Girls, girls girls!
And in the morning it’s GIRLS- ahem, Beastie Boys songs aside, girls, all I really want is girls in armor that makes sense.
When designing armor as of recent (mostly for sketches and ideas) finding references for this sort of crap is actually quite hard. Don’t get me wrong- Tyrus Flare and her scantly clad sword wielding self has it’s appeal in the light of the old barbarian art of ages ago where guys wore speedos and wielded axes, girls wore bikinis and had giant weapons. That kind of style knew it’s place and you know it’s campy and is part of that sort of Conan/Golden Axe/Dragons Crown style. It wasn’t meant to be taken seriously.
On to the problem: searching around 99% of what I’ve encountered is girls with boobplates, bikini tops while they’re wearing a wall of armor elsewhere, or the other great one, nothing protecting the thighs…you know where you have arteries.
I’m not trying to change every character over or tell people how to draw, but it’s very surprising to see the sheer number of characters, warriors even who do not have believable armor in any regard. Especially worse when compared to their male counterparts in games where you’re allowed to make either gender.
Guy has a slot for his eyes, girl has a slot for her front and thighs to be exposed …in a serious game- well..ah..hm….it’s kinda lame.
Again I’m not opposed to campy or sexy, but when trying to go for a real look and story I feel the need to have something more fitting. It’s something I’ve really strive to have with my characters. In Antares Complex yes I do have a character or two who are going to be a bit less armored but- it fits their character and will fit the situation. Said characters aren’t going to knowingly charge into a fight without proper gear. Sure one is dressed a bit more for a sexy appeal- but she’s a merchant and uses that- for combat she has shielding and a shield, for a real fight she has armor she can equip that is not exposing her skin to being blown to bits.
When I design stuff I try to think of what I think the character would want to wear and not just what I think looks cool. In the end it’s likely a mix, but I think more should be put into that sort of idea.
Though I think I have a bit of a unique perspective in this regard, maybe I’ll get into why in another post…no I’m not a fashion designer and I do not enjoy the male anatomy thanks for asking :P
I’m not calling for censorship as I’m 100% against that kind of thing, again I’m all for campy and silly and what not, this is more just me venting my thoughts against the fact that it’s nearly impossible to find well made armor for female characters in serious media and it’d be nice to see more seriousness applied in the fitting situation.
Because I happen to know some fun comic artists on Deviantart and I’m not against what they’re doing, infact I find their stuff charming and fitting for what they’re doing and I support it, I’m more aimed toward the art you see in games, wall of armor for dude, bikini for girl. Infact I’m more here calling for variety where the norm seems to be ill fitting armor designed for visual appeal alone vs all around. Again, armor, designed to protect! You’d think there’d be more variety but it’s just a lot of dumb stuff, the tippy top was Spider Woman running in a space suit with NO FRONT TO THE SUIT, just part of her costume and her belly exposed. Radiation, decompression, temperature, how many other things can we list that would kill her in this situation?
That said, Titanfall has some SERIOUSLY nice designs when it comes to their characters, male or female. Come to think of it, EA’s devs have all had some nice designs for girls in the games I’ve played: Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Deadspace …well okay, not 3 where Ellie was designed with a top that was an inch short of showing everything. Well kudos to them then.
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Hey everyone it’s been a little bit since my last post, it’s been a bit rough still since then but focusing on positive is what we’ve been trying to do around here. My goal in this post was to discuss the issues of female armor and clear my front page of depressing events which I’m far from being over.
I hope everyone has been doing well and I’d love to hear your thoughts on armor design, or hell clothing design in general.