Line of Sight

I made the pauldrons overly large in this strip, but looking at them now, I think it’s almost too subtle. We’re so used to giant shoulder armour, that it just doesn’t stand out. Massive ornate pauldrons have become a trope. Especially from Blizzard entertainment, with Starcraft and Warcraft. There’s a few reasons. First, because the arm has such a range of motion, shoulder armour does need to be large and loose. Second, because of angling of video games above the head and relative proportions of the characters, the most recognisable clothing pieces in a video game will be the helmet and shoulder gear. There’s also a slight sexist element: broad shoulders are considered a masculine trait, so large shoulder pauldrons are hypermasculine and suggest strength and power.