Amazons!

I favor plastic 28mm Amazons that are:

  • Amazons!

    I started to post about Amazons at Troy here:

    https://wargamesatlantic.com/community/xenforum/topic/59614/the-trojan-war-iliad-odyssey

    But realized it's probably a topic that deserves its own thread.

    Amazons are only really mentioned in passing in the Iliad.  But associated texts place them at Troy fighting as Trojan allies.  Most famously Achilles slays the Amazon Queen.

    https://www.sacred-texts.com/wmn/rca/rca02.htm

    The Amazons have a few notable traits.  They are considered fierce fighters.  Some at least fight from horseback.  The only combatants at Troy to do so?

    I'm not an ancient art expert, but it seems actual ancient Greek art depicts them thus:

    Indicating that women's obsession with yoga pants and leopard print began far earlier than initially suspected.

     

    I believe a plastic Amazon kit would be well received by the gaming community.  They work for any historical Greek game with a side of myth (like Mortal Gods)  They work nicely in fantasy... picture plastic WGA Amazons battling plastic WGA skeletons.  They are potentially useful to all but the most hidebound historical gamer.  And you know, Deathfields Amazons sound pretty cool.



  • What's out there in 28mm Amazons already?

    There's a decent selection in metal.

    My absolute favorite Amazons are from Lucid Eye.  Lucid Eye has some of the best minis in the business and their Amazons are exceptional as usual.

    There's chariots and mounted archers as well.

    And currently:

     

    Crocodile Games makes some nice Amazons as well:

     

    Foundry has a line as well:

     


  • In plastic there is the RGD Amazons:

    https://wargamesatlantic.com/community/xenforum/topic/80168/rdg-gaming-amazon-satyrs-and-scythians

    An interesting take.  I think they tried to get that Scythian feel.  They don't float my boat but if you like them you like them. 

     

    For the sake of completeness its probably worth mentioning the old, no longer in production Wargames Factory Amazons.  They were just not very good.  Unless you wanted to field a regiment of bobbleheads.  

    The little leather apron groin guard and bare ass is just kind of weird.


  • Thoughts on Amazons?  What direction would you like to see WGA go with them if they did a kit?

    I think I'd most want to see female "classic" hoplites with linothorax (one bronze "muscle" cuirass pers sprue) and Corinthian helmets (many pushed up).

    Somewhere in here between pretty realistic and semi fantasy:

    I will say if you can't tell their female when looking at the tabletop what is the point?  

    Helmet pushed up:

     


  • I think somthing between the Foundry ones and the Wagames Factory (but better preparations) would look good. Some cake and some steak.

    I think it really comes down to what depiction of amazons we are talking about, they seem to vary from a range of Greek adjacent cultures.

    Amazons could be a whole range of of First Empire box kits, ranging from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea.


  • Some really nice painted Lucid Eye Amazons here on this gentleman's blog:

    https://mogsymakes.net/2022/06/26/greek-myth-amazons-and-ethiopians/

    He also has a picture of the Amazons as depicted in "Black Ships Before Troy."

    It's a really nice take.  These would be awesome minis.


  • I almost feel "Naken Hellens" could be a box in their own right. Mainly for diorama and fantasy.


  • In metal there are a lot of them, they lack in plastics, so Frostgrave-like range would be welcome, with different bodies and armour types, as in the pool I think that figures as depicted by classic greek art would be apt to most of fantasy scenarios. A sprue with 5/6 bodies and choice of weapons could be good as base set, then a cavalry sprue, similar to RGD's one, but only female.


  • I really like the RGD set (probably going to be my next set of theirs that I pick up), but, when I think Amazon I think Wonder Woman and crew with a more Greek Hoplite feel. As an added bonus it would go with the Atlantic Digital set. 


  • @Red Bee 

    A touch of this then?

     


  • Googled "Space Amazons" to see what a Deathfields Amazon team might look like. This was the best result:


  • Because the RGD set now exists I'd rather WGA focus on other things, but as the RGD ones are not the pinnacle of sculpting greatness, if they really wanted to make an Amazons set I'd rather they tie them into their upcoming Trojan War line, as the Amazons did fight in the Trojan War allegedly. Thus I voted for Trojan War style.

    And I'd rather that they are suitably well-dressed, so that:

    1. They are not simply eye candy - we have enough of that already
    2. They are potentially inspiring for more female gamers to dip a toe into the hobby - it's every gamer's dream to get his girlfriend or wife involved after all, so that it becomes a shared pastime that can foster a greater connection between a man and his woman
    3. They have greater conversion potential as female warriors in other Ancients factions and fantasy gaming.

