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What is it about capes that make capes so awesome?

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Dark Souls 2 has some pretty cool fantasy designs:

 

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I love it. You don't need spikes and overisized shoulderpads to look cool!

 

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Whos's artist?

 

Jaime Jones, you can see his other works here: http://jaime.cghub.com/.

 

And since we're in the cape business:

 

 

 

 

Sweet. I really like the Destiny artwork and now I finally know who did it. Thanks.

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Dark Souls has always had amazing designs. Truly fantastic. 

 

Indeed! Here's another shot:

 

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Sweet. I really like the Destiny artwork and now I finally know who did it. Thanks.

 

You're welcome! :)

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What is it about capes that make capes so awesome?

They (and cloaks) flow with movement and the wind and create an element of elegance that we've long since abandoned. Stylish trench coats are our modern substitute, but I have to say that they fall a bit short of the mark despite their superior practicality.

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I recently realised some issue I have with fantasy armours, even the better looking ones. Let me ilustrate it first:

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So, why do designers keep making the characters look like they're wearing Etnies skate shoes? I understand that wide feet and ankles give the character more visual stability, but it's just moronic - every example of fencing manual states that you shouldn't have the feeling of the ground on which you're steping obstructed. Modern reenactors and fencers say that your fencing shoes should be light and delicate. So, just, why?

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No crossguard or quillons on the sword either, combined with the lack of gauntlets I hope the young lady isn't too fond of her fingers. Very much style over substance there.

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It's time to inject some Warhammer into the topic! This particular design would work quite well for PoE's rogues, I reckon.

 

As always, I feel that going for such highly detailed and ornamental look is far superior to the latest trend of just making everything bigger, more spiky and flashy.

 

The saber is a neat touch.

 

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No crossguard or quillons on the sword either, combined with the lack of gauntlets I hope the young lady isn't too fond of her fingers. Very much style over substance there.

 

That's a bit harsh. It's not like european longswods are the ultimate template of what a sword should look like. The form reminds me of certain chinese swords. You know what? As mysterious as the area above the handle is, I'm sure it has a magical function and I like it. The basic fuller almost doesn't fit with the rest of the sword, but it still works. The proportions are especially fine for a fantasy sword of this kind.

It's still very heavy looking, but not so that it breaks immersion.

 

The armour is a mixed bag. It's well painted and I love the decoration, but the basic shapes are all over the place. Especially the greaves/boots, yes. This is done, as mentioned, to ground characters, to give weight to their lower half. (as characters with small feet tend to look unbalanced and comical) Just look at various space marines and japanese mecha. Same thing.

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I love the Warhammer / Inquisitor aesthetic. It suits the PoE time-frame / Renaissance vibe too.

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Never mind that woman's armor...much as I love capes/cloaks and such, I'd guess that much flapping cloth during a major sword fight on a windy day might be a bit of a ... hindrance? Maybe it's just her ceremonial drape. :)


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Never mind that woman's armor...much as I love capes/cloaks and such, I'd guess that much flapping cloth during a major sword fight on a windy day might be a bit of a ... hindrance? Maybe it's just her ceremonial drape. :)

 

That much flapping cloth anytime would serve as a shroud for anyone foolish enough to wear it.  I certainly enjoy capes and cloaks, but that's a bit much. :blink:


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Never mind that woman's armor...much as I love capes/cloaks and such, I'd guess that much flapping cloth during a major sword fight on a windy day might be a bit of a ... hindrance? Maybe it's just her ceremonial drape. :)

 

That much flapping cloth anytime would serve as a shroud for anyone foolish enough to wear it.  I certainly enjoy capes and cloaks, but that's a bit much. :blink:

 

Maybe it's a defensive strategy, called "where is my body actually located? *smirk*" :)

 

Maybe it's only for use on really windy battlefields. Instead of finding the high ground, you find the up-wind ground, and your opponent has to deal with tangles and billows of cloth in his face. *shrug*


Should we not start with some Ipelagos, or at least some Greater Ipelagos, before tackling a named Arch Ipelago? 6_u

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Never mind that woman's armor...much as I love capes/cloaks and such, I'd guess that much flapping cloth during a major sword fight on a windy day might be a bit of a ... hindrance? Maybe it's just her ceremonial drape. :)

 

That much flapping cloth anytime would serve as a shroud for anyone foolish enough to wear it.  I certainly enjoy capes and cloaks, but that's a bit much. :blink:

 

Maybe it's a defensive strategy, called "where is my body actually located? *smirk*" :)

 

Maybe it's only for use on really windy battlefields. Instead of finding the high ground, you find the up-wind ground, and your opponent has to deal with tangles and billows of cloth in his face. *shrug*

 

People actually used their cloaks as fencing implements (weapon catching tool, extra padding for the off hand or just a distraction). There's even scene of a duel with the use of a skirt in that manner in the original Wiedźmin (the Witcher) short stories.

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People actually used their cloaks as fencing implements (weapon catching tool, extra padding for the off hand or just a distraction). There's even scene of a duel with the use of a skirt in that manner in the original Wiedźmin (the Witcher) short stories.

True enough, but if you have enough fabric draped from your shoulders to go parasailing, you've overdone it. :p

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People actually used their cloaks as fencing implements (weapon catching tool, extra padding for the off hand or just a distraction). There's even scene of a duel with the use of a skirt in that manner in the original Wiedźmin (the Witcher) short stories.

True enough, but if you have enough fabric draped from your shoulders to go parasailing, you've overdone it. :p

I mean, I'm not even that much into this particular design. Elspeth was just the first on my mind to ilustrate the heavy feet problem.

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We've mentioned capes, cloaks and trenchcoats, but how about surcoats?

 

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Or, for maximum cool factor, a surcoat and a cloak:

 

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Would love to see this second design in PoE - which brings us to a point...Will PoE have layered armour? Probably not, but has it been mentioned before perhaps?

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