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Beautifully Illustrated Warrior Women By Greg Opalinski

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Illustrator Greg Opalinski draws a lot of things, but, come on, we’re here for the ladies. Here’s a collection of his female character art, both original and fan. (Hey, put some purple eyes on this first knight and you’d have Alanna of Trebond! Childhood made.)

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  • Anonymous

    I love the diversity in the women’s designs.

  • Joanna

    The fifth one is my fave ^_^

  • Anonymous

    Several of these would be sure to violate Maria Alexander’s of “Why I Hate (Most) Photos and Drawings of Women with Swords” criteria and be branded as contributing to misogynistic depictions of women for their sword-wielding inaccuracy.

  • Dara Crawley

    There’s only three with swords drawn. The katana is stuck in an unseen thing. The over the shoulder pic isn’t great, but guys get that pose too. The first one looks fine to me.

  • Marion

    I believe he also works for Wizard of the Coast (he did a lot of pieces for the books of Dungeons & Dragons, 4th edition). Unfortunately, most of those illustrations are way more stereotyped, but I guess that comes from his bosses.

  • Anonymous

    Guns don’t get a pass either, apparently. They’re mentioned in her post.

    That would be typified as “Shooting Myself in the Head”.

    The katana would fall under either “categories where women use swords as crutches or canes (endangered and disabled!)” or “What [Sensei] says is to ‘keep the swords alive.’ That is, hold them out in front, ready to thrash the enemy. Don’t let down your guard.”

    And of course, the one with the elf would be “Cutting My Shoulder”.

    I believe the summary, by those criteria, is that those are “undignified for women.”

    Do those seem somewhat ridiculous? I agree.

  • Anonymous

    Well, she’s not as beautiful as the Alanna pictures on the dustjackets of my German tradepaperbacks of the 80s! ;-)

  • Mark Brown

    The katana seems to be being used in a spell, so that might change the context.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for the feature! It’s a big honor :)