enecola:

As requested by @oldmanskeleton – Boudica from Fate Grand Order.

I’ll be real with you here. This isn’t really an armor fix. There was nothing to work with here. This is a full on redesign. I based her more on the depictions of the historical person because she looked badass.

There was nothing to work with here indeed. 

Fate’s absolutely abysmal treatment of Boudica, a warrior queen from Britain’s ancient history, is the logical conclusion of pushing the “Covers only nipples and genitals on the torso” bingo square to the extreme.
The blatant disregard of how clothes (and physics) work makes me wish she just wore two pasties and a c-string, which would be more honest and realistic skimpy costume than… whatever the fuck that thing on her boobs is supposed to be. 

I really love what you did with this non-costume, @enecola! Kept the only even remotely interesting part, the poofy sleeves, and put her in an actual dress, while using the original… thing’s… color scheme. Was a simple frock really too hard of an idea for the creeps behind Fate franchise

Literally the only thing even vaguely non-creepy about the original design is how she gains more (still very sexualized) clothes with level-ups, instead of losing them

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Though, from where she started, there was room only for (strictly technical) progress, I suppose. 

~Ozzie 

Read about historic Queen Boudica on: Wikipedia | @rejectedprincessessite/blog | Take Back Halloween [content warning for mentions of sexual assault and violence in the descriptions] 

Fate Extella: Saber Attila, but not the same as the Earth one apparently

I know nothing about Fate lore and I honestly don’t have the time in my life to get into it all, but the wiki page on this character says she is Saber class, and also “different from the Altera of Earth,” (even though they look the same, even down to the clothes) so I’m taking their word for it. Don’t let me down now, fandom wiki!

We sometimes get mail from fans telling us that we’re just offended by the skin-showing, and we should get over it, but we’re honestly not like that. Just take my word for it. However. The original design for this one definitely offended me. A lot. So that’s why I picked it for our Saber redesign stream.

This is another case of me having to go back and finish what I started, at which point I just… started from scratch… I definitely do not have a problem. Here was my first attempt, based on a historical estimate of what Attila might have looked like (the records are less certain than for Nero, from what I found):

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I ended up doing another Google search (when I went back to finish it) and found an interpretation with the helmet/coif combo that basically looked like her existing bangs and hair shape; so I decided to start over, this time trying to work more with the existing design elements.

There’s probably too much white in the final redraw, but I can’t be bothered at this point. #ITried. At least it’s actually wearable! This is now a Callout Post. Yikes.

-Icy

Fate’s Red Saber Nero – No, you can not unsee it. You’re Welcome! 

Since Fate’s fandom is the way it is, I decided to dedicate a very special stream redesign to them! 

When we commented on Fate: Last Encore’s version of “Saber”, the fanboys predictably, as with many previous posts on that franchise, rushed in to explain to us that this is not the same Saber we used as a positive example before (Artoria, aka waifu King Arthur).
No, apparently it’s just a completely unrelated character who happens to look exactly the same, allegedly because the designer for the franchise has a fetish for this one particular appearance, affectionately referred to by fandom as “Saberface”. Which justifies the shitty sameface syndrome how…? ¯_( ͠° ͟ʖ ͠° )_/¯ 

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[Yes, those are four different people in various parts of the franchise. Only two of them are related. And yes, there are plenty more Saber clones.

Also, Fate’s lore is an incomprehensible mess with no single continuity. If we were to fully explain that every time a new Saber with giant boobs or stupid butt window comes out, our posts would be ten times longer. 🙄 

So, considering that this here Red Saber (not confused with the one with spiky hair) happens to be emperor Nero, I decided to right that wrong and make it abundantly clear that this is who this character is supposed to be. 

Enter anime waifu Nero. 

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While usually I redesign the outfit, leaving character’s face more or less intact, this time I’m leaving the body and the awful boob-and-ass-window (plus visible panties) dress entirely unedited. After all, it fits her personality, or so I’m told. It’s the exact same sexualized anime girl, except she happens to have the face of an ancient Roman ruler, neckbeard included. 

