Kinda dumb, not THAT dumb
I suppose that in a world with giant mechs and robotic prosthetic limbs I shouldn’t have questioned a bulletproof cape for as long as I did.
Considering it’s attached to powered armor it’s probably not a very light cape.
Who says it heavy, it could be woven carbon nanotubes. ‘nanosilk’ they mag have carked the engineer problem of making long lenghts of it.
I am wondering that as well.
How heavy is the cape because it manages to sway in the breeze with ease.
there’s probably a cluster of servos in the neck that manually flap it for dramatic effect.
It is probably fairly light. This is a future sci-fi setting. I suspect it is probably a combination of real world technologies. The US Military is looking into a multiple technologies, actually. At the forefront is a nano-material (carbon nano-tubules or some sort of nano-polymer or ablative armor) that reacts to impacts. It is soft and pliable until impacted, then it becomes solid and capable of stopping a bullet. The US Army is also looking into powered armor suits that can give a soldier “superhuman strength” (though that’s probably an exaggerated claim). It is possible that the cloak (it is a cloak, not a cape) is also some sort of super-polymer with a high tensile strength and woven in such a way to increase its durability/resistance.
Or it could just be Rule of Cool. >.>
My proposal is it’s a variably-pliant material. Silly Putty is a great real-world example, though completely inappropriate for the task at hand.
Anyways, my theory: under normal stress it flows, like a cape should.
But when energized(electrically or kinetically, I dunno), it becomes immovable and unyielding, dissipating the force through the entire cape. The effect on our heroine should be similar to someone striking a sheet of steel with a hammer, not someone shooting her through a cape.
You mean, like Batman’s cape in the first of the reboot movies? It flows like a normal cape would, but pass a current through it and it stiffens, enabling him to glide for a short distance
Sort of; specifically, I think jistuce is probably suggesting an armor incorporating some type of non-Newtonian fluid (specifically what’s called a dilatant material, which thickens/stiffens when struck and includes substances like Silly Putty). This kind of thing has been tossed around as a suggestion for high-tech body armor for a while, if we can figure out a better substance to use than Silly Putty or corn-starch + water or what have you. You know, something that would be pliable and light enough, but would also stop bullets if need be.
Demonstration of non-Newtonian fluid behaviors
Example of “stab-proof” material for armor (kevlar reinforced by a non-Newtonian fluid)
Sorta I guess but with less handwavium since it doesn’t spring to a shape, it just holds itself where it is.
I remember Robin from Teen Titans having a Bulletproof cape as well. Considering we’re in a futuristic robotic world, I guess it’s possible to make such a thing. Light enough in order to allow the user to stay nimble, and resistent enough to deflect bullets.
No handwavium involved with amaterial taking shape after a current is applied. Stuff already exists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape-memory_polymer
Cape isn’t bullet proof the armor is in the last panel you see a billet hole in the cape
steffi used harden!
steffi’s defense rose!
I really wanna make a bull fighter reference here… but then Taurus might do something in the next page and I’d have wasted it.
So Tigris (tiger), Taurus (bull), Natrix (snake), Canis (dog), Hircus (goat), Cebus (monkey), and… Piggy (pig).
I thought Alter were just furries in general but they seem to be following the Asian zodiac as a theme as well (excluding Racoon, but she’s not really a member).
I think he might be non-modded, not sure if that’s just a nickname or not.
I want him to turn around and have a cute little curled pig tail.
I’ve heard furries IRL refer to normal folk as ‘pink skins’ and ‘pigs’. Could be a derogatory nickname for non-mods.
Possibly, I heard the term ‘skinling’ used once or twice in jest from the fellow who created the Spinerrette comic. Now out of the question that there would be some slang.
Smug grins are the best grins. That is all.
That’s… not a “smug” grin, that’s a “your-bullets-can’t-match-the-awesome-that-is-my-cape” grin
Seriously though, that grin.
Last panel- is that a bullet hole?
Makes me worried ‘coz Blitz has no armor on her arms.
I’m thinking that’s a flattened bullet.
(At least I hope so…)
Looks like a dent in the cape. It’s fluidic metals apparently. Military grade tech. You can only wonder where that came from.
The same place she got Kiwi-bot from: her dad
Who runs what used to be a military tech firm. WAS a military tech firm till he ended up in charge.
Anyone want to insist on no capes now?
Pretty sure that the for-capes argument is…
*puts on sunglasses*
Gee, I wonder why Piggy has no augmentations.
Or maybe they didnt have time to get it done yet.
Actually, if my memory (and Wikipedia) is accurate – and if Tigris isn’t just calling him Piggy because he’s unmodified – it’s quite possible that most of his augmentations are internal, or at least imperceptible.
For example, a pig (especially certain varieties) has an extreme sense of smell, and while they may have a static visual focal length (meaning their eyes don’t automatically adjust to focus on objects at different distances), they have both panoramic (310°) and binocular (35° to 50°) vision, which roughly means their vision range is superhuman. In other words, this guy probably can’t be ambushed.
Although, given the visual focal length issue, that would mean it’s stupid to let him be the one with a gun – if Steffi ran away, he’d basically have to blind-fire.
