Greetings all & welcome to the 2019 Fembruary round up. Also, it’s International Women’s Day, and in the UK it is also Women’s History Month, so it’s an auspicious time to showcase the ever-growing range of excellent female miniatures in our hobby. As with last year, this post will mostly be presenting the work of other excellent hobbyists, showcasing their contributions to my Fembruary challenge. Again, like last year, I am going choose my personal favourite Fembruary entry, and award it the virtual high-fives and hobby kudos that I think it deserves.
Before we get into that, I feel that I need to address a contradiction between this year and last… In 2018 I got on a bit of a rant about the portrayals of femininity in the hobby, pointing out that GW’s (then) latest releases for the Daughters of Khaine can’t dress themselves fully, and holding that up as an example of the lack of plausible representations of females in the hobby… It is with some sense of irony that my own entry for this year is Daughters of Khaine! Oh, the hypocrisy… But don’t judge me too harshly dear reader – my feelings about gender representation in our hobby remain unchanged. DoK was chosen for me for the AoS Warband challenge, and while I probably wouldn’t choose them for myself, I saw this as an opportunity to try and represent them a little differently & avoid the sexualised look that seems to be the norm for these killers. Instead I went for a real high fantasy/mythological vibe which, I hope, absolves me from being a hypocritical twit.
Right… let’s look at some pics shall we?! Massive thanks to everyone who took part & contributed. I counted 13 bloggers (including myself) who got on board, with (I think) 49 completed minis submitted! Please don’t be offended if I missed anything – it’s quite a challenge to curate a post like this! If I did miss anything, just pop a comment & link in the comments and I’ll rectify the situation. All the pictures here are totally stolen, but are credited & linked, so in no particular order:
Luke @ Imperial Rebel Ork completed another incredible diorama for us this year – this time a post-apocalyptic tribute to his own daughters, (who sound like awesome kids btw!) Check this out:
Marvin @ Suburban Militarism came in with two entries for us – a fantastic unit of WRENS on parade, and a pair of tough-as-leather snipers:
Mark @ Heresy of us gave us this creepy Shepherdess – all the more impressive because he designed and 3D printed the figure! I love the way Mark paints, and his vision of grim-dark futures is superb. I urge you to check out his blog & store:
The Argent Badger @ The Bovine Overlord submitted a lethally poised Druze shock-team for his ever growing Infinity force, plus a formidable unit of DoK Blood Stalkers! I love the toxic green he uses on the snake bodies:
Thomas @ High Times on the Eastern Fringe got onboard again with another Drukhari – this time, it’s Excrucia Wysp – a beautifully realised, (and particularly dangerous looking), Reaver of the Blood Viziers:
The Imperfect Modeller joined in the fun this year, and presented half a dozen superb fantasy minis from Hasslefree. I love a bit of sword’n’sorcery, and I love how TIM paints, so no wonder I like these ladies so much:
We also had a first-time entry from Pete @ spprojectblog. Pete has treated us to some excellent painting of the second wave of the Ghosts of Gaia range from Bad Squiddo. I am very fond of this range, and thoroughly enjoyed painting up the first wave last year, so it’s great to see well painted examples of the second wave:
Another first-time contributor is Alexis @ cascadiangrimdark. Alexis has tackled the superb spaceport crew from Statuesque Miniatures, and this includes two no-nonsense women. I love what Alexis has done here – the skin tone, the orange overalls – this is right up my street:
Again, another first timer is Joe @ joesavestheday. Joe painted this lovely Reaper mini for his wife – it represents her RPG character. The mini is beautiful, but Joe really pushed the boat out on the basing… Incredible work:
Man of Tin got onboard again this year with more Land Army gals from Bad Squiddo – this time, it’s the ‘Land Army at work’ minis, beautifully presented to match his submission from last year:
Wudugast @ convertordie also joined us again this year, with seven ‘Ladykillers’ – five new members for his superb Escher gang, a beautiful version of the Rogue Trader Death Cult Assassin, (Knosso Prond), and a gritty Sniper from Victoria Miniatures (a gift from IRO no less!):
Azazel @ Azazel’s bitz box gave us this awesome old-school Morathi – a lovely palette and Az’s usual crisp painting really gives this classic mini a wonderfully ‘Maleficent’ presence:
And finally, my own humble effort is this definitely-not-sexy quartet of daemonic Daughters of Khaine:
So there we have it – the Fembruary class of 2019! I hope you enjoyed the round-up, and I’m sure you agree that this is a superb bunch of really strong & interesting characters. Now, I did say that I would pick out my favourite of the bunch… As with last year, this is a tough job… Partly, this is because the quality is so high, but also the diverse range of genres covered makes it difficult to do an apples-to-apples comparison. However, someone’s got to be top, and this year, for me, it’s Wudugast.
It’s no secret that I really admire Wudu’s painting style, but he also continuously impresses me with the skill he shows in his deft conversions, his ability to unify his squads & gangs (both evidenced in his Escher), his ability to switch to a more gritty, painterly style when it suits (as shown by the Sniper), and the superb colour choices that he makes for character minis (as for Knosso Prond). Superb mate – high-fives and kudos to you.
Anyhow, that’s all folks! A huge thank you and congratulations again to everyone who contributed – it would be a pretty shite affair without all your hard work! Also thank you to everyone stopping by for a look – I hope you enjoyed it & maybe will consider taking part next year :-)
A very nice round-up of miniatures, to be sure.
