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RedSwirl
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(08-09-2012, 09:54 PM)
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Yeah it's a common complaint and joke at this point about women in RPGs wearing metal bikinis gstrings, but I honestly think that even among examples of "practical" female armor some are better than others.

For example, I honestly don't like the kind of armor that technically covers everything, but is still molded around individual breasts. Examples include Dragon Age Origins and Mass Effect 3. I've seen actual photos of chicks wearing that and it looks ridiculous.

A while ago I read a random blog entry somewhere that I think was written by someone who makes armor for modern jousting tournaments responding to a request for such armor. He basically said that any woman who did go into combat back in the day basically wore men's armor. I've seen medieval paintings of that kind of thing as well as photos women wearing basically "normal" armor at modern jousting and nothing looks out of place about it.

I understand that fantasy worlds like Dragon Age and Elder Scrolls seem to be societies with a lot more gender equality than middle ages Europe, and therefore females make up a big enough portion of the armed forces for there to be "female-specific" armor, but forging in the actual boobs still doesn't look practical to me from a manufacturing standpoint. I'd imagine it being basically men's armor with a little bit more space at the chest (like Samus Aran's power armor for instance).

I honestly can't think of any specific "practical" examples in RPGs, but this general tumblr is a good starting point: http://womenfighters.tumblr.com/
ItWasMeantToBe19
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(08-09-2012, 09:56 PM)
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Sharla's armor in Xenoblade is the most amazing thing ever and the exact opposite of what you're looking for in this topic.
Mr. Poolman
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(08-09-2012, 09:56 PM)
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Save for the metal boobs, this is a decent set of medium armor
ponpo
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(08-09-2012, 09:56 PM)
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Demon's / Dark Souls.
TheExodu5
(08-09-2012, 09:59 PM)
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I liked Chris Lightfellow in Suikoden 3:

Atolm
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(08-09-2012, 09:59 PM)
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Stealth Demon's/Dark Souls thread.
Tempy
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(08-09-2012, 10:00 PM)
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Fire Emblem!







They often lack helmets though so that you can see their faces better.
chertipros
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(08-09-2012, 10:00 PM)
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Taruranto
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(08-09-2012, 10:01 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mr. Poolman

Save for the metal boobs, this is a decent set of medium armor

As much i love Lenneth, her legs don't have any kind of protection.

Chris from Suikoden 3 is the best example.
Dennis
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(08-09-2012, 10:01 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mr. Poolman

Save for the metal boobs, this is a decent set of medium armor

Yeah she is magnificent.
The Awesomest
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(08-09-2012, 10:01 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tempy

Fire Emblem!

[IMG]http://media.animevice.com/uploads/1/18405/380979-titanica_main_image.jpg[IMG]



[IMG]http://fireemblemblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/meg.png[IMG]

And before someone says this is impractical, which it is, it's because she's a poor farm girl fighting in the milita, so it makes sense that her armor is all raggedy.
To Far Away Times
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(08-09-2012, 10:01 PM)
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Hildegard has some bitchin' armor in soul calibur.

Edit: Oops, not an RPG...
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Jomjom
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(08-09-2012, 10:02 PM)
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Every piece of armor for females in Tera.
PolishQ
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(08-09-2012, 10:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tempy

Fire Emblem!


That's an awful lot of exposed leg.
The Technomancer
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(08-09-2012, 10:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by The Awesomest

And before someone says this is impractical, which it is, it's because she's a poor farm girl fighting in the milita, so it makes sense that her armor is all raggedy.

But not that her thighs are exposed. Seriously, who shows that much leg even now?
Het_Nkik
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(08-09-2012, 10:03 PM)
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Heels aside, Charlotte's not bad:



EDIT: This isn't from an RPG so I'm an idiot, btw.
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charsace
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(08-09-2012, 10:03 PM)
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Its shocking how hard it is to find female characters that wear practical armor. I especially love it when female melee characters are designed show a lot of skin. You would think a melee fighter would at least wear leather instead of a cut off shirt and a pair of daisy dukes.
LongDongJunon
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(08-09-2012, 10:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by chertipros

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Dem metal hips
RedSwirl
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(08-09-2012, 10:04 PM)
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Originally Posted by Atolm

Stealth Demon's/Dark Souls thread.

I've actually seen no pictures of what female armor looks like in those games. I've never seen it or used a female character.

Originally Posted by ItWasMeantToBe19

Sharla's armor in Xenoblade is the most amazing thing ever and the exact opposite of what you're looking for in this topic.

I haven't met her in the game yet but from her description on the Wiki she seems like a riflewoman and a medic mainly, so that outfit doesn't look too out of whack.
Ysiadmihi
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(08-09-2012, 10:04 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tempy

<3 <3 <3
TheExodu5
(08-09-2012, 10:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by The Awesomest

And before someone says this is impractical, which it is, it's because she's a poor farm girl fighting in the milita, so it makes sense that her armor is all raggedy.

She's a poor farm girl and yet can afford dyed plate mail?
ultron87
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(08-09-2012, 10:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by RedSwirl

I haven't met her in the game yet but from her description on the Wiki she seems like a riflewoman and a medic mainly, so that outfit doesn't look too out of whack.

Some of her later outfits are truly ridiculous. Boob windows and assless pants ahoy.
Het_Nkik
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(08-09-2012, 10:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by LongDongJunon

Dem metal hips

Dem sharp knees.
Vulcano's assistant
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(08-09-2012, 10:05 PM)
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Witcher 2's realistic females

Heavy Armor:


Light Armor:
Last edited by Vulcano's assistant; 08-09-2012 at 10:07 PM.
Raptor
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(08-09-2012, 10:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by ponpo

Demon's / Dark Souls.

