My mission continues: to build a suitable number of Pulp figures from which to form a crowd at an airport (for scenario 2 from the Perilous Island scenario book for Pulp Alley). I've shown some of the men I have collected already (here); now it's the turn of the women.
These four figures come from Copplestone's "BC19 - Female Archaeologists" pack. BC-19 is currently available from North Star, who have (I believe) taken over the selling of all Copplestone Castings figures. Mind you, I'm not entirely sure what makes any of these women "archaeologists", as not one of the miniatures has a trowel or a small brush...
Henrietta Smith is a thrill seeker who relishes the chance to live by her wits, beyond the reach of normal law and order. She likes animals, plays chess and enjoys discovering lost worlds.
Betty Pickering is the daughter of a rich Kenyan tea plantation owner. She found finishing school in England very restrictive and now wishes to travel the world, in first class (of course). She likes fashion, tropical sunsets and thinks that honest men are few in number.
Jean Cameron comes from a long line of Scottish antiquarians. Somewhat more adventurous than her ancestors, she has decided to apply her talents and knowledge to some archaeological digs in the more remote parts of the empire. She likes hard work & frugal living and abhors liars.
Cassie DeLancy comes from Ireland, though much of her adult life has been spent in the Far East. She is quite the innocent in many ways and doesn't understand why so many men with questionable morals pursue her. However, she is practical enough to know how to fend off their advances with a .45 pistol. Cassie likes singing, cooking and breaking up criminal enterprises.
Lady Isobel Poppington is another North Star figure, though this time from their own-name range rather than the Copplestone Castings brand. The model comes with a display base of luggage which includes a chest, African tribal mask, ivory/tusks & other souvenirs on it and is topped by a bible. I've chosen to place this luggage on a separate base (not shown here); it will make an excellent plot point or piece of scatter terrain in games of Pulp Alley, Congo or the like.
She's a rather stern looking woman, dressed in an old-fashioned style and drinking a cup of tea. Lady Poppington likes tea & singing hymns and won't tolerate bad manners!
Traditionally in Pulp adventures, a woman is just there to scream when the bad guys/monster/... appears so that the hero can then come to the rescue. I think this started to change from the 1970's onwards with space operas such as Star Wars and video games like Tomb Raider.
I'd like to think that any of my heroines were more than simple, helpless damsels. Each of these characters could hold her own against whatever the world throws at her, though I suspect that they would all have very different approaches!