Wildbreath had a good idea on the oUF_Ascii front. To stay in theme I could do sth like this:
Basically you use specific character signs to fake a statusbar and with colors you can actually trick the eye.
Plus fonts have an easy time doing outline/backdrops.
Result (upper half is normal font-weight, lower half used bold):
So it actually does work and looks pretty good aswell.
Font used is Courier New. Font has to be monospace.
You can make some really impressive looking statusbars that way.
Additionally we have this little thing right here:
So one can actually adjust the space between each sign easily.
A font test can be done here: