Cannot wait for Skyrim. Was a big fan of Oblivion (I know, I stand alone D:) and happen to fall in the love both Fallout and Eldar Scrolls series camp. A rarity by the sounds of it.
At 3/1/11 09:50 AM, sinfulwolf wrote:
I actually think it owes more of its look to Conan than Lord of the Rings. The look of the game is going for a much more Norse look, than a mostly Western European look that Lord of the Rings was aiming for. Hell Peter Jackson even said he was referencing the Romans when he designed the armour for Gondorian troops.
I can see a little Roman influence with Gondorian troops, but mostly it looks like helmets from Turkmenistan (Ancient Turkey) combined with your bog standard pikeman's plate armour from the late Medieval period.
If anything, Oblivion Legionaire's look more like Roman troops, just again with Turkmenistan helmets.
Yes, Rohan look like the Norse as well, but I still say that this looks more Conan than Lord of the Rings. Oblivion was more LOTR, Skyrim looks more Conan... with lusher environments.
Actually, the Rohirrim are heavily influenced by Saxon design, as they were in the book. It was a big think for Jackson to nail right due to the level of detail Tolkien went into with the people of Rohan. The helmet styles, especially the use of horse hair, the heavy use of green and cloth/wool clothing rather then fur and the predominant use of the spear/lance all point towards Angles and Saxons.
Vikings wore a lot more fur/leather due to the harsher conditions of their lifestyle. Leather was much better when travelling in the rough North Sea in a long boat, and fur helped protect against the cold winters of Finland and Norway.