Ah, this not-so-old design, as I actually finalized it a few days ago, even though I started it back when we just started doing this whole livestreaming thing. So this is Shielder from Fate/Grand Order, whom we featured on the blog before. I took her “stage 2″ armor and tried to actually make it look more like armor and less like… whatever the heck that is in the original. I decided not to give her full plate because she does have that huge shield (now with wheels!).

One weird notable detail is that she seems to have these purple “racing stripes” on her arms and legs; what’s that about? I got rid of all that stuff and instead incorporated the purple as cloth detail. The poofy pants make a comeback, this time with a poofy-sleeved shirt to match! I decided to add some white to her color scheme, because just grey and purple was very boring once the bare skin stops being a color. Finally, I cut her bangs, just because her hair was annoying me. It also didn’t go with the rest of her design at all.

Overall, it’s probably not my best work, and I put in a lot more effort than I should have just redesigning various elements, but it’s definitely more believable as an armor than the original. Seriously, that crotch window… jeez.

-Icy

bikiniarmorbattledamage:

So, after getting many reader suggestions and taking time to process the info, we took a closer look at what people behind the upcoming Wonder Woman movie have to say about the ridiculously mediocre Amazon boob armors which the film is going to feature… And wow, was it a ride of predictable rhetoric and obliviousness to blatant double standard. I sincerely hoped the whole bingo card wouldn’t be necessary, yet here we are.

Indeed, Patty Jenkins, the director, also played the “men are sexualized too” card:

I, as a woman, want Wonder Woman to be hot as hell, fight badass, and look great at the same time – the same way men want Superman to have huge pecs and an impractically big body. That makes them feel like the hero they want to be. And my hero, in my head, has really long legs.

Because that: 

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Has TOTALLY the same costuming priorities as this: 

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With lines like that, maybe Jenkins and the costume designer, Lindy Hemming, aim to be the Mari Shimazakis of Hollywood… Except Diana of Themyscira is not Bayonetta, so “she’s supposed to be very sexy and I as a lady find it empowering” excuses do not really work, even in

the

context of character agency. Because Wonder Woman is so much more than “looking like a supermodel while kicking ass”.

As a reblogger, @meishuu pointed out, that Oglaf strip was pretty much what the director said.

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I want to be optimistic and am gonna assume that the crew is contractually obligated to endorse every choice made about the movie, no matter how ridiculous it is when you think about it for more than a second.

~Ozzie

more Female Armor Rhetoric Bingo on BABD

Since the Wonder Woman movie premieres tomorrow, let’s remember what absurd explanations its director had for the weirdly sexualized, boobplate-y armor which the Amazons sport in the story. Seems like nonsense rhetoric for how female characters dress is common in DC Expanded Universe films

What makes it funnier, the flat sandals Gal Gadot wore on the red carpet during the premiere would make much more believable footwear for Greek mythology-based warriors than the high heels they wear in the movie. 

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That being said, please don’t read it as an endorsement to boycott Wonder Woman in cinemas. Critics have been saying some great and interesting things about it, so if you decide to watch it, remember that you can enjoy the movie while being critical of its flaws (like costumes that contradict the story’s message).
Still, be watchful of both what’s communicated on screen and behind the scenes, cause those things say a lot about how female-led stories are viewed in the industry. 

~Ozzie

what is something you cant stand in games regardless of genre?

enhousestudios:

evilguacamole:

enhousestudios:

Zack: Escort quests.

Nikko: Immersion breaking female armor. I refuse to play certain games because it seems just ridiculous to me. Like this:

This makes me so mad, not for the obvious reasons, but because it just breaks any sense of the world being real (which is important to me, follow the rules of your universe however dumb). If it’s a fantasy world where everyone’s skin is made of stone- fine- let ALL of the characters run around in skimpy armor. But when the female armor looks like this compared to the male armor… it breaks any sense of immersion to me. I completely ruined Tera for me along with other games (Nier). 

Justin: 

Escort quests, yeah. Or.. 

Like fan service…just why. 

But yeah escort quests, fan service, and uhhh shooting games…regardless of genre.

Have you seen @bikiniarmorbattledamage?

@bikiniarmorbattledamage is a amazing, thank you lol

Glad to be appreciated by creators of a promising Kickstarter-funded indie game

We have many problems with skimpy female armors (like the fact how ugly and derivative they tend to be), but the immersion-breaking double standard has always been among the biggest issues.
The idea of skimpy armor itself isn’t necessarily bad. It all relies on the execution and consistency with the established worldbuilding. 

~Ozzie

Anonymous:

what is something you cant stand in games regardless of genre?

enhousestudios:

evilguacamole:

enhousestudios:

Zack: Escort quests.

Nikko: Immersion breaking female armor. I refuse to play certain games because it seems just ridiculous to me. Like this:

This makes me so mad, not for the obvious reasons, but because it just breaks any sense of the world being real (which is important to me, follow the rules of your universe however dumb). If it’s a fantasy world where everyone’s skin is made of stone- fine- let ALL of the characters run around in skimpy armor. But when the female armor looks like this compared to the male armor… it breaks any sense of immersion to me. I completely ruined Tera for me along with other games (Nier). 

Justin: 

Escort quests, yeah. Or.. 

Like fan service…just why. 

But yeah escort quests, fan service, and uhhh shooting games…regardless of genre.

Have you seen @bikiniarmorbattledamage?

@bikiniarmorbattledamage is a amazing, thank you lol

Glad to be appreciated by creators of a promising Kickstarter-funded indie game

We have many problems with skimpy female armors (like the fact how ugly and derivative they tend to be), but the immersion-breaking double standard has always been among the biggest issues.
The idea of skimpy armor itself isn’t necessarily bad. It all relies on the execution and consistency with the established worldbuilding. 

~Ozzie

We referenced AutoBattle once before, but didn’t get the opportunity to talk about their super creative

and totally equal

character and costume designs. 

They broke a bingo, so they don’t get a Vegeta gif.

I’m so moved… the void of absolute fantasy genericness and blatant double standards that Spirit Stones left behind is filled at last!

Apparently that bingoed lady elf’s body, particularly the holes in her armor, were used as a backdrop on the game’s site [source]. 

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How classy!

~Ozzie

Figured that this Goddess Primal Chaos dressup doll-style armor would make an excellent bingo material and boy was I right. 

Whenever I look at this underwear lady next to that spiky atrocity, can’t help but wonder whether the underwear stays in its place or disappears after applying the drafty armor.
It would be pretty damn awkward if her underpants were gone after she put on this crotchless bottom part… On the other hand, if the bra didn’t disappear, it would be showing through the boob window, and as we all know visible breast support is a big no-no for boob windows

~Ozzie