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19th Nov '16 11:15:30 AM HakkyounoTenshi
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* Somewhat more understated in Literature/TolkiensLegendarium, but still present. The armor worn by the Dwarves and Bilbo in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' is made in part or entirely of ''mithril'', with gold and gems (and in fact, ''mithril'' is widely used in ''any'' war-gear of Dwarven and even Elven make), and even the helms of the Tower Guard in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are made using ''mithril''. The armies of the Noldor in particular are noted for this (it helps that the High King at the beginnings of their trouble with Morgoth in Valinor may have been the greatest smith the world had ever known). The Rohirrim, having been inspired by the UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons, often use gold on their armor, helms, shields and sword-hilts. Gold is also used by the Southrons and Easterlings in Sauron's armies. Scabbards (such as Andúril's) and other fittings are also often fit with precious metals and gems.

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* Somewhat more understated in Literature/TolkiensLegendarium, but still present. The armor worn by the Dwarves and Bilbo in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' is made in part or entirely of ''mithril'', with gold and gems (and in fact, ''mithril'' is widely used in ''any'' war-gear of Dwarven and even Elven make), and even the helms of the Tower Guard in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are made using ''mithril''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] here since while Mythril is the rarest and most precious of metals, it's also the STRONGEST (as evidenced in in ''Literature/FellowshipOfTheRing'' when Frodo survives a blow from a cave troll with nothing more than bruises thanks to a mythirl mailshirt). The armies of the Noldor in particular are noted for this (it helps that the High King at the beginnings of their trouble with Morgoth in Valinor may have been the greatest smith the world had ever known). The Rohirrim, having been inspired by the UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons, often use gold on their armor, helms, shields and sword-hilts. Gold is also used by the Southrons and Easterlings in Sauron's armies. Scabbards (such as Andúril's) and other fittings are also often fit with precious metals and gems.
19th Nov '16 1:00:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[CadreOfForeignBodyguards Swiss mercenaries]] had a reputation so BadAss that they wore outrageously multicolored outfits to make sure everyone on the battlefield knew who they were dealing with. The German landsknechte imitated their fighting style as well as fashion sense. To this day, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Swiss_Guard-_LobozPics.jpg Swiss Guard]] wear brightly colored uniforms when performing ceremonial duties as the Papal bodyguard. Guardsmen wear more practical uniforms when they are actually working, however.

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* [[CadreOfForeignBodyguards Swiss mercenaries]] had a reputation so BadAss badass that they wore outrageously multicolored outfits to make sure everyone on the battlefield knew who they were dealing with. The German landsknechte imitated their fighting style as well as fashion sense. To this day, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Swiss_Guard-_LobozPics.jpg Swiss Guard]] wear brightly colored uniforms when performing ceremonial duties as the Papal bodyguard. Guardsmen wear more practical uniforms when they are actually working, however.
29th Oct '16 5:44:15 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=166 This]] HarkAVagrant illustrates the lack of practicality in this form of battle dress.

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* [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=166 This]] HarkAVagrant ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'' illustrates the lack of practicality in this form of battle dress.
28th Oct '16 3:53:51 AM AirofMystery
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** Most armies started UsefulNotes/WorldWarI with uniforms in colours that were meant to help the wearers to blend in with the landscape. The one notably exception was the French army, which sent it soldiers into the field in blue coats and red trousers. The armies from the British Empire wore khaki (continuous wars had made them realize that wearing bright red was a bad idea when facing accurate weapons), the Austro-Hungarian army pike grey, the US Army khaki (it had fought the Spanish-American War in tropical climates wearing blue ''wool'' uniforms, and started introducing alternate materials with khaki colour immediately after), as did Japan (it had started switching from blue to khaki before the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar and switched faster after they saw how accurate the Russian riflemen were) and Russia. The Royal Italian Army (usually plagued by incompetence among officers and {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}} but praised for their elegant dark blue uniforms, the Royal Italian Army suddenly switched the home country uniforms to their trademark grey-green after a civilian who had read about the battles of the Russo-Japanese War pointed out the blue uniforms made them easy targets and experiments confirmed it. They had previously adopted khaki for colonial service in Africa).

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** Most armies started UsefulNotes/WorldWarI with uniforms in colours that were meant to help the wearers to blend in with the landscape. The one notably exception was the French army, which sent it soldiers into the field in blue coats and red trousers. The armies from the British Empire wore khaki (continuous wars had made them realize that wearing bright red was a bad idea when facing accurate weapons), the Austro-Hungarian army pike grey, the US Army khaki (it had fought the Spanish-American War in tropical climates wearing blue ''wool'' uniforms, and started introducing alternate materials with khaki colour immediately after), as did Japan (it had started switching from blue to khaki before the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar and switched faster after they saw how accurate the Russian riflemen were) and Russia. The Royal Italian Army (usually was usually plagued by incompetence among officers and {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}} Bureaucrat}}s, but praised for their elegant dark blue uniforms, the Royal Italian Army suddenly uniforms. They quickly switched the home country uniforms to their trademark grey-green after a civilian civilian, who had read about the battles of the Russo-Japanese War War, pointed out the blue uniforms made them easy targets and experiments targets. Experiments performed by the army itself confirmed it. They (They had previously adopted khaki for colonial service in Africa).Africa.)
27th Oct '16 5:22:49 AM AirofMystery
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', The Kingsguard uniform is incredibly fancy, in striking contrast to the utilitarian armour worn by the Stark household guard. Lampshaded by Ned Stark, who comments dryly to a member of the King's Guard, "Very handsome armor. Not a scratch on it." The member, Jaime, replies equally dryly, "I know. People have been swinging at me for years and [[BadassBoast they always seem to miss]]."

