Greetings Terrans, I can’t quite believe it, but it’s March already, and it is time to wrap up this third installation of Fembruary!! This post will be showcasing all the excellent entries for this year, as well as my own humble efforts. We’ve grown again this year, with 18 Bloggers taking part including myself – that’s up from 13 last year, so thank you all for spreading the word & getting involved! Also as usual, I’ll pick out my favourite of the bunch – no prizes I’m afraid, just the fleeting glory of the win 😊
Right, in no particular order, let’s get to it!
First up is TIM – aka The Imperfect Modeller, with a quartet of kick-ass minis from Hasslefree. TIM has a great eye for miniatures, and each of these is proper little character & beautifully painted:
Next we have Wudugast with a couple of ladies added to his Warcry Warbands. It is no secret that I love Wudu’s painting style, and I think that his treatment of metal and flesh in these two minis is just superb:
Next up we have Bjorn the Stormborn with a cracking pair of AoS minis for us – a Knight Incantor, and the Briar Queen. I love the moodiness of the paint job on both, and kudos for the spell-casting effects on the Incantor:
Beaming in from the Starship Vorenus, we have a wonderful Chaos Sorcerer (Sorceress) for Mikeland’s AOS 28 spin on the classic 1989 game HeroQuest. The Sorceress is beautifully done, and I heartily recommend taking time to take a look at the whole HQ28 project:
Davekay at Scent of a Gamer has put forward a beautifully painted Sanctioned Psyker from the Blackstone Fortress: Escalation expansion. This has to be one of the best Psyker minis that GW make, and this paint job certainly does it justice:
Next we have some classic minis from Warburton – a female proto-Avenger (one of my favourite Eldar minis of all time), and a beautifully converted Inquisition/SoB preacher. Both are lovely, but I’m particularly drawn to the conversion… Warbs based it on a 1998 GD winner, and I might have to borrow the idea myself!
Mikko at DawnoftheLead has painted another beautifully rendered dweller of his very own pirate town Port George, (yes, he really does have his own pirate town!). This time it’s ‘the Governor’s Daughter’ from Black Scorpion. She’s a wonderful little sculpt, and Mikko has done her justice with a lovely paint scheme:
Marvin at Suburbanmilitarism has gone distinctly imperial with his entry this year with a superb diorama of Empress Catherine the 1st. The painting is lovely, and the miniature selection & placement is beautifully done – there is fantastic atmosphere to this piece, so go check it out!
John Robin has painted up a tough cyber-punk street assassin for us – I love the contrast between the bright pink hair & antique looking flintlock! John doesn’t have a blog, but frequents the Oldhammer forum, where he posted this pic:
Next up, it’s another tour de force from the Imperial Rebel Ork. As with the previous two years, IRO has gone big with a post-apocalyptic diorama in homage to his daughters… This time, he imagines them a little older, and a helluvalot more experienced! I can’t really do this piece justice with a single pic, so I strongly recommend taking a wander over to his site for a better look:
BigBossRedSkullz has brought the Nestorian Infestation to Fembruary, with the truly disturbing Mosuo dan Bribrix, Genestealer Matriarch of House Akan. I really admire Big Boss’ skill when it comes to bringing proper horror to his work – some of the most disturbing minis I have ever seen are from his talented hand/claw/appendage. His Matriarch is no exception, and is well worth a closer look… if you dare!
The Argentbadger has submitted a trio of deadly-looking and very nicely painted Satyxis Gunslingers to the challenge. These ladies are for the Cryx faction in the game ‘Warmachine’, and it sounds like ArgentB has had some success playing them – they certainly look like they can dish out the hurt!
Thomas at HighTimesontheEasternFringe has gone with a piece for the boardgame ‘Mansions of Madness’ – such pieces famously tend to have softer definition & less detail than a ‘proper’ miniature, which makes the quality of the paint job that much more impressive!
Subedai has put forward a whole squad of classic DE Witch Elves over on TheLostAndTheDamned – part of his drive to complete a 3rd ed WHFB Dark Elf army. Dark Elves are one of my all-time favourite armies from back in the day, so seeing these being done so beautifully is a real joy:
SoldiersofTin has prepared and painted a superb ‘half patrol’ of 42mm scale Girl Scouts. This was a tricky project, as these figures had to be converted from Boy Scouts. SoT used tissue paper and PVA glue to create skirts, scarves and hair, as well as using it to give the girls a fuller figure. I’ve never heard of tissue paper & PVA being used in this way before, but it certainly does the trick! This unit is finished with a paint job that is intended to look like it has been done by early 1900’s toy manufacturer ‘William Britain’, so SoT deliberately used flat tones with no shade or highlight. Now that’s dedication!
Ericritters at Candore Et Labore managed to squeak in on Leap Day with a beautifully painted Malifaux character called ‘Miss Step’ – talk about a deadly looking cyborg! I’m a big fan of the Steam Punk / horror vibe of Malifaux, and this mini sums up the game perfectly for me. I love the ridiculous contrast between the mechanical bits and the negligée!
