|Miniature: Alexandra the Commissar|
|Manufacturer: Another World Miniatures|
|Price: €7.50 EUR|
Personally, I find it to be a heartening sign that there is a large demand for female miniature options for 40k armies. Many of them run the full gamut between realistic and pinup in terms of design, but on both ends of the spectrum there are some great options. Numerous independent studios have released miniatures to fill this demand, one of whom is Another World Miniatures.
- Parts List:
- Right hand with gun
- Left arm with Jacket
- Left arm (behind back)
One of their entries to this field is Alexandra the Commissar. She’s presented in a military uniform with an open neckline, a large handgun, and 2 left arm options. One simply puts her left arm behind her back while the other has her coat draped over her arm and wearing a gauntlet.
All of the details feel muted. The face is poorly constructed with the barest hint of features. The uniform is barren with only the simplest flow added to make it look like fabric. The pistol is a horrendous blank slate of a gun; it’s really nothing more than geometric shapes assembled into a vague futuristic gun-shape.
The arm with the draped coat and powerfist is the best looking piece in the kit. The coat has a lot of folds to it along with pockets and lapel. The fist also has some nice bulk to it along with some well-placed rivets that make it look menacing.
Assembly isn’t hard, but it’s ill-defined. The parts don’t go together well. Attaching the gun hand to the wrist should probably be pinned, but the wrist is so small that it will be challenging. The arm-behind-the-back piece was missing a chunk from the top of the shoulder and didn’t fit flush with the body. Either arm option will require a little gap filling.
Another item of interest is some proportional issues, the biggest of which is the thickness of her calves. They’re far too thin, especially with bulky combat boots. It gives her an odd appearance.
While I do enjoy the idea of this miniature and think the pose has merit, its execution is disappointing.
While doing research to compare against other exemplars, I discovered Statuesque Miniatures who have a number of excellent female miniature options. Their Commissar Vespera Venko is a very good figure that has much better thematic integrity and a more realistic design.
On its own merits this miniature is a passable attempt at a female commissar, but there are other miniatures available that bring the concept to life in superior ways.