Cheers Ann, I totally agree, it’s been a really good turn-out this year! :-)
Alexis West said:
Thanks! I was hoping to get more done than just those two, but, well, there’s only so much time in the month. Maybe next year!
I have to agree with you on Wudugast’s stuff getting the top place. He does fantastic work, and the examples here are as good as any of it.
You’re most welcome Alexis – your gals are awesome, so no worries there! Feb is a short month, and shite weather for a lot of folks too… I’m amazed anything gets done tbh! :-)
Alexis West said:
Truth. I only got stuff done because I primed a bunch ahead of time, back in autumn when the weather was still decent for it!
Best way! Make hay while the sun’s shining :-)
Awesome stuff! I really like the spaceport crew, they look brilliant. The models themselves are absolutely fantastic in the very realistic style and execution. The paint job is spot on. They are my top pick.
Cheers mate – it could very easily have gone that way!
Alexis West said:
Bummed that I missed this, I’ve two half-finished female minis on my desk as I write this but real life yadda yadda. Great that you did this Alex!
Thanks dude & you’re welcome – there’s always next year :-)
Great round up Alex and I really enjoyed taking part. Looking forward to next year. A tough call given the quality on display but I think you called the winner right too. Just goes to show there are some fantastic female figures out there.
Cheers mate & thank you – glad you enjoyed it :-)
All very nice and a great round-up, so thanks for compiling that! As you’ve said, the different settings/backgrounds to all of them makes comparison difficult, which is why I have no firm favourite! I maybe need to work out how I can get into this challenge next year with a historical figure that fits in with my armies!
Cheers mate – I think that’s half the fun tbh! Some settings are easier than others, but I’m sure you’ll think of something
This is a really great selection of miniatures – well done everyone. My personal favourites are Alexis’ spaceport crew.
Thanks to Alex for curating this challenge and doing all the hard work to collect it all here for our enjoyment.
Thanks mate & you’re most welcome :-) Those spaceporters certainly are the bee’s knees – it was a tough call!
Alexis West said:
Awesome stuff! Nice work everybody. :)
Cheers C&M, glad you enjoyed it :-)
A nice round up matey and wow what a lovely array of submissions. Wudu is well deserving of the high fives. His lady killers are bloody brilliant. It was great fun to be involved again and, believe it or not, I’ve already got an idea for next year hehe. It’s fun because it gets me thinking outside the box and not to mention searching for cool female minis. 👍🏼
Cheers dude & glad to hear you’re already brewing something for next year – that’s so cool!
Wow! First of all what an amazing selection of models once again. Lots of really inspiring stuff there – which brings me to my second point; what a thrill it was to get the nod as your favourite, especially because I feel that it’s as a result of studying the work of a lot of the other contributors that my work has improved a great deal.
Finally, well done for setting Fembruary in motion, I’m already thinking ahead to next year (and hoping that the day comes soon enough that the distribution of the sexes across miniature’s ranges become so well balanced that the whole exercise becomes redundant!). High-fives all round!
Most welcome mate & well deserved! Here’s hoping mate :-)
Pete S/ SP said:
Great round up of everybodies work. Well done to everyone.
Cheers mate, it certainly was a good effort all round :-)
What a great team effort across the blogosphere! Lots of different ways of positively portraying female figures in contrasting painting styles. Those space port figures by Alexis are great – I even fancy a go myself…
Your fabulous idea seems to be going from strength to strength. Here’s to an even more successful FEMbruary 2020 (if you can stand the collating required for the final post… ;) )
Glad you liked it mate – it’s a bit of a faff to collate it all, (I’m always worried I’m forgetting something!), but it’s well worth the effort – 2020 is a dead cert :-)
Alexis West said:
Thanks! They’re from http://www.statuesqueminiatures.co.uk/ who also have a bunch of other great Models and bits.
I’ll check them out. Thanks :)
There are some really awesome pieces here. Congrats on the whole event and on the participation
Cheers dude, glad you’ve enjoyed it! Can I tempt you for next year?!? ;-)
That’s a good bunch of entries and a great round up mate. Roll on next year…….but not too quickly hey :)
Chreets dude, it sure is a good bunch! I’m sure next year will roll around quick enough – seems to be the way of it these days! ;-)
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Mark A. Morin said:
Congrats to all, and I could not pick a fave, though Wudus are really good and I can agree on your choice. Maybe next year I can join in!
I hope so Mark, you were a bit stuck this year – not too many female tank drivers in WWII! :-)
Mark A. Morin said:
Yeah, gotta get some retro sci-fi done now
Great round-up Alex. Some great stuff here again this year – and thanks for running this!
Cheers dude & no worries – it’s a pleasure and a privilege :-)
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joe m. said:
Thanks for organizing this and the kind words. Wowzers your entry is amazing! Such a unique take on DoK and one of my favorites of the bunch!
You’re most welcome mate & well done to you too! It wouldn’t be much cop if you good folks didn’t get stuck in :-)
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A very good round-up of miniatures. I liked a lot of them but I think that IRO’s diorama was my favorite. I do like your offering as well and particularly the cracked earth bases.
Thanks Ann – you’re right about IRO’s diorama, but he won it in 2018, so I wanted to mix it up a bit ;-)
We did he win? I wasn’t aware that he won some sort of award for his diorama, though I’m glad to read that he did! :)
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