Escher Girls: The Hapless Female Assassin
jasonrainville submitted: I originally decided against submitting this since it seemed like self promotion, but the recent discussion about the guild wars assassin and her…
I originally decided against submitting this since it seemed like self promotion, but the recent discussion about the guild wars assassin and her slightly-more-but-not-quite-functional outfit prompted me to go ahead.
This is a writeup I made on practical character design dealing specifically with female assassins, and why most (including Nika’s redesign) in my opinion fail. I explain my opinions on common assassination tactics, how to make the character still attractive and what my ideal assassin would look like. I linked it instead of reproducing the whole thing since it’s REALLY long, but below is my for-fun stab at common female assassin design.
Never be afraid of sending me self promotion! The worst that happens is I don’t post it. xD
I’m sorry it took me so long to get to you. I ignored my message queue for a bit because of stress issues.
I really like your blog post. I think you make some great points and you really looked into what an assassin should and shouldn’t be carrying. Obviously, exaggeration is part of fiction, so if people want sexy assassins carrying tons of weapons, that’s great, but one of the things I hear a lot in defending that is how “realistic” it is and you really blow a hole through that.
I like your suggestions on what you could do instead too. 🙂 I think this is a great resource for anybody thinking of making a female assassin and want to break a few tropes. 🙂
A great in-depth article on assassin costume design that I overlooked when preparing initial reblog queue.
The author takes into consideration how specific assassins are as a character class and condemns not only obviously stupid choices like boob windows, but also many tropes concerning “proper” killer-for-hire outfits. A refreshingly pragmatic look on costume design.
edit: changed the link, so it works now!