Greetings Terrans, welcome to the fourth annual Fembruary round-up, intentionally timed to coincide with International Women’s Day. IWD has the mission statement to ‘Celebrate women’s achievement; Raise awareness against bias; Take action for equality’… Some of the posts below showcase cool female minis (which is excellent to see & is an important sign of progress in the ranges provided by manufacturers), but other posts have more historical or symbolic depth to them & resonate more with this mission statement… that is really gratifying to see, and I urge you to follow the links or get on the googly-machine to learn more about some of the subjects presented.
Also, the usual disclaimer – this post will showcase everything that I could easily find… Please keep in mind that curating posts like this is time consuming and difficult, with lots of link checking, photo grabbing, picture editing, etc. Please don’t be offended if I missed anything, just ping me a link in the comments section & I’ll fix it 😊
So here we go, in no particular order!
First up we have Blax the Kleric with a mini called ‘Kayo the Bouncer’ painted up as a super-heroine called ‘Mother Russia’… not sure if this is a homebrew heroine or if it’s the same Mother Russia from Kack-Ass2, but either way, she’s a kick-ass mini:
Next we have Roger from rantingsfromunder with a lovely chibi rendition of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (apparently a 1988 comedy horror – I must admit, this one passed me by). Not only did Roger paint a lovely mini here, but, (in a Fembruary first), he only went and bloody sculpted it too!! Respect!
Next up is a group of 5 Bad Squiddo SOE agents by Marvin from suburbanmilitarism: Nancy Wake, Annie Norman, Krystyna Skarbek, Noor Inayat Khan, and Virginia Hall… Ok, so Annie Norman (with the polka dot dress) isn’t an actual SOE operative, she’s the amazing ‘Dice Bag Lady’ behind Bad Squiddo & a true champion of believable female miniatures so great to see her here with her own mini… As for the rest? Well, I recommend you grab a coffee, click the links & read up about these incredible women:
Dave Stone from wargamesulptorsblog, has heavily converted three Dark Elder Homunculus (homunculi?) themed on female Cenobites from the Hellraiser stable… that’s a creepy as fuck concept & a very cool execution:
Next up is a superb pair of minis from Dave, (aka TIM, The Imperfect Modeller) – ‘Almah, Merchant Princess’ (Reaper Miniatures) and ‘Glory’ (Hasslefree). What I really love and admire about TIM’s work is that every miniature is actually a micro-diorama, with the base being every bit as important as the mini itself… combine that with the rich tones & colour choice, and TIM rarely disappoints:
Matt from pmpainting has painted up a lovely quartet covering a range of genres & manufacturers, each has a real attitude and presence, and in the case of the Daemonette, some real OldHammer street-cred! May I present ‘Pulse’, ‘Lewdbeast’, ‘Kyrie’ and ‘Destiny’:
Next up is some pieces from Man of Tin – ‘Rosie the Riveter’ made famous by the now-iconic US wartime poster campaign, and some 54mm plastic army Women’s Revolutionary Army of Parazuellia. Man of Tin’s work is outside my usual hobby zone, so it’s always a joy to see what he brings to Fembruary:
Joe M of Joesavestheday has painted up a lovely trio of minis – Rasputina (for Malifaux), an Adepta Sororitas Imagifier for his daughter’s army, and a rather spiffy Yvraine. Some classic & well poised minis, and in the case of Yvraine, bloody terrifying to paint! Well played sir:
Steve from Dreadaxe Games has converted & painted an indomitable female Company Commander for his growing Imperial Guard army… Guard are my first love, so I always enjoy seeing a new regiment being founded – especially when it’s led by such an excellent character! I’ll be watching this project with interest:
Jonathan E from malediction.games has painted up a range of female minis for his gaming projects – GW Dryads & Sylvaneth (although not used as such – there is a ton of depth to Jonathan’s projects!) plus a cracking version of Isabella von Carstein. I particularly like the blue ethereal glow he has on his Dryads – very effective and very cool:
Next up we have a very cool diorama from Ericritter from ‘Candore et Labore’ – a Bretonian Damsel, which I think is a sorceress from before the end-times? (yup, I’m not a WHFB expert!). Anyway, she’s a lovely mini, converted from (I think) a Vampire & perfectly poised on her barded horse, while the bridge is actually built of individual bricks! The whole piece is really nicely done:
Azazel (and his eponymous bitz box) is a stalwart supporter of Fembruary, and he hasn’t disappointed this year with an entire kickstarter’s worth of Bad Squiddo Shield Maidens, and a rather fabulous ‘Morgana, Forest Healer’ to lead them:
John R has posted a lady with shopping trolley on the oldhammer forum… Nicely done, but sorry John – I know nothing about this mini at all!! Drop a comment below & educate me if you see this:
