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12th Oct '17 11:52:00 AM BeerBaron
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*** Umaril the Unfeathered, the BigBad of the ''Knights of the Nine'' expansion, is outfitted entirely in golden armor.
10th Oct '17 10:10:36 AM BeerBaron
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' greatly tones down the Imperial Legion uniforms, but many others get a serious bling upgrade. Some of the city guard outfits in particular are quite eye catching, such as Bruma's bright yellow. The leader of the Watch Captains in the Imperial City, [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:OB-npc-Hieronymus_Lex.jpg Hieronymus Lex]], takes this trope to an extreme.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' Oblivion]]''
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greatly tones down the Imperial Legion uniforms, but many others get a serious bling upgrade. Some of the city guard outfits in particular are quite eye catching, such as Bruma's bright yellow. The leader of the Watch Captains in the Imperial City, [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:OB-npc-Hieronymus_Lex.jpg Hieronymus Lex]], takes this trope to an extreme. [[spoiler:Martin wears it during the siege of Bruma]].
*** The Armor of [[GodEmperor Tiber Septim]], acquired during the main quest, is an [[http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Armor_of_Tiber_Septim extremely blingy]] gold and silver armor set loosely resembling Roman armor.
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* In ''Roleplay/IliadQuest'', Palamedes demonstrates a quite literal example in the form of defensive serpents made from his material wealth.
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29th Sep '17 12:33:23 AM bfunc
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*** Lampshaded when she's having it made. The smith making it is utterly dismissive of Ce'Nedra's request for fancy armor (and particularly of her desire to have the bust "augmented" a bit), until she tells him to look at her, and asks if he thinks that she, in the best, most practical armor he could make, would last even seconds in a fight with an enemy warrior. Effectiveness in combat is ''not'' what she's concerned with.
28th Sep '17 2:24:19 PM Whitewings
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* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft justifies this, to an extent, with the [[PowerCrystal gems]] and [[PowerGlows glowy enchantments]] that both add bling and magically increase an item's power."Assault on the Broken Shore," the first quest that involves joint Alliance-Horde operations lampshades it: "You think a few mortals with gaudy weapons can stop us?"

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* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft justifies this, to an extent, with the [[PowerCrystal gems]] and [[PowerGlows glowy enchantments]] that both add bling and magically increase an item's power.power.
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"Assault on the Broken Shore," the first quest that involves joint Alliance-Horde operations lampshades it: "You think a few mortals with gaudy weapons can stop us?"
6th Sep '17 11:47:20 AM BeerBaron
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** Similarly, this is the case for the Aurorans, another form of lesser Daedra who serve [[FallenAngel Meridia]]. They are fully encased in golden armor.
6th Sep '17 8:04:10 AM BeerBaron
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** Each [[OurElvesAreDifferent race of Mer (Elves)]] has a recurring iconic armor that fits throughout the series. The Altmer (High Elves) are associated with the golden "Elven Armor." The Dunmer (Dark Elves) have two: dark purple/gray ebony armor (primarily mined around Red Mountain in their homeland) and the fluorescent green [[NonIndicativeName glass armor]]. "Dwarven" armor (originally worn by the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer or "Deep Elves"]]) is bronze/gold in color. The ancient Falmer (Snow Elves) worse platinum colored armor. The Orsimer ([[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]]) are masters at crafting with Orichalcum, which, while a dull gray in color, they craft into intimidating looking heavy armor. The Bosmer avert it by specializing in light armor (leathers, furs, etc.) or no armor at all.

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** Each [[OurElvesAreDifferent race of Mer (Elves)]] has a recurring iconic armor that fits throughout the series. The Altmer (High Elves) are associated with the golden "Elven Armor." The Dunmer (Dark Elves) have two: dark purple/gray ebony armor (primarily mined around Red Mountain in their homeland) and the fluorescent green [[NonIndicativeName glass armor]]. "Dwarven" armor (originally worn by the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer or "Deep Elves"]]) is bronze/gold in color. The ancient Falmer (Snow Elves) worse wore platinum colored armor. The Orsimer ([[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]]) are masters at crafting with Orichalcum, which, while a dull gray in color, they craft into intimidating looking heavy armor. The Bosmer avert it by specializing in light armor (leathers, furs, etc.) or no armor at all.
** Throughout the series, this is the case for the Aureals (aka Golden Saints), a form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] in service to [[MadGod Sheogorath]]. They are constantly outfitted in golden armor, often with golden weapons and shields as well.
2nd Sep '17 8:22:12 PM karategal
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* In the age of "gentlemanly" warfare, bright uniforms were used to actually help soldiers stand out amid all the smoke (it wasn't until just over a century ago that smokeless gunpowder was invented). This was actually a morale booster, as soldiers were assured that their fellows were still around amid the chaos. Blingy uniforms could also help to show troops, subordinate officers and couriers where the commanders were to aid in battlefield communication.

