Power armor has been part of the nerd power fantasy for decades now, ever since the concept was codified in Robert Heinlein's military sci-fi novel Starship Troopers back in 1959.
When we imagine a world of future warfare fought with high tech weaponry it often involves suits of resilient armor that allow soldiers to stride through a hail of beams and bullets to eradicate our alien bug-enemies with an oversized steel fist to the face.
Modern military hardware does research body protection for soldiers, but it's a far, far cry from fulfilling our space marine fantasies. Most of us will probably be in our old age by the time the space war rolls around, but there's good news - you don't have to wait. Thanks to modern 3D-printing technology, you can suit up in some snazzy power armor right now.
That's the T-60, the pinnacle of power armor in Fallout 4. Although the Fallout series doesn't feature space battles, power armor has been an iconic element of the games right from the very beginning of the franchise, usually featuring on the box art.
In the atomic retro-future Fallout timeline power armor is powered by a nuclear battery, as the most advanced form of military hardware before the nuclear devastation, and is associated with the quasi-religious technological faction, the Brotherhood of Steel.
We have the technology
Imgur user hirocreations used 3D printers to produce the armor parts, for a total of 120 pounds of filament. The whole process took a whopping 140 continuous days of printing. Naturally, once this was completed, he did exactly what I would do if I had a set - hit the clubs and strut your stuff.
Seems to be a hit with the ladies
Work in progress
Check out some pics of the production process below:
The Hottest New Trend?
Seems like hirocreations isn't the only suave dude hitting the bar scene in this year's must-have outfit.
That's StarCraft fan and cosplayer Mwiggs in a 3D printed set of Jim Raynor's marine power armor from Starcraft 2. Some behind-the-magic shots below:
Ad Victoriam, or For the Emperor?
Although they have their origins in tabletop wargaming, we also can't discount the popularity of Warhammer 40,000's Space Marines either. Here's a snazzy Crimson Fists number created and modeled by Youtuber Gary Sterley.