The Bovine Overlord has painted Lady Aiyana & pledged her to Fembruary – she’s a really cool mini for (I think) Warmachine , and I love the shock of bright pink with the yellow – nice one mate:
Next up is a female Chaos Space Marine from Ernesto (facebook link). I love that Ernesto has stuck a middle finger up to depressingly numerous neck-beards that froth over THE LORE around Spess Marines being a boys only club… good for you dude, and a cracking mini:
Now we come to Wudugast from convertordie… Wudu is a real Fembruary legend, (and 2019 winner no less!), and he has put in a monumental shift this year to produce 21 spectacular female minis… I’m not going to go into details here, the range is too diverse, but go check out his summary – absolutely superb:
Our last entrant is none other than Luke, aka the Imperial Rebel Ork… a legend in his own lunch break, IRO never fails to go all out for Fembruary… He actually won the inaugural Fembruary back in 2018 with a hauntingly good diorama, and has entered dioramas ever since, plotting his (actual) daughters growing up in a zombie apocalypse of his own imagining… yeah… he goes all in 😊 This year IRO has created ‘The Ark – Treehouse’ as a refuge for his daughters, his wife, and himself… This is off the fucking map in terms of detail and sheer effort, and I’m not going to even attempt to do it justice here, just go check out the link for his reveal post:
And finally, one more more plug for my Son’s efforts this year – a selection of female minis from the Mythic Battles: Pantheon game. You can find out more about these & my own offerings here, but here’s another look at his efforts:
So that’s Fembruary done for another year – and what a year it has been!! Congratulations all & a huge thank you to all those who took part this year. It is so good to see people painting minis & getting involved despite everything else that is going on, so seriously, thank you.
Now the tricky bit – trying to pick a winner out of this lot! Well… I couldn’t pick just one – the range is too diverse, so I’m going to choose a winner* in 5 categories this year:
1: Best Diorama
2: Best single figure
3: Best ‘force’
4: Best conversion
5: Most thought-provoking entry
*Disclaimer – you don’t actually win anything, just bragging rights & kudos*
So firstly, best diorama has to go to Luke for ‘The Ark – Treehouse’… The family unit is central to the theme here, with the girls firmly in charge of the situation, (it’s interesting that Luke chose to place himself in the scene, but as a wounded bystander rather than as an alpha male). The whole thing is insanely aspirational as a model, and I absolutely love it. As if that wasn’t noteworthy enough, this is IROs second Fembruary win!! I reckon he gets to have the annual Fembruary Diorama award named after him for that 😊
Secondly, best single figure… a much tougher field, with some bloody brilliant competition, but in the end I’m choosing ‘Glory’ by TIM. I really like how Dave paints anyway, but I think this mini is particularly gorgeous. For a start, it is a superb model choice – a no-nonsense fighting woman, well balanced and posed. The cool blue tones to the armour work beautifully with the warmer browns and golds used in the face & hair, and the whole thing is finished with an excellent base… Beautiful work TIM!
Third, best ‘force’ – i.e. a cogent unit, gang, band, team, etc. has to go to Azazel and his ferocious band of Shield Maidens, (plus Morgana to lead them). There is still some historical debate as to whether Viking Shield Maidens were a thing or not, but personally, I don’t find it hard to imagine. As a painting project, Azazel’s freehand shields are a particular joy, and this, combined with his crisp painting & smart colour choice, is what really makes this unit stand out. Well done mate – long overdue & well deserved.
Fourth, best conversion has to go to Roger’s Elvira: Mistress of the Darkness… Ok, so it’s a fan sculpt rather than a conversion, but anyone who can fully sculpt his own mini has this nailed as far as I’m concerned. As for the subject matter itself, I’m not familiar with the film, but having read up on it, it turns out that the film has some serious feminist credibility Nicely done Roger!
Finally, the most thought-provoking entrant has to be the collection of SOE agents by Marvin from suburbanmilitarism… Apart from the fact that they are lovely minis, it is the incredible stories behind these heroines that really makes this entry stand out. Of all the submissions, this one resonates most with the IWD mission statement, so if you haven’t already, go read up about these extraordinary women – it is truly humbling.
So there we are for another year! Again, well done & thank you to everyone who took part. I hope you enjoyed the round-up, stay safe & catch you all soon.
Late edit – some more pics & links – a lovely female Guardian from Warburton:
A female fighter as well as an undersea mermaid diorama from Dead Dick’s Tavern:
A fantastic Corvus Cabal member, beautifully painted up for Ghost Archipelago by Mikko:
And a whole host of entries on the this German hobby forum!
