Womens History Month 2018 – One very amazing woman and some Bad Girls.

Last month a lovely blogger/book reviewer/baker extraudinare/metal chick called Cupcakesandmachetes asked if I wanted to join in on a blog event all about celebrating the ladies for Womens History Month for 2018.

https://cupcakesandmachetes.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/celebrate-the-ladies-blog-event/

After having fun with Alex’s FEMbruary challenge and also being a big fan of women, err not in a creepy way, it was a no brainer and I jumped on board.

HOWEVER this month has been a little, hmm what’s the word…? Beginning with F???? Hmmmmmm?

Oh Yes… FLABBERGASTING but that’s another story.

So, it has taken me a little longer than expected to deliver but here we are, with still, plenty left of the month to go.

The world was and is full of good girls/women who have done amazing and wonderful things and I’ve already read quite a few posts about some remarkable women but in my post I want to talk about one particular woman.

My Mum.

Once in a blue moon someone is born who is remarkable. My Mum was, literally, born when a blue moon was visible in the London one cold March night.

Jennifer (Jenny) was the first daughter to be born into, what would become, a family of six living in a small flat in London just beside HM Prsion Wormwood Scrubs, sounds like something out of a Charles Dickens Story. As a child she played outdoors using her imagination constantly. She’d follow her two older brothers around and get up to a bit of mischief here and there. She annoyed her brothers a lot of the time and would fight with them often, especially Jon. However, her brothers were extremely protective of her. She was very close with her mum and adored her Dad who was a real mans man and didn’t show too much affection but that’s what Dad’s were like back then. He worked hard and put food on their table.

When the family moved away from London Mum hated it and, one day, skived off school to catch the bus and go back “home” to London.

She was young when she first met my Dad and he was only a bit older than her. He was dating her mate and her mate told him that if he wanted to kiss her goodbye that he had to kiss Jenny goodbye too, so, he did. Smooth. It wasn’t long before Dad started taking more notice of Jenny.

They started a family and were married as teenagers. Dad jumped from job to job but always worked hard and mum doted on her new baby daughter. Mum was so paranoid that people would judge her for being a young mum that she kept my sister and all her things spotlessly clean. She loved being a mum and a wife. Needless to say they had their fair share of ups and downs in the start but there was love there, maybe at first it was puppy love but it soon grew into a very strong, loyal, devoted and deep love and bond.

Mum and Dad had another little girl and then five or six years later they had me.

Mum wanted a blonde haired, brown eyed boy and that’s exactly what she got. I was named “Luke” after a show called Luke’s Kingdom. I think Mum fancied the main star haha.

I was a mummys boy right from the start.

Mum worked hard, incredibly hard to make sure my sisters and me always got what we needed, maybe not what we always wanted but this only helped us appreciate everything we had. We were never spoilt but we never felt like we missed out on anything. Mum did all sorts of work from wiping the tops of oil bottles to making gun holsters for the police. What she excelled at though was sewing and creating things out of all types of fabrics. She made my sisters wedding dress and she made miniature clothes for bears as well pants and jumpers for me.

Even though she worked hard and sometimes long into the night she was always there for me. She’d play Rambo with me, help me build little battle grounds in old paint trays for my soldiers, always show interest in everything I did like writing incredibly gory horror stories. She’d smile and just say “You’ve got a good imagination”.

She was always the soft place for me to fall. She never nagged me like some of my mates mums nagged them. In fact she was probably too soft in some ways.

I remember once, probably only once, asking her to show me how to do the clothes washing. She started showing me how the washing machine works and then stopped and said, “It’s alright, it’s easier if I just do it all.” Surprisingly, I didn’t argue haha.

Mum is a sensitive lady and it’s where I get my sensitive side from. She, very gently over the years, has taught me to be kind, gentle, to be compassionate, to listen and to help others.

Mum is also a very strong woman and has become stronger as she got older. She’s not afraid to voice her opinion but is also very open to other opinions and ideas. She doesn’t have a temper but I would advise not upsetting her family.

My Mum is an absolute legend and has played a very vital role in helping shape me into the man I am today.

I’m proud to say that Mum and Dad are still very much in love nearly fifty years later and that I am still a mummys boy.

