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Role playing game character design. by Colin-Ashcroft Role playing game character design. by Colin-Ashcroft
Here's a roleplaying character I created for a private commission. The character is a knight, I had to influence her costume with a 'Roman' feel with some room for my own imagination. I created the character in Photoshop.
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool and empowered! It's great to see warrior-women in realistic armour!
    Except for the shape of the breastplate, as NineTailedTrickster noted, but that's the one impractical element I can fully overlook in art as well, because it's such a long way from the ridiculous impractical breastplates with cleavage and chainmail bikinis I see all the time!
   As long as the breastplate covers and protects her entire chest and clavicle, I'm usually OK with all the variations - standart 'male' breastplate, female breastplate adapted for the breast area ("Some films decide to provide women with a shelf of sorts in the chest region and that choice, if well-designed, can be flattering as well as functional", www.tor.com/blogs/2013/05/boob…,) or a female breastplate with breast cups...the most impractical choice, yes, although it is true that it does appear in historical armour (maybe those breastplates were simply meant to be ceremonial? Somehow I don't think they all were...), and it's also worn nowadays in actual martial sports - I do ancient sword-fighting and I wear a plastic breast protector with breast cups under the padded jacket, rather than the shelf variation. So far I've had no problems with it, although it's true that our swords are not sharp and we do not aim to harm :). Still, I think the shelf variation would be better, though...
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds like you are quite the expert in this area, appreciate your knowledge and opinions;) Interesting facts, I will make sure to add them to my knowledge base. 

Yep , I stand with you on the whole chainmail bikinis stuff! A woman warrior should be depicted as a warrior. She should have strength, purpose, focus and look like she can handle herself in battle…equal to any male warrior!

Maybe next time I will play with the shelf variation, balance a little more the practicality and fantasy!

Thanks for taking the time with such an in-depth comment and opening my eyes to a few points! 

Appreciate it!

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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm afraid I like this subject so much I reel off talking about it all the time, can't help it :) 

You're very welcome, and it's great that you feel the same about it! We need more depictions of realistic warrior women around here, and around the Internet in general :)!
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes for sure! 

We stand side by side, a 'wish he were' warrior guy and a real warrior woman haha!
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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CptKerion Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Sword and shield fighters for the win!
I really like this and its Roman elements
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed!!!
It was a great character to create, I could apply a lot of details!
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Takeda999 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
My wife will love this one!  I do of course but it's right up her alley!
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I hope she likes it! Thanks again for your comments!
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NineTailedTrickster Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
This looks good, but the shape of the armor is impractical. Due to the shape of the breastplate. If she were to be struck hard in the chest area, the force of the blow would crush her sternum because of her breastplate's shape. Still a good piece of artwork though; good to see a woman that isn't in some metal bikini whilst fighting yetis in a tundra.
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, you are correct about the shape of the breastplate. You must have read the same article as me about a study that had been undertaken into this very subject. I had created this piece before that study and was conducted and not aware of this.

It will be interesting to see how many fantasy illustrators stop doing such a breastplate now. In fantasy art, we have to make it interesting. If everyone creates a standard shaped breastplate things might get a little boring. Do we continue to sacrifice some practicality, or use the standard practical form? Interesting discussion!

I do see many impractical designs in fantasy art especially where armour is concerned. I suppose it also depends on the genre...fantasy as opposed to high fantasy etc.

Thanks for your interesting comment, appreciate!
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NineTailedTrickster Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Actually, I learned from ARMA about the armor, and only recently read that article, lol.
The armor is understandable with fantasy art to some degree.

So long as the cuirass actually covers the entire torso, I can honestly overlook it.
It's when a woman dresses in "Bikini-Mail" that I smash my face against the nearest hard surface(usually my desk).

As for the comment, quite welcome.
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, Bikini Mail! Not so keen on it myself either!

Take care.
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Torham123 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Finally! This is the first female armour I have seen, that looks battle - worthy!
All her vital parts are covered, all her joints are movable and its not covered in metal spikes.Plus she is not wearing stilettos (witch are a straight suicide on the muddy battlefield). With a helmet on, I think she could lead an army into battle (from the quality of the armour one would assume she is a princess or a general ).
Love it.
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed comment, I appreciate it!

Yes, I like this type of commission. You still have room for your imagination although things have to be still believable. I think if I remember correctly she was a knight of royal lineage, you are on the right track for sure!!!
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AnjaDiPaolo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This one is really great! :heart:
I love all the details of her armor and the look of her shield. It really looks like it has been in use for quite a while because of the dirt and scratches.
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like her.

I wanted to create a look like she had been to a battle or two, creating a contrast between her tarnished scarred armour compared to her unscarred face!
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Luvecerviere Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Lovely.
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Nowio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
just amazing textures!
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like them, thanks!
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Nowio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No Problem!
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SYoshiko Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
good job :)
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks!
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Nharun Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool! the armor is just awesome
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, the armour seems pretty popular!
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it, thanks for the kind comments!
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nitegrafix Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
A...W...E...S...O...M...E!!!
great detailing.
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rogue-freighter Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Nice!
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice outfit design :) Looks well thought of ^^
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Suzanne, yes I really got my teeth into this project.The client in this instance wanted a fantasy character although it had it be believable and realistic too!

Thanks for looking.
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You did very well ^^
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Meg-James Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What's this? A female character with real armor?? @w@

It looks great! Awesome work!
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks, yes It was a great brief from the client!
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Intense armor! I love the colours and the design! Well done! :D
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great, thanks! Appreciate you looking.
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries! :D
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love the outfit. Brilliant!
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, glad you like it!
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sonadoalaikor Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
very elaborate and with a good quality
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Sonadoalaikor, I appreciate you stopping by!
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks cinemajack and muddychickn for your comments! Cheers!
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muddychickn Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work. I agree with everyone else; great details and armor.
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cinemajack Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Wonderful piece!
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Colin-Ashcroft Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Jacob-Cross, Fires-storm and HinaTyraia, thanks for looking and your comments! I appreciate them, glad you like character!
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DragonsTrace Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like it!!, she looks majestic...and the armor is very cool
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Fires-storm Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Well done, the armor looks perfect!
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