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theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/04 21:40:35


Post by: theCrowe


Hi Dakkanauts. It's me, back once again with another sculpting project. This time I've got a proper game in mind. None other than Burrows & Badgers.

It's a game I've been excited to explore ever since I came across Mike Lovejoy's wonderful minis while looking for a suitable Hedgehog mini for my boy. Maybe you already know How that went suffice it to say I've had a good start at sculpting and I'm keen to keep at it, continue to hone my skills and improve.

So I'm beginning my journey with a lovely hard back edition Rulebook (Published by Osprey) and a Warband B starter set.


I'm going to be looking very closely at these miniatures and trying to emulate the Lovejoy style (slim chance, these are absolutely gobsmackingly gorgeous sculpts) in an attempt to create some of my own unique Burrows & Badgers inspired creations.

Wish me luck.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/04 22:25:06


Post by: gobert


Good luck! I’m sure they’ll come out great if Hedgee & friends are anything to go by!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/04 23:24:24


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks Gobert.

Hedgee's Heroes are making up a significant proportion of the boy's Wild Beasts Warband. My guys are led by R-mour Dog of course so it looks like I'm going Royalists. That said I'm not focusing my sculpts specifically for a Royalist (armoured soldiers type) Warband. I'm going to just see what I come up with and let the sculpting tool decide.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/05 00:00:41


Post by: Vejut


Oh! I love those minis, and I loved your work on Hedgee and Co, so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what comes out of this!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/05 00:45:29


Post by: CaptainWaffle


Those sculpts are great. Looking forward to what you do with this project. I was tempted to get some for my little Burrows & Badgers collection, but then I saw the "Critter Kingdoms" line from Dark Sword Miniatures at a nearby brick and mortar shop and went with them. Be prepared to hold back on your children with the game - it can be absolutely unforgiving. It's a lot of fun and has some great room to develop a story in.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/05 23:23:09


Post by: theCrowe


Yes, Critter Kingdoms is a beautiful range. Gorgeous even. I'll deffinately be looking to those for inspiration but if I buy more minis for this I'll most likely buy direct from Oathsworn again. It helps that they're UK based and postage is low too.

So here we go then.
Ive started things off with some resin casts I made of these two sculpts I did for my kids.

Sniffy and Cheesy.

The casts...

We're kind of rubbish.

And the second time around.

An improvement but still a little on the small side for Burrows & Badgers scale mice or shrews. But still, a decent vehicle upon which to build, I reckoned. So I skipped the wire armature and filler stage and went right in with the greenstuff. (After a few careful snips)

The result.

Sniffy cast number one became a Slayer shrew, complete with slayer axe, hairdo and a big tummy. Sniffy cast number two is toting a mordheim crossbow and has a bit more by way of clothing.

Then there's the Cheesy casts.

Cheesy Cast number one (noseless due to a bubble when casting) I decided would look well as a bat. So he got snipped back and wire framed for wings. I made the main wings base out of milliput (not sure I'd really recommend that) but he's still at a pretty early stage.
Cheesy Cast two on the other hand is finished in a classic spearman (Spearmouse?) configuration, pointy hat and all.


All these resculpts so far have been bulked up considerably around the legs and arms, and with clothing and weapons they're becoming more in line with the correct scale.

Though I'd say they're on the small side of small. Maybe they'll look more the part on a proper 30mm base. These temp bases are just placeholders for now.

So that's all for now. Work on the bat continues apace. Hopefully I'll have completed picks of him soon.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/06 09:21:03


Post by: Vejut


Thrifty reuse of the casts, and some great details. Bat wings are already looking good, and the size looks like you nailed it.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/06 21:31:51


Post by: theCrowe


Cheesy Cast number one resculpt is complete

That thing in his claw is a cricket bat. You know, cause he's a batman.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/07 05:15:14


Post by: Viterbi


I'm always amazed when people on this board start to sculpt, great job on both rats! And love the batman (wordplay and sculpt)


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/07 09:48:24


Post by: Pneumo


Heh, batman. I love it


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/07 18:02:49


Post by: Vermis


Nicely done Crowe.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/07 19:20:18


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks guys. I'm having fun.


