And today on Guess the Armour Class
Tiefling? Check. Paladin? Check. Quite frankly ludicrous (and some may say, sexist) armour that serves no sensible purpose whatsoever? Check.
My work is done.
The question (if a question was there to be asked) is whether images such as the one above have a place in our modern fantasy imagery. I would say no, not because it’s sexist, but because that armour is so darned ridiculous in the first place. I’m all for images of scantily-clad fantasy women, but can’t we at least have the decency to get their armour right? Give me a half-naked barbarian babe clad in skimpy leathers from a hot climate because that makes more sense, and is on a par with the equally semi-naked barbarian dude by her side. It’s trope equality at work.
Armour such as the one above serves no fit purpose, either on the battlefield or in a role-playing game that should be promoting the idea that the gender on your character sheet matters only in your character concept, not in your dress sense (or lack thereof).
(They sure are great fun to render though – but these aren’t the kind of images would I expect to see in the pages of a fantasy role-playing game)
Random soapbox mode: off.