  • @JTam great image, realistic armour, no fanservice, it has a retro-sci-fi feeling.


  • I would prefer either fantasy Amazons, or Scythians. 


  • @Vitor Soares 

    I think the RGD Amazons are Scythians (or are supposed to be).


  • @Caratacus 

    Suitably well dressed and the ancient world are SEMI-incompatible.  People showed a lot of skin.  All the time.  Why are you in combat naked?  It's disturbing.  Why they showed more skin than my local college campus in the summer ... And that is saying something.

    Note I said semi.  You're probably never going to avoid a lot of naked limbs though.


  • @Alessio De Carolis 

    For the Death Fields sets MAYBE sci-fi crests and antennas to glue on the historical heads is the way to go.  

    Certainly would have made more sense for the Death Fields Ogres than USGI steel pot helmets and berets. 


  • I think@Caratacus  just wants to see WGA avoid something like the admitted well made but perhaps contentious sculpting of Brother Vinni.


  • @JTam Absolutely! Such a fantastic crossover, although anything with Nubia AND Diana is going to get a passing grade from me.


  • I think this idea is better pitched at the fantasy end, though using Grecian style elements. It would denitely benefit from having science fiction options. Placing it in Classic Fantasy would likely be best.

    The RGD Amazons are almost as irrelevant as the old (even uglier) Wargames Factory ones. It's not a great sprue. As soon as anyone puts out an attractive Amazon frame, they'll become the default.


  • I know it's not the intended topic, but I would be very down for some Dahomey Amazons 😁


  • @JTam They are supposed  to be, and to be honest a lower  "zeroish" amount of hellenist elements and even greater focus on the steppe nomad aspect would make me happy. Same deal if we are going to do them as fantasies chicks since sexy steppe nomad warrior fantasy chicks are all around more useful than some dead Greek dude's fetish fantasy in boobed hoplite armor (rather have later platearmor female knights for that): 

       

    @H M Yes Dahomey Amazons would be great.


  • @Mark Dewis The most important thing (at least for me) should be realistic proportions, female bodies are normally shorter than male ones, so these hypotethical minis should be a little smaller than human males' ones.Naturally we can also consider a difference in race and alimentation, but doing some giantess as the Wf did it's a little exagerated.

    P.s. the Dahomey amazons were so frightening for their africans neighbours, when the french army arrived, they were slaughtered relatively easyly by modern firearms.


  • Member Miyuso posted what a Death Fields / RGD Amazon bash looks like here:

    https://wargamesatlantic.com/community/xenforum/topic/80168/rdg-gaming-amazon-satyrs-and-scythians?page=2


  • @JTam Oh these would be perfect for a sci-fi team of amazons in death fields.


  • @Alessio De Carolis Yeah Dahomey would actually make great villains. Especially the evil amazon elite. I mean, they kind of remind me of the Warhammer Dark Elves since they were slavers who held little regard for their captives. The guys they fought against in that travesty of a movie were actually a kingdom of refugees who survived Dahomey raids and decided to fight back. Why couldn't the movie be about them and their fight against the slave empire?


  • @Alessio De Carolis I am not an expert on African warfare but the wiki would suggest it was French successes with bayonet armed melee fighting that decided the battles...  not “modern firearms.”@Charles Tottington I have not seen the movie you mention but from what little I understand of the movie and the conflict, the movie is a pretty disingenuous and therefore distasteful film which will misinform yet more people about African history.

     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Franco-Dahomean_War

     

    For historical Amazons, I would like to see what academics currently think “Amazon” involvement in the Trojan War would have looked like. I think a Trojan War line of minis would sell really well if only Brad Pitt could make a new sequel...


  • @Charles Tottington Until two days ago I didn't knew about this terrible movie, but I knew about Dahomey's amazons ferocity and cruelty, plus they were the slavers in that region, but logically from Horrywood you can't ask for historical realism.


  • I think member @Lord Marcus sells these:

    A nice example of what more "fantasy" Amazons could look like.

     


  • @JTam that's with Cannon Fodder arms (male) as that's what I had. 


  • @Miyuso 

    Cool kitbash.  Nice to see what the two kits together look like.  I'm not sure there is much difference between the "male" and "female" Cannon Fodder arms.  I know they all interchange between the bodies.


