Women’s Armor

Runequest 1st edition coverI’ve been lucky enough to have had a lot of very skilled female players over the years. Thieves, rangers, paladins, and the rest, and all needed decent armor. That was one reason I bought Runequest, because it was the first game I saw with a woman in fairly useful armor (albeit bronze age). The cover was by Luise Perrin, who I think is Steve Perrin’s wife. Here’s a photo of her from the 1968 WorldCon and one of Steve & Luise Perrin together at the same event, this time in Society for Creative Anachronism garb. The SCA experience of the RQ folks shows through in the combat system, which was for me a lot more fun than D&D’s. See more photos like this here.

Shardra the CastratorNow, as much as I prefer realistic armor for women, I’ve got to admit that as a teenager in the 70s, I leaned a lot more to the very skimpy chainmail bikinis and the like that left little to the imagination. In fact, one of my favorite NPCs was from the Arduin Grimoire (vol. 3, Runes of Doom, p. 1). She was Shardra the Castrator, and as a callow youth I enjoyed both her attire and her blood-thirsty attitude. This was back in the day when the Dragon magazine had articles on “Orgies in D&D,” so please don’t judge me too harshly.

Drew Sheneman did a series of great cartoons for the Wizards of the Coast. Of the three, I prefer the one on the right, but even that one is on really “photorealism.” See my later post for more on that.

Drew Sheneman's cartoon on female armor.

PS: I changed the name of this post from the original title, which was “Porn Armor.” That title was getting a bit too much inappropriate attention!

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About lostdelights

An old gamer flying his freak flag, I've been playing table-top role-playing games since 1978. I've been building my own system (Journeyman) since 1981.
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