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Lady Knight by SirTiefling Lady Knight by SirTiefling
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<- It's this girl, grb-version.

Tools: Mouse, Paint Shop Pro

me tired now
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:iconxxfalconarasxx:
Greetings from Lithuania, I really like your work. I have studied HEMA for 4 years now, and have experience in examining historical weapon and armour designs ranging from 2000 BC to 1600 AD. It is nice to see someone willing to show a little restraint towards making swim wear armour for the sake of getting viewers sexually aroused. There are still however, flaws in this design, and I will touch on them. The overall problem is that it still comes across as being too feminine.

-First issue that comes to mind is her lack of gorget. Most 14th century plate cuirasses were designed to have this particular item installed around the neck. The purpose of a gorget is to cover an individuals throat and upper breastbone, serving as an armoured collar.
-Her biceps and thighs are exposed. It is absolutely vital to keep as much of the body covered as possible. There was no such thing as short sleeved plate armor in the Middle Ages, because that would have left 1/4 of your body exposed to the enemy.
-The shape of her breasts are molded on the chest plate. This is often ridiculed by most armourers. They like to call this "boob plate" armour. Boob plates only serve a stylistic purpose for high fantasy settings more than anything else. Historical armor was unisex. A man can take off his armour, give it to a woman with similar waist and shoulder measurements, and there would be no problem for her in wearing it. There is plenty of room to fit your breasts in armor, after all, historical armor was designed to be worn with 3 layers of padding underneath anyway. Their are also 2 other issues with a chest plate shaped this way. It allows thrusting weapons to slide into the cleavage valley, making it easier to pierce your chest. Also, any bulges in the armour will be much easier to dent with blunt trauma as opposed to a flat surface. When those boobs cave inside-out, it will not be pleasant.
-Judging by the thin waist line, breast molds, and lack of sleeves, leads me to believe she is wearing nothing under the armor. You are usually expected to have 3 things under plate armor. This includes a shirt, some form of mail, and a gambeson or other padded apparel underneath. This is important, as when your armor is struck, it will vibrate, and if you are not properly padded underneath, you will experience percussion shock. This can cause minor injury such as the blistering of the flesh, but can under rare circumstances damage bones and muscle tendons. The extra padding was also useful for absorbing gun fire, since plate armor was quite inefficient against bullets.
-She is also lacking sabotons. This isn't necessary for horseback riders, and it did lose popularity with the development of Munitions Armor, but most foot soldiers in full plate wore steel sabatons to cover their feet. You don't want the enemy trying to cut off your toes.
-I noticed she is left handed. Most left handed warriors would have a slightly larger pauldron on the left shoulder than the right. This wasn't absolutely necessary, but it was helpful to have, because if you were left handed, chances are that the left side of your body will be the most exposed part to the enemy, so larger armor pieces would be used for these.
-Also because she is left handed, her sword scabbard should be on her right hip. This is because most soldiers would cross their abdomen to sheath or unsheath their swords. This was especially important with longswords, as it allowed more space to move the sword out of or into the scabbard.
-The length of her sword's hilt implies that it is some sort of bidenhander, but she is holding it with one hand, and has a shield in the other. This could waste the potential her sword could really have, as she is using it improperly. The blade may not be particularly long, but what determines whether a sword is to be used one handed or two handed, often depends on the length of the hilt. Not the length of the blade or weight of the sword like fantasy games show.

I sure hope you found my critique educational. I can't wait to see your next art projects.
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
I paint fantasy art, not historical art.
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:iconxxfalconarasxx:
I wasn't criticizing historical accuracy. I was criticizing the feasibility and functionality of the design. I use "history" to name examples, because well, the most realistic armor designs tend to come from real life. After all, this is featured in the True-Armored-Women group, so I'm sure this is a valid critique. I'd be doing a disservice if I didn't point out potential issues with your art.
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
You mean the "True-Armored-Wommen" group? Well, I didn't put it there. Perhaps they need some education. Charge, crusader, charge! :)

Like I said, I paint fantasy art, not historical art. I know how medieval armor worked (I may be dumb but I'm not uneducated). I just don't care because I do not paint realistic art. I paint what I feel is fun to paint, and if I paint a gorget one day it requires me to have a special gorgety mindset.

Replicating something in art is dull. Some enjoy doing it, I sure don't.
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Daliaredocean Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this, the detail. If I might say something: I find the armor on her leg a little big and makes her leg to look too manly in comparison with her body proportions and face.
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Thanks. :)

There are many things wrong in this picture...
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S-O-G-A Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Absolutely love this one.
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Thanks. :)
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TheAmazingCactusMan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
YES! FEMALE ARMOR THAT MAKES SENSE! awesome piece.
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Thank you. :)
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HeathenFrisian Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hair in the wind = always cool!
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
:)
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Wuzimaru Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
really cool!
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Thank you. :)
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Krysnha Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
<font><font>Nice</font></font>
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Leatho-Shellhound Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is swell! Good job!
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thank you. :)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Nice
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Thanks. :)
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
No problem
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NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I always heartily approve of properly attired warrior ladies. :)
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
And I've been meaning to paint new properly clad warrioresses, but I've been lazy. :(
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Veritaserum394 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
love this pic. XD
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Thanks very much. :)
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Troileschilde Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I like it except for one thing. She's got her sword sheath like a righty but is handed out as a lefty.
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Yeah. Well, she's ambidexterous. Knows how to throw her opponents off-balance. :)
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ThaleiaFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
With a mouse? Are you freaking KIDDING me!? xD
Fantastic piece, even if it was with a tablet. Great job! ^w^
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thanks. :)

And no kidding here. Mouse is cool, but that old Paint Shop Pro 7 sucks.
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ThaleiaFantasy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Welcome. ^^
I'm not sure I even know that software. oO xD
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danceingox Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
the awesome armor on her legs o_o ... should kinda exist ^_^;
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Mastador Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Nice work, I like your painting style.
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thanks. :)
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stormelemental13 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Like the style. The sword looks.... odd, for some reason.
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
That blacksmith was a weird guy, full of creative madness... :)
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DameOdessaStock Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Just gorgeous!
I love her face and look!
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
She says "thanks". :D
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VioletDolphin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Thanks. :)
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Chris-919 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love her armour.
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Her armour says, "thanks". :)
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Chris-919 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: Seriously the picture itself is great its just the armour design gives me ideas for Skyrim stuff.
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Andared Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
This deviation is this week’s feature at :iconswordsandsorcery:
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Thank you. :)
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camname21 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Great look, I think you need to do a beefier armor piece once in a while. :)
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Thanks. :)
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Macross2020 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Artist
I love the detail on the metal as well as the color blend used to help give it a reflective quality. How long did this piece take to make?
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Thank you. :)

8-10 hours. For a mouse artist like me this is a speed paint. :D
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marcos0712 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
LOL, so that's the knight! Looks fancy!
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SirTiefling Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Funny how a speed paint gathers faves and views. :)
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool pic. Reminds me of Skyrim.
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