Its not the idea of women cant be space marines, moreover as the idea that they won’t look any different whatsoever. This is due to the fact that they are engineered for literally only war. The genetic mutations given to subjects that are to become space marines is so drastic that a hypothetical “female” marine would have the same massive muscle structure and look no different from a “male” marine. Also, it is still under debate weather normal marines even have a useable or functioning reproduction system at all. So in theory, your “female” space marine would look exactly the same as a “male” space marine. (Meaning no, there aren’t tits.)
Color Sergeant Isolde de Tremelay, Standard-Bearer of the Obsidian Paladins.
Pretty fun conversion, turning a marine into a lady marine. Instead of gluing a standard chestpiece to her backpiece, I sculpted one out of green stuff, then after that had hardened a bit, I smooshed a couple more balls of green stuff on there, clipped the central/top portion of a standard Grey Knights chestpiece and glued it over the ‘cleavage’.
For some time now, I’ve attempted to have female Space Marines in my army, but as Games Workshop doesn’t produce female Space Marines and no one else apparently makes suitable conversion pieces either, I’ve had to cut some corners. Mostly I’ve just painted Sisters of Battle in my Chapter colors, but frankly that’s a dissatisfying solution for a number of reasons. They’re not as imposing, they’ve got ridiculous boob armor (“But Jake,” you say, “You just sculpted boob armor yourself” More on that later.) and most importantly every time you field one some fucking asshole goes ‘that’s not a real marine you know hurr hurr hurr’. You can say “Shut up, it’s a lady marine” all you want but they have an in-game statblock to point to that shows battle sisters aren’t as strong or tough as marines. There are perfectly good reasons for that- battle sisters are only human and mreenz are decidedly not -but it’s still irksome as hell.
Also lately I’ve run into a bit more (online, mostly, since the people I play with irl are generally decent human beings) resistance to the very idea of female Space Marines. This is also irksome as hell and it made me want to create an undeniably female undeniably Space Marine model or three. Naturally, since I’m Proving A Point (tm), I wanted it to be my Standard Bearer.
The honor of my entire fucking Chapter is carried by a woman and she will fuck your shit up if you have a problem with that.
"Okay Jake," you might say, "but there are lots of theoretically non-sexist reasons why there are no female Space Marines. The setting info clearly states that Space Marine candidates must be adolescent boys. And finally, why would you make female Space Marines?”
The setting info is often contradictory, and ‘for funsies.’ The purpose of the game is to create narrative wargames that are fun for both parties. Fullstop. My fun involves having an army that includes more than one gender and race. If that imposes on your fun, I don’t want to know you.
So the process of creating a Space Marine only works on adolescents. Okay, that’s a trifle dumb considering it’s a mix of gene-therapy, actual foreign organ implantation, and cybernetic conversion and therefore ought to work on damn near anything, but what the hell I’ll concede this one since I don’t give a shit. Why only boys though? Some argue ‘well Space Marines are based on the Emperor and he was a dude, so-’ but that’s incredibly stupid. Space Marines are not exact clones of the Emperor. They’re not the equivalent of decanted identical twins. They’re not born, they’re made.
"But blah blah blah pseudoscientific technobabble from the books says blah blah blah!" Do not come in here with that bad-episode-of-Star-Trek-Deus-Ex-Machina bullshit. You do not get to have a setting that includes faster than light travel through literal Hell, orks that grow from fucking spores, and all the other absurd grimdark bullshit and suddenly get to cite your bullshit lore and say it precludes something.
This is basically a parallel to the stupendously asinine argument that having PoC in a fantasy setting isn’t ‘realistic’. (a) There were PoC all the fuck over Medieval Europe (b) so magic is believable but black people aren’t? Women make up 50%+ of the human population. Gender dimorphism in humans is hilariously low compared to literally every other goddamn species. Look at that photoset of Abby Wambach goin’ around and tell me she couldn’t kick your head off your goddamn shoulders. Fucking Elves In Space is believable but women in drop pods isn’t? Fuck you.
And so I wanted to create a model that was in your sexist face with it’s lady-ness and it’s marine-ness. So against all logic and reason and actual ballistic armor strategy, I gave her armor boobs. I mean I covered the top part of the cleavage with a raised plate that is angled to deflect incoming fire, I’m not a complete tool. I also shaved down the bottoms of her thighs and her upper arms to give her a slightly more ‘feminine’ profile while remaining a big goddamn bulky shitkicking posthuman marine. Her helmet is anointed with a laurel wreath. Her shoulderpad bears the crux terminatus, indicating her status as a veteran sergeant. She’s a goddamn badass and she’s obviously a woman, and if you have a problem with that, you can go die in a fire.
Tl;dr- “Why did you make a Space Marine girl?!”
Because fuck you, that’s why.