So I've been getting my 8 year old into gaming. He's a keen story teller and one of his favourite characters in his storys is a little hedgehog toy of his that he calls Hedgee.
Hedgee is the hero of countless tales and it's only fitting that that should continue on the gaming table too. So now it's down to me to sculpt a Hero Hedgee for us to use.
So here's the man himself, er hedgehog that is.
Now I've never done this before. I've done some sculpting of bits and pieces but never a full miniature from scratch. So this'll be a first for me. I asked him to do a little artist sketch to base my sculpting on and here's my little wire armature to start with. I've read that that's the first thing.
So here we go, one Hero Hedgee on the bench. Wish me luck.
Looking fantastic already! The pose is especially nice - something about the size in relation to the sword and his lil left arm sticking out for balance makes him look really innocent and pure, like a bonafide kids character! Great work, and a lovely way of playing with your boy! I'm sure he'll be thrilled with it when you finish!
Thanks PMcB. I was really just going off the sketch!
Obviously the boy knows what he's doing when he picks up a pencil.
Next stage has been on with any hedgehog's most defining feature,
Thanks to a couple of (different coloured) brushes for donating some plastic bristles.
Next thing is his little snout. And glue that sword back on.
Automatically Appended Next Post: One little Hedgee face on.
I had a crack at a cobbled floor too. Just some little feet to add. And maybe a cute furrowed brow, think angry pikachu.
Next up, my younger son now wants one too. His toy, also a Mini Motsu beany plush, is a little black and white kitty called Kitty Mitty.
I wanted to have Kitty Mitty be a magical kitty, little wand and maybe a hat but no. My 6 year old has some pretty hard restrictions in place. No wands or weapons or additions of any kind. Only cuteness is allowed.
Not the strongest wire frame but I'm going with it.
Automatically Appended Next Post: Filled it out with a bit of paper and cut it down some because she was a bit taller than I wanted. Still is. I might drop the legs down a bit too. Looking forward to getting the green on and seeing the shape coming together.
Thanks very much. I am enjoying the project a lot and am pleasantly surprised at how it's been going. I think furry animals are maybe a particularly forgiving subject for sculpting.
So here they are, Hedgee's Heroes.
Very happy with how they've turned out and they're a hit with the kids too so that's all the better.
But I'm not done yet. As everyone knows every good hero story needs a good villain. And the bad guy of the story is
In the boy's original story, "Hedgee's Brilliant Rescue" They discover Kitty Mitty has been cat-napped by the evil Armour Dog. Because cats and dogs right? Apparently it's not that simple.
Armour Dog also hates all Hedgehogs because they eat dog food. He wears armour to protect against their spikes and is constantly developing technologies in his evil headquarters (Doggie HQ) to destroy hedgehogs. These mostly include lasers and bombs most often deployed by his doggie henchmen.
Now armour dog is not another toy. He's purely a made up character. And the drawing is basically a round blob with a face and arms and legs. And an R for R-mour on his armoured chest because Armour dog can't spell. There may be a story in there about how being bad at spellings didn't hold him back in life.
So first off it's wire frame time.
We're going for an anthropomorphic Alsatian. Your typical guard dog/police dog type but up on two legs.
And again I've bulked it out a bit with paper. Looks like a mummy. I mix a bit of PVA and water and tissue for this. It lets me mould it into shape on the wire frame and then when it's dry and its greenstuff time i have a semi solid base to start from the will still yield to a bit of stiff pressure if I need to shape it a bit for whatever reason.
gobert wrote:Interesting technique you’re applying to the wire frame. Rmour Dog sounds an interesting character, looking forward to him developing
Its the only "technique" I know. I'm honestly open to any know how anyone might have on how this kind of thing is normally done.
ScaryEd wrote:This is amazingly professional stuff. Get them on sale!
Thanks, but how would I even begin to do that? It's a nice idea, and I'd be delighted if people wanted to buy their own set of Hedgee's Heroes but in terms of producing versions to sell? I wouldn't have the first clue.
