"Sexy is not bad. Stripping is not bad. Wearing sexy boots is not bad. You know what is bad? Pandering is. Being a lazy designer at the cost of catching a wider audience is.
A bounty hunter who runs over rugged terrain does not need stripper boots, she needs something with treads and function that can *gasp* still be sexy. I can picture a hybrid boot design that is feminine but rugged, functional but badass.
You know what conveys things like “boosters” and “power” and “high jump”? Springs, coils, energy cells, treads, jets… you don’t have to be literal but you also might want to show, not tell, what a prop does."

High-Jump Stripper Boots! by stephlaberis

Very important quote from this article regarding Samus’s high heels, but it applies to character and costume design in general.

~Ozzie

londonwarrior:

Warrior Fashion!

Art by Houhoutmo, original piece (with head and slightly different hue)

This is one of my practice, leather armor texture to behave! Obviously not so successful

Well the leather may not have come out as well as the artist would have liked, but damn if this isn’t one of the most beautiful pieces of fantasy female attire that I’ve seen in forever!
- wincenworks

londonwarrior:

Warrior Fashion!

Art by Houhoutmooriginal piece (with head and slightly different hue)

This is one of my practice, leather armor texture to behave! Obviously not so successful

Well the leather may not have come out as well as the artist would have liked, but damn if this isn’t one of the most beautiful pieces of fantasy female attire that I’ve seen in forever!

- wincenworks

Okay Legend of the Cryptids, sometimes you’re pretty good, most of the time you’re the low hanging fruit… but this is special even for you.  And it perfectly illustrates what we talk about when we say double standards:
This is what a Immortal Vampire Lord looks like in Legend of the Cryptids:

He doesn’t get a name… but he gets clothes that stay on without superglue (and wishful thinking).
Basically what I’m saying is that if I can’t tell if your game was meant to be a fantasy combat game that got too porny, or a softcore game that tried to be fantasy combat themed - you should just go back to the drawing board.
- wincenworks
A quick note that this bat-shaped crotch cover she’s wearing would look more-or-less like this in real life:
The c-string (reviewed here) is designed very specifically and almost exclusively for burlesque stripper performance. Yup, that’s the “magic pad” yanavaseva wondered about in her butt armor write-up. Needless to say, wearing it does come with the risk of losing it at an inopportune moment.
~Ozzie

Okay Legend of the Cryptids, sometimes you’re pretty good, most of the time you’re the low hanging fruit… but this is special even for you.  And it perfectly illustrates what we talk about when we say double standards:

This is what a Immortal Vampire Lord looks like in Legend of the Cryptids:

He doesn’t get a name… but he gets clothes that stay on without superglue (and wishful thinking).

Basically what I’m saying is that if I can’t tell if your game was meant to be a fantasy combat game that got too porny, or a softcore game that tried to be fantasy combat themed - you should just go back to the drawing board.

- wincenworks

A quick note that this bat-shaped crotch cover she’s wearing would look more-or-less like this in real life:

Invisible C-String Thong Underwear Panties Lingerie Knickers Tiger Grain
The c-string (reviewed here) is designed very specifically and almost exclusively for burlesque stripper performance. Yup, that’s the “magic pad” yanavaseva wondered about in her butt armor write-up. Needless to say, wearing it does come with the risk of losing it at an inopportune moment.

~Ozzie

artintheart:

so this dude is Sai Sahan, go find him in the ESO world!  I did the concept art for him and between you and me  all of us, he was my response to no sensible battle coverage lady armor. I mean if ladies can do it, why cant good lookin’ men do it too :)  
<3  so glad they kept him and made him look so rad!  gah!
If and when his concept comes out i will try to share it :)  

Thank Dibella there was someone on hand to keep things in Elder Scrolls Online just a little balanced.
- wincenworks

artintheart:

so this dude is Sai Sahan, go find him in the ESO world!  I did the concept art for him and between you and me all of us, he was my response to no sensible battle coverage lady armor. I mean if ladies can do it, why cant good lookin’ men do it too :)  

<3  so glad they kept him and made him look so rad!  gah!

