Special Rules For Armor
Layering of Armor
There are four basic categories of protection:
- Suits (Ex. Albedo, Skein, Mesh, or Webbing)
- Screens (Ex. Inertia or Holo)
- Armor (Shown above)
- Power Armor (Ex. Scout or Marauder Suit)
The basic rule of thumb for Layering Armor is a character can wear 1 layer from each category, with the following as special cases:
- One can not wear Type C or D Armor under Powered Armor
- Type A armor can be worn without counting as a layer.
Exoskeletons & Armor (otherwise known as the Woodruff Rule)
Mixing the two and how it works
Nor’s Guide to Home-made powered assault armor.
The Alpha Dawn Rules state that an exoskeleton can be worn with suits, but does not clarify how and, with the introduction of Personal Armor and Powered Assault Armor, it may not be clear how exoskeletons can be worn with them. The following rules will clarify everything.
Exoskeletons can be worn over or under a suit except in the case of Full Mesh, which can only be worn over.
Type A armor can only be worn under the exoskeleton.
Type B can be worn over or under an exoskeleton (but not attached).
Type C can only be worn over an exoskeleton (but not attached without special modification), but the exoskeleton operates at 75% efficiency. But the wearer does not receive the initiative penalties from wearing full Type C armor.
Type D armor can only be worn over the exoskeleton (but not attached without special modification), but the exoskeleton operates at nulled efficiency, i.e the wearer does not receive any bonuses from the exoskeleton. But the wearer does not receive the initiative penalties from wearing full Type D armor.
In the case of Powered Armor, an exoskeleton CAN NOT be worn with any type of Powered Armor, or Powered Assault Armor, or Powered Armor Suit.
Mounting Armor on Exoskeletons
Type C, Type D, and Light Combat Armor (LCA) can be specially modified to be mounted onto exoskeleton, for a price. In doing this, the exoskeleton would operate at normalefficiency, and the wearer would have his own costumed made powered armor suit. COST is 1.5 times the normal cost of the armor.
The reason LCA is included in this group is because it is on the fringes of the definition of Powered Armor Suits. It does not have an interconnected electronic muscle and skeleton system like its big brothers, so it can be modified to mount on an exoskeleton.