Thanks both of you. Glad you've found Hedgee's Heroes and glad you're enjoying the results. I'm loving the experience and learning a lot. Still a couple of Doggie henchmen to go after rmour dog is done. Not sure I'd be havin so much fun if we didn't get to keep and play with them.
On the theme of playing with them. Here's the Heroquest character cards we made.
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Chuffed with how this guy has turned out, especially now the paint is on!
Found a nice old plasma pistol.
Some bits off an old plastic Necromunda Goliath arm.
Necron Scarab for a backpack
Old plastic termie power fist and 2nd ed 40k ork shoulder pad
And of course a space marine power armour chest piece. (And a few other Space marine bits.)
Got a nice little 'r' on the chest plate too as per the specific brief from my creative director.
CaptainWaffle wrote: I'd gladly place R-mour dog on my table. What a great work! The cards are icing on the cake. Is there more to this universe after the doggie henchmen?
Well let's see now. Rmour dog has a brother called Sneaky Dog. He's a bad guy from another book. This book is a super hero comic starring our cat Banjo - it's called Banjo SuperCat. He's a crime fighting feline with a little sidekick called Super Budgie. (We don't have a budgie) So after the 2 doggie henchmen I'm working on (pics to follow soon) I can see me doing Banjo SuperCat, Super Budgie and Sneaky Dog.
Sneaky Dog, I've been told, has a long nose. So despite the fact that he's Rmour Dog's brother he'a not an Alsatian. The boy has picked a log nosed Russian hound type of a thing.
So plenty more to come if I don't run out of greenstuff.
Thanks. They're at a halfway stage of painting but that hasn't stopped play. Hedgee's Heroes have been making an assault on Rmour Dog's lair.
So here we have Rmour Dog and Doggie henchman number one in action atop Doggie HQ with a their WIP bomb launcher.
It's half a Skull Pass dwarf cart attached to some kind of fat ordinance gun barrel mounted on comically oversized airfix wheels. It'll have a big cone on top so the bad guys can toss stuff inside to fire at our heroes and I'm totally going to give it a red circus clown canon paint job.
Meanwhile Doggie Henchman number 2 is manning the perimeter defence laser.
It's a standard guardie lascannon on an improvised base, bit of rough sprue for legs and some greenstuff for detail. It's pretty much finished, just needs some paint.
Kitty Mitty isn't a bit bothered though...
Paint or no paint she'll happily turn the big laser against Rmour Dog's tower. She's all cute and cuddly on the outside but she's no softy!
It tends to be a bit more free play but we'll use Heroquest combat dice and the occasional Necromunda based mechanic; initiative checks or the doggie henchmen if Hedgee is trying to fool them with a clever disguise or leadership rolls if someone might get scared or scatter dice for random movement. There are no real hard and fast rules more just ways of telling the story.
It'd be funny to do a full battle report on one of these games.
Bit of the old green on another pair of Doggie Henchmen. These two will be a Scottish Terrier and an Old English Sheepdog. At least that's what I'll be aiming for. We'll see if they come out looking anything like. Still lots of detail to go on both.
Thanks guys, its encouraging to hear that real grown up gamers also dig what I'm putting out there.
Tonight's progress comes in the form of a mummy-stage Sneaky Dog and a wire skeleton Banjo SuperCat.
The photo's not the best really but you can see the long neck on Sneaky Dog. There was a whippet tied at the school gates this morning and the boy and I both took one look at it, looked at eachother and went "Sneaky Dog!" So thats that.
Then on the wire frame Banjo you can see he's in a dynamic action pose, one foot planted the other out behind, bit of a superman pose in the arms and a cape flying out back. Well maybe I you squint at this pic you could see that. The mummy stage might be easier to see the shape.
Anyway, I'm super excited for this one!
Green stages on the doggies is progressing, slowly.
Tonight's update sees one more Doggie Henchman done with greenstuffing and ready for some primer.
Still not sure if he needs a hard hat so I reckon I'm gonna get some paint on the guy and eyeball him for a while to find out.
