Now that I can get mercenaries in my military as meat shields suicide a spearhead squad, I need them to be able to receive some blows and not die. That's fine for dorfs mercs, but if I assign the human ones to a squad that uses a uniform, they end up naked; they like it, but I don't.

So, I started hunting "large ---" items one by one to arm them, since I have tons of large armor already, but this is proving inefficient in the long run (and a pain in the short one). Is there an easier way to uniform them? I have armors of all kinds, because dwarfs have been at war with everyone from year 1.

TL;dr: I have tons armor (and can create more) but using the UI for uniforms in the military doesn't allow me to select these.

  • Does this help? "To forge equipment sized for non-dwarves, go to the workshop producing armor (this works for clothing, leather armor, and metal armor), move the cursor to the job producing armor, press details and select the race involved. You can find the desired race more easily by using the filter. This will change the produced armor's size to the selected creature's size."
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 14:13
  • @TimmyJim as I said on the question "I have armors of all kinds". The problem is not the existence of armors, but how to allow humans to be armored with them, instead of going commando.
    – Braiam
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 14:32
  • I saw that you said that, I wasn't sure if doing what I said would have an option to clothe them or something (I don't have the game so I don't know).
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 14:40
  • Which version are you on? Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 7:48

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  1. Look if the item you want to equip has a ownership. You can forbid it for a while to release it and someone else can equip it. Even if nobody is wearing they don't wear equipment from others.

  2. Mercenaries are just visitors when you accept them, and setting them to a squad you make them use that squad by default. If the armors you have as uniform aren't the same type of the ones in you collected they will go naked.

  3. It may take a while to them change their equipment, but if any member of the squad stay naked you may need to issue and order to the squad to put them on duty, being on duty makes them wear the uniform.

From here you have a few paths to choose:

  • Change the squad uniform to some type you have plenty Large for humans.

  • Create another squad with one dwarf as leader that fits the itens you have already.

  • Set the equipment for individual choice

  • Or

    So, I started hunting "large ---" items ... Is there an easier way to uniform them?

    Do as @Timmy Jim said and set one of yours workshop to produce Large armor accordingly to your squad uniforms type.

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  • The problem isn't, again, lack of stuff to wear, it's that I can't tell them to wear a specific type of uniform that is, well, useful. I have no guaranties that my mercs with will use breastplate armor, since if I tell them to use "breastplate", they will try to use dwarf sized ones.
    – Braiam
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 19:51
  • Do you realized that I told you solutions for 3 different problems, and how the mechanics of the game works? If the breastplate are owned by someone else, if they are not part of your inventory, if the item is not part of the uniform, if the equipment is not "fit for human", or if you don't want to set it as individual choice, I am sorry to say that there is no way to do it. Well unless you are using a version before 42.01 rpgcodex.net/forums/index.php?threads/… so there is no way to do that either.
    – Nils
    Commented Jun 25, 2017 at 8:19
  • btw, just in case you are using another version, check if the "partial matches / exact matches" and the 'replace clothing/over clothing' choices. Those are thing that can affect some piece of armor like plate armor.
    – Nils
    Commented Jun 25, 2017 at 8:26
  • None of them are the ones I have. My question specifically states "useful uniform", and that means having a complete set of several pieces of wear with the same granularity as I have on dwarves. You don't explain any of that.
    – Braiam
    Commented Jun 25, 2017 at 11:36
  • "human ones to a squad that uses a uniform, they end up naked; they like it, but I don't." - ownership, exact matches, replace clothing, uniform, armor size... " Is there an easier way to uniform them? " yes, using the uniform template to a squad "I have tons armor (and can create more) but using the UI for uniforms in the military doesn't allow me to select these." If you tried the first steps you may have a bug and should report it. If you refuse the games mechanics, refuse to answer peoples further investigation question, or you are playing a different game, or you are trolling us.
    – Nils
    Commented Jun 26, 2017 at 16:22

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