|Erik Mona Publisher, Chief Creative Officer|
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I think having both female and male miniatures of the various races is great, it really helps to more accurately represent what is in your game on the table.
I think it is of key importance to keep the period / setting in mind with the miniature design and distribution though.
Yes, women can and do take up arms in real life as well as in fantasy settings and there should be miniatures to represent them. Even modern, armies from 'enlightened' nations don't have 50% female soldiers, so it'd be unrealistic to have half of the pikemen featuring klockenbooty,...
The thing is, though, these figures aren't being created in a vacuum. Before Pathfinder there were hundreds and hundreds of D&D Miniatures, and before that we had first-wave prepainted figures like Mage Knight, some of which are still good enough to be worth using.
Add to that 40 years of metal miniatures, as a lot of gamers no-doubt mix prepainted and unpainted or personally painted figures.
With all of those other figures in the mix, there are still some really weird gaps. Characters with instruments. Female halflings. Basically females of any other race than human, half-elf, or elf, or females who aren't sexualized or wearing full plate armor. So sometimes we do try to fill those gaps.
Building these sets is not always about finding a "perfect" balance of genders or creatures, or whatever. It's in large part about providing the _right_ miniature for a given role. So you might not need 11 female warrior types, but the variety is good for people hunting for a figure for their own character, or for a given NPC at exactly the right moment, or whatever.
Sometimes "providing the right miniature" is dictated by the source material. If the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path says an important villain is a woman, she's going to be in the set no matter how many other female figures we've done in the past.
That's a big part of the disparity. As we move away from Adventure Path themes (for the time being), we're going to see more picks based on awesome art, or based on filling gender/race/class roles we haven't done yet than on fulfilling a specific NPC quota.
So, there are a lot of factors that go into it. "Women prolly wouldn't have been warriors so foten IRL" doesn't even enter into it.
I think we have a dress/skirt wearer coming up. Can't remember. The Shifty Noble kind of fits the mold you're looking for, but it's not one of my personal favorites.