Well Wirecat I'm not achieving anything close to your level of precision. I actually had a look at your sculpting WIP pics before I started this whole process to get an idea of how to go about it. So thanks for showing us those they were very helpful.
Tonight's progress is another completed doggie Henchman.
Rocking out with a spanner!
Thanks cap. Glad you like them. Not much of an update tonight I'm afraid. There have been a few issues. The Old English Sheepdoggie got stood on! Not to worry he's been mended now and painting has begun on both. I also thought his nose needed a bit more fur too so that's got to cure before I can get back to painting him.
I've also been working on the Doggie HQ defensive weapons but sadly nothing is finished so nothing to show yet.
Wirecat wrote: Great group shot(s)! Wonderful opportunity to show off their individuality. This would need an industrial or a suburbian battlefield though...
(goes away to kick the "Suburbia" out of the stupid wire head)
Let's take a ride, and run with the dogs tonight
You can't hide, run with the dogs tonight
Break the window by the town hall
Listen to siren screams
There in the distance, like a roll call
Of all the suburban dreams.
Haha, Petshop Boys. Wierdly appropriate.
I was actually thinking just that, about an urban setting for this. I was thinking of adapting old Necromunda rules for a full on Raid Scenario. Proper industrial setting that.
And AT you're right, those doggies are just too cute to be proper bad guys. Turns out I can't sculpt evil. Good job I'm not doing vampires and zombies for the boy's "Halloween Army" (that's really a thing. He has an undead skeleton T-Rex and everything!) Imaginethe blood curdling terror of a super cute zombie giving you those puppy-dog eyes because he wants your brains.
Godert, I can't claim the genius. I just do as directed. But I agree, it was a top idea. The child is full of them.
Work begins on SuperCat's sidekick SuperBudgie.
Not so much a wire skeleton as a... Magnet skeleton?
And with the obligatory coat of greenstuff. Not very impressive at this stage I know but they all gotta start somewhere.
I've also been required by my creative director to show you all this.
He's seen all your comments and encouragement and is a very happy boy. So thanks from both of us.
Automatically Appended Next Post: Some proper WIP for tonight's post.
Banjo SuperCat and Sneaky Dog get some green. Spent most of the time on Sneaky Dog's leather bomber jacket.
Today I've gotten some painted artillery to show.
The lascannon is a bit rough and ready and admittedly not so exciting as the big clown cannon but they're both very useful.
I have also been producing some bombs for the launcher. Their design owes much to the style of bombs in Danger Mouse. One big counter for the supply of Bombs the doggies use and another smaller one so we can place the bomb they just launched beside the hapless hedgehog (Bwa ha ha!)
In proper sculpting news. Super Budgie has some features.
Actually I'm not at all sure you could call that proper sculpting. Wings and legs have been done separately and all will be assembled tomorrow.
Banjo and Sneaky are also coming along slowly too. I'm hoping to get them both more or less finished tomorrow too so hopefully all three to show soon.
Some solid progress on the sculpting front today. Firstly we've got this guy done!
It's Sneaky Dog, fresh from his latest bank robbery. But what's that ominous shadow behind him?
It's this guy! Super Budgie is complete. Not surprising that he's done before Super Cat as he's so small.
Here's the crime fighting duo beside the cover of the boy's book.
Unfortunately Super Cat isn't quite done yet. Still some facial features and his shrink ray to complete.
But also, I've been having fun with magnets on these three.
As you can see in this shot Super Cat has taken the magnetised swag bag off Sneaky Dog. (Thanks to the wire skeletons inside each sculpt)
and Super Budgie (also magnetised) has swooped to the rescue grabbing Super Cat in the nick of time.
We can put the bag on the budgie, the budgie on Sneaky Dog's hand and so on. The play potential is looking great! I could see more magnetised items in the future.
Absolute genius work you’re producing theCrowe. The kids must be loving the magnetised bag and budgie! It’d probably last about 5 minutes in my house though! I can’t begin to imagine what you’ll produce next!
