Burrows and Badgers
Finally I finished this soft plastic model, to serve as a standerby / objective in our games of Burrows and Badgers.Which we really should dive into, but that is going to be something for after the move I guess.The model, from a local supermarket chain 'farm animals' action last year, is a hinde who likes cooking and baking, but the models are 32mm in scale so make excellent additions for non-combatants on the tabletop.Painted in the three layer style I prefer, to add some strong contrasts on the models as they aren`t that deeply detailed (albeit, for soft plastics, they aren`t bad at all), this is like the first non-Lord of the Rings model I painted in months.Enjoy, and if you are Belgian, expect these sorts of soft figures to turn up for eurocents on fleamarkets this summer... I will definitly be on the lookout for them...
The latest much-anticipated Burrows & Badgers kickstarter is now live! Following the release of the rules by Osprey earlier this year, Michael Lovejoy has finally got back into the sculpting saddle and produced 15 new miniatures for the game. Ranging from a mouse soldier with a crossbow to a huge beaver with a warhammer, these figures continue to show why the Burrows & Badgers range is currently one of the best around – beautiful details and a massive amount of character in every model. This new batch of models include have 7 warriors, no less than 3 new mages and also a handful of townsfolk – some who can double up as priests if needed. I have already earmarked Hallit Longsight as a new warband leader… The project has been running for just over 24 hours so far, and has already smashed it’s funding target by over 4 times its value! Delivery of these models is due in February 2019, with Oathsworn having an excellent track record of delivering all their Kickstarter projects eithe
One of the pieces of terrain I had printed from a Yeggi file, the site where you get LOADS of freely available files of all sorts, was this large female statue.Produced and uploaded by Scan The World, this is actually based on an existing artpiece.‘La Nature Se Dévoliant Devant La Science’ - nature revealing herself before Science; a very fine multipatinated bronze figure with varied gilt highlights and green tinted Scarab Beatle by Louis-Ernest Barrias (1874 – 1905), cast by Susses Freres.But it`s mostly a great piece of terrain as well, and I wanted this printed for use in both Burrows and Badgers on the one hand, and Lord of the Rings on the other. I went to flocking a bit unto the statue itself, to make it look like one of the many slowly reclaimed by nature statues as so often seen in Middle Earth.And here she is with a Rohan archer at her side to give an idea of the actual size of the model...Hopefully you like her, and until the next one!
As you may be aware, we launched ‘The Meeples Challenge’ on episode 251 on the podcast, and I chose Burrows and Badgers, but not only painting models but building a terrain table. I mentioned at the time that I had been inspired in this endeavour by Tim Eagling, and the models he had posted on the Burrows and Badgers Facebook Group. Tim has very kindly given me permission to display some of his pictures – here are a few examples of the sort of work that Tim has been producing… If you want to see more of Tim’s work, which includes other buildings for Fantasy, Wild West and Victorian eras in various scales, then have a look at the Magrathea Builder of Worlds Facebook page.
My plan for September was for it to be a big follow up to my minor victory of actually getting some figures painted in August. As it turned out, it wasn’t quite as big as I had hoped… Painted: 14 I painted some more Gangs of Rome miniatures – not as many as I had hoped, but I have been slightly distracted by return of the podcast, so some of my hobby time has been spent recording and editing, rather than applying paint. The first half of October has to be busy, as I need to get some mobs painted in time for an event at the end of the month. Purchased: 69 Most of these purchases were planned way in advance, as I have been anticipating my visit to ChillCon Derby for a several weeks. 10 new miniatures for Burrow & Badgers from Oathsworn Miniatures 20 miniatures for Gangs of Rome – 5 Inocula and 3 mobs 22 models for Star Saga – the Nameless Expansion, which gives forces for two games in one, as the same models can be used in Deadzone. 16 Star Wars Legion models – got these
And so it came to pass, past saturday at the TSA Battle Through the Ages openday Noshi and me presented the Burrows and Badgers game to the audience.With a modified version of the "Mouse-hunt" scenario, starring another famous rodent, we took it to ourselves to get people to know this lovely game by Oathsworn Miniatures.Two warbands took the field against each other in an effort to either catch Pikachu, or if failing that, to rout the enemy warband. Fought over a 24x24 tile, the scenery was largely made by Noshi, while the trees themselves where borrowed from the club stockpile.Of course, I rummaged through my collection to get some additional "in character" items to decorate our table with, including my famous Pikachu hat. Yes Ray or Fran, if you guys are reading this, it is still the same one from "that Salute", she's an evergreen x-DThe game was well liked by the people that gave it a go, and in the short and basic ruleversion I cobbled together for this saturday, we could give people the grabs
Yes, we did it, our demo board for the 29th of september, during the TSA open door day Battling Through the Ages, has been finished.Noshi and me put some serious hours in this board, in order to get it all finished for what will become our first "duo" demonstration game, and the scenario is a modified "Mouse-Hunt" one, with Gromley replaced by that infamous yellow rodent.You know, attracting to kids and such...The last thing we needed to do was settle on a name for the hamlet located on the board, and in the end I went for Eksteren. This name came about two-fold.In the first place, our club, and where the game will take place, is located in the Antwerp village of Ekeren, so that link is pretty obvious. But I wanted it to have an animal refering name as well, so it became Ekster, a bird called a Magpie in english. So that blended together gave the highly suitable name of Eksteren for the hamlet.We also tried out the rules (I wrote a simplified playsheet with only the needed rules for this gam
The third of the soft plastic figures finsihed, this is the newest resident for the hamlet we`re building for Burrows and Badgers.Though paintwise, this was a bit of a boring model, being an all black bird...The model did have it's small scarf and the huge yellow hat to contrast a bit, but generally speaking this wasn`t the most exciting one of the figures to paint up. Never the less, this now puts us at 3 finished for the demo, so the village will be inhabited at least.I`ll see if I have the spare time to do one or two more before the end of september...