We have three pieces to enjoy from Joe M of Joesavestheday – an AoS Pallador Knight, a Kill Team Sanistasia Minst, and a 40k DE Haemonculus. Joe has done a cracking job on these three, with the Pallador being particularly gorgeous! I wouldn’t even know where to start with a mini like that, so I’m full of admiration.
Finally, I managed to wrap up four Melusai for my own slowly growing Warcry DoK force. I built two of them as Blood Stalkers (shooty), and two as Blood Sisters (hitty), and I painted them up to match my Daughters of Khaine from last year.
Wow, so that’s it for the 2020 Fembruary Challenge. Congratulations and a huge thank you to everyone who took part – best Fembruary ever I reckon! It almost seems obscene to try and choose a winner from this lot – it’s a tough call, and there are so many strong contenders this year!
Notable mentions for Bjorn’s Briar Queen, and I love the whole concept and execution of Mikeland’s HQ28 Sorceress, but for me, the winner this year is BigBossRedSkullz with his representation of Mosuo dan Bribrix, the Matriarch of House Akan. This mini combines so many things that appeal to me – a fantastic conversion & paint job of course, but the real clincher for me is the sense of narrative and story to her… She has a real sense of presence, and I find it all to easy to imagine such a creature in some twisted corner of the universe. Well done BB – take a bow mate.
So that’s all for now folks, catch you all soon.
Wow! What great stuff people have made. Quite outstanding really. I humbled to be included in such fantastic company. It is hard to pick a favourite. TIM’s second one is pretty sweet in all its simplicity.
And I’ve got to mention IRO and his wastelands diorama. Amazing.
Totally agree mate – it’s a strong field! I think I might do categories next time…
Categories would really work. And as the number of participants grow, structure become more needed too.
That sounds horribly organised to me… :-)
One of these days …
Thanks for putting all this together! Happy to be a part of it :)
No problem mate, and thank you for your contribution :-)
All Brilliant! I couldn’t pick a favourite! :-)
Agreed… it was difficult!
Thanks for this! Great write up and challenge! So many fantastic creative entries… bravo all involved! 👏
Most welcome mate – and thank you for your contribution! Good luck with the HQ28 project – watching with interest :-)
Pete S/ SP said:
Great model all. Some very inventive work done there.
Very nice round up Alex and some awesome work on show. Looking forward to next year already.
Cheers TIM – as am I!!
Fantastic stuff all round, great to see Fembruary continuing to grow and grow. Really like the look of your Khainites as well.
Sure is mate, and cheers – I’ll do a separate post on them next week ;-)
Great post – best Fembruary ever! I enjoy seeing the other people’s work every bit as much as taking part. Your Fembruary idea gets bigger and better every year and I’m proud to be a small part of it.
Good to see your Daughters of Khaine continue to grow, btw.
Thanks mate, and thanks for being a part of it! :-)
Wow, I’ll be damned – never thought I’d top this 😅🖤
Great representations all round, great company to be part of 😀
Well deserved mate, your Matriarch was the full package for me. Superb :-)
some lovely minis there. great work! and that matriarch!!!
Great stuff, and well done to the well-deserved winner. Good to see this building, Alex.
Hear-hear! Cheers mate :-)
So many great entries and nice to see the number of participants growing each year. I really look forward to the challenge and have already started planning next years hehe. Nice roundup mate and nice submission too my friend.
Cheers dude, and yeah, great to see the growing participation!
Why am I not surprised that you are planning for next year already? ;-)
Haha. I’m excited
Great round-up Alex, and well done running this again – so many great entries!
Thanks mate, some great stuff to be sure :-)
joe m. said:
Thanks so much for the kind words, Alex, and again for the all the effort in putting this thing together! What a fantastic field of entries! It was really fun participating and I look forward to doing it again next Fembruary! ;)
No worries mate, all well deserved :-)
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An interesting range of FEMbruary figures, thanks for the challenge and here’s to next year!
And thank you too :-)
Mark A. Morin said:
Congrats Alex on putting all of this together. truly loved all of the work here, but IRO’s dio sent my imagination reeling and TIM’s figures, well, were stimulating to say the least. Sorry I did not get in, maybe on a future challenge.
Cheers dude – IRO always hits this challenge in a big way, but he won the first time out so I’ve pegged him down every year since ;-)
Thanks so much for running the challenge, and for taking the time to collate all the participants. My favourite this time is probably Bjorn the Stormborn’s Knight Incantor, but there are a lot of great painters out there.
Incidentally, John Robin’s street assassin is actually the original metal sculpt of Rusty Alyce from Malifaux.
No worries mate, I’m happy to do it! Some great contenders this year for sure :-)
These are great! :D
…thanks to a very talented bunch of contributors :-)
Amazing stuff this year, Alex. Sadly, I missed it, but I’ll commit to painting at least one female model before next Fembruary in salute to these fantastic submissions by the community. :)
Yeah, missed you this year dude, but there is always next time! 🤘😊
As I just commented (into the wrong post!) :D The work put in this year was amazing. Well done to all those who participated, and kudos to Alex for putting the whole thing together!
Cheers dude 😁