Super budgie is looking impressive! Those little goggles are excellent
He's the quickest he's the bravest he's the best!
Love me some DM. It really does make me laugh.
You'll notice the goggles look different on the first pic from the second one. That's cause after they dried I managed to bust them off and then went and glued them on upside down! Still, looks ok.
gobert wrote:Absolute genius work you’re producing theCrowe. The kids must be loving the magnetised bag and budgie! It’d probably last about 5 minutes in my house though! I can’t begin to imagine what you’ll produce next!
Thanks gobert. I'm in painting mode for now with these three. I'll post a pic of the completed SuperCat sculpt soon.
Automatically Appended Next Post: Here he is. Might do a bit of something around the face maybe I'll see what it looks like with some primer on. Pretty happy with how the "shrink ray" turned out. It used to be a little Necromunda stub gun.
Tonight's update comes in the style of a battle report. Or at least the story of one of our games.
Ladies and gentlemen boys and girls, we give you...
Sneaky Dog's Sneaky Bank Job
It was a Bank Job and Sneak dog laid the plans out on the table for his gang of no-good criminals.
The Bank was a high security multi storey facility and heavily guarded. But that never stopped Sneaky Dog before.
All he needed was a good distraction and a bit of luck. So the gang split up and made themselves conspicuous.
They drew the guards away from their posts allowing Sneaky Dog (with the aid of a little invisible spray) to sneak in the back door unnoticed.
Down in the basement Big Ed managed to score a big hit on the buildings main generator and knocked out the power and the alarm system!
But the alarm had already been raised as a shoot out was developing over on the east side of the tower.
Super Budgie was first on the scene swooping into action on an unsuspecting bandit.
Super Cat (in his Catmobile) and the Chief of Police weren't far behind and they soon had the bad guys in cuffs. (Sadly SuperCat hadn't been painted yet)
But Sneaky Dog is already inside and he's spotted a guard with a key card that he needs to get into the vault.
With that guy bumped off its time to get his dirty paws on the cash.
Over in the south west the decoy squad were busy breaking into the security store.
They scored some handy new gear but the cops were still on their case.
They let off a smoke grenade and escaped in the confusion.
They didn't get far however because Super Cat's remote control Cat Mobile was onto them.
One of the bad guys managed to get inside but the other fella wasn't so lucky... (rough justice I guess.)
Meanwhile Super Cat has been interrogating the boys in cuffs and threatening to shrink them with his shrink ray.
They've blabbed the whole plan telling Super Cat all about Sneaky Dog. He's in the Vault!
Super Cat and Super Budgie waste no time but fly right on up there just in time to see that Sneaky villain making a getaway down the back stairs. Looks like his invisible spray has worn off!
Super Cat and the guard open fire while Super a budgie swoops.
Super Budgie wins the fight relieving the sneaky thief of a bag of cash but he's still getting away with the suitcase of gold bars!
Down on the ground the Bad Guy in the Cat Mobile has had a bit of an accident.
And over in the east a couple more bad guys have made an attempt at rescuing their captured buddies.
But the long arm of the law prevails in short order.
However, while the chief and the guard were dealing with them the other prisoners escaped and met up with their boss who breaks their cuffs.
We're back in business boys! Now where is that dog with the swag?
He's on the run and Super cat is hot on his heels. But even though the guards are well out of position he still has to run their gauntlet of laser fire in a bid for freedom. But then...
He is headed off by Super Cat with the guards closing in behind. He has nowhere to run. Unless...
Sneaky Dog's lurking surprise-goon was lying in wait. He fires at Super Cat and misses but the momentary distraction is all Sneaky Dog needs to make a break for it.
He doubles back hoping to join up with the rest of the gang but this time it's the cops' turn to shout "Surprise!" He's shot down like a dog in the street!
And Super Cat makes the arrest, while Super Budgie secures the gold.
The chief closes the net around the remaining gang members and the guards mop up the last goon on the ground.
All that remains now is for Super Cat and Super Budgie to hand over the Sneaky culprit and the stolen swag to the Chief of Police.
