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Medieval History Youtuber Shadiversity (indirectly) Addresses the Great Sisters of Battle "Boobplate" Debate

If you've spent a decent amount of time in online discussions about Warhammer 40k, there's a reasonably high chance you've stumbled into the seemingly endless argument about the power armour of the Adepta Sororitas, the Sisters of Battle. More specifically, the contention is over the breastplate, or as it's sometimes derisively called, the "boobplate", due to having two individually molded domes on the upper chest to represent the female form. Critics of this classic look for the Nuns with Guns say it's impractical, unrealistic, or even sexist, while defenders say it fits well with the Sisters' cultural origins as a military force men are banned from joining, and is actually fairly practical, especially by medieval and sci-fi armor standards.

Recently medieval history youtuber Shad has published a video that may prove very interesting to people who are involved in, or just have a passing interest in the great boobplate debate. Shad's channel, "Shadiversity", is not a 40k channel and the video is not about Sisters of Battle specifically. Shad's channel focuses mainly on medieval castles, weapons, and armor, and their practicality, sometimes discussing fantasy tropes in the context of his practical historical knowledge. This video is very much in the same vein, with Shad focusing on "boobplate" (not referred to as such in the video) as a fantasy trend in general, whether it's practical, and whether there is any historical precedent for it. His arguments and conclusions are rather interesting.

Take particular note of what Shad says at around 11:20 about a hypothetical all female armored military force, since this fits the Sisters of Battle to a T.

Shad expanded a bit on another point that particularly relates to the Sororitas in the discussion in the comments below the video.

So the infamous "boobplate" is probably not as impractical as its detractors make it out to be. Whether it looks good or stupid is something 40k fans will probably still be arguing about forever though.

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