Friday, May 4, 2012

Weekend Chainmail: Plate Mail

There has been a lot of talk recently about the way women are portrayed in fantasy art. I tend to stay out of those conversations mostly because of my anatomy. Obviously I enjoy the pictures I post here, but I also would like to see some more realistic art, particularly as we approach DnDNext. So in aid of that here are some pictures of women in plate mail.
Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth
First we have Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth the first is well known as a strong woman who ruled England in her own right. I don't want to bore you with history, but she was widely regarded as a good ruler and was probably a patron of Shakespeare. 
Woman in Plate with large sword
I really like this picture. She looks like she is about to pick up the sword and behead Edward Longshanks. Maybe I'm reading into it, but I think she would be right at home with William Wallace shouting freedom. The pose isn't completely natural and there is something strange about the way her hair flows, but she definitely pulls off the reasonable armor. 

Female Barbarian
Ok so this isn't reasonable armor. It does cover a bit more than most of your chainmail bikinis. All politics aside I will continue to like the chainmail bikin and I won't apologize for it. I think reasonable armor and a portrayal of people who aren't Hollywood perfect deserves a place in the game. If you have any thoughts please feel free to post a comment or find me on Twitter or Facebook. Until next time remember don't let your DM tell you no. It's always, "Yes, and...?"

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