FEMbruary 2021

It’s that time of the year again that many of us figure painters, makers and bloggers look forward to. Fembruary has been declared by Alex at Lead Balloony blog. I’ve not missed a Fembruary yet and there’s no way I want to miss out this year.

My previous Fembruary submissions:

So I’ve been taking a look at my figures as usual to find something which could satisfy the core aims of Alex’s great idea which is namely to paint and post some female miniatures in the ‘name of fair representation in the hobby’. In his blog post, he goes on to say “Given that this is intended as an encouragement to think about inclusion in the hobby then it makes sense if your entries are kick-ass ladies, and not the product of some socially awkward mini-sculptor’s sexy fantasies…” A final round-up is in early March (in time for International Women’s Day, on the 8th March).

For more details on Fembruary, see the Lead Balloony post and you could do a lot worse than check out his son’s very impressive Amazon quartet while your at it.

Nancy Wake in First Aid Nursing Yeomanry uniform, 1945, Public Domain,

If it’s kick-ass ladies that Alex wants to see, then my selection should more than fit the bill. This year I couldn’t resist Bad Squiddo’s wonderful new range of WWII female SOE agents. All of them, with one exception, are based on real life heroic agents who served the cryptically named Special Operations Executive. The characters include:

  • Krystyna Skarbek
  • Nancy Wake
  • Virginia Hall
  • Noor Inayat Khan
  • Annie Norman

The first four are based on real WWII SOE agents, the last one is Bad Squiddo supremo herself, Annie Norman, aka “Gestapo’s Most Wanted”. Annie might, of course, even be a genuine agent too but I’m not allowed to talk about that…

Krystyna Skarbek, SOE agent, Public Domain

I’ve also had my eye on another female figure from Bad Squiddo but it’s doubtful I will get time to paint that before Fembruary’s deadline, so (like a good SOE agent) I’m keeping that very ‘hush-hush’ for now.

Man of Tin blog has submitted some lovely Fembruary work in recent years – are you in again this year, Mark?

I’ve been painting figures again this week, so more news on that to follow.

12 thoughts on “FEMbruary 2021

  1. Looking forward to seeing what you do with these- the history of SOE is very interesting and the bravery and dedication of these women is beyond compare so I’m sure you’ll do them all proud.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  2. Yes I am in for FEMbruary 2021 and now signed up for it on Lead Baloony’s website. Thanks for the early Nudge.
    1. BMC new Plastic Army Women 54mm plastics:
    https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2020/12/27/snowball-fight-at-camp-benjamin-bmc-plastic-army-women-arrive/
    2. possibly / hopefully Annie Norman’s Bad Squiddo WW2 pigeoneers in 28mm:
    https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/09/support-smaller-figure-companies-annie-norman-and-bad-squiddo-pigeoneers-of-ww2/

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    1. Thanks Ian, I’ve had to apply to join the group to join so there will be a short delay before I can see them, but I’ll be sure to check it out when I get the go ahead. 🙂

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