“We’re rascals and scoundrels, we’re villains and knaves.
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.
We’re devils and black sheep, we’re really bad eggs.
Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.”
—“A Pirate’s Life for Me,” by Disney
I’ll admit that it was probably my thing for confident redheads that drew me to this pirate image by DeviantArtist Anry Nemo. I’m not actually sure what this lovely image is for, to be honest. I did a bit of poking around on Anry’s DeviantArt account as well as his CGHub profile, but couldn’t find out any information about Beatrice’s identity or purpose, as in, if she’s a game character, from some novel or other, or a commission for a patron. (If anyone can offer me more info, please feel free to do so in the comments! Thanks.)
Headband looks good, keeps the sweat out of her eyes and her hair out of the way. Love the shirt, loose for free movement and doesn’t have that frilly, low-cut bodice so popular amongst “pirate queen” Halloween costumes. (Not sure how long the shirt will stay that white after months at sea, however…) Knee-length leather jerkin helps protect our pirate lass against the bite of a rapier or cutlass—very important for boarding actions. Gloves: thick leather for swordplay as well as shipboard duties. Long, durable wool pants built for hard labor at sea (as opposed to the short-shorts and frilly miniskirts found in Halloween costumes). Boots might be my favorite aspect of the outfit, however. Hip-high leathers for protection in combat or daily, shipboard labors, but are also made from softer leather at the knees for added flexibility. Leather straps allow them to be tightened for added snugness or loosened for easy removal. But most importantly of all for the bonnie Beatrice: they’re not f***ing high-heels!
Beatrice’s accessories look good as well. Cutlass hangs from a thick baldric low on the left side for quick access with either hand. The orange sash is an interesting addition, it makes an effective place to tuck a flintlock or a knife, or could be wrapped around our pirate’s hair for additional head protection. Several pouches rest on her right hip, hanging from a second baldric. I suspect these carry coins, extra shot, or something similar. I like the padding on the right elbow as well—great additional protection for fencing and swashbuckling.
All in all, I can’t find anything not to like about Beatrice’s outfit. It’s smart, practical, and thematically appropriate (if perhaps a bit romanticized). Love the overall feel of the outfit as well as the various details. Excellent piece, Anry.