More wire frames

And actual proper milliput on them this time since I'm making an effort to do this right.

Think I'm on target for scale somewhere in the medium beast range between a rabbit and a squirrel. Can you guess what these two will be?


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/07 20:15:13


Post by: amazingturtles


Woo the bat! That one is my favorite so far.

Is there going to be a mole in there? And will he like turnip pie?

I've got these rules and i'd love to do something with them, but i'm short on approriate minis, so it's really neat to see what you're up to here!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/07 21:37:32


Post by: theCrowe


Correctamundo! The one on the right is indeed a mole. I can't say for sure how he feels about turnip pie. Is that a Redwall reference perhaps? I've only just discovered Redwall since encountering it among Burrows & Badgers fandom. My mole will owe more to Kenneth Grahame than Brian Jaques I suspect.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/07 21:46:44


Post by: Vermis


 theCrowe wrote:
Can you guess what these two will be?


Spoiler:




No wait, between a rabbit and a squirrel... um...


Automatically Appended Next Post:
 theCrowe wrote:
The one on the right is indeed a mole... My mole will owe more to Kenneth Grahame than Brian Jaques I suspect.


Hang on, I was right!

Not that I discourage the use of milliput, but any particular reason to view it as the 'right' way?


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/07 22:16:35


Post by: Captain Brown


Crowe,

At it again with the cute and the fuzzy?

Cheers,

CB


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/08 00:09:27


Post by: theCrowe


My considering milliput the right way is more as opposed to my previous method of bulking the frame with PVA glue and tissue paper. It tended to produce quite thin frames to build on and as a result many of my older sculpts are quite fine. Not nearly as bulked out as your typical heroic 28mm figure. I'm noticing with the milliput the material has limitations on how thin a sausage can be before it crumbles so by nature it creates a bulkier base to build on. I'm sure there are many other materials and options out there but I'm finding this to be right for me and for what I'm aiming for.

That said it's kinda horrible stuff to work with. All chalky and sticky.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/08 00:10:40


Post by: amazingturtles


Yeah, i was thinking redwall. I was a huge redwall fan when i was a kid! But it's good to have other inspirations.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/08 01:38:37


Post by: CaptainWaffle


Sculpts are looking great, crowe. Kinda inspiring me to try my hand at sculpting for Burrows & Badgers, but I still have plenty of High Elves to work on. Things like Redwall and Wind in the Willows from my childhood are what drew me towards Burrows & Badgers, and I see references to them all the time. A little surprised you had never heard of Redwall until now. I suppose it's more niche than I thought.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/08 12:40:49


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


The impression I got is that Redwall was much more popular in the UK than in the states? I grew up with it here in Canada though.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/08 16:52:17


Post by: Vejut


I did in the states as well, and actually have only vaguely heard of the Wind in the Willows--may need to read those at some point.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/08 18:23:29


Post by: theCrowe


It may be that it was huge in England. The rest of the U.K. Maybe not so much? It might just be me, I wasn't a big reader until I left uni.

Anyway, lots of new sculpts on the go. I'll take some pics and update soon. Thanks everyone for the support and encouragement.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/08 19:36:26


Post by: Vermis


The old stop-motion Wind in the Willows show was one of my favourites when I was a kid. The book's not too bad either. It's got that kind of edwardian middle-englander feel that you might get out of Tolkien. It doesn't go too epic, but there's not too much distance between a mole-hole and a hobbit-hole.

 theCrowe wrote:
My considering milliput the right way is more as opposed to my previous method of bulking the frame with PVA glue and tissue paper. It tended to produce quite thin frames to build on and as a result many of my older sculpts are quite fine. Not nearly as bulked out as your typical heroic 28mm figure. I'm noticing with the milliput the material has limitations on how thin a sausage can be before it crumbles so by nature it creates a bulkier base to build on. I'm sure there are many other materials and options out there but I'm finding this to be right for me and for what I'm aiming for.


Fair enough!

That said it's kinda horrible stuff to work with. All chalky and sticky.


Sounds about right. It's the only putty where I have to go wash my hands right after mixing it. It takes some getting used to, and there are a couple of tips that might help, like leaving it to firm up for twenty minutes or so (inconvenient); being spare with the water if that's what you use to lube tools; the fact that it's fairly easy to sculpt after it hardens; and especially, mixing some greenstuff into it.
Try mixing half-and-half or 1:2 GS:milliput to begin with, for bulking out the core of a sculpt. Maybe less greenstuff when you get the idea, but too little won't have much effect. Anyway, you should be able to see how the GS helps bind the chalky texture of the milliput.
On the other end, a little milliput added to GS can help loosen it, if it's a bit too stiff.

Looking forward to see what's up next, whatever you use to make it.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/09 01:09:32


Post by: theCrowe


Captain Brown wrote:Crowe,

At it again with the cute and the fuzzy?

Cheers,

CB

Stick with what you know and all that. I don't like sculpting human faces, I'm bad at it and I don't like practicing at things I'm bad at when I could be having fun doing what I enjoy. It's a bad work ethic, I know. I'm not taking any commissions so I'll pick cute and fuzzy every time.

Vermis wrote:The old stop-motion Wind in the Willows show was one of my favourites when I was a kid. The book's not too bad either. It's got that kind of edwardian middle-englander feel that you might get out of Tolkien. It doesn't go too epic, but there's not too much distance between a mole-hole and a hobbit-hole.

Try mixing half-and-half or 1:2 GS:milliput


Very interesting! I'd never considered mixing them. I'll have to see what I can do with that. Though half the point is to use less greenstuff. But knowledge of better ways to work when necessary are great tools to have, so thanks.

I love the Wind in the Willows- the title itself is a clue to how poetic and absolutely gorgeous the writing is. Honestly, if you have a love of the English language and aren't too fussy about internal world consistency in your stories then it's an absolute gem. The chapter whence comes the title is just increadibly beautiful. Its an adventure and scene understandably absent in the delightful stop motion animation which was long enough without it and didn't rush you along either. And David Jason's Fabulous Mister Toad is pure magic. Anyway, I'll not wax lyrical about it any more. I'm not making the river bank gang in Burrows & Badgers, just one mole. (And a weasel, I'll spill the beans)

And here they are so far.

A good ways still to go on both as you can see. And what's been keeping me?

This guy.

He's a Large size hound, or will be. In Burrows & Badgers, (for those who don't know) each creature is either small 30mm base (mouse,) medium 30mm base (rabbit), large 40mm base (otter) or massive 50mm base (Badger)
In this picture the new hound is shown between a Large Otter and a (bit large for a) medium Rabbit.

So of course if Hedgee is the boy's leader my leader had to be, R-mour Dog! (Even though a dog is a rubbish leader in this game.)
R-mour Dog has also gotten to a half way green stage

Is it cheating to use the stuff from GW out of my bits box? It is I suppose but it's getting the job done.

That's all for now folks. Thanks for looking and for all the comments. C&C welcome and encouraged.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/09 18:07:24


Post by: Vermis


 theCrowe wrote:

Very interesting! I'd never considered mixing them. I'll have to see what I can do with that.


Used to be a common thing for some pro sculptors to mix brown stuff or even fimo into their GS to loosen it. And then there was the time when a bunch of us on a tyranid forum got hooked on doing that with apoxie sculpt. Here's a blog article by one of those guys to explain a bit more.

Though half the point is to use less greenstuff.


Surely! You can try less GS over time, just to see if it gets you over the milliput hump.

I love the Wind in the Willows- the title itself is a clue to how poetic and absolutely gorgeous the writing is. Honestly, if you have a love of the English language and aren't too fussy about internal world consistency in your stories then it's an absolute gem.


I might have undersold it.

Brilliant work on the mole's clothes. I'm also pretty impressed by the detail of the claws on his feet, not to mention R-MourDog's hair and mail. And no problem at all with bits box raiding!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/12 23:06:04


Post by: theCrowe


Progress for tonight.


Mole has one paw left to do along with the pick axe he'll be leaning it on.
Not really happy with his face but we'll see how he paints up. If I ever get round to painting anything.

