The age of cold weapons is long over. Firepower and aim simply beat knives and swords any time, any day. Well, unless you’re in a stealth game of some sort.
Modern day combat simply requires handguns, rifles, etc. And so does your artwork featuring a modern/futuristic warfare.
Nowadays, it’s common to hear about equal rights. Then there is the saying goes like this: “God made men, but Sam Colt made them equal.” So let’s make this about women. With guns.
Fighting with handguns
It had started with hand cannons in China. Since the world had seen wheellocks, flintlocks, and other “locks.” It continued with revolvers and derringers. Semi-automatic and machine pistols were next. And currently, we can even have 3D printed handguns.
The best part about handguns is that you can dual-wield them. It’s much cooler than practical, but nobody cares when seeing an impressive drawing.
Another thing is that handguns allow creating more dynamic poses, unlike rifles or submachineguns.
So, we got plenty of references for dual-wielding, dynamic poses, and couples with guns. The manipulation with handguns is more or less realistic. Which means that people usually don’t shoot naked or half-naked.
Fighting with rifles
The types of rifles can be divided into two categories. One is defined by the mechanism (Air gun, firearm,…), and one by the usage (military or civilian). Each category has own subcategories.
Rifles are good for long range, precision shooting. Therefore it only makes sense that you don’t need very dynamic references. Have you ever seen a sniper shooting while jumping? Neither have we.
Fighting with submachine guns
The term “submachine gun” was coined by John Thompson, the inventor of famous weapon nicknamed Tommy-gun. Among others, here belongs the famous UZI.
Handling a handgun and a submachine gun at the same time is impossible. Unless you’re only posing. But action heroes can’t be bothered by facts.