Another great day for justice!
Super Cat Banjo is looking a bit cuter after a facial fix up.
And Super Budgie is.... A much simpler paint job.
I just slapped on the Hawk Turquoise and called it a day. Maybe because I sculpted this one to be very like the original picture It maybe didn't make sense to start looking at actual budgies for the paint job stage.
Thanks CB, very kind of you. Glad you enjoyed the game.
Tonight Rmour Dog's R&D team at Doggie HQ have been working hard.
So that's two more doggie henchmen on the bench getting the green treatment with a view to giving the dog squad some serious armoured fire power.
Watch out Hedgee!
Automatically Appended Next Post: Also, in an unrelated story.
We now also have this guy. This fella is simply called The Monster. More on him later.
Missed a pic of the wire stage on all of these but you get the idea by now.
Thanks everyone. I'm lookig forward to seeing these two painted and on the gaming table.
So here goes with some progress for the weekend.
First up its the tank commander doggie henchman.
Now honestly I hadn't planned on this look for him but then I saw a pic of a certain Prime Minister in a Challenger tank...
Well, it's a bit of a joke that makes me smile anyway. Not sure the boy would get it. And though I was a child in the 80s I was only 2 at the time myself so I'll not pretend I remember it happening. I remember her though, she stole my milk!
And next up. Super Budgie has got a little perch to sit on when he's not flying.
That's it for now. Back to fitting the new kitchen for me. (Check out my new Wooden worktops!)
Doberman Maggie looks great! I like how she’s got a scarf as she did back in the original pic, great little touch! I think the inspiration and the dog breed are well matched, but being from a mining area I would say that. The old Leman Russ stands up pretty well and would be great fun for the super hero’s to smash it to pieces in the next game!
Did I forget to show the progress on this guy?
This was The Monster a few days ago. Bit on the hairy side.
Then this is The Monster after another greenstuffing session. Looking a bit more feathered and characterful.
See, he used to be a chicken but a crazy witchy guy poured a power potion on him and turned him into this.
Yep, I can definitely see the chicken, the feathers are much more feathery in the second pic. Don’t want to come across him in the alley behind the fried chicken shop!
The pooch in the sentinel looks great too, are the colours on his controls the right way round? Port = Red = Left Hand and Starboard = Green = Right Hand? Or ignore gobert if the colours were coincidental? Either way he’s going to be cool prowling the Doggy base!
The little guy just became the big guy!
Nice aggressive stompy pose.
It's tricky to get a good angle for a photo of this guy. I think maybe his booster seat is a bit too big so his face is a bit obscured by the bars.
Anyway, he seems like a happy little guy in his giant stompy war machine.
Unfortunately gobert the red/green is backwardsed. I just wanted the dome on the one controller to be a big red button and the flat square on the other to be a little green screen.
Anyway, just the Monster to paint now. Not sure what else I could add at this point. Some spooks maybe. (The Monster's henchmen)
So here's the latest bit of progress. The Monster is painted up as is the base for Super Budgie.
ChaoticMind you're right, he does put me in mind of an owlbear. The boy has never heard of owlbears and was quick to assert that no, he's a chicken monster. But look at him he's totally a purple owlbear.
Hi folks. Been taking a break from sculpting to (wash my hands excessively and) paint 1:300 scale ww2 planes (of course!) but now I'm back at it with a plan to sculpt the latest notions from the 8 year old brain of my child. I'll let this page from one of his books explain.
So now we have the Monster it's time to have some spooks. The boy loves drawing Spooks. They're very much in the line of bed-sheet style ghosts. But they can have elemental aspects like fire spooks or water spooks, or jobs like fixed spooks or security spooks. You can see the wire armatures on bases that I aim to be my first 2 Spooks. Maybe 4 planned. Two white spooks, a red fire spook and a blue water spook. At least that's the plan. And then there's still his evil witchy friend.