Weazel is all done. Pretty happy with him though he's not really long enough in the body, but that's ok.

R-mour dog is coming along one armour piece at a time. Slow progress on that fella.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/13 10:57:04


Post by: Vermis


Everything's coming along nicely. I'll pick out that breastplate for special praise, though.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/13 19:28:15


Post by: gobert


These guys are coming along amazingly the crowe! I wouldn’t consider borrowing from your bits box as cheating! More speeding up the process


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/14 08:07:51


Post by: Viterbi


Nice work on the sculpts, gotta second Vermis, that armour looks great!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/15 08:33:07


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks guys, I'm pretty happy with the breastplate myself. But honestly it was just the beginning. He's now finished and I'm really pleased with the result.

I'm sure many of these bits of armour have proper names and historical contexts and I'm sure no soldier ever (or dog) wore quite this combination.

I'm happy with the overall look of the character anyway. He's an armoured dog and he looks about the right size to be a large hound in the game.

In other news...

Moley got a pickaxe for breaking rocks and skulls. So that's him complete too.

Time to hit this lot with some primer, I think.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/15 10:00:32


Post by: gobert


Rmour Dog looks aces! How much bigger is he than his Hedgee scale counterpart? Looking forward to seeing him painted together with Moley and Ratty


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/15 11:02:22


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks gobert. He's probably about as tall but feels a bit heftier, a bit more substantial.

Um, painting... Yeah. I've really not been in much of a painting mood. There's more grey in this box than a confederate reenactment convention. I suppose I should crack out the old hair sticks.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/15 11:30:52


Post by: gobert


Go with what feels right, sometimes painting can be a slog. If you’re enjoying the sculpt I’ll, do some more!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/15 20:40:23


Post by: theCrowe


Yes, I thought I would do just that.

Something a bit different this time.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/16 16:50:36


Post by: Captain Brown


The sculpts on the previous page are wonderful and full of detail.

My two cents,

CB


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/16 17:51:38


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks CB. The new, ye Olden days R-mour dog is a big hit with the boy. He's calling him Olden Dog! Har har.

Really struggled with the snake scales.

It's messy but I guess I'm ok with it as a basis to work from. I'll prob add some items like a magic cloak and hat etc to try and distract from the messy scales.

Not that I'm blaming my tools (or lack thereof) but this has been the first time that I've felt that my one sculpting tool wasn't really the right shape for what I needed. Maybe like a sharp flat diamond shape end would've been the one? Anywho, I'm not planning on any more snakes any time soon. Just a bird with large wings! Yikes. I might be stretching my sculpting abilities to the limit here.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/17 18:04:12


Post by: Vermis


R-Mour Dog is excellent. I especially like the Airedale/Scottie face. Talking about 'scottie', is that a sporran?

The bird is already excellent. Just the pose and basic shape! Pose and attitude in gaming minis is something that often gets overlooked in favour of piling on detail, IMO. (Let me pick out any two 3d-printed gang kickstarters or patreons from News and Rumours) Things might slow down a bit now, depending on how much you get into the feathers, but IMO you've already got a really good foundation to sculpt them on.

The snake scales don't look too bad from here. I think I can see what you mean down where the coils start, and yeah, I'd chalk that up the difficulty of winkling a sculpting tool into nooks and crannies, and the learning process.

I've felt that my one sculpting tool wasn't really the right shape for what I needed.


What do you use?


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/17 20:19:48


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks Vermis. Yes I totally agree about dynamic posing and how much it brings to a figure. I would concede though that since I'm not sculpting for production I'm not restricted in the same ways as someone like Mike Lovejoy who has to consider the best shape and pose to produce a strong single piece metal product that will cast well and look great at the same time. It's a whole other skill that is thankfully not yet required of me.

Yes, it is indeed a sporran and it was the inspiration for the dog breed choice. The tail wagging the dog a bit there maybe.

And this be it. My stainless steel magic wand.

It's got a good combination of sharpness and roundness, flatness and curves. The only other thing I ever really use is a notice board pin for eyes or little holes.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/18 05:07:42


Post by: Viterbi


Excited to see more of the bird (not big on reptiles), but the snake is also coming along nicely.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/19 21:01:18


Post by: theCrowe


Well as Vermis predicted things have indeed slowed down a bit.


