Saturday, 26 October 2013

What every wargamer wants

Based on the amount of coverage in the review pages of wargames magazines and the advertising on TMP it is clear that what all wargamers want are large wargames figures. 28mm for preference.

More specifically they want large, semi clad, female wargames figures.

As a historical wargamer writing a blog this presents me with a slight issue. Apart from amazons (who are mythical) very little of this nature tends to turn up in my periods of interest.

Until now.

Those of us who own a copy of Duncan Head's seminal "Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars" will be familiar with illustration 94, "Indian Palace Guardswoman". Although Duncan clearly states that is is doubtful that such units ever saw action on the battlefield that doesn't stop people making models of them.

Furthermore, if you happen to buy four boxes of Hat figures, where you get one female guardsman on a sprue, and there are four sprues in a box you end up with 16 figures.

Which is enough, exactly, for an infantry unit. So here they are:


I think I should also note at this point that they probably served as cavalry when outside the palace. Still, that's a heavy infantry unit and if I bury it at the back of the army who's to notice.

And in other news, just finished a command chariot.


You can tell he's in command, 'cos he's got an umbrella.




10 comments:

  1. Well they painted up very nicely. Interestingly enough my number one post as of today is the one I entitled Sexy (Sexist) Miniatures debate.

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    1. Lots of good points in your blog. My view on the current vogue for anatomically impossible female figures is that you don't have to be a feminist to realise they're inappropriate. You just need to be a father.

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    1. Only if you have the figures anyway! I doubt they'll see much action.

      Although, in the end a Heavy Infantry unit is a Heavy Infantry unit.

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  3. But I don't want bare naked ladies (other than their albums). It takes me all my time to avoid painting the lead I'm supposed to be doing!

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    1. Another BNL fan! Finest Canadian export, ever. Seen them multiple times over the years and they always put on a great show. They're one band the whole family really shares a love for.

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  4. Well, if you were in command, wouldn't YOU want an umbrella?

    FMB

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    1. Definitely. It would be at the top of my list of things to have.

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  5. A beautiful and unusual unit...great work!

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    1. Thanks. I trhink they benefit from having the proportions of actual women, rather than what wargamers are normally provided with in this scale.

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