  • @Alessio De Carolis the height thing is a bit of a straw man argument. Yes, the average woman is shorter than the average man, but only within a given population.  The average female height in the Netherlands (currently the tallest general population in the world) is 5'7", taller than or the same as the average male heights of Afghanistan (5'6"), Mexico (5' 7") or South Africa (5' 7") (among many other countries). They tower over men from the Philippines and Nepal (both 5'5" on average). We KNOW that a lot of this has to do with diet - Asian rice diets produce smaller people than meat heavy western (or North Asian) diets, but immigrant kids that go from one to the other are often different heights than their parents. 

    If we're talking amazons as a distinct population, even "historically", it is not unreasonable for them to be a tall group. We would expect Amazonian menfolk to be even taller... except they either get kept home as breeding stock or are slaughtered after they've been used (depending on what version of the legend you go with).

    Finally... even within a population, when fighting women are not the norm, you can expect that those that do so are not average. It is again not that unreasonable that a woman who who is a bit taller than average - i.e. the height of an average male -  might pick up a sword and fight, if that is an option. Individuals are not populations.

    (Insisting that the heroine Atalanta should be 5'1" because she's a bronze age Greek woman is just silly) 

    It's only really when dealing with civilian populations, or modern military and paramilitary where the couple of mm average height difference for 28mm really comes into play. 


  • @Mark Dewis For the height you're right, I was only speaking about a bit of realism in proportions, it's perfectly logical that a warrior race would feed their proles with the best of the best(spartans were a silly exception) so their females would be taller than their  neighbours. I was only saying that WF amazons were ill proportioned, at least from the comparison photos. An amazons' plastic set would be welcome, as I just said, for the infinite possibilities of kitbashing, as long these minis will be compatible btw different producers, as WGA or NorthStar are.


  • @Alessio De Carolis oh, the old Wargames Factory Amazons are horrible. It's not even "proportions" - the poses are stiff and the armour manages to somehow miss both historical and fantasy use. I have a box and I've barely been able to use them for any project for a decade. They are just out and out ugly.

    The RGD Amazons are little better from what I've seen, although someone got okay results using arm and headswaps (Geoff? William?). One of the bodies is a bit better than the others on the sprue. The arms on that kit appear to be pretty short though.  


  • My favorite design so far is from Crocodile games, followed by McDougall's fantasy/comic book amazons.  I'd also be interested in the leopard-print amazons and the other Scythian type (I already have some RDG amazons).

     

    but I dislike depictions of them as female hoplites--if that's what you want, then it should be it's own thing.  Calling them fantasy/historical fiction allows for that.


  • @BS Kitbasher Crocodile Games' Amazons are really well done, plus there are a lot of female characters in the same range that could be inserted in their army, Lucid Eyes' are also well done, with the advantage of having either "civilized" Amazons(Ziggurrat) and "savage"(Savage Core) ones, as if there were different tribes. Therefore I think that for a plastic set, the producers should take inspirations from greek jars, so surely they wouldn't do anything wrong.


  • @Alessio De Carolis I have some of the savage core "savage amazons" done by Lucid Eye, they are exactly what I would like see for fantasy female barbarians in plastic and they would be far more useful than “Hellenist armored” anything for general fiction gaming (Pulp, fantasy, SciFi, etc.). Heck doing them that way not only could you get archers, swordswomen, and spear maidens out of the way,  you could even do parts for a spell caster and rogue, leaving out only the heavy armored options for general fantasy adventurers.

    @Grumpy Gnome   Yeah, the Dahomay had Krupp cannons, Winchesters rifles and machine guns so yeah they had "modern firearms" as well as older guns, but for some reason it ended up as melee probably meaning both sides failed their logistics dice rolls for their fire arms munitions or something equally dumb but realistic (of course, it could be that French loses are greater or Dahomay loses smaller than actually reported to,  which does seem a bit much though the wiki article seems a bit too reliant on a second hand account made in 1998 for my tastes).

    @Charles Tottington Well its probably because the movie is feminist propaganda first and foremost and MCU Wakanda is based in part on the Dahomay (meaning the fools in Hollywood actually knew they existed, the other groups not so much). Also the slave trade was a much larger part of Africa’s economic support back then than one would think, like to admit or even be able to talk about in polite modern conversation. (ie, a lot of those "other tribes" where also likely from other slaver kingdoms in real life, I believe this was the case for at least one of the Dahomay’s enemies).

     


  • Another image for inspiration how could be the "heavy" amazons' infantry set:


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