Armor designs for Reality Blurs "Iron Dynasty" RPG setting.
Unlike the weapons, I was allowed a lot more freedom to make up these armor designs, though I still needed to base them on historical precedents whenever possible. Each design is wrapped around an invisible figure in order to maintain a focus on the armor rather than the character wearing it. There's a lot of details in there, you'll want to check out the full-size Download version to see them all.
Each armor follows a theme in its construction and appearance. Some of them are more fantastic than others, but in all cases I tried to keep it grounded in some sense of realism.
A) Ceramic armor, glazed and fired clay that's surprisingly light and strong, with an almost glass-like finish.
B) Iron armor. Got a definite karasu/tengu theme going on there. Incorporates small bones as a decorative accent.
C) Studded and interlaced leather, accented and backed by coarsely woven cloth.
You might note that some of the designs carry weapons. I based the proportions of those weapons on those on the Weapons sheet
, but I never repeated the details. It's too much fun to make up new ones.
All drawn in Manga Studio EX v.3
©2010 Reality Blurs/Ben McSweeney