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* In the age of "gentlemanly" warfare, bright uniforms were used to actually help soldiers stand out amid all the smoke (it wasn't until just over a century ago that smokeless gunpowder was invented). This was actually a morale booster, as soldiers were assured that their fellows were still around amid the chaos. Blingy uniforms could also help to show troops, subordinate officers officers, and couriers where the commanders were to aid in battlefield communication.



* Some old-school French units would take their full-dress uniforms into the field in order to put them on (white gloves and all) on the day of a battle. This was most notably the case with Napoleon's Old Guard. Also, some commanders would put on extremely fancy uniforms and often dress their aides-de-camp in specially designed ones. Joachim Murat, one of Napoleon's marshals and king of Naples, was famous for gaudy, brightly coloured get-ups which to some seemed more appropriate for an opera production than the battlefield. With all that bling among his marshals and generals, the best way for Napoleon to stand out was to dress very plainly, usually in an undecorated bicorne hat, an undress uniform and over that a simple grey greatcoat.

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* Some old-school French units would take their full-dress uniforms into the field in order to put them on (white gloves and all) on the day of a battle. This was most notably the case with Napoleon's Old Guard. Also, some commanders would put on extremely fancy uniforms and often dress their aides-de-camp in specially designed ones. Joachim Murat, one of Napoleon's marshals and king of Naples, was famous for gaudy, brightly coloured get-ups which to some seemed more appropriate for an opera production than the battlefield. With all that bling among his marshals and generals, the best way for Napoleon to stand out was to dress very plainly, usually in an undecorated bicorne hat, an undress uniform uniform, and over that a simple grey greatcoat.



* Apart from their winged hussars, Polish-Lithuanian nobility, who claimed a descent from the ancient Sarmatians, also liked a good scale armour. It was more expensive, heavier, and offered worse protection than regular armour, so it was good only for parades - but it just looked ''so Sarmatian''.

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* Apart from their winged hussars, Polish-Lithuanian nobility, who claimed a descent from the ancient Sarmatians, also liked a good scale armour. It was more expensive, heavier, and offered worse protection than regular armour, so it was good only for parades - -- but it just looked ''so Sarmatian''.



** The Landsknechte generally tended to exaggerate and embellish their uniforms even more than the Swiss, with massive puffed and slashed sleeves and huge feathered hats becoming common. Landsknechte were generally mercenaries of very low social standing, and their costume was at once an advertisement of how wealthy and successful they had become to prospective employers and two fingers up to the more restrained sartorial tastes of most Europeans of the day. It was deliberately intended to be shocking, garish and outrageous to show how little the Landsknecht cared about social conventions - often to the point of oversized phallic codpieces. Given that they were generally wandering soldiers of fortune, rarely had dependents to support and might die at any time, elaborate clothing was one of the few status symbols they could reliably spend any money they had left over from drinking and whoring on.

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** The Landsknechte generally tended to exaggerate and embellish their uniforms even more than the Swiss, with massive puffed and slashed sleeves and huge feathered hats becoming common. Landsknechte were generally mercenaries of very low social standing, and their costume was at once an advertisement of how wealthy and successful they had become to prospective employers and two fingers up to the more restrained sartorial tastes of most Europeans of the day. It was deliberately intended to be shocking, garish garish, and outrageous to show how little the Landsknecht cared about social conventions - -- often to the point of oversized phallic codpieces. Given that they were generally wandering soldiers of fortune, rarely had dependents to support support, and might die at any time, elaborate clothing was one of the few status symbols they could reliably spend any money they had left over from drinking and whoring on.



** Dress uniforms, especially that famous black SS uniforms with lots of leather and silver braid -- yes. But common ''feldgrau'' was usually as ill-fitting, baggy, stained, torn and generally unappealing as most combat fatigues in the world.

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** Dress uniforms, especially that famous black SS uniforms with lots of leather and silver braid -- yes. But common ''feldgrau'' was usually as ill-fitting, baggy, stained, torn torn, and generally unappealing as most combat fatigues in the world.



* General Winfield Scott ("Old Fuss And Feathers") lost the Whig nomination for President to UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor ("Old Rough And Ready") due to an image problem related (in part) to the care taken with his uniform. In fact his clothing alone took up six horse-drawn carriages. General UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant, on the other hand, took to the field with the clothes on his back, a hairbrush and a toothbrush.

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* General Winfield Scott ("Old Fuss And Feathers") lost the Whig nomination for President to UsefulNotes/ZacharyTaylor ("Old Rough And Ready") due to an image problem related (in part) to the care taken with his uniform. In fact fact, his clothing alone took up six horse-drawn carriages. General UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant, on the other hand, took to the field with the clothes on his back, a hairbrush hairbrush, and a toothbrush.



* The Australians in WWII, unable to afford more than one type, also used a single uniform for all occasions - combat, sleeping, formal wear, everything. This led to annoyance when Americans in prettier leave-uniforms got all the girls.

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* The Australians in WWII, unable to afford more than one type, also used a single uniform for all occasions - -- combat, sleeping, formal wear, everything. This led to annoyance when Americans in prettier leave-uniforms got all the girls.
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