 

Now onto some Bad Girls…

I’ve gone nuts with my new miniature project. “The Good The Bad and The Ugly.”

There are, already made, three factions i.e Good, Bad, Ugly but more on them in another post coming, hopefully, before the month is over.

For now though, here are four ladies who are a part of the BAD faction.

Let’s start with Jade Magenta Diablo:

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Jade is a wild warrior Princess who exudes charisma and femininity but is as tough as Coffin Nails.

She loves pink and a bit of bling but she can also gut a man without breaking a nail.

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She can be soft and nurturing but if you double cross her she will put a dozen bullets in your sorry arse before you can blink.

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Her hair was hard to make. It consists of several off cuts from the Escher Gang heads. The hat comes from Wild West Exodus.

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Fairly straight forward conversion but I had a lot fun putting her together and painting her.

The eyepatch and lipstick were the hardest things to paint.

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Next we have Lady Beatrix:

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I was inspired by Ursula from The Little Mermaid. I have three daughters who are and were obsessed with Disney Princess type movies. Believe me I’ve tried and tried to get them into Star Wars. The Youngest does like SW but still prefers to watch Snow White over The Empire Strikes Back. What-the-actual-shit???

Oh and sorry about the finger but I had to tilt her so you could see her face properly.

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Crazy is an understatement for this wild woman. She once ran the Box Herder Saloon in Coffin Wood County but was caught eating patrons she had killed in the galley. She lead a wild gang of warriors in the BadLands for many years but after never ending wars with the War Mongers, in particular the Techno Barbarians, she retired, killed her gang and ate them all. She went back to Coffin Wood looking for work and met Doc, the leader of the Bad Gang called The Mad March Hares. After so many years in the wild and eating, mostly, human flesh, her skin has turned a sickening pale green.

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Again, a fairly easy conversion although getting the arms to fit was a bit tricky. The body comes from Malifaux and is actually a males body but mehh it works.

 

The next two ladies are a little spesh because well they are dedicated to two of my favourite lady bloggers… Ignitedmoth and Cupcakesandmachetes. 

– Please note that the descriptions of the characters are completely made up and are in no way meant as a true portrayal of Ignitedmoth’s or Cupcakes own personality… I hope hahaha. – 

 

Maggie Machete and Ignited Ingrid are twin sisters and are both as crazy as each other. Their favourite hobby is, would you believe, reading but killing is a very close second. They kill for money only and have a strict “No Kids” policy.

Maggie is the more sensible twin but has been known to drink the blood of her fallen enemies. She was trained in the art of the blade by the Blade Master Shi Yo Rohan.

Ingrid was born angry and is always looking for trouble. Her sister often has to subdue her. She is partial to the drink but has a very steady hand when it comes to shooting. Don’t piss this girl off.

Maggie Machete:

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Top pic is a bit blurry in the face but i think you can still see what is going on. There’s a scar and theres eyeliner make up and a big black fringe. Bloody love that bowler hat.

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Maggie looks a little Inquisitor-ish.

She was the most fun to put together and I think it’s all down to that bowler hat.

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Ignited Ingrid:

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I went for fairly drab colours for most of her clothing because I wanted the hair, gold and red to really pop. I also feel she’s got a bit of a Native American about her so the colours could be the hydes of wild animals.

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Her hair is a bit cartoony but I think it rocks! I like the bling of her rifle too.

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I like her stance. I feel like she has either just shot someone or is about to.

 

So there you have it, my submission for Womens History Month.

I hope you enjoyed the post guys and remember, “Heres to swimming with bow-legged women.”

Cheers.

IRO

 

 

 

 

 

37 thoughts on “Womens History Month 2018 – One very amazing woman and some Bad Girls.”

  1. And there I was worried about you and then bam! Hope the flabbergasting period is now a thing of the past. Love the story of your mum. As a Londoner myself I can relate to her and her upbringing. I’m also sure that your mum and dad wanted a son and that you weren’t a mistake or an after thought, haha! Cupcakes sounds an interesting lady too. As for the figures yea there ok. Only joking. Great stuff as always and I love your imagination in both written format and model construction. Glad you’re back in the saddle. Ye ha.

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  2. Great post- nice to hear about your background- your mum sounds a right star.

