I noticed that someone found and liked that super old drawing I did of Melliferian “armor” and thought hey, why not draw it again, with the updated anatomy and all? Melliferian armor is really just baggy fabric to make it difficult for a stinger to find a joint to sting, the only real armor is the visor to protect the eyes.

That’s 30 under there, though it’s kind of hard to tell obviously. I figured she was the best suited to modeling it, since she’s kind of a bruiser.

Another couple Melliferian face guard concepts.

The left one uses scavanged plastic from something like a soda bottle. pros: better vision, unencumbered antennae making it easier to orient themselves in flight (that’s something bees use their antennae for) cons: plastic can be pierced, the antennae are vulnerable, may not be able to get to human garbage to find and cart home soda bottles if shit’s going down.

The right is a concept for a queen’s face plate - specifically, Blood Gold (which is why one eye has no slits). I don’t know if such a contraption would be necessary, since the queen would have a lot of workers rushing to protect her. Maybe it’s just for show.

In Eskiworks' stream the discussion turned to women in reasonable armor, and I said how I wished I had a setting that would justify designing armor, and she said, hey, what about the bees?

So here’s some Melliferian armor. Though maybe the mask is the only thing that really counts strictly as armor. Melliferians’ exoskeletons are basically already armor as it is, so about the only part of the body that benefited from something hard to protect it is their eyes. Everything else is just loose fabric.

The idea being, Melliferians primarily need to defend themselves from being stung, and the part of their bodies most vulnerable to stinging is their joints. So to preserve as much mobility as possible, they protect themselves with fabric simply to make it harder to FIND their joints, let alone get a sting through without losing purchase when the fabric moves.

The abdomen is left unadorned, as I couldn’t think of anything to protect it that wasn’t more trouble than it’s worth. It needs to have freedom of movement to sting, and the spiracles have to be uncovered so they can breathe. Which is just as well, since their abdomen plates overlap each other anyway.

The mask here would be made of propolis and the cloth of spider silk.