Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Choosing the Setting: Fantasy

With the rise in popularity of the dark fantasy genre, largely due to the titanic success of HBO's (Home Box Office Entertainment's) adaptation of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novel series, I thought I'd try experimenting with another visual theme for my game.

I started by drawing influences from other game series like Dragon Age and Dark Souls, but then started looking at actual medieval knight's armour for reference.

These are just some of the sketches I've done so far. The variety of real medieval armour is pretty surprising, from helmets to the styles of plate and chain mail. I think I need to explore this a lot more. Real medieval plate armour is also very non-gender-specific, this may present a great way of including some androgyny into masked characters.

Here are some cool medieval armour styles:

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