Gisby's Gaming Blog

May 2, 2019

Women’s Battalion of Death

Filed under: Minifigs, Siberia Miniatures, WW1 — gisby @ 00:04


During the Great War the Russians formed fifteen all-female units for service on the German Front. It was felt that they would revitalize the Russian forces, and inspire the men to further valour. It is unlikely that any of these units was ever fully-equipped or recruited, although 500 women were sent to the front, where they saw no combat.

Like many other gamers, I don’t really care, I just want an interesting unit for my Russian forces.


There are two companies making suitable figures for this unit: I chose the figures from Studio Siberia Miniatures in Russia. Size-wise, both makers are about the same, but Siberia are far superior sculpts. They have a total of six poses plus a dog. (The Siberia website lists them as a pack, but they will sell any singles you want) I chose all-advancing figures for my unit.


They are not’sexy’ versions of normal soldiers as you often see in female gaming miniatures, these are sturdy peasant stock, and actually look like the troops in period photos.

They are cleanly cast, in good metal, and I have had several orders from them, shipped to Canada, with no problems whatsoever. 

The other manufacturer is Minifigs and they have two figures available. Their officer is quite nice, energetic and well-sculpted. I am not so fond of their charging infantry woman.


For more information: Wikipedia




  1. Ukrainian units in Austro-Hungarian service included women, who did serve on the front line. There is a display in the military museum in Vienna… which has a comprehensive, extensive and sinister collection of WW1 equipment (and also the car in which the Arch Duke was shot)

    Comment by griff — May 2, 2019 @ 03:09

  2. A Russian film about the Women’s Battalion of Death was released in 2015, and is well worth watching.

    Bob Cordery

    Comment by Robert (Bob) Cordery — May 5, 2019 @ 13:28

    • Thanks Bob, I’ll see if I can find it!

      Comment by gisby — May 5, 2019 @ 14:07

  3. Very nice and interesting stuff as always Gisby.

    Cheers Roger.

    Comment by rantingsfromunder — May 6, 2019 @ 06:20

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