Getting on with the tail feathers has been an education but I have a good few WFB birds in my old wood elves army to use as refference. The snake scales continue in patches with only the top of his head left to complete.

Still planing some kind of clothing for both though. So some of the scales and feathers will likely end up covered over. I think the crow will get trousers and maybe a hood. The snake is going for a Victorian hypnotist vibe. Top hat and tails.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/20 21:01:38


Post by: theCrowe


Hypno Snake is fully sculpted and ready to paint.



Assuming I ever get round to painting anything in this project!

Ive gone for a tasteful Victorian magician costume, top hat and tails with a nice pinned cravat and diamond cuff link.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/21 12:10:04


Post by: Viterbi


Well... it is a snake so colorwise you're already halfway there Nice finish, it is fancy with the little bowler and costume!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/22 01:08:21


Post by: amazingturtles


The snake is stunning! The little hat really pulls the whole thing together.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/22 07:41:03


Post by: gobert


Genius move with the top hat for the snake! Great sculpting as ever!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/22 20:03:29


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks everyone. I'm pretty pleased with the result. Bowler hat or Top hat? It's somewhere in between isn't it, which I like. It makes him look like a sneaky snake oil huckster type, trying to dress himself up to scam people.

Anyway, on with the progress update.

Bird man just got some trews and then I went and started a new, massive sized badger sculpt! That's gonna be a beast.
Maybe I'm just procrastinating on getting into sculpting those wings.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/23 21:12:37


Post by: theCrowe


 gobert wrote:
Rmour Dog looks aces! How much bigger is he than his Hedgee scale counterpart?

I took a little pic to show you.

And look, Paint! He's not quite finished yet but I'd say most of the hard work's done. Just some more washes and highlights I reckon.

In other news, I finally took the plunge and got on with the first wing sculpt.

Pretty tricky but I seem to have got the hang of it. It's jut going to take a LONG time to do both sides of both wings. Still I'm enjoying the experience. Don't think I'll do another bird for a while though.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/24 05:39:15


Post by: Viterbi


Now that is a very different kind of Dogfight Nice work, paintjob is already looking great!

And amazing work on the feathers, keep up the good work!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/25 09:45:30


Post by: gobert


They’re not too dissimilar size wise, though an Alsatian would be much larger than a Scottie irl, so that puts the scale quite a bit different I suppose.

The feathers are really looking great, but I can see how they’d take so long and put you off doing another anytime soon!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/28 20:00:36


Post by: theCrowe


One anthro-crow completed.



This one took a few too many sessions. Think I need a break for a bit. Maybe paint some. If I tell you that I have to do it right?


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/28 20:43:29


Post by: Vejut


I can see burnout after that many feathers, but it came out quite nicely for the effort! Angle makes it hard to tell, looks like they're stabilizing the spear on the wing? Nice little detail if so!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/29 00:02:19


Post by: gobert


Great job theCrowe, Anthro-Crow looks great. The feathers may have been tedious, but they look pretty good to me!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/30 21:39:19


Post by: Wirecat


Wonders and joys of sculpting. You have my attention, applause and envy, good Crowe! Keep up and on!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/08/31 23:32:57


Post by: Captain Brown


Some more fine design work Crowe.

Cheers,

CB


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/09/01 11:58:49


Post by: Viterbi


Lovely featherwork! And understandable that after sculpting this you want to take a break and paint something


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/09/01 14:46:00


Post by: amazingturtles


There's a ton of details on those feathers and it looks like a lot of work, but well worth it. I imagine that bird's got to be pretty good at multi-tasking with a spear, wings, and pouches to mess with during battle


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/09/01 18:52:40


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks for all the comments and encouragement everyone. Sorry no update. Nothing new to show, not even a half painted anything. I've been loaded with the cold (it's not the covid so I'll not complain) so I've not been feeling very creative. Hopefully I'll get back at it soon.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/09/29 17:46:48


Post by: theCrowe



Breaking back into it slowly