    The figures are great too, very nice conversion work. Pretty sure I’ve seen Lady Beatrix in some of the dodgy goth clubs I used to hang out in… Really enjoying seeing how the ‘GBU’ project is coming together.

    Cheers,

    Pete

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  3. Was wondering why you you’d been quiet of late, but now know why! Love the tribute to your mum – when she reads that she’s bound to give you that loan you asked her for! And like the minis a lot – time well spent!

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  4. One, I think I’d like your mom, she sounds awesome.
    Two, I totally wasn’t expecting Machete and Ignited minis! That made my day! You really hit the nail on the head with their personalities lmao. And Ignited would totally rock blue hair. 😉

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  5. Luke IRO
    A great Cupcakes and Ignited mini tribute, and I’m sure your Mum would be proud of your description of her.
    Have you tried showing your daughters the latest or recent Disney franchise Star Wars sequels and Rogue One, they are much more feisty space Princess / girl / woman friendly?
    Body count aside, they are definitely much less ‘boy’ films than the previous 6 movies. Now coming out on DVD. When I went to see them at the cinema there were lots of young girls and boys there with families – I can’t remember the film age ratings. There is probably a Leia / Jyn Urso / Rey / Snow White / Dorothy thing in there somewhere as well. If all else fails you could always argue that the (annoying) Ewoks are like the seven dwarves?

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    1. Haha well I took the 10 year old to see Rogue one and she fell asleep haha. The youngest, I think/hope, is the most intrigued so far. I think because her Dad is so obsessed with it haha. Glad you like the Minis mate. Sooooo much more to come for the project but I’m a third of the way through the painting.

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  6. You must be a real hit with the ladies the way you have with words. I can see you know how to make them all feel special. This comment is in no way a attempt at a snide remark. The part about your mom is amazing aswell.

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  7. Top stuff – I really like your choice of colours for all these figures. Lipstick looks perfectly applied, sir! And I misread Lady Beatrix as Lady Brexit for a moment. Think I probably need to lie down for a bit…

    That’s a great testimony about your ma – poignant history for women’s history month.

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  8. Omg I seriously LOVE this post! 😀 The part about your mom was so sweet. She sounds like one awesome lady. 🙂 What a perfect choice for an inspiring woman to discuss for Women’s History Month!
    And all the minis look so friggin’ COOL! I can’t believe you made 2 inspired by Cupcakes and me. That was such a fun surprise! Totally made my night seeing that! (And the blue hair is amazing! As is the bowler hat!) 😛
    These ladies all look fantastic and sound so bad ass. We’d talked previously about me drawing some of the Coffin Wood County folks you came up with, and I’m even more excited about it now that I’ve seen these minis. They look like they’re going to be a lot of fun to draw! 😀
    Absolutely fantastic post!

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  9. A lovely write-up for your Mum. I won’t go on about that, because.. well, you know.

    The figures are also excellent. Your use of the WWX hats on them really work well, and they still for perfectly into the Necromunda geneaology, as it was always a mash-up of punk, cyberpunk, wild west and 2000AD influences. I might have to do something similar if I can find some appropriate hats at a reasonable price. Not sure about the “History” part, but they’re a great collection of Women for this month.

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    1. Thanks mate. I understand. I didn’t know there was a Wild West influence in necro. I’m actually working out my own set of rules for this project. Loosely, very loosely, based on Dead Mans Hand Rules. Trouble is I don’t have the full set of DMH’s rules just bits and bobs haha.

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  10. Nice conversion mate! I wish I had done conversations on my first box of Escher. But this post has inspired me to do better with the next box plus my best gaming buddy just picked me up Escher conversion set #1 from the Forge World booth at Adepticon plus he pick up the set of Necromunda-Hired-Guns for both of us, he’s the best! I can’t wait to convert them! So the real question is do I magnetize all the arms so I can just swap out my girls load outs after campaign games as I get new gear?!? 😉

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      1. Hehe yea well I’m still going to pay him for what he buys me but ha has packed a small suitcase then stuck it in a bigger suitcase so on the flight back he will have room for all the stuff he is buying himself and for my stuff 😉

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  11. Nice work with those figures mate ! and what you wrote about your mum and family was very impressive mate and I’m glad you really appreciate what your folks have done for you.

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