Today I thought I'd point out the figures that show that it's entirely possible to sculpt kickass women without inexplicably removing half their uniform and/or posing them in some weird knock-kneed stance. This isn't a "well done, Corvus Belli!" post, it's more a "you've proven you can do it before, why can't you do it again?"
"The Naffatûn go into battle alone which is understandable given that that they are loaded with flammable equipment."
|Fire in the disco!|
"...the StateEmpire Army uses the Keisotsu Butai in the front line, where the action is always dangerous and the mortality rate very high."
|And yet their pleats are so crisp!|
"Patience, acute eyesight, a firm pulse and an unbreakable faith in the objectives of the organization, are the qualities required to become a Lasiq."
Being a total badass doesn't hurt either.
Here's an interesting one, how do you suggest gender in a miniature that's not only wearing armour, but wearing a long hooded cloak over the top? In this case, the sculptors have chosen to emphasise things like shoulder and leg proportions. It's a little exaggerated but it's not exploitative and it works really well, with no need for bare asses or cleavage shots.
EDIT: Someone in comments pointed out that the female Lasiq is wearing heels. I can't tell from the pictures
"Violent and implacable, their missions of punishment are true cold-blooded murders."
Ki ken tai ichi
If it seems like I'm deliberately choosing miniatures that are covered in head to toe in long coats, I'm not. It's just that most of the more "normal" figures are.. well, they're the ones I wrote about in my last rant. In any case, this is another great example of sculptors working with proportions and facial sculpts to represent male and female members of the same unit in an equal and awesome fashion.
"The Alguaciles are good soldiers, skilful and stubborn, always swearing, but who’ll force themselves beyond what seems possible."
|I like how "always swearing" is a selling point.|
While researching this article there was a couple of units that I saved as good examples, but had second thoughts about when giving them another look. I think they're okay, but they display minor examples of stuff I complained about in the past. I still rate them as good, but you might disagree.
"Once they get off the vehicle, they will have to take a strategic position on the battlefield, which will see enemy fire concentrate on them."
|A to the K|
"Their loyalty, bravery and courage in battle are undeniable, they never turn down a challenge and they disdain automatic weapons"
|You can disdain them all you like, automatic weapons will mess you up.|
In this case, I think boob armour is being used as a simple shorthand for gender and nothing else. I've already talked about the difficulties involved with portraying powered-armour male/female body shapes at 28mm scale, and how sculptors will exaggerate things like shoulder and leg proportions as a way of dealing with this.
If this is the only technique used, however, we get some weird distortions where all women in power armour are weird stick-insect thin (and Infinity does have this problem). So in this case I think the sculptor decided to add boob-armour as an easy signifier of gender. While it's still silly, it's not exploitative, and I think that's the important part. However, I totally understand if this kind of thing is a instant dealbreaker for you.
|"Boob armour? No! Nooooooooooo!"|