Wow Fembruary gets better and better each year. So many cool entries! Wudugasts output was extraordinary, Rogers sculpting is top notch too. Brilliant work by everyone. Thanks for the kind words Alex and for all the hard work with the roundup. Thank you also for the win. It kinda made my day 😊
Oh man, thank you for being involved mate! I always look forward to seeing what you’re submitting & each year is more ambitious than the last! You’ll have to go for one of the other categories next time though -can’t have you winning the IRO Cup every year eh? 😂
Thanks very much Alex. Believe it or not I’ve already planned and bought the miniature I’ll be submitting for next year hehe. I like to plan ahead. I’ve been promoting Fembruary on Instagram and on the podcast too 👍🏼😊
Thanks Alex, firstly for coming up and running this excellent challenge, and secondly for picking such worthy winners (and mine), the standard is incredibly high and even to be posted with such talented people is an honour.
It’s great that you can bring attention to such an important event as IWD, and yet still have a bit of fun with it. Now that I’ve found it, and your excellent blog, I will be back next year.
There is one (well a couple of entries you missed, I don’t know if he contacted you or not, as he saw it through my humble blog) , but Keith over at Dead Dicks Tavern, has done a a couple of pieces for Fembruary too….
Hope you can include them, and thanks again. I’d also like to thank IRO for pointing me to this blog, the makers of Greenstuff, my wife for all her support over the years, all the people over at………..I’ll stop now I’ve gone into full Gwyneth mode (sob, sob, blubber).
Ah, cheers mate – I do like a good acceptance speech! Well played & well deserved on the win – it’s so impressive to make your own mini from scratch, and the topic was spot on mate. I’ll go check that link & update this post later today – thanks for the head’s-up!
Jonathan E said:
Thank you for your kind words!
The vampire in the picture isn’t actually my Isabella (things fell apart on the painting front last week) but I’m glad to have her in anyway! The figure’s lovely but I never felt keen on her “battle panties” look, hence the bodysuit and basque. I think she thinks she’s in Underworld or something.
Nice to see Aiyana and Holt too; I was always fond of those two back in my WM/H days and they’re cracking figures.
Oops! Sorry Jonathan, I missed that – still a nice pic though 😊
An incredible roundup, thanks for putting this together Alex, and for the kind words. Fantastic work from everyone, and I have to admit that seeing Rosie the Riveter was awesome 🙂
You’re most welcome mate & thank you for taking part! There are some belters this year 😊
Dave Stone said:
Excellent entries from all, with such a veritable and diverse mix. Congratulations to all the winners, very well deserved
Cheers Dave, glad you enjoyed it mate, and those homunculi were a blast!
Great entries, they all look awesome. So glad I got to enter this challenge for the first time!
Good to have you take part mate! I especially like the scene behind Destiny – that graffiti is particularly cool 😊
Great round up Alex and this year it looks like every body pushed the boat out. Some cracking stuff on display for sure. Thanks for the kind words and the vote, much appreciated. Looking forward to next year already! 🙂
Thank you for entering mate! I love how you paint anyway, but Glory really ticks all the boxes for me – well deserved 👍
Fantastic work all round and very inspiring too. Well done for putting it all together – I’m already thinking about what I can do next year. :-)
Cheers dude – me too! 😊
Great stuff – great work by all involved and congratulations to the winners. I did my own little entry which you can check out if you like:
Good to see such a strong showing for the competition/event.
Ah cheers mate, & sorry I missed this one!! I’ll get that rectified 👍
No worries I just take part for fun in a good cause/idea – not for the kudos/fame. ;)
Pete S/ SP said:
Wonderful work by all there.
Couldn’t agree more – thanks Pete!
Judging by the entries this year, Fembruary has gone from strength to strength. A terrific roundup of another successful Fembruary, so thanks for taking the time to put this post together, Alex.
I really appreciate doing your challenge every year and seeing the diversity of styles and figures that it brings, so am thrilled that my SOE ladies have brought home the Most thought-provoking entry category! :)
Cheers mate & I appreciate you joining in! Well done on the win – great minis & a fantastic bit of history so very well deserved 👍
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Another year of very varied subjects, inspiring and enjoyable entries. I enjoyed being part of this FEMbraury community again this year – thanks for hosting this. Who knows what 2022 will bring?
Cheers mate & thanks too for taking part! 😊
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Awesome work here, thanks for collecting them once again! I’ll just throw in my own pieces here too: https://dawnofthelead.com/2021/01/23/ghost-archipelago-3-murder-parrots/
Aw shit, I forgot your murder parrots!! Sorry mate, I’ll get that fixed later 👍👍
Thanks Alex for curating this. Some great painting as usual by the community and, perhaps, a reminder to mini companies that the chain mail bikini is not ‘needed’ to sell their female sculpts.
Quite right mate, and no worries :-)
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