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is an adaptation of the aforementioned ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', but it tones down a lot of the book's war-bling. Compare the descriptions of Tywin Lannister's armour in the novels to [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/gameofthrones/images/b/b0/Tywin_S2.png/revision/latest?cb=20120315203024 what he wears in the show]] - still elaborate, but not nearly so gaudy. The show even discusses the trope with regard to the Kingsguard uniform is incredibly uniform: it's very fancy, in striking contrast to the utilitarian armour worn by the Stark household guard. Lampshaded by Ned Stark, who comments Stark notes dryly to a member of the King's Guard, Guard: "Very handsome armor. Not a scratch on it." The member, Jaime, replies equally dryly, "I know. People have been swinging at me for years and [[BadassBoast they always seem to miss]]."
18th Oct '16 1:46:08 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'':
** Magneto's [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKTrSw5UMAEcPem.jpg Horseman armour]] is glorious, and it's certainly more awe-inspiring than his previous costumes.
** Archangel's silver-and-dark-grey armor is also marvelous to behold.

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* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Blink has the most beautiful combat uniform in the film, according to producer Lauren Schuler Donner in the "Two Worlds, Two Battles" documentary on ''The Rogue Cut''.
--->"The costume that stood out to me the most is the one that Fan Bingbing wears. That costume weighs minimum 25 pounds. [..] What Louise [Mingenbach] did was she went off to vintage stores, found beaded collars and put them all together in this amazing design, which she puts on the back of the jacket and on the epaulettes."
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''Film/XMenApocalypse'':
** *** Magneto's [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKTrSw5UMAEcPem.jpg Horseman armour]] is glorious, and it's certainly more awe-inspiring than his previous costumes.
** *** Archangel's silver-and-dark-grey armor is also marvelous to behold.
17th Oct '16 2:27:27 PM Morgenthaler
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** Goring for the record was a WW1 fighter pilot and a legitimately successful one (he was the Red Baron's squadron XO). The Luftwaffe under his command achieved several great successes. So, with the caveat, his bling would have been impressive enough had he just kept the medals he had legitimately earned, but for some reason, he went excessive.

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** Goring for the record was a WW1 UsefulNotes/WW1 fighter pilot and a legitimately successful one (he was the Red Baron's squadron XO). The Luftwaffe under his command achieved several great successes. So, with the caveat, his bling would have been impressive enough had he just kept the medals he had legitimately earned, but for some reason, he went excessive.
7th Oct '16 11:43:11 AM iowaforever
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* The new members of Oarai's Sensha-do team in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' paint their tanks in a variety of garish colors (save Miho's Panzer IV, which keeps the dark grey paint it was found in). Notable examples include Rabbit Team's [[PinkIsFeminine pink]] M3 Lee, Hippo Team's [=StuG=] III painted with a mix of red and yellow, mountains against a blue sky, historical quotes and side-mounted ''sashimonos'', and Turtle Team's [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny gold]] Pz 38(T). This especially hurts Hippo Team, as a rival Matilda II spots the [=StuG's=] ''sahsimonos'' when they try to sneak through an alleyway behind a fence and knocks them out. All the teams ditch the louder paint for more traditional greens, browns, and greys when the National Tournament begins.
2nd Oct '16 1:18:16 PM nombretomado
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* The better to go with all the GorgeousPeriodDress, some productions of ''{{Elisabeth}}'' have this for the male royalty. (Especially Takarazuka productions -- Rudolf looks alarmingly like a Disney Prince. In a good way.)

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* The better to go with all the GorgeousPeriodDress, some productions of ''{{Elisabeth}}'' ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}'' have this for the male royalty. (Especially Takarazuka productions -- Rudolf looks alarmingly like a Disney Prince. In a good way.)
21st Sep '16 4:05:49 PM nombretomado
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* Lyude from ''BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'' is an ambassador connected to the Imperial Army, so he can be somewhat forgiven for his extravagant military-esque outfit and apparently brass-plated gun-horn - although his brother and sister, actual soldiers, have no such excuse.

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* Lyude from ''BatenKaitos: ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'' is an ambassador connected to the Imperial Army, so he can be somewhat forgiven for his extravagant military-esque outfit and apparently brass-plated gun-horn - although his brother and sister, actual soldiers, have no such excuse.
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