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Koumori Ryodan by Forfaxia Koumori Ryodan by Forfaxia
I typically don't play up my blog much here, but about a month ago I came up with the idea of doing a weekly themed art challenge which invited artists to think of steampunk in a more global way. Thus far we've done India, the Maghreb, and now Japan. (For more info, look here: [link])

I call this girl Kaori, she's a member of the Koumori Ryodan (bat brigade) that goes on aerial missions for the Meiji government. I was looking at a large kimono one day and was inspired by modern glider suits that allow people to waft on breezes like flying squirrels. Way I figure it, the ryodan is comprised of young, unmarried women (since they're so light and most likely to keep their weight).

The helmet is a mix of WWI crash helmets and a traditional Japanese Kabuto. The mon crest on her sleeves is that of the Meiji Emperor.
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Puppetcancer Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist
"Way I figure it, the ryodan is comprised of young, unmarried women (since they're so light and most likely to keep their weight)."

I love it when folks put thought into their costume designs. :-) Not to sound negative, but it's kinda a turn-off for me when I see an awesome drawing of unique clothing, followed by me realizing that the artist put elements into the costume that made the composition of the rectangular picture look good at the expense of the functionality of the clothing. ex. Ninjas with scarves that are 15 feet long; oh THAT has to be convenient for a ninja. :-( Likewise for fantasy plate armor with shoulder pieces so elaborately huge and spiky that if the Level 285 wearer actually raised his arms to swing his +12 axe, he would poke out his eyes with his own armor. Your bat brigade outfit avoids these problems: keep up the good work. :-D
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