Seeing a lone woman on the cover of the second edition of Age of Sigmar gave me a reaction I didn't expect: pride. I don't even play AoS, but there it was. Pride. This hobby has been a big part of my life, and much like Frank Turner, I am f---ing proud of it. The creativity, the enthusiasm of fellow hobbyists (well, most of them) and the time I spent working for the company showed me how the hobby legitimately gave kids who couldn't be arsed with maths, art or reading a reason to bother and helped them improve with real life stuff? Yeah, pride is definitely the word.
There is one thing that dented that pride: the way GW's storyworlds tended to be populated with monsters, more monsters, and white dudes. Things have been changing over the last few years, and it's been great to see. And now, a woman standing alone on the main cover art? This feels like a gratifying milestone.
The female Stormcast Eternals starting to come out are the sort of thing I hoped would happen when GW announced the new iteration of the space marines, particularly since Cawl has altered the biological side of things. It would've been so easy to do. Cawl's making changes, so it avoids the clunky virtue-signalling step of a retcon. It almost feels like a cautious move - first, give the nerds a new size of marine and see if they freak out. Then, maybe later, take the mind blowing step of having a space marine without a wang.
At least, hopefully that's their plan. A quick google tells me I'm far from the only person who thought the advent of primaris astartes might see the first female marines, and it would be so easy to box them since the current intercessor kit, for example, has 2 sprues of 5 marines. Just swap the second sprue of dudes for a sprue of 5 wimminz, and there's your box of 10.
To be fair, you wouldn't even need to make the armour different. Just a few female faces? Hell, you can see how badass it looks with the headswap below:
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I harbour no illusions that this blog has more than handful of readers (that anyone reads it at all is highly flattering) so I acknowledge that my opinion is only a single grain of sand on the shores of the blogosphere, but all the same it felt like the time to mentally high-five GW for their recent efforts and urge them to carry on in the right direction.