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Reaper Bones review #60: Isabeau Laroche, Female Paladin

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Isabeau Laroche, Female Paladin

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I've often criticized Werner Klocke's sculpts for being too stripperific, with busty females wearing impractical armor that guarantees they'll get skewered through their exposed breastbone. But Isabeau Laroche is here to dispel any misconception about Klocke's ability -- if he wants to sculpt a sensibly armed and armored warrior woman, Ms. Laroche proves it can be done.

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With a large shield on one hand and a massive sword in the other, Laroche could be any female fighter. The best part about her is that she has her hair sensibly up in a bun, with a single braid on one side of her head. That's it -- no flowing hair for enemies to grab, no midriff baring armor to make it easier for villains to stab, and she even has sensible armor and a cloak covering her butt.

If there's a flaw, there's little about Laroche to distinguish her as a paladin. She lacks Herr Klocke's typical flourishes that give each character their individuality, like a theme sculpted on her armor and weapons. Still, while Laroche may not be the best choice for a paladin, she's an excellent sculpt for a sensible warrior who just happens to be female.

You can order this miniature at Noble Knight Games: http://www.nobleknight.com/ProductDetailSearch.asp_Q_ProductID_E_2147534...

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