And if you respect Nero’s own choice of clothing, please don’t shame her choice to grow out a beard. She rocks that look so much harder than she did Artoria’s face and haircut. 

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Obviously I used the most famous Nero statue as a reference and did my best to recreate the cell-shaded anime look. Which is also why I incorporated her original eyes into the new design. Of course she needs to remain consistent with Fate aesthetic. I’m not an art-ruining barbarian. 

Overall this was a really fun stream and I’m pretty happy with the results. Not likely to happen again, but who knows? 

Once again, YOU’RE WELCOME. 

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~Ozzie 

So…  the Fate series started with a frankly amazing female character, Saber* but since then they’ve… well they haven’t been really respecting the concept that they started with.  This one however… well it looks like they decided they need to go back closer to the original look while still trying to find ways to pointlessly sexualize her.

From episode 2 onward of the latest series the opening credits of Fate: Last Encore are just ninety seconds of this version of Saber hacking up literal shadow opponents in a shadow maze in a manner to flaunt her T & A.

Kind of disappointing for a series that is supposed to be about all manner of mythical heroes, now seem

– wincenworks

* Yes, we are aware this is technically not the same character due to Fate’s obsession with alternative universes, and the universe in Last Encore being very alternative… but putting “identically named variants on a broad character concept” doesn’t parse as well.

rudigoat:

The boyfriend has been playing Fate/Extella: Umbral Star. When he showed me Sabre’s ultimate form I immediately thought of Female Armor Bingo. I couldn’t find a better picture of the armor, but this get the point across.

Looks like we’re a winner winner chicken dinner!

@bikiniarmorbattledamage

Found one picture that shows a bit more of her bottom half.

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My reactions, in order:

  1. WTF, Saber?
  2. Did she steal Princess Solange’s nipple pasties and general sense of fashion?
  3. Oh, right, BINGO! It should be Even a double bingo, because nothing she wears would be considered “underwear”.
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~Ozzie

rudigoat:

The boyfriend has been playing Fate/Extella: Umbral Star. When he showed me Sabre’s ultimate form I immediately thought of Female Armor Bingo. I couldn’t find a better picture of the armor, but this get the point across.

Looks like we’re a winner winner chicken dinner!

@bikiniarmorbattledamage

Found one picture that shows a bit more of her bottom half.

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My reactions, in order:

  1. WTF, Saber?
  2. Did she steal Princess Solange’s nipple pasties and general sense of fashion?
  3. Oh, right, BINGO! It should be Even a double bingo, because nothing she wears would be considered “underwear”.
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~Ozzie

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ransa:

@bikiniarmorbattledamage

Oh look, Liz got me a bingo. And Mordred was soooooo close.

I decided to do some Female Armor Bingo for my least favorite designs in FGO. I don’t think it’s really worth it to write any pieces on these armor selections because I don’t wanna tire myself out on something no one else is going to read, so this is a much simpler way of venting my opinions.

For the ‘no head protection’ bit, I just went with ‘the character has stuff in their hair that serves no purpose as armor’, rather than ‘they aren’t wearing a helmet’ or anything like that (or, in the case of Mordred, ‘they used to have a helmet and now it’s gone). Liz should technically have that, but I don’t know if her horns are decoration or not, so I decided  might as well leave that be.

What an impressive collection of all flavors of terribad!
Not that we’re surprised, seeing what bingos Fate/Grand Order served us before (especially how it ruined Saber/Artoria).

Incidentally, “I don’t think it’s really worth it to write any pieces on these armor selections […] so this is a much simpler way of venting my opinions.” is one of the reasons Female Armor Bingo exists.
Those skimpy female warrior outfit tropes are so boring and prevalent it’s not worth wasting lengthy explanations on. Just fill out a bingo card and link to all the others we’ve had here for comparison. The point about the creativity of bikini armor makes itself.

~Ozzie