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13 Oct 2015 6:12 p.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2012 9:55 p.m. PST

Very interesting job here.







From main page

Hope you enjoy!.


Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Oct 2012 10:14 p.m. PST

Man, I would not want to be in front of that machine gun. The spent casings from it look like bricks!

Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member13 Oct 2012 2:38 a.m. PST

EXCELLENT work by the blog's author! The milicianas were a force to be reckoned with. The picture below, though, makes one stop to think….

Like the author commented on one of the photographs, let's hope she (and her child) survived the war. Thanks for the post and links, Armand. thumbs up

Phil1965 Inactive Member13 Oct 2012 7:04 a.m. PST

I believe that one of the first British volunteers to be killed was a female, the sculptress, Felicia Brown.

That Miliciana is cute!

CooperSteveOnTheLaptop13 Oct 2012 8:31 a.m. PST

Pistol girl seriously needs more sensible shoes!

Great painting & basing!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2012 10:53 a.m. PST

Glad you had enjoy the page boys!!


Dashetal13 Oct 2012 11:20 a.m. PST

Looking at the link and photos came across this "…Marina Ginesta in 2007 made me change my mind.

Marina, one of the last survivors of the SCW, is over ninety by now and still a beautiful woman. A photo depicting her on the roof of the Hotel Colon in Barcelona has become an icon of the SCW"

So she did survive and may be alive today

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2012 12:32 p.m. PST

Those are nice and really most useful for the early days of the war. The initial phases of the SCW interest me the most. My favorite troops in that war are the Carlists on the right and the Anarchists on the left.

If I'm not mistaken, after the militias were incorporated into the Popular Army, against their will I might add, the milicianas were packed off to the rear echelon. Female militia persisted for a while around Barcelona until the CNT/FAI were finally suppressed by the Republicans.

Johny Boy Inactive Member13 Oct 2012 10:43 p.m. PST

The Miliciana's not only faced and received dreadful treatment if caught by the far right forces, the Moors having an especial reputation for their treatment, they also face considerable prejudice and hostility from their own side, so salud ladies!


If any sculptors are reading this can we have more female figures, certainly some figures for a VBCW would be appreciated, boiler suits /mono's with headscarves etc, think Gracie Fields with a Lewis gun. Something along these lines…


Richard Baber14 Oct 2012 5:56 a.m. PST

During the paniced Republican retreat from Majorca (early September 1936) many of the 400 or so Milicinas whom originally took part in the invasion were abandoned (or forgotten) by their retreating comrades and left to the tender mercies of the rebels.

It is noted that they were reasonably well treated by the fascists and Italians whilst most other prisoners taken were shot out of hand. The rebels (Nationalists) paraded the captured milicinas infront of the worlds press as part of victory propaganda.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2012 2:49 p.m. PST

That is a great machine gun set from Empress Miniatures, I did a version for my Women's Institute unit in VBCW.


more WI


I agree with Johny boy that could use more 1930's women for conflicts. Pulp Figures and Brigade do make many and there are others, but need more in combat positions and clothes.


Don't forget great Hinterland range, sailors for example.


John Sowerby Inactive Member15 Oct 2012 9:48 a.m. PST

Peter Pig in 15mm does a set in Mono's and a set in street clothes.

@Bob, I may borrow the WI unit idea…

BlackWidowPilot Fezian Inactive Member15 Oct 2012 9:33 p.m. PST

As I tell my students every now and again, technology is a great equalizer, and based upon my experiences from years past playing paintball, women do not care one whit *where* they shoot you, so long as they shoot you…evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
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Richard Baber15 Oct 2012 11:16 p.m. PST

I have a unit of Villaistas for my Mexican Revolution set-up – "Chicas del Muerta".

All converted from various SCW milicinas and WW2 resistance fighters, they are much feared :-)

Captain DEwell Inactive Member18 Oct 2012 12:06 p.m. PST

Excellent and interesting thread. Thanks to all.

Bob without his dog's second photograph beautifully captures the members of the Claygate & Esher Lady Wargamers Club. Hilarious.

(CELWC meets first Tuesday every month in Weston Green – mainly, WOMEN ONLY)

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2012 5:46 p.m. PST

John, be my guest :)

I got the idea fro Sue Laflin (mrs. Phil Barker).

John Sowerby Inactive Member23 Oct 2012 9:14 a.m. PST

A wargaming 6 degrees of Phil Barker?

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