Record of the Lodoss War is another fantasy series that’s been recommended to me by various people but that I’ve never gotten around to investigating. Apparently it’s a bigger series than I thought, with manga, anime, and video-game adaptations of the Ryo Mizuno novel series. Elif’s portrait of the character Pirotess is a redesign for the Muddy Colors fantasy art collective. It’s part of a series of costume overhaul designs for various fantasy women characters.
While I don’t know much about the character, I love Elif’s snappy redesign over the lavender sexy-nurse dress from the anime. My understanding is that she’s an incredibly skilled fighter and spell-caster and a high-ranking noblewoman in dark elf society. I mean, I get that she’s an alluring villainess with a commanding presence, but leaving her heart, lungs, and other vital organs exposed in a fight displays an unfortunate lack of consideration for her own safety. While I’m not bothered by lady warriors rocking the battle-damage look, injuries that could be avoided with proper torso protection make her come across as incompetent, rather than sexy.
I suspect our villainess’s cuirass is a flexible, segmented (masterwork?) breastplate with bronze or gilded trim and embellishments. Even relatively thin steel or similar armor had effective deflection and absorption properties when well designed and constructed. The segmentation at the waist allows for a reasonable amount of dexterity in most combat situations, while the segmented tassets protect her hips from disabling blows. Stellar piece all around, Elif!
I like a well that our dark elf wears a snappy thigh-length under-tunic to keep her cuirass from chafing her hide and her skin oils from corroding the leather armor. She wears light gloves for unhindered spell-casting and swordsmanship with light bracers to protect her arms from severing blows, or for backhanding impertinent human soldiers. Pirotess’s grey tights allow for effective combat movement. Lastly, she wears light greaves over light boots for effective footing and basic leg protection in melee.
If I have an issue with Elif’s design, it’s the long, loose hair. While it’s gorgeous hair, I’d prefer it be tied back or braided to keep it out of the way better while moving around in combat. But beyond that, I love the overall design for a fighting mage or cleric.
Huge thanks to Elif for the use of her Pirotess design. As always, thanks for reading, folks! Take care and stay awesome!