The guy on the right is in a suit of powered armor, unlike the soldier on the far left, who is just in regular, unpowered body armor. The PA's synthetic muscles and internal support systems shoulder the vast majority of the weight. It greatly increases the wearer's natural strength, allows them to be encased in much thicker armor than regular soldiers could hope to haul around, and lets them wield much heavier weapons. The built in computer and sensor systems are also quite a bit more robust than those found in regular infantry armor. It's actually surprisingly fast though. Not going to be as nimble as unpowered infantry of course, but in terms of straight line speeds, it's a lot faster than you'd expect something that big and heavy to be. Powered Armor is mainly an assault unit, when you need to bring a lot of firepower down very quickly on a specific target, and/or the space is too small for a hardsuit or ground vehicle to fit in.
That's why the Luminairan marines like it so much. They're a pure infantry force, they have no ground vehicles of their own and hardsuits are so big and bulky that they are often situational at best. Powered armor lets them add a bit of extra bite to their assault teams, while still being compact enough to actually be used in a variety of situations and locations. Most of their marines are in regular body armor like the soldier on the left (although with their own black and red color scheme), and they just add on powered armor squads as needed, depending on the mission.
Well yeah, that's one of the reasons they don't give everyone powered armor. It's two main flaws are the amount of maintenance and upkeep it requires between uses (more like a small vehicle than a suit of armor in that regard), and the fact that it only has a finite operational time limit before it'd need to fall back to swap out the batteries. With the marine variants (which are intentionally higher performance) they're only good for a couple hours at a time on full combat settings. The army variant has a lot more endurance, at the cost of overall performance (although the army uses powered armor less than the marines, since they have access to proper armored vehicles). Well, the other main flaw is that if you destroy or critically damage the power systems, the armor basically becomes dead weight. Ideally, you'd want to get behind PA and focus all your fire on the backpack. But, also ideally, a PA fireteam or squad would be tightly coordinated and advancing so rapidly than you just don't get the time to set that sort of thing up.
And yeah, there are some designs out there for super thin, much more comfortable spacesuits. But I don't believe they're actually in active use. They certainly aren't the sorts of spacesuits you see pictures and videos of astronauts wearing out on EVA's.
"And yeah, there are some designs out there for super thin, much more comfortable spacesuits. But I don't believe they're actually in active use."
Its true that Dava Newman's skin-tight spacesuit has yet to come into active use by astronauts in space. It has however been tested by both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the European Space Agency, during minutes of weightlessness on parabolic aircraft rides. A second-generation prototype of the suit is currently being developed. It may not be all that far into the future that it comes into active use.
sweet, nice variation in the configuration of the suit plating, im especially interested the solid face masks that appear to be using cameras instead for vision, sure is a heck of alot more protection than a clear visor. well that is if there are beings of flesh within, but the two flanking the central figure do seem quite robotic to me. Awesome conceptualizing on the central figures suit, i like the banded grey rubber looking components, a good balance of hard armor to flexible components, perfect for agile movements. The camo on the green suit is very convincing as well.
I remember telling me about a sci fi he was working on its awesome to see that its coming to life!
The two on either side actually have people in them. Luminaire uses military robots, but they're almost never bipedal. Easier to stick them on treads, or give them a non-human shape. I figure the guy in unpowered armor (the guy on the left) actually has a visor, but it's just coated over to match seamlessly with the armor's coloring. Kind of like how the front of modern sunglasses can be almost any color, and still have things look fairly normal when you look through their lenses from the back. The big guy in the powered armor does have a fully armored helmet, although I imagine that there is a visor underneath and that the plates can fold away to reveal it if there's some sort of catastrophic damage to the optics. As for how the operator fits into the powered armor, his/her feet rest just above the suit's ankles, the arms slide into the suit's arms, with the hands stopping in the suit's forearms, and the operator's head is pushed up into the suit's head.
But yeah, this pic was partly because I really have been trying to develop Luminaire more lately, but also because it let me show off some other stuff too. Like how slim and compact spacesuits have gotten, or the type of full body-armor modern infantry in Legacy would wear. Or how powered armor is like within Legacy (it's actually a big deal, instead of just being some guy running around in a little extra armor). Would like to show off some other stuff eventually too, different types of vehicles, robots, and some more civilian stuff too.
But yeah, Legacy may be going kind of slowly as of late, but we're still poking away at it. And making good progress too, I think. ^^