If and when his concept comes out i will try to share it :)  

Thank Dibella there was someone on hand to keep things in Elder Scrolls Online just a little balanced.

- wincenworks

Female Armor Bingo now has official merchandise!

This weekend I experimented with opening a society6 store to offer some merch of our favorite bingo game. Didn’t plan to promote it till later this week, but as it turns out, it’s FREE Worldwide Shipping Day TODAY!
So basically no better occasion to spread the word than now.

Go HERE and get your Female Armor Bingo goodies with FREE SHIPPING!

If you guys wish me to add some more items or designs (like Rhetoric Bingo) feel free to ask, preferably in this post’s comment section.

~Ozzie

The tragic evolution of Sophitia’s costume (source unknown). Fortunately Sophitia was spared the indignity of whatever Soul Calibur V would have inflicted upon her.

Hard to believe that Soul Calibur IV was also the game that introduced us to Hilde Von Krone, badass beyond compare. (image from IGN’s Positive Women in Fighting):

(More images here)

I don’t understand… is there like an in house limit of how many female characters can be taken seriously per game?  Or is the prophecy real?

- wincenworks

Adventurers Life (very NSFW) was perhaps not the most intellectual, mature or sensitive comic… but it understood the hazards of pulp fantasy female armor.

- wincenworks

According to the responses so far, it seems that Fran’s outfit can hit a QUADRUPLE BINGO!

Depending on one’s opinion about what counts for those previously unchecked squares in yesterday’s “Easter-themed” bingo post, Fran WINS THE BINGO up to four times!
A few followers pointed out three potentially eligible squares more to cross.

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Just look (bolded the proposed additional squares for convenience):

geezgeorge replied to your post: To add some “Easter bunny” flavor toda…

YOU CAN GET BARED BACK SHE HAS SHOULDER BLADES OUT FOR SOME REASON????!?!

quantumsiren asked:

Hey on the Fran bingo card, you can also mark that her nipples poke through. I’ve seen close ups of her chest, and you can see that it’s molded to her nipples. I love Fran but her armor is ridiculous.

kyrosion reblogged your post To add some “Easter bunny” flavor toda… and added:

Look at the way the top is designed; there’s nothing holding the front up. It’s kinda pretending to be a corset-type thing, but since they cut the stomach out, the bottom part is just dead weight rather than contributing support. The whole outfit should be dragging her breasts down, if it answered to gravity… As is, it’s certainly not lending any support, regardless of whether she’s likely to pop out a boob (which I’d say she is, but that’s more subjective).

So, without futher ado, here’s the updated bingo card for Fran!image

72% of the squares and FOUR bingos!

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I’m convinced we came across a record breaker.

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~Ozzie

edit: One more square was pointed out by raezii

raezii replied to your post:

I’d also add that she wears that outfit while travelling in the Paramina Rift and there is definitely a blizzard happening 1/3 of the time… ie basically naked in cold climate http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100421010742/finalfantasy/images/6/6f/Ice_Elemental.jpg

"I don’t think that costume, that a female character deliberately wears into battle and dangerous situations, provides enough protection to qualify as armor…"

You know who you are

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- wincenworks

Female Armour Bingo: Tyrande Whisperwind

thenightmarerider:

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Filled out the female armour bingo card myself for a case that particularly annoys me. Because you know what the worst part of the depiction of Tyrande Whisperwind is here? In the novel, she isn’t dressed anything like this! Seriously, nowhere in the novel does it describe her wearing a battle Bikini. Usually, to the best of my memory, she usually has more practical priest robes. She is a badass in this novel; A very well developed character who is kind, caring, thoughtful, honest, humble and can burning leigon ass when she needs to. She inspires me to write better female characters myself.

And how is she represented on the front cover of the War of the Aincients novel? Sex appeal with battle bikinis. This doesn’t do her justice in my opinion. Tyrande is a much better character than that!

Oh, the delights of using bikini armor as a tool of false advertising… Takes “Don’t judge book by its cover” to a whole new level!

Also gotta love the irony that it’s A NOVEL, a thing that people are supposed to buy for the WRITTEN STORY inside, not for the fap-tastic cover that tells them absolutely nothing about what to expect.

~Ozzie