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22 May 2017 12:32 p.m. PST
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Personal logo A sea that raged no more Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2017 9:40 a.m. PST

Would women only work in movies if you simply replaced the male characters with females?

For example, Saving Private Ryan, the movie, would not work but SPR the story rehashed and set not in WW2 but as Starship Troopers would work. There must be many other war movies that could follow a similar process.

I'm reminded of an all female tribe described within a chapter of the Fantasy Wargaming book (Bruce Galloway?). Would you field entirely female soldiers on your Fantasy and/or Sci-fi wargame tables, and others?

EDIT: tried to post this to Sci-if and Fantasy boards and ended up here. Can someone with a working wand do the magic for me? You are too kind grin

Stryderg22 May 2017 10:38 a.m. PST

Sure, why not. You might need to rewrite lines for some of the stereotyped characters, though.

Jakar Nilson22 May 2017 11:28 a.m. PST

Yeah. Anime does it all the time.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member22 May 2017 12:08 p.m. PST

Hit the complaint button and ask Bill to move it.

Although he may be a little busy at the moment. . .

IanKHemm Inactive Member22 May 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

Why not? Wargames and movies… It's all just pretend anyway.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2017 4:59 p.m. PST

Then I want Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood, or Fried Green Tomatoes, or Steel Magnolias, all done with only male actors! :)

And if it doesn't work, then maybe screwing up gender of characters is really an issue.


Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2017 6:14 p.m. PST

Now Caribe,

You know that they would never do that at all.

This only works one way.

basileus66 Inactive Member22 May 2017 9:37 p.m. PST

Truth be told I don't give a rat ass about the gender of the lead actors. What I want is a good script and good photography. If they met those minimum criteria I am satisfied.

And to have a female lead in a war movie you don't need Sci-Fi nor Fantasy. Soviets used women in combat roles in the Great Patriotic War.

Legion 423 May 2017 5:57 a.m. PST

It's more about what will sell tickets …

Crazyivanov23 May 2017 12:09 p.m. PST

Well, to do this you need costumes that show off the actresses assets. As much as I would like to see an all female Waterloo movie, with 60,000 plus lovely ladies in impeccable uniform, drilled to Napoleonic standard, with the ages correct for everyone involved, I would take a fantasy version, feature Angelina Jolie as the villainous Warlady Coriandr Borieata, with her army of women in stripperific uniform (though still in the same numbers, with the same weapons, and with the correct ages, pehaps with horses replaced with unicorns) only to be checked by Lady Woolsey, played by Karren Gillian, and her impecibly trained Red Coats, and the Royal Dutch Legion and the Queen's German Legion, and finally joined at the end of the day by Field Marshal Brunhilde, played by Charlise theron wearing a marshal's hat, uniform jacket unbuttoned, and dragoon boots, and her own army of Prussettes.

Get the fight right, but switch the gender to the fairer sex and you can still have fun. . . though I would like to see a bayonet melee devolve into kick, biting, hair pulling and scratching.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2017 3:24 a.m. PST


It's not about the gender of the lead actors! It's about lazy people not writing any original characters for women and just resort to hijacking the roles that were specifically written for male characters.

Constant remakes are already bad enough. Remakes where Adam is Eve are just plain pathetic. At best just really bad attempts at forced propaganda.


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