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  1. New Rat Queens Artist Stjepan Šejić Explains The Science Of Female Fantasy Armor

    Ah, those skimpy outfits make perfect sense now!

    Armor for women in fantasy and comic book settings is either dangerously impractical or just entirely nonsensical. Or is it? Rat Queens' new artist, Stjepan Šejić, thinks he knows the secret, and wants to share it with all you clueless dudes out there.

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  2. Game of Thrones Costumer: Nipple Armor Was an Accident

    Just a nip—I mean slip up.

    When leaked pictures of Game of Thrones' infamous Sand Snakes surfaced, we were shocked and aghast to see that not only did they have a separate indentation for each boob, they also appeared to have the most dreaded of armor ornamentation: nipples. Costume designer Michele Clapton wants everybody to know that those nipples were a big shock to her as well.

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  3. PSA: This Is A Guinea Pig Wearing Leather Steampunk Wings

    Does the President know about this?

    It's been a difficult week in a cruel, cold world but know this: life has its ups, life has its downs, life has a guinea pig named Pulguinha wearing tiny, possibly-articulated leather steampunk wings.

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  4. Valkyrie Needs Food Badly: New Gauntlet Video Game On The Way [TRAILER]

    old gods do new jobs

    I'm pretty sure 1985's Gauntlet introduced me to the concept of a Valkyrie so you can bet I'm excited for this revamp of the classic. Arrowhead Game Studios are developing the game which will be a top-down co-op action RPG for PCs (with Steam integration). And your favorite characters will be back. According to the release, "Each character has its own unique strengths and weaknesses. For example, the Warrior does the most damage in melee combat, the Wizard has the most powerful magic, the Valkyrie has the most armor and the Elf moves the fastest." "Valkyrie has the most armor" - music to my ears. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Veronica Mars Marshmallows

    Things We Saw Today

    Yes, I very, very, very much need these Veronica Mars marshmallows from Cakes Cove in my life to munch on while I do my rewatch. (via That's Nerdalicious)

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  6. Mew-Mew the Brave Will Protect Your Castle In Cat Armor

    We Can Cause More Damage That Way

    Etsy user schnabuble has some pretty interesting things for sale in their shop but perhaps none more so than this - Cat Battle Armor. They write, "100% wearable, flexible, and comfortable, the Cat Battle Armor is a for-reals armor harness for your kitty. Completely hand-made from durable veg-tan leather, this is no mere costume piece. Your cat will become an unstoppable force for slaughter in this fully articulated suit, shielding him/her from foes while allowing unimpeded movement across the battlefield or living room floor." At first I was like, "I'll take 2!" And then I saw it was $500 and remembered my cats would murder me in my sleep if I tried. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  7. This Woman Makes Leather Armor You’ll Want To Wear Every Day

    This Exists... Because of A Lady

    This 26-year-old, self-taught artist from France is making the armor of your fantasies. Or should I say, fantasy armor. Deakath makes items for herself and her husband out of vegetable-tanned leather to go LARP in. More amazing? She only started working with armor in April of 2012.

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  8. Real Life Iron Man Armor Commissioned by US Military

    Because people don't already have enough trouble distinguishing reality and fiction.

    The US military has gotten it in their heads that the best way to support our troops would be to allow them to walk through a hail of bullets like Iron Man. We couldn't agree more.

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  9. Armored Lady of the Day: Samantha Swords

    i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you

    The Adventure Time nerd in me is asking whether Samantha Swords (her stage name) is related to Susan Strong, the D&D playing part of me is shushing it so that we don't piss off the 2013 winner of the long sword event in the Harcourt Park World Invitational Jousting Tournament. Samantha also designs her own swords. You can watch an interview with her at Fashionably Geek. Previously in Armor

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  10. Guess How Much That Guinea Pig Armor’s Going for Now

    Littlest jet ski not included.

    There's six hours left to place your bid on this astounding guinea pig armor -- guess how much you'd have to spend to make your pig's dream of chivalrous destiny a reality? Hint: You could probably also buy a person-sized jet ski with the same amount of money.

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  11. Protect Your Guinea Pig With This Set of Scale Armor

    Does your guinea pig fight dragons? Would you like it to be equipped to do so? If yes, then have we got the armor for you.

    Crime. Terrorism. Nuclear war. Cats. There are a lot of things to be scared of in today's world, especially if you're a guinea pig. If you're a pet owner who wants to keep their guinea pig about as safe as any guinea pig has ever been, you might want to consider a set of guinea pig scale mail armor, available right now for purchase on eBay. Redwall historical recreationists may want to take note and start polishing their tiny halberds.

