How to Roleplay in the Victorian Era
The Victorian Era, named appropriately after Queen Victoria, was a British cultural period between the years 1837 and 1901, corresponding to Victoria’s life and death. This guide will help you roleplay in a Victorian setting; societal class differences, tips, and cultural values and morals will be addressed, as well as the traditions and expectations of the time, including concepts like fashion and gender roles.
This guide was written by keir-reviews. Please like or reblog if it helped you, and do not steal.
Medieval underwear for men consisted of two parts: a linen shirt (best quality linen came from Rheims, the second-best from Paris if you’re doing an IRL story) and braies (also called breeches, but breeches can also be pants … just go with braies). Braies were also made of linen and came to about knee-length. They’re sometimes secured by ties around the knees. The cord at the top of the braies was threaded through the top of the garment. The top of the braies was rolled over the cord to prevent it from cutting into the skin. They were very loose in the 1100-mid 1300s because the flowy tunics and overtunics were loose as well. The style shifted in the 1350s because of the movement towards shorter and tighter bottoms for men. The linen shirt would still be there, but the braies were now short and tight (like modern underwear), and the only fastening cord was around the waist. Underwear for women had one part that remained unchanged over the centuries: a long linen shift. That’s it. No braies for them.
It depends what kind of civilian clothes he’s wearing. If he’s wearing an arming doublet (a thick linen doublet padded with fabric, straw, or wool), then his torso is mildly protected against slashes, but not stabs. Wearing an arming doublet became vogue in the 1300s; it showed you were a fighter even when you weren’t in your suit of armor. The arming doublets worn by the nobility were embroidered with heraldic sigils, leaves, and other forms of decoration, but retained their purpose. Arming doublets were also popular among poorer knights because they were relatively cheap and easy to make. Thick winter clothes would also protect the knight from blows, but would hinder his movement. Ordinary clothes would provide very little protection. He would spend more time dodging than fighting - but this could work to his advantage. GRR Martin explores this trope when his lightly armored mercenary, Bronn, fights a knight, Sir Vardis, in full regalia. Bronn wins because he dances around Sir Vardis until the knight is too exhausted to fight.
…I have mixed feelings. On the one hand… it was amazing and I actually loved the songs, and the characters were so… I loved all of them and I actually have a Disney QUEEN I love to death, and the old guy’s dance was so… ugh. Favorite Disney movie now.
…on the other hand… Anna looks like a Disney version of my Elmira.. and acts like her… and Elsa’s personality is a mix of… UGH
Does that happen to anyone else?
LIke, do you make a character and feel all good about them and love them to death… then you find something that comes out or has been out and it’s just like….. Really? My (__) is going to come off as a knock off of (__) now, even though I made (___) look / act like this first! Or… at least I thought i did…. ah, screw it. They’re still my babeh.
Hey everyone who still watches me! *waves*
So, just letting you all know I’m working on a few other Tumblr blogs to try and reorganize myself a bit. All of my comic book work in this one, all of my sketches and rough stuff in that one, all writing / drawing resources and references in that one…. and ones that just seem to collect a mass of favorites and reblogs.
… like this.
So, just letting you know I’m still alive! I’m still working on getting things cleaned up and making actual updates! And I still regularly check on this, but I do more faving and reblogging on here it seems. I’m hoping that if I have a more organized place to put things, I’ll be more into posting new stuff and my own artwork. Deviantart is going a bit slow, unfortunately… OTL again.
I sort of taught myself how to do this by trial and error when I was making the latest page of my webcomic. I felt it might be useful to share. Thanks for looking!
More Tutorials Here
this is perfect. guys, take notes
i swear this is the most pornographic post in tumblr
Character design and drawing are tome-sized topics and even if I had all the answers (I don’t - I have a lot to learn), I’m not sure I could communicate them effectively. I’ve gathered some thoughts and ideas here, though, in case they’re helpful.
First, some general things:
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS NEAT THING OKAY?
Just to preface this, I don’t know if anyone else has posted this, so if you have, I’m sorry! I’m posting for anybody with any anxiety, stress, want to cool down from a rough day, or just need background noise to function!
This is a really neat site because you have more than one noise to choose from to listen to. If rain isn’t really your thing, they have crackling fire and breaking waves, and it’s just really relaxing. And you know what’s the coolest part about each noise? You can change the levels. You can slide and switch levels around to have the perfect amount of thunder, or light rain, or crackles in your fire, or foamy sea goodness! Each noise (to my knowledge) has 10 sliders for different sounds within said noise, so you can mix and listen for as long as you need! And if you don’t feel like mixing it yourself, there’s a neat button called “Animate” which allows the noise to evolve and change itself, so it gives it a little flavor.
It even has some that are specifically catering to mental health and sound therapy.
But really, I encourage everyone to at least try it out, it’s just super neat and it calms me down and serves as a nice low noise in the background if I need it for sleep or working on homework.
Don’t get too stressed out, my awesome fellow writers! Take some time to relax. Or use this as ambient noise while writing.