Archive for ‘Sci-fi archetypes’

August 18, 2011

Sci-fi Archetypes: Space Pirate

Science fiction covers such a broad range of ideas that it’s impossible to take one particular aesthetic and say it’s the defining visual for the genre. A space marine, a starship captain, an exotic alien queen (or king), a brilliant scientist, a speed-racer mechanic, a jacked-in pilot, a psionic assassin, an emotionless android: these are all commonly seen in sci-fi, and there are many more besides.

When I construct an outfit for myself I tend to plan the look around one of these archetypes, and I consider what that person/being would wear, and why. It’s the kind of speculation I most enjoy. This, hopefully, explains why I’m titling and categorising this post with “sci-fi archetypes”. I intend to add others as time and inspiration permit. Here ends the digression.

Space Pirate

The space pirate might possess her own ship, or she might be intending to liberate one from a poorly-guarded space dock. Equally, she could be the first officer on one of these vessels, and while she’s loyal to her captain she’ll take the first chance that offers of seizing control of the ship. With fifteen active warrants for her arrest in various sectors of the galaxy, she can’t afford to be tied down to anyone or anything. Her old flight jacket (evidence of a military youth?) is the only thing she has any affection for. The rest of her appearance is fluid, changing to fit in with her surroundings. A short stint at a nunnery for the child-god Thool left her with a shaved head; later, when she joined the ship Harsh Grafter, she followed local fashion and grew her hair out into a mohawk. She sleeps with one blaster under her pillow and another in her hand. She trusts no one.

Space Pirate

Space Pirate

A couple of notes about the outfit:

  • The fantastic jacket sparked off the whole thing after Disembodied Hand, owner of Defectiva (you may remember another Defectiva outfit I blogged) dropped it on me as a review copy – tremendously generous, and I hope I’ve done it justice. You have to be careful of poses/AOs with bends in the waist joint, but otherwise I find it fits remarkably well, even with my avatar’s wide hips. (It’s fully mod, incidentally.) I haven’t been able to TP to the sim today, but there’s a Marketplace shop too. As an aside, I’m really glad that Defectiva is making female outfits. I’ve long lusted over the Fortress jacket and wondered if I could make it fit me.
  • Although Insufferable Dastard remains close to my eye-loving heart, Ibanez is coming to equal it in my affections. A different style of eye, so there’s no comparing the two, but I’m impressed by the selection, the prices and the eye demos.
  • I’ve pretty much sworn off no-mod items unless I really like or trust the maker, but I haven’t found anything to visually equal the Miamai boots (if anyone knows of any other really nice non-stiletto non-Gos – I have a pair already! – white boots, do let me know). I was also happy with the customer service: my first pair had a resize HUD that didn’t want to work, but I was sent a replacement that works fine.
  • This Glam Affair skin, a limited edition, is stunning. I wish they always did a version this pale! Most “pale” skins in SL are not. It’s one of many discounted items in today’s outfit, too, so don’t miss out.

Skin: Glam Affair – Amelie (Contessa) (current The Dressing Room item)
Hair: Birth – Stream in Pearl (tinted) (current Grunge Soul Project item)
Hairbase: Raw House – Razored hairbase
Eyes: Ibanez – Soft Glow eyes in Perseus light
Lashes: Celestial Studios – Deviant (discontinued)
Eyeshadow: ROZENA – Platina eyeshadow (pink) (current Platinum hunt item)
Lips: KOSH – Glossy Lips (raspberry)
Jacket: Defectiva – Vintage Error (coal/silver) *
Top: BOOM – Aruba top (snow)
Gloves: GRAVES – Jinx
Trousers: Kyoot – Eibo trousers (white/pink) (old Seasons hunt item)
Gun: Bloody Mess – Tactical Upper Leg Holster with Prop Sci-Fi Laser/Blaster Gun
Boots: Miamai – Legacy Boots female (white)
Poses: Glitterati

* Review copy