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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!