Agreed!

Nothing comes close!
Spazznid
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(08-09-2012, 10:05 PM)
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Came in here to say Hilde from SC... Left with a smile.
John Rabbit
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(08-09-2012, 10:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by RedSwirl

I've actually seen no pictures of what female armor looks like in those games. I've never seen it or used a female character.

here's one.
Silent_Ocarina
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(08-09-2012, 10:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by RedSwirl

I haven't met her in the game yet but from her description on the Wiki she seems like a riflewoman and a medic mainly, so that outfit doesn't look too out of whack.

You haven't seen anything yet.
GamerSoul
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(08-09-2012, 10:08 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tempy

Fire Emblem!

Yea, they have alot of good examples. I'd pick them too.
Khezu
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(08-09-2012, 10:08 PM)
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Best video game armor ever, looks great on females too.
The Technomancer
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(08-09-2012, 10:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by Silent_Ocarina

You haven't seen anything yet.

I'm pretty sure you can see her nipples in at least one outfit, and keep in mind how low-poly character models are in Xenoblade...
Ysiadmihi
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(08-09-2012, 10:09 PM)
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Nephenee in Radiant Dawn, for those complaining about her exposed legs.

(yes they're still unprotected somewhat)
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Durante
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(08-09-2012, 10:09 PM)
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Emma's from TLR suffers from a slight case of overdone sculpting, but is pretty reasonable still.

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Atolm
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(08-09-2012, 10:10 PM)
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Originally Posted by RedSwirl

I've actually seen no pictures of what female armor looks like in those games. I've never seen it or used a female character.

The armors look the same for men and women, and you can't tell if there's a male or a female below.

Baha
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(08-09-2012, 10:11 PM)
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I've always thought that Agrias from FFT was a good representation of a female knight with good practical armor in video games:

The Technomancer
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(08-09-2012, 10:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ysiadmihi



Nephenee in Radiant Dawn, for those complaining about her exposed legs.

(yes they're still unprotected somewhat)

Its not even necessarily unprotected so much as uncovered. Like, thigh-high stockings and a skirt-like piece of clothing that ends two inches below your waist, how is that in any context not sexualized?
Tomat
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(08-09-2012, 10:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by TheExodu5

She's a poor farm girl and yet can afford dyed plate mail?

Boom. Drop the excuses FE fans, your game is pandering garbage.

Originally Posted by RedSwirl

I've actually seen no pictures of what female armor looks like in those games. I've never seen it or used a female character.

The twist: It's exactly the same as the male armor.

Originally Posted by Durante

Emma's from TLR suffers from a slight case of overdone sculpting, but is pretty reasonable still.

I dunno about that skirt man.
More Fun To Compute
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(08-09-2012, 10:12 PM)
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Originally Posted by Vulcano's assistant

Witcher 2's realistic females

Heavy Armor:

lol, armoured corset. So practical and body shaping at the same time.
sleepykyo
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(08-09-2012, 10:12 PM)
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Originally Posted by John Rabbit

here's one.

Yep. Dark Souls armor is the best, though you had to go for the onion suit. As much as I like Hilde's boob armor, directing shots toward the center of the chest probably isn't great.
Jomjom
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(08-09-2012, 10:13 PM)
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Originally Posted by Baha

I've always thought that Agrias from FFT was a good representation of a female knight with good practical armor in video games:

Hair should have been tied up to avoid getting it caught somewhere, hindering vision on the battlefield, or having it pulled by an enemy, but otherwise good.
GamerSoul
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(08-09-2012, 10:13 PM)
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Can't forget Hilde

edit: ohhh rpgs..
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Yottamole
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(08-09-2012, 10:14 PM)
Aveline from Dragon Age 2
Tomat
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Originally Posted by Yottamol

Aveline from Dragon Age 2:

Best character in that game too.
Tempy
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(08-09-2012, 10:15 PM)
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Originally Posted by GamerSoul

Yea, they have alot of good examples. I'd pick them too.

Well, most female characters in Fire Emblem don't wear metal armor; it's mostly cloth wearers.

Though this one is probably the most clothes you'll ever see on a female Masamune Shirow character :)

The Technomancer
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(08-09-2012, 10:15 PM)
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Originally Posted by Durante

Emma's from TLR suffers from a slight case of overdone sculpting, but is pretty reasonable still.

That's about as good as we're going to get if we insist on female armor having something "skirt-like" in its composition and not literally just being male armor with a bashed out chestplate.
Sir Fragula
(08-09-2012, 10:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Mr. Poolman

Save for the metal boobs, this is a decent set of medium armor

You think that looks practical?
Ysiadmihi
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(08-09-2012, 10:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by The_Technomancer

Its not even necessarily unprotected so much as uncovered. Like, thigh-high stockings and a skirt-like piece of clothing that ends two inches below your waist, how is that in any context not sexualized?

Hey I'm grasping at straws here, leave me alone.
PK Gaming
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(08-09-2012, 10:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by ItWasMeantToBe19

Sharla's armor in Xenoblade is the most amazing thing ever and the exact opposite of what you're looking for in this topic.

You clearly see the advantage it gives her in battle.

BTW, her standard "armor" is amazing. @_@
Shahed
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(08-09-2012, 10:17 PM)
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Came in to post Lenneth. Already posted.

I guess I'll go for Hilde

EDIT: I need to learn how to read.
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Vulcano's assistant
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(08-09-2012, 10:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tempy

Well, most female characters in Fire Emblem don't wear metal armor; it's mostly cloth wearers.

Though this one is probably the most clothes you'll ever see on a female Masamune Shirow character :)

I think this may be the other end of the spectrum, where it becomes impractical for wearing too much.

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