Tactical Ninja - Also, it looks ridiculous
Jan. 15th, 2014
09:42 am - Also, it looks ridiculous
OK, so lots of people have lots of beefs with the various changes LJ has made over the years. I've been somewhat relaxed about the whole thing. But something that's changed lately that's really getting my goat is the way the cursor defaults to the Subject box when you're typing a comment. When I open the comment page to reply to a comment (usually from my email notification), I often start typing my comment before the page is fully loaded. I get a few letters in, and suddenly my words start appearing in the Subject box. And I have to stop, delete that, and retype it in the Comment box. Given how often I type comments, I'm finding it really irritating.
Please LJ, recognise that when someone types a comment, it's only sometimes that they want to give it a subject heading. But they always want to put something in the comment box. Duh.
As most of you know, I have recently got into making armour - armour of the realistic variety, modelled from videogames. OK OK, I have got into cosplay. Yep. But so far, most of what I've made has been armour, and when I'm looking at other cosplays, I find my eye drawn to the armour.
And far too often I'm startled into either laughter or eyerolling by the way women's plate is depicted in videogames, and then built in cosplay.
Yes folks, we're talking about the dreaded Boob Plate. Don't know what I mean? Vis:
The idea that boobs each need their own cup to be built into a breastplate for women seems.. ill thought-out. As pointed out by Emily Asher-Perrin, there are several good physical reasons why doing this is a dumb idea - not least of which is that deflecting an arrow or sword-point in towards your heart instead of away towards your extremities seems a bit self-defeating. And the refutation by Larch* seems to demonstrate a lack of basic understanding of the physics of penetration (as any serious SCA armour maker will tell you, plate is not the best defence against arrows or sword points hitting dead on, and causing it to glance off is about your only hope).
But all academic arguments aside, having a breastplate that is designed to lift and separate seems to be ignoring (or perhaps ignorant of) the general behaviour of boobs. I mean sure, when I'm just hanging about, not fighting dragons, my boobs generally head in opposite directions. But they are pretty obliging when it comes to pushing them together into one easily-manipulated mass as well - as any woman who's ever wanted to make cleavage will tell you. I mean, push-up bras and corsets are both designed to take advantage of this malleability to make what amounts to a single shelf, right?
If your aim was to make a protective breastplate to go over boobs, and you wanted to do it with minimum cost and hassle and maximum protection, you'd smoosh the boobs together rather than beating the armour into the world's least comfortable fucking bra, right?
So I can only assume that the Boob Plate exists because either the developers have no experience of boobs, or they want to see them even when the owner has armour on. Because boobs are sexy. Or something.
* Although it's not explicitly stated, the XBox Live avatar and the way the author refers to women as 'females' suggests that Larch is a man.
Out of interest, here is an article about women's armour by the armourer who made the boob plate in the first pic. It's very interesting, for those who are into such things, and bears out the theory that boob plates are unrealistic and impractical, and that it's possible for women to look good in realistic armour.
Aveline Vallen (who in her starting armour looks to be about a C or D cup) dares you to tell her she's not sexy.