Hyrule Warriors – A Link to the Pants, Part 2
Well, this one was definitely a journey. I’ve wanted to redesign this unfortunate “armor” ever since it was posted on this blog. Those who joined us while we worked on these pieces will know how much I struggled with certain aspects of this, and how much I hate the original. I had to change something about almost every element in this. I’m just so glad it’s done and I can move on with my life.
The first things I knew I wanted to do are the breastplate and pants. Then I gave her the sleeves to match her “skirt.” That was the easy part.
After that I didn’t know what to do about her midriff, so I focused on her hair and face. I put her hair up so it doesn’t get in the way, and I just took some of her makeup away. I do this a lot, and it’s not because I hate makeup; it’s to show that you can have lady characters look good and cool and strong without giving them false eyelashes and a contour to rival Kim Kardashian. Also because women are always expected by society to wear makeup (but not look like it, that’s important), and screw that, so….
After that, the last thing to do was get rid of that idiotic corset. I had no real ideas, so I just extended her tabbard and gave her a belt to hold her tassets. It’s kind of a hack job, but I had no better ideas, and I had spent way too much time trying to come up with something. I wanted to just keep the plate armor and not add chainmail or anything… so here we are.
I still feel like I could have done better, but at least I don’t feel my blood boiling when I look at my redesign, as opposed to the original. Now I can believe that this is a woman that actually goes out into combat, while maintaining her regal air.
Frankly, this is still more sensible answer to “why is Zelda not a Legend of Zelda protagonist?” question than the last time Nintendo publicly tried to explain it.
Just another case of when a parody manages to be less nonsensical than reality.
Hey Nintendo, I have an idea for a game for you – make a new Zelda game but use bits of these comics from 1990 as the concepts. The bits where Zelda is kicking ass, rescuing the innocent and helping people overthrow evil.
So, Nintento… since you’ve taken a pretty good first step in this direction, just reminding you that any time you want to make Legend of Zelda game where the twist is you play as Zelda from the comics – the world is ready.
Any time is good.
So for those that aren’t aware, the trailer for Breath of the Wild shows a costume design for Zelda is pretty awesome:
Needless to say, many people were thrilled about this design and generally praised Nintendo for this step forward. Of course, there’s a few folks to who’s primary concern is that you know nobody cares… but there’s also a lot of folks who are very excited and have created cosplay and all kinds of fan art.
- Cosplay by @driftingbystars
- Watercolor fan art by @morganamelia
- Animated fan art by @routexx
- Regal and feminine fan art by @inkmonsterdraws
- Zelda Casting Din’s Fire by @dysah
- “I love her so much” by @haruuuka
So basically the message to take away from this is that when certain people say “who cares” they really mean “I’m deeply upset that other people are enjoying a thing that wasn’t made exclusively for me”.