GW has been introducing more and more female models into 40K and Age of Sigmar. Let’s take a look at the most powerful of them.
It’s been a slow and subtle process, but over the last few years, GW has been putting more and more women into the worlds of Warhammer. From the early days of the overtly defined metal Sisters of Battle to the brand new subtle female build options for the Slaves to Darkness Chaos Warriors – the process continues. I, for one, am glad for it.
We made our list manageable by applying the following rules:
- Named Characters Only
- Current Models
- Currently Legal (Included in CA 2019 Munitorum Guide, or Pitched Battle Profiles 2019)
That cuts the list down considerably – then we can talk about trends and interesting notes. We have noted the characters with much higher levels of power and authority in bold.
- Jain Zar – Craftworld Eldar
- Lelith Hesperax – Drukhari
- Yvraine – Ynnari
- Commander Shadowsun – T’au Empire
- Junith Eruita – Adepta Sororitas
- Celestine – Adepta Sororitas
- Triumph of St. Katherine – Adepta Sororitas
- Inquisitor Greyfax – Inquisition
- Severina Raine – Astra Militarum
Age of Sigmar:
- Valkia the Bloody – Khorne
- Theddra Skull-Scryer – Slaves to Darkness
- Neferata – Mortarch of Blood
- Lady Olynder – Mortarch of Grief
- The Briar Queen – Nighthaunts
- Mistweaver Saih – Aelf
- Morathi, High Oracle of Khaine – Daughters of Khaine
- Astreia Solbright – Stormcast Eternals
- Neave Blacktalon – Stormcast Eternals
- Ylthari – Sylvaneth
- Alarielle the Everqueen – Sylvaneth
Some Interesting Notes
Age Of Sigmar – WOW!
I have to say, the women are getting a much better shake in Age of Sigmar. I was surprised there are so many more high-level heavy-hitters there, compared to the Grimdark where about half of the female characters are somewhat low-level individuals in their personal power in the setting.
Dead, or Not Living
Oddly a lot of both lists are either dead (St. Katherine), or undead in some manner (Celestine, Neferata, etc…).
About Slaanesh and Chaos
Many will say, “what about Slaanesh?” But in general the Neverborn are essentially genderless, or such a mix that they cannot be easily defined. The only exception we used was Valkia who was reborn as a Daemon-prince after a clearly female mortal life.
Best Employer for Women
In 40K – The Aeldari, and the Sororitas. It does help to be a martyred Saint for the latter.
In Age of Sigmar – Nagash (Death), Stormcast Eternals, and Sylvaneth
Hopes for the Future
GW has been on a tear of late, and I have high hopes for some obvious gaps in the female character lines to be shored up. The Necrons could easily have a female Overlord of some Dynasty, and the Astra Militarum is perfect for a famous General. On the AoS side of things, I really want to see some named Darkoath Warqueen out there, as well as some Idoneth Deepkin and Daughters of Khaine characters. Good job Nottingham and keep up the good work!
~What factions would most like to see new female characters and what ranks/titles would you give them?
Update: Yvraine added to the list. My sincere apologies for missing her have been forwarded to the Visarch.