Moving away from the previous posts on full plate to depictions of women in chain-mail.
|Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie | Isis Mussenden | Narnia: Prince Caspian|
"My sister Susan, is no longer a friend of Narnia. She's interested in nothing nowadays except nylons and lipstick and invitations. She always was a jolly sight too keen on being grown-up."
~ C. S. Lewis, The Final Battle
The shoulderless cuirass particularly creates a quite feminine look, as does the subtle tapering of the shirt-tails. The exposure of the shoulder area also gives more movement (being an archer type, will need to raise the arm considerably above the head to gain distance), and as a trade-off some additional neck-protection has been given in the padding the collar. The tied-back hair is adequate in getting it out of the way.
|Svanhild the Sure | Tre Manor | Red Box Games|
Ok. I'm going to dive in with an immediately similar character design: Svanhild the Sure. Whilst undoubtedly a more mature lady than Susan Pevensie, Svanhild manages to be even more covered, arms in sleeves, and an additional bucker, because, you know, occasionally ranged fighters sometimes get caught up in hand to hand combat. Arguably the chest-plate might be a metal rather than a leather cuirass, but the figure-shaping concept remains, which combined with the flowing skirts and exposed hair.
This also illustrates something that might be thought of as the hero / adventurer divide. Adventurers, by their nature suffer from cold, damp, rain, and carry stuff whereas Heroes tend to just look cool. This divide between characters designed primarily for the spectacle of violence and the portrayal of real warriors goes back at least to the Roman Gladiatorial arena. But I digress, the signature fur cowl, adds another layer of protection and also stops Svanhilds hair getting trapped in the armour.
|Éowyn | Angus McBride|
McBride is being true, if rather spectacular in his interpretation of the text:
A little to the left facing them stood she whom he had called Dernhelm. But the helm of her secrecy, had fallen from her, and her bright hair, released from its bonds, gleamed with pale gold upon her shoulders. Her eyes grey as the sea were hard and fell, and yet tears were on her cheek. A sword was in her hand, and she raised her shield against the horror of her enemy's eyes.
~ J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Nonetheless, have I mentioned braids as a solution to this design problem before? I think I might have, here's some more!
|Alexander Wang | model with Scarf | image found at Forward Forward|
|Éowyn as Miranda Otto | Ngila Dickson | Return of the King|
|Henga Rolf'sDottir | Tre Manor | Red Box Games|
Another example of a full-length chainmail (ok so it's 3/4 length) Henga Rolf'sDottir from Red Box Games, wearing a chain-mail coat over a tunic with barbarian-esque fur shawl or fur-hood and cape. The belt holding in the waist and the flare of the skirts (more created by the pose than anything else) helps define the hip-to-waist ratio even if it is obscured by the pouches, dagger and tied belt.
Hey, and not a single image of Red Sonjas chainmail bikini or Morgan Ironwolf's nipples. Well done me!