And now for the potentially problematic part of the Nasier Starter Box, the Pelegarth Bloodmasks.
As the picture above shows the Bloodmasks are mostly nude, something which sets off alarm bells about whether or not Wrath of Kings is a game I want to play. Clearly I have decided that it is, and that I am happy running Bloodmasks in my force. I have two main reasons here.
Firstly that their nudity is at least mentioned (if not completely rationalised) in the background.
"With their skin as tough as stone and their near immunity to pain, Bloodmasks and ordinary armour just an irritating encumbrance. In addition, as ‘shock troops’ Bloodmasks derive great amusement from the disconcerting effect their near nudity has on their enemies" - Taken from the Pelegarth Bloomasks unit entry in the Wrath of Kings rulebook.Secondly that the models are a far cry from having the usual exaggerated proportions generally seen on female wargaming models, and instead are sculpted as a far more realistic representation of the female form. It takes the models a much needed step away from just being cheesecake and instead leaves them looking as though they could do some serious harm on the battlefield.
It's worth saying that not all models in Wrath of Kings take this approach and there are some that do fall more towards a more dubious end of the spectrum. Anyway, on with the review...