Desert Ranger combat armor
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Desert Ranger combat armor
Background[edit | edit source]
A military-issue armor cuirass boasting a desert camouflage pattern, originally manufactured by the same contractor that designed pre-war L.A.P.D. riot armor suits, worn together with a military-grade helmet with built-in low light optics, a combination IR/white light lamp and gas mask, a dull-colored duster, and a set of military khaki trousers.
Armored vests such as these were issued to U.S. Marines operating in China during the Yangtze and Gobi Campaigns between 2066-2077 before the Great War. They were principally used in Nanjing, Shanghai and the Gobi Desert, which seemed to have been where most of the combat between American and Chinese forces occurred.
This particular armor and apparel ensemble belonged to Staff Sergeant R.B. Vickers, a U.S. Marine involved in the Yangtze Campaign before the Great War. After his death, it eventually found its way into the hands of ex-soldier and Great War survivor Randall Clark, also known as the Survivalist, who left it in Stone Bones Cave while fleeing from Vault 22 dwellers in 2096.
Due to it's resemblance to the statue seen at the Mojave Outpost, the Desert Rangers likely wore this combination of marine combat armor and duster as a uniform. However despite the name, it's unlikely that this particular suit ever belonged to a Desert Ranger, as Randall Clark scavenged all his equipment from the ruins surrounding Salt Lake City, and only 19 years had passed since the Great War.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
The armor provides excellent protection, equal to a suit of T-45d power armor, despite being a medium armor. The armor weighs the same as NCR Ranger combat armor but it provides +2 DT more, and the helmet weighs 3 pounds less and provides +1 DT more.
On the back of the helmet are the crudely-written names of two locations, Nanjing and Shanghai, and abbreviations of months for each place. Nanjing has JUN, JUL, AUG, and an SE which is crossed out. Shanghai has SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC, JAN, FEB, MAR, APL, and MAY. The words "FORGIVE ME MAMA" are scrawled across front of the helmet. There are multiple tally marks along the helmet, most likely representing how many people Vickers killed during his tour in China as a United States Marine.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- NCR Ranger combat armor, armor of the NCR Ranger Veterans, whose creation is based on the Desert Ranger combat armor
- Riot gear, an advanced version of the L.A.P.D. riot armor and the military helmet used by the pre-War riot control officers in the Divide.
- Advanced riot gear, an advanced model of the riot gear which was used by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, was used by the NCR riot control officers in the Divide.
- Elite riot gear, a unique armor which was used by an important NCR riot control officer in the Divide.
Comparison[edit | edit source]
|NCR Ranger combat armor||20||30||600||7500||Medium armor||Disguise: NCR|
|Desert Ranger combat armor||22||30||600||8000||Medium armor||Guns +10, Survival +10, Crit +3|
|Riot gear||20||30||500||7994||Medium armor||Guns +5, Agi +1|
|Advanced riot gear||21||25||600||8494||Medium armor||Explos. +10, End +1|
|Elite riot gear||22||23||750||12500||Medium Armor||Crit +5, Guns +10, Charis +1|
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- The eyes of this helmet are green, just like in early concept art for the NCR Ranger combat armor.
- The tourniquet on the right leg is most likely the same one tied on by Randall Clark, after being wounded by a refugee from Vault 22. In his diary entry for 2096, he states that it was to prevent leaving a blood trail back to his hideout.
- Unlike NCR Ranger combat armor, Desert Ranger combat armor is not faction armor.
- Repairing this armor when it's fully broken costs 16000 caps.
- It's possible that the weight of the helmet being 0 is an oversight, as the Ranger helmet originally had a weight of 0.
- Despite being described as possessing "low light optics", neither the NCR Ranger combat armor's nor the Desert Ranger combat armor's helmets possess this trait. It is, however, found in all forms of riot gear.
- The display of months served in tour on the helmet is similar to the US soldiers trend of writing the months to serve/have served during the Vietnam War, as well as the display of terms and short sayings.
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