On Women in Armor (again)

female knight at tourneyOk, I was looking through my Porn Armor post and decided I wasn’t really on target. First, the photo at the left is of a female knight at medieval tourney. Could you tell if she was a woman? Nope. I loved Drew Sheneman‘s original cartoon about female armor, but the woman below that I’ve described as “High Fantasy” was described as “Photorealism” by the original artist, but it’s not. All four images on the left use comic book standards for figure size and scale, as you can tell by comparing the actual female at the far right, who is a black and white adaptation from a photo by Isabellaevangelista. As I was searching for appropriate images, I discovered that there’s also a blog by a female fighter in the S.C.A. at Gunnvor’s SCA Fighting Blog. There’s other images at Women’s Armour. Finally, there’s some great SCA photos that I stumbled across at Keradwc’s Koans.

5 categories for female medieval armor


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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3 Responses to On Women in Armor (again)

  1. Catsincages says:

    Sorry but ‘Reality Land’ should feature a picture of a man.

    • lostdelights says:

      You are right that men are more likely to be the warriors, but for those women who do fight, they look more like “reality land” than otherwise. Ok?

    • lostdelights says:

      While most armored warriors were men, not all were. Even in societies where women weren’t supposed to go to war, some did, and some went disguised as men and did well. I should mention that I used to coach taekwondo, and that back in 1992 I ran a tournament where men and women were not separated by division. Women had better flexibility and stronger legs pound for pound, as long as they were fit, and the tournament worked well. I got the impression then that men might have quicker responses, but the matches were fairly even. If punches had been more important (as with boxing or kickboxing), most women would be at a definite disadvantage against men of the same weight and training level.

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