One thing a piggy can’t do, is look up
You learn something new every day!
Your bullets cannot harm me my wings-er cape are like a shield of steel!
shooty guy looks like Arin Hanson! and Steffi looks like a badass >:D
The sorta Punisher t-shirt was a nice touch.
Looks like an “Offspring” t-shirt to me
Geez, that is kinda nervewracking, though. What if a stray bullet happened to hit her leg? Or her neck? She’s definitely got moxie.
And grit. Definitely grit. And when it comes to her leg, 50/50 says it hits the bulletproof one.
She’s in powered armor atm. Right now it’s 0/0.
Neck’s not a huge threat. She’s got a collar there that I assume is ALSO bulletproof.
I’m going to guess that her arms are also at least slightly bulletproof, made from the same material as the cape, even if that stuff’s not as good as whatever’s in the hardsuit (So they’d stop a 9mm handgun round as opposed to a 7.62x51mm rifle round).
I’d say the only entirely unprotected bit is her lower face. And maybe the back of her head if something gets under her helmet but over her collar. Keep your head up, Steffi! Literally. It makes the target angle smaller.
Because her hair is spilling out the back (ergo, there’s no protective head covering underneath the helmet), that means a bullet entering the opening in the back will have uninterrupted access to the middle of Steffi’s skull… multiple times as the bullet ricochets back and forth inside the (presumably) bulletproof helmet. All it’s going to take is one bullet to turn Kiwi Blitz into “Kiwi SPLORCH! (involuntary post-mortem shudder)”.
I’m loving the face on Chief Bahia in the first panel. He’s quite obviously thinking what Piggy is saying.
And also, “Powered Armor? In my city?”
It was apparently more likely than he thought.
Six shots. Not enough to kill anything that moves!
And Lawnhead Sr.’s face is priceless to me.
Steffi probably couldn’t wait to try out that cape.
Dude is so sad his bullets didn’t bullet anything bulletable.
The cape itself may not be bullet proof. It might just have been a ruse to cover the flaw in her armour: the fact that her arms are vulnerable. It would have blocked the fact that she had to tuck her arms in front of her chest and duck her head to protect them.
God bless bulletproof capes and coats.
Swooshy Cape is very much alive, and fully intends to stay that way. =)
Ah sweet! She has Batman’s bullet proof cape!
I was gonna make a huge stink about bulletproof capes remaining still while being shot and not just letting the bullets slide under, but then I noticed the hole in the last panel and realized that all the stuff about the bulletproof cape in the comments is not true. She is just using it to hide her form so that he can’t target. What soloran said. Smart, that is the only thing that I will excuse capes and cloaks in combat for. Gotta say, a bullet hitting you is like a punch, armor or not that force is still going somewhere. 3 hits will stagger you.
Slide under the cape… either lift up a yard of heavy cloth, or divert downwards the same? That would be a pretty impressive bullet to still be dangerous after that much energy was diverted. And with most bullet proof things a hole in the outer layer doesn’t mean the bullet went through. The outer layer might just be died cotton over a tougher material.
It doesn’t show the dark interior of the cape guys. It’s a dent.
Yep as Cube said here: https://twitter.com/cubewatermelon/status/409924675284643841
Though the technical term is pocking.
Never saw the twitter comment… perhaps I am getting too far ahead of the Cube on rationalizations?
It’s would be smart, except it looks like the bullets are sparking off the cape. Bullets don’t generally spark upon impact unless they’re hitting something hard. If they were just going through the cape, they wouldn’t have flashed so much.
On the other hand, it could just be for dramatic effect, because bullets going through fabric isn’t really visually interesting.
Swooshy cape is also upgraded! Squee!
Yeah bro. She serious.
Can we stop talking about Swooshy Cape and how awesome he is for a moment and notice that even PAPA REED is sporting a look of absolutely total disbelief at these shenanigans?
Chief has reason to be annoyed slightly. He’s already said “No superheroes” and he’s just now getting rescued by the one whom he’s already declared “Don’t help” today. I’m expecting 42, the Kiwibot, and Donner to show up from multiple angles soon. That would make 3 human sized, and a mech vs a bull, a tiger with a sword, and a guy without bullets…
The perfect solution to everything: bulletproof capes!
Just waiting for someone to take Piggster’s face in the 2nd last frame and flipping the frown upside down (and making it uber-freaky)
and… you’re welcome http://facade11663.deviantart.com/art/Flip-It-Turn-Ways-420909121?ga_submit_new=10%253A1387517644
ps:html why do you fail me
As awesome as everything right now is, shouldn’t the tiger gal still have a bloody nose from getting stepped on?
Hmm… I suspect a Katana fight between “Kitty” and Donner. I hope I’m right, cause that would be pretty epic.
THAT. WOULD. BE. EPIC.
where steffi was getting shot at, the bullet is about 1.5 feet away. But the last panel shows the dent about a foot away from the edge. That is assuming steffi is normal human size, or maybe I just can’t see a fold in swooshy cape
Cape doesn’t need to be bulletproof, just needs to throw the aim off her unprotected area. The shooter will tend to go for center mass.
SWOOSHY CAPE! NOW IN INDESTRUCTIBLE!
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