That would be the first thing to give out under a hint of AMF though, since AMF inhibits linking of external mana sources much more strongly. I believe the CEX armor is basically an environment suit that carries its own bottled mana and allows the mage to reinforce their body for fighting, since external magic is also dissipated. Not very impressive in my terms...
Well food is one thing- Similar to how complex living creatures can't survive on air alone, Mages can't be powered by the 'magic' in the air. BUT, say for example if I want to run a power armor with just the magic in the air, how about using a turbofan engine like those on military aircraft ?
The grunt armor I believe has a storage form, and shields the mage from AMF and linker core attacks. Tsuzuki seems determined to make the power level of a mage related to his person and cannot be boosted with an external device except by cartridge. So far, he hasn't even come close to the Everitium Drive that Kha uses for Only One Crash!
My fanon implies that the CEX grunt armor was produced using the data gleaned from Kha's constant tinkering with modernized power armor. Hence it is much less imaginative and lacks the Everitium Drive because of the expense and instability (need 2 unison devices and 1 Cylon to manage).
However, the CEX armor and the OOC system are both fast flying platforms, so I'd say the way to best them is to look better and cut less corners.
Caledfwelch Electronics has just made an army of grunt-armors and will be field-testing them against the Eclipse. Before that, not sure. Old conventional weapon armors used to exist, the older knight orders may still have these Terminator tactical dreadnaught armor
Those are so unimaginative; why not make them portable like devices? They already have the technology to make big things into smaller things. The Power Armor I have in mind is a fusion between the IS and the Nano Suit 2.0, and because it's a device, you can use it to improve your magic. And I'm not going to make them slow moving targets; these would have Academy City grade performance- Faster, Stronger, and Smarter.
Caledfwelch Electronics has just made an army of grunt-armors and will be field-testing them against the Eclipse. Before that, not sure. Old conventional weapon armors used to exist, the older knight orders may still have these Terminator tactical dreadnaught armor.
i take it that no one else had created this type before?
1 more thing, eventually i will bring in Academy City grade power armor, what is the history of power armor in the nanoha fandom? Cause for me, this would be a big step to closing the gap between grunts and aces.