Now, in Ostara’s case it seems pretty obvious that they exposed her hips to show off a little leg - however this actually is a fairly prevalent problem with fantasy armour for men as well. 

It seems that while they’re getting used to the idea of long skirts if it’s part of a robe, many fantasy productions worry faulds will look too much like mini-skirts. 

 Take a look at Ostara’s male counterpart: Owen, does indeed seem to be missing some protection over his hips (even though he comes with a single over-done besagew)

He has wings to shield his knees and interlocking plates to protect most of his upper body but his hip region is left for his robe to spill out with no trace of any protection because well, I can only assume they didn’t want him to have a little skirt of metal plates. *

And that’s just silly, I mean check out this manliness.

Tiziano - Ritratto di Francesco Maria della Rovere,
Duca di Urbino (1536-1538)

And honestly, if they just put some faulds on they could still have the robe hanging out to give the pick some dynamic energy and not make it look like the otherwise pretty solid plate armour has a major gap in it.

- wincenworks

* And yes I have seen more than a few games refer to them as skirts and bring the unfortunate consequence of gendering the item in the view of many players.   Faulds aren’t worried about our gender, and in fact most plate armor will give the wearer an curved, hourglass figure as incidental by product of design.

(Images from the Massive Darkness Kickstarter Campaign 1, 2)


Gil-galad’s armor was similar in composition to that of all the Elves of the Second Age: a cuirass and fauld of interlocking lames of steel plate over a hauberk of fine mail, together with pauldrons and bracers. However, befitting his status as High-king, his armor was blued and etched with vinelike tracery, and the plates were embossed with tengwar symbols and included leather plates, which gave greater protection. At his throat he wore a steel collar that bore his heraldic insignia, twelve stars on a midnight-blue field. The color blue may have reflected an association with the sea; in any case, it was certainly a dye that was rare in Middle-earth, and it would have required a great deal of time and knowledge to locate enough flora or fauna with which to make it. His cloak was of a deep blue and his armor was golden, and instead of a helmet he wore a golden crown, fashioned for him by the smiths of Eregion, possibly by Celebrimbor himself, who made the Rings of Power. (X)