|Female Space Marine WIP|
It seems that no matter how hard I try to work on non-Space Marine models, I am always drawn back to them. This time, however, I had a better reason than normal: to make a female Space Marine! I was motivated to try my hand at representing one due to the recently revealed challenge sponsored by Helge Wilhelm Dahl and the digital magazine 28. The challenge is incredibly simple, just create your own interpretation of a female Space Marine in Warhammer 40k, using any medium you like, and send pictures of your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31st.
|Although I wanted to keep as much of the Rogue Trader plastic Space Marine, I did change the pose of the legs, which required some gap filling and sculpting of joints.|
|I left her bolter largely unchanged, just shifting the magazine back, adding a rear sight, and drilling out the barrel and inserting some brass tubing.|
While 40K lore purists might balk at the notion of female Space Marines, Games Workshop themselves made a few metal female Space Marine miniatures in the Rogue Trader days. More significantly Alan Merrett, the Head of Intellectual Property at Games Workshop for over 30 years, stated that the lack of female Space Marines was due to the fact that Citadel customers in the mid 80s complained about the inclusion of female miniatures, and did not want to buy them. Ultimately, they simply did not have the money to be producing models that would not sell in such a niche hobby. Therefore, the lore behind not having female Space Marines was, at least partially, a byproduct of these logistical issues. We should not be quick to write it off as just a logistical issue, though. Why did Citadel customers not want to buy female miniatures in the 80s? It is hard to see that as anything other than sexism.
|Using a combination of sculpting and carving/etching, I created the flexible material around her butt, details Games Workshop tends to do poorly.|
|Even with the new pose and extended torso, the Rogue Trader Marine is smaller than a Primaris Space Marine.|
I still have a few final details to finish on the model, but I am excited to finish building her so I can move on to the painting process! At the moment, I am thinking of painting her as an Iron Snake, to fit along with my other recently built Space Marines. I would encourage anyone to try to create their own Female Space Marines for the 28 Challenge. You can follow what other people are creating using #28magchallenge on Instagram too!
- Adam Wier