Yet more WINNING on this blog! I’m looking forward to seeing how the spooks develop and the now inevitable evil wizard! I hope you guys are keeping well, the story telling must be helping with the isolation.
Thanks all. Really glad you're still enjoying the madness. Tonight, the first two spooks get some insides.
Just a couple of waste chunks of kids modelling clay that I found. Glued the wire in there and shaved it down to roughly the right shape. Pretty rough but it'll hold a sheet of gluey tissue paper.
But the real fun of the evening was when my younger son wanted in on the action. We recently finished "publication" of his book 'The Construction Workers' featuring a slug called Slimon.
So of course I had to make him a little Slimon to play with.
The balls of green stuff will be drilled and stuck on the eye stalks once they set. Better and closer pics soon when it's all painted up. Although, Slimon is a black slug. I'll maybe have to dig out the real camera for a proper picture. (if I can find the plug for the battery charger!) all my pics of late have been crummy phone pics. Last decent camera job I did was for Rmour Dog.
You'd have to go to my kid's p4 class and give him 20p, but unfortunately school is closed due to lockdown.
I suppose I should try to get them online for him. Is there a free and easy and child safe place I can host my own webcomics? That sort of thing could work I guess.
Automatically Appended Next Post: Time for a progress update.
The purple blobs of clay have been covered in a sheet of PVA soaked tissue and left to dry. Then I hit them with a liberal blast of (I kid you not) stone chip paint, like you'd use to underspray a vehicle. It's heavy globby stuff that I hoped would round off the roughness of the kitchen roll I used for the ghostie sheets and give them a more cartoonish feel. Worked well enough I think. Once that was dried off it was onto the green stuff.
With a nice later of green on the front of the spook I let the boy do some of the sculpting to draw out the face and give him whatever expression he liked.
We also had some fun with balsa wood and the exacto-knife. (Don't tell mum!)
And here we have...
"Special Delivery!" It's the Post Ghost!
In other news.
Slimon got some primer and he's ready to paint.
@gobert- not Simon, it's Slimon (SLIME-on) These kids crack me up.
Lots more spooks cominacha!
And then, starting to look a little more spooky.
I'll hit these with some anti-stone-chip paint tomorrow morning as I'm happy that it works well and kinda thickens and rubberises the surface of the tissue paper. And it smoothes and fills the roughness out of the surface. It works.
And the big red invincible King Spook. He now has a face and some arms.
I've been told he needs a melty crown. So that'll be fun.
His buddy is also coming together. No theme in mind yet. I'm sure I'll be told what the plan is for him shortly. As for the rest, if I can slip a CIA spook in there I totally will.
Hi everyone. Another exciting update from the world of Hedgee's Heroes today as another member of the original Hedgee crew, a founder member in fact, is finally taking his rightful place among the miniature collection. It's none other than...
Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar, known to Hedgee and friends as Caterpillee. The guys ride on him like their trusty steed.
Sorry for skipping photos of stages but this one is a wire strung with balls of the same pink clay as the spooks are made of. He was hit with a coat of stone chip paint (to hide my finger prints and sloppy work) and mounted on a card base.
After a few minutes the stone chip paint is actually quite good to etch into with a pin. I did some flagstone detail before it was fully set and added some toothbrush bristles for grass. Then he got some static grass fur along his back and some green-stuff horns and eyes and a "world of Eric Carle" label on his tail. (Just like our plushy caterpillar). And a coat of grey primer. (I obviously didn't wait long enough for the other paint to dry as there are little bubbles coming through) Looking forward to painting this guy up as he's a bit of an art legend.
And on the subject of painted minis...
Post Ghost is done.
And also fully painted and apparently an instant fan favourite...
Painting on my sculpt of Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar is done and I have to say I'm delighted at how he turned out.
And most importantly the kids are happy too.
Back with the spooks. There's been some good progress with some simple green stuff faces added and wire arms ready for some more.
These aren't nearly as detailed as the doggies so I should turn them out quick enough... I hope.
Thanks everyone for all the comments and support. We're all still having a great time on this project. Glad you're all enjoying it too.