I’ve been busy this past month or so, hence the lack of my own content here but as my plans for further education have fallen through, I’ve gotten myself a paying work placement (which takes up most of my week) to keep me going. I’ll try and find time to post up the art I produced from the last block of my HNC and more of my sketches, maybe using some of them to update my deviant art as well.
Not much has happened on the hobby front either as most of the various kits that I would like to get are out of stock, thankfully I got the new Tie Fighters for X-Wing Miniatures game to help tide me over. That and I’m hooked on Warframe at the moment.
“It is the 41st Millennium. For more than a hundred centuries the Emperor of Mankind has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the master of mankind by the will of the gods and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies. He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the vast Imperium of Man for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day so that he may never truly die.Yet even in his deathless state, the Emperor continues his eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomican, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor’s will. Vast armies give battle in His name on uncounted worlds. Greatest amongst his soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defence forces, the ever-vigilant Inquisition and the tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus to name only a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat to humanity from aliens, heretics, mutants — and far, far worse. To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be relearned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods.”
Seriously, there are a small handful of issues with GW when dealing with the Warhammer 40,000 IP such as the cost of the products, Some armies having a need for newer models/lines (with a little more support in female miniatures, Sisters of Battle I’m looking at you), the loss of support for the specialist games, fluff changes that can at times twist the limits too far and the game losing some of it’s complexity over the years, amongst a few others. But seriously the issue with there being no female space marines is getting beyond annoying. Why? Because it is cemented in the fluff (especially in the last couple of sentences of the above quote), if there is any true happiness in this setting, it doesn’t last long. It’s a brutal setting. Take the Imperium for example, it in most cases doesn’t care who you are, as long as you are a human within the decreed standards of imperial law, you will toil for tithes faithfully to maintain the barely held together empire. It is rare for gender to matter within it’s infrastructure but when it does, it has good reason for it in the setting. If you actually looked at the background you would see why Space Marines are all male and Sisters of battle being all female, they’re of the few factions that have this one sex only policy. Everything else just needs some minor tweaking or are fine as is.
Basically, Space Marines/Adeptus Astartes are the holy space crusaders and angels of death that come from a variety of warrior cultures across the galaxy but only if they survive the gruesome trials set out by their chapter - derived form history as an amalgam of the above with a suitable dose of grim-dark like most things in this setting.
The Sister’s of Battle/Adeptus Sororitas are in some ways the female equivalent of the Astartes but they also have things that define them as unique as a playable force (the latest rules sadly are lacking). They are the chamber militant of the Ecclesiarchy, warrior nuns driven by faith to rout out the enemies with righteous fury and purging fire.
Seriously the setting is the main reason why Grim-Dark is a term to describe something, seriously read this bit gain: “To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be relearned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods.”
21st Century or any period before the Age of Strife’s knowledge, wisdom, science and understanding are gone, only a horrendous mockery or attempts remain - this is why trying to apply so much of our modern science just barely works if at all. But the setting is also meant to be ridiculous as well, look at the Orks, the goofiest gitz in the galaxy. Also many of the armours are designed deliberately to be impractical as their meant to be grand, non-sensical and frankly awesome. Yes some female miniatures look sexualised but so do some male miniatures. And many of the issues that are actually dealing with women in gaming as a whole is mostly not with the games themselves but with elements of the community.
As for players to model/convert female space marines I don’t mind but to change the fluff to effectively remove a vast chunk of the settings decades old lore to satisfy a few rather than add to areas that it is actually sorely needed is rather saddening really - basically keep Astartes as they are but add more to the other factions that can support females, especially the Adeptus Sororitas.
*PS. This is my thoughts at the time of writing, I will come back and correct a few things when I can as it was stupid o’clock when I wrote this (read as nearly 4am). Sleep deprived brain may have missed/gone full derp/etc some things.