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  12. It’s Time for a Serious Discussion About Boob Plate Armor

    Women warriors tend to have it pretty rough when it comes to armor selection. If one is looking for a metal protective suit that offers more in the way of protection than the dubious security, and comfort, of the chain mail bikini, then options are limited and the available breastplates tend to be...well, pretty literal. And they may be even less safe than they seem. blogger Emily Asher-Perrin offered a great critique of why "boob plate armor" would be an unwise order from your local blacksmith, and the matter deserves a moment of your time.

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  13. First Look At Man of Steel Villain Faora and Her Full Suit of Armor

    Faster than a speeding bullet!

    The last time we got a good look at Antje Traue's full costume in Man of Steel it was on an action figure. And the other day we got a tiny look at the top of this picture and some kind of weird Kryptonian head-hologram. But here's Traue in Faora's lovely full suit of armor. Previously in Man of Steel

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  14. Things We Saw Today: Princess Bubblegum Does Science

    Things We Saw Today had revealed a slew of new women's t-shirts on their site including this one of Princess Bubblegum (also available in black and navy) from Adventure Time (coming to Netflix soon!). 

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  15. First Female-Specific Body Armor Ships Out To Afghanistan

    Today in Boobs

    It's safe to say, having body armor that doesn't fit correctly is almost no armor at all. That's why we've been following the development of body armor for women in the armed forces so closely. Previously, the armor was in a prototype stage and being worn by the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It turns out, the women of the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division are being deployed to Afghanistan soon and when they do, they'll be wearing armor that fits.

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  16. Very Detailed, Expensive Custom Mass Effect Armor

    If you're all done with Mass Effect 3 and there simply isn't enough of it in your life, and if you also happen to have a lot of disposable money, you could buy a set of incredibly detailed N7 armor and wear it around. To the gym, to work, to the grocery store -- there's virtually no place a full set of real-life armor based on a sci-fi video game won't inspire awe. The set is extremely impressive, make sure to head on past the break for details.

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  17. U.S. Military Develops Xena-Inspired Armor For Women


    Here at The Mary Sue, we're no stranger to the problem of armoring women for battle -- in pop culture, we're half-naked and totally unsuited for combat, and in real life, our armor doesn't even fit and we're totally unsuited for combat. What's a lady soldier to do? Take a cue from Xena: Warrior Princess, apparently.

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  18. For Anyone Still Wondering, Yes, Women Can Wear Full Armor, Too


    If you go to the “Female Armor” page on the WoW Wiki, you’ll find a very silly statement. To quote:
    Female armor tends to cover less than does male armor. Though there are many people who see this as mere fanservice, there are real, practical reasons behind it. First, females are statistically less muscular than males, and depend more on agility and cunning than raw strength in combat, thus lightweight armor makes more sense.
    Now, the WoW Wiki knows that this argument is silly. It's part of a series of satirical articles and says “This is a silly article” at the top. That got a smirk out of me when I saw it, but it also reminded me of the times that I’ve come across people actually trying to use this argument in a non-silly way. It comes up as a justification for why female characters shouldn’t get full armor or big weapons, or even as a counter-argument to those of us who would like to see more equal treatment for female player characters (and NPCs, too). To portray anything otherwise, these people say, is unrealistic. Rather than dismissing this offhand, I'd like to take this opportunity to break down why this rationale doesn't fly. It's time to put a few dents in that idea's armor. Unravel a few threads. Cut a few holes in the -- okay, okay, I'll stop.

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  19. A Glimpse Into the Armor-Making Process on Game of Thrones [Video]

    Winter Is Coming

    So, it's Saturday morning, and you're probably wearing something soft and cozy, or at least something that merely serves to dress you in a leisurely style that also won't deeply offend others. (I can smell your Snuggie from here, Snuggie-wearer.) But let's take a look at the polar opposite of that kind of garb and look at a new production video just released by HBO, all about what goes into the armor worn by its characters. In this case, Renly Baratheon.

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  20. BREAKING: Suits of Armor are Heavy, Cumbersome

    Educated Guess

    Imagine running on a treadmill. You got that in your head? It's might not be uncomfortable, but it's no sitting in a chair, right? Now imagine yourself running on a treadmill, only you're wearing a suit of armor. It's probably a bit more than uncomfortable at this point, right? Well according to science!, the answer is yes, to the point that the weight of said suits may have affected the outcome of some of history's famous battles. Monitoring volunteers fitted with 15th century armor as they ran on a treadmill, they found that (shocking!) those who ran while wearing the armor used a greater amount of energy, with side effects like restricted breathing and immense amount of pressure on the legs. And they were asking medieval war re-enactors, who were already practiced in the art of pulling off a suit of armor.

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