Fantasy Clothes: Armor
of an Armor
First of all, a run down of parts of the armor starting
on the head: (a) helmet, (b) shoulder guards, (c) breast
plate, (d) guantlets a.k.a. arm braces, (e) thigh guards,
and (f) boots. Note: Technically, each piece of armor
has various other more rightful names - shoulder guard is
a pauldron for instance - but for this tutorial, I'm keeping
the names simple so as it is reconizable instantly. For
a more detailed look into armor, check out Pictorial
Glossary of Armor Terms.
How Much Armor Does Your Character Need?
This is the crux of every fantasy character that you make
wearing armor. The more armor the character is wearing,
the slower he/she becomes (unless the character is superhuman
or in the case of Slayers Gorgeous ::spoiler:: -
the armor is made of paper!!) ::end spoiler:: and
the better fit (think muscular) he/she becomes as well.
Here is a rundown of some combinations you may use when
putting together an armor:
(1) Full Armor - all parts a to f
(2) Heavy Armor - all parts except a
(3) Moderate Armor - b, c, e, and maybe d too
(4) Light Armor - b, c, and maybe d too
(5) Minimum Armor - d alone, b alone, or c alone
(6) No Armor - no piece from a to f
Of course you can make your own combination of armor but
these are the usual combos.
The best advice I can possibly give you is to make sure
you draw armor that will actually work! Armor is
for protection not for show! There are special armor made
fancier for the more important people; gold plated, etc.;
for kings and nobles but otherwise - keep it simple for
the ordinary folks.
Unlike popular belief that armor was heavy
and cumbersome it was not. A well trained knight will wear
a full armor and fight in one easily. Also, knights usually
know how to use various weapons besides the sword; they
can also use bow and arrow, spears, axes, hammers, lances,
knives, etc. If your character is not a knight - then show
it via less armor, less knowledge of weapons, etc.
Now for the fun part: designs on the armor. OK, I know I
said don't get fancy and that's what I meant. You may
put some decoration on the armor just as long as it does
not interfere with the wearers ability to fight! Anything
else looks too impractical, and out-of-place don't you think?
Things to Change or Not
(1) Emblem on breast plate
(2) Grooves on shoulder guards
(3) Jewelry on armor
(4) Fancy color: gold, green, silver, black, red, etc.
(5) Shape of the armor piece
For some inspiration on armor, check out the following links:
Museum: Arms & Armor
You may also check out fantasy anime like
Magic Knight Rayearth and Lodoss Wars or even films like
of the Rings.