifts the focus was on building defenses and just
holding out. As the months and then years past many of the old worlds
remains where retasked to provide strength in the new world.
As was stated earlier, major industry was off line worldwide. So
what do you do when you need bullet resistant armor but don’t
have fancy ceramic blast furnaces? You use what you have. Cars,
trucks, skyscraper sheathing and time. Using minimal machining tools
and a little bit of Yankee engineering some of the earliest creation
where suits of armor looking more like Transformers from the 1980’s
than the modern form fitting suits of the military. With most of
the tools needed to create this type of equipment available in just
about every one-horse town and farmyard in the world it is very
Suits of armor are probably the most common item produced. While
they are simple to make, over time the materials to make them have
become less common so there have been many versions over the years.
For use in this write up I’m listing only the original equipment
Vehicle plate armor
Materials: Start with 1 vehicle (Ford 1 ton trucks where the favorite
in the yearly days as they had some of the thickest skin of any
of the passenger vehicles on the road at the time.), 1 MDC tire,
some form of MDC cordage, padding
Tools needed: 1 plasma or vibro cutting device, hydraulic press,
drills, hammers and other hand tools.
Time: with one person about 4 days
Process: Using the cutting tools sheets of car body where cut and
then formed into crude armor. Then using cord the pieces where hung
on the body as best as possible using the padding to help with blunt
impact. The tire was used to make boots and to reinforce weaker
sections of the metal construction.
What you get is a boxy contraption with a –50% to prowl and
only around 30 MDC. But when you have nothing something is better.
These suits brought new meaning to the phrase “Built Ford
Vehicles could be covered with extra skin or even the super strong
window material from skyscrapers. Windows from those large buildings
built in the year prior to the great cataclysm where very heavy
but very strong, averaging 45 MDC per square foot but weighed near
60 pounds per square foot. Armored tractors and heavy equipment
where very popular.
Weaponry was one area where this type of tech was not that effective.
There are several examples of large Ballista and Catapults but it’s
believed that these never really caught on. One weaponry item that
did catch on was just a holder and trigger mechanism that would
mount several infantry weapons to make a larger squad served weapon.
Other things like boots that will pretty much last forever, cutting
up scrap to use at the bottom of “Tiger traps” and wall
building where some of the other popular things to do.