|What the hell, Corvus Belli?|
There's a lot to talk about when discussing sexism in miniatures, and to be honest I don't think I'm qualified to make any sort of in depth analysis about the deeper reasons behind this, or discuss some of the medium's more subtle sexist tropes.
|"No, see, she's an undercover vice operative and..."|
|Why are you standing like that? Who stands like that?|
Even with those exemptions, there are plenty of examples to show that the men are sculpted in more sensible combat gear and in aggressive, combat-ready poses, while the women get heels, crop-tops, and a pose that suggests they're posing for a men's magazine, not in the middle of a fire-fight.
"Their daily mission is to fight in hundreds of wars and frontier skirmishes for their country, in the most distant and freezing regions of the planet."
|That must be one damn warm miniskirt|
These are battle hardened, rugged as hell soldiers from rough backgrounds, engaged in an active combat scenario. There's not even the flimsiest of in-universe excuses for the female Volunteer to be sculpted and posed that way, and it wouldn't matter if there was. Embarrassing.
Kum Motorized Troops
"Crossing the battlefield at top speed on their roaring motorbikes, through enemy fire, the Kum have forged a terrible reputation as intrepid and reckless bikers…or as absolute psychopaths, depending on who you ask."
|Heh heh. Kum.|
|One of these things is not like the others...|
Die Morlock Gruppen
"Any person who observes a Morlock will only see ferocity in his face, hardness in his eyes and danger in his muscles."
|"..that and sexy low riding trousers"|
7th Foxtrot Rangers
"Their main weapons are stealth, surprise and ambush."
"They may not be as well equipped as their equivalent in other armies, but they perfectly trained, do their duty and know the region."
|Shoot from the hip|
4éme de Chasseurs
"...in total silence, they penetrate to the very heart of enemy positions."
|My, what a Strong Female Character!|
I like Infinity, and I like their miniatures. They're well sculpted, dynamically posed, and incredibly detailed. That's why it annoys me so much that the line contains so many downright embarrassing female figures. One of the reasons I decided to go with Haqqislam as a faction is that I found they had the lowest percentage of skeevy miniatures. I've made a concious attempt to vote with my wallet and never buy one of the models that creeped me out, though it seems impossible to completely avoid crop-top hip-shooting syndrome.
I don't think it's too much that we, as fans, consumers and players, ask that sculptors to try and avoid this kind of obvious objectification. No, I don't care that part of your audience is horny 13-year-old boys. They can get their kicks from the internet like everyone else.