Not sure if you have seen this image from the upcoming Divine Power supplement. At first glance it is not a bad picture, even if she does look a bit like Anne Hathaway from The Princess Diaries.
However, when you blow things up a bit, it looks a little odd. Specifically, when you look at her waist.
Despite the anachronistic nature of this fashion statement, I think this wouldn’t bug me as much if it wasn’t supposed to be armor. Even in a fantasy world, chainmail shouldn’t act like spandex! Even worse, I can’t even conceive how low-rise plate leggings would work. To quote my man Morbo, “Platemail does not work that way!”
Granted, it is no less realistic than a chainmail bikini. I guess for me the difference is that, like it or not, the chainmail bikini has become a classic of the fantasy genre. So I tend to cut it a little slack.
On the other hand, the chainmail bodysuit and low-rise legging combo just seems like a cheap attempt to sex up the picture.
It just seems so unnecessary. I personally feel that the artist did a beautiful job at making a picture that screams cleric. She seems to be strong and in control of the situation. In fact, this picture would make a great character portrait for someone playing a female cleric.
Which is probably the root of my problem. It is so rare to find women in fantasy artwork who are not dressed in revealing clothing. This one was so close, but using the chainmail bodysuit and low-rise legging combo sex it up compromises it for me.
I’m not opposed to pictures like the Red Sonya one above. After all, Conan is just as naked and idealized in his pictures as Red Sonya is in this one. The difference is that it is relatively easy to find fantasy artwork of fully armored men or ones whose body types deviate from the heroic mold. I just wish that other options than “sexy” were available for female characters.