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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 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 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 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 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 Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:iconcptkerion:
Sword and shield fighters for the win!
I really like this and its Roman elements
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Colin-Ashcroft 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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:icontakeda999:
My wife will love this one!  I do of course but it's right up her alley!
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Colin-Ashcroft Aug 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I hope she likes it! Thanks again for your comments!
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:iconninetailedtrickster:
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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