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Females finally get their chance to fight on the front line with the Imperial Guard


Women have traditionally been handled poorly when it comes to portraying them as warriors. No matter the artist, the game, the TV programme there is a problem and the problem is, that they all have tits. Not demure boobs, big strapping tits. Even when they’re wearing armour. That, or they have amazingly toned stomachs bared for all to see and slash, stab and gut. I won’t bore you with details on how the boobs in armour defeat the purpose of armour and create massive weak points that any trained soldier would be more than happy to exploit in the visceral sense.

Take example one below. It’s a bikini. She must be extremely good with a sword.

Again, absolutely no protection.

It is a bikini?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The point of this armour is quite simply beyond me.

The point of this armour is quite simply beyond me.

This armour is even worse. It’s probably some sort of spell caster dominatrix. Either way it’s shit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still with the boobs and midriff.

Still with the boobs and midriff.

Even when the armour is reasonable, there are still boobs and midriff (look carefully). Utterly, utterly pointless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High heels? Really?

High heels? Really?

Some even have high heels. And boobs. These are the Adeptus Sororitas, as produced by Games Workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For years players of Warhammer 40K have been asking for female figures to be produced. For years there has been absolutely no response from Games Workshop on this. The biggest games company (actually they claim they’re model makers now), refused to produce female figures that weren’t the Adeptus Soriritas (try saying that fast when drunk). However, as the title of this blog suggests, women warriors are finally getting their chance to fight on the front line with the Imperial Guard in armour that doesn’t feature any sexy bits at all. And yet the models still look amazingly cool.Victoria Miniatures has produced what they call ‘Arcadians’.

Not only are they cool, they are beautifully sculpted and capture the strength of women warriors perfectly. Hopefully this will herald a change in wargaming for the good and see other companies producing figures that actually do women warriors justice, rather than giving people something to wank about.

It does beg the question. If a company as small as Victoria Miniatures can produce such high-quality miniatures, why can’t the bigger companies? As my eight year-old daughter just said, “That is a bit shameful.”

Victorias Miniatures win. Hands down win.

Victorias Miniatures win. Hands down win.

 

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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3 thoughts on “Females finally get their chance to fight on the front line with the Imperial Guard

  1. I wouldn’t really use the Sororitas as an example- the Space Marines are pretty hyper-BS too with a lot of their armor designs, which is ultimately the point. I mean sure we can argue the whole male marketing thing all day but, at the end of the day, everyone except the Imperial Guard are ridiculously over the top with their designs and stuff. Which.. Is part of why I play Guard. That and because they are Joe and Jane Average Human Soldier (professional or otherwise) in a universe of ludicrous BS. That said, yaaay female IG! I like ethnic and gender diversity in an army that is supposed to be literal untold billions strong from a million worlds.

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    Posted by Reverend Catharsis | March 17, 2016, 10:22 am
  2. Addendum: if we’re gonna complain about the Adepta Sororitas, let’s complain about the freakin Repentia. Christ what a stupid and absurd thing… Even if they DO get Eviscerators.

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    Posted by Reverend Catharsis | March 17, 2016, 10:25 am

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