The final piece of terrain for the demoboard has been completed, as Noshi rounded out the bridge that crosses the stream in the middle of the tile.The model, which I had lying around for about 10 years, is a 2 piece block of resin, made by a french company called Gauthey Miniatures.I found those long ago in Lille, France at a convention, and now she finally has gotten painted up. She has some nice texture in the stones, and while the halves where a bit damaged due to lying loose in some bag for 5 years, it got solved nicely with some greenstuff and liquid putty.To cover up the holes some more, Noshi added flock to the holes as well, to go with the grass on the interior of the bridge.And that concludes all the "needed" terrain for the table, one of these days I`ll show the board we will be playing on... and reveal the name of the hamlet I came up with in the end.
The fifth model of the Burrows and Badgers range I`ve finished, and the leader of my small band for the demo game the 29th.While I still have to settle on the allegiances of the bands (okay, I know which two and where they start, just not who will become what), they probably become Rogues.Even though for the small, non-campaign driven game we left the special faction bonusses out.The model, while ingame hasn't decent stats at all, it was one of those figures I was immediatly drawn to. And of course, as such I ordered him in my first batch of figures.Equipped with a heap of rusty metal armour pieces and wielding a fearsome flail, he has the presence of a bully like enforcer to me to be honest instead of the cute rodent he is based on.Now to finish his opposing leader and everything is set and done for the demo game!
Noshi finished her second building from Warbases.co.uk Dark Age line, the Grub Hut, this week.A nice little house at 28mm scaling, the model only costs 4.50 GBP, with the current pound / euro cost even a real bargain.The house was painted to look like it was made from large stones, and she did a great job on that one. For the roof, sissal was used (a sort of very fine straw used in decorations and christmas trees) which was then darkened by using Strong Tone from the Army Painter range.The door itself only received a thin single layer, to make sure the marking inside it remained presevered.And with that, the second house of the hamlet (and as we play on a single tile at the demo, the last) has been finished, making all the material for the demo game on a scenery level now nearly completed.
The final model that needed to be painted for the demogame, the Siamese seeress will be Noshi's band leader during the games.While "named" on the Oathsworn site, I went for a totally different one, because well, it's our story we are writing.I went for a light blue geisha robe for her to wear, to contrast with the grey / black fur and face of the model.Another thing that took quite some effort was to recreate a tree / sunset design on the small fan she holds, while the mask was painted with a very contrasting red detailing.And now this concludes the first half dozen of models from the range...
Right, saturday morning as I write this, and the last weekend before I leave on holidays... so it all has to be done now.Because once I return from Mallorca, I have 0 moments of painting left, so to that end all the figures and the side material need to be done before monday midnight... ah I love deadlines.To that end, I have been painting the final two models all day now, and they are now drying in the varnish, ready to be flocked afterwards, go me.But let me first thank Michael Lovejoy, the creator or the game and owner of Oathsworn Miniatures. A few weeks ago, I messaged him through Facebook to explain our Open day, and that Noshi and me would be domo'ing the game for the masses. So I asked him if he had some business cards I could hand out to intrested persons.Yesterday, I received a big box which apart from a figure order I placed (in the end, I want to collect the full range) did indeed include business cards. But that was not all, it also included a stack of hand out figures for the g
Number four of the needed six models for the demogame is finished, and it`s the Mouse Shieldmaiden this time.A model that will become part of Noshi's warband afterwards, this mighty fighter stands ready to face opponents a multitude of her size.Armed with sword and shield, she wears a nice suit of chainmail for added protection,Like all the Oathsworn sculpts, the model is crisp cast and nicely detailed, lending itself greatly to painting even for all thumbs painters like myself.I went for a green cloak as the dominating colour on the model, with a contrasting red shield to make her stand out on the table. The fur is Hairy Brown worked up to Horse Tone Roan.Another great little figure, literally as the mice are the smaller ones in the range, the bands are coming along nicely now...
The most recent addition to the Burrows and Badgers warbands I`m painting up, the squirrel knight is one of my top loved sculpts.The armoured tail especially makes it look just bloody fantastic!This model will be part of my warband when I face off against Noshi. He comes decked in armour and wielding a mighty halberd, so this little rodent will be a bit of a "lynchpin" of my band around which the other models will have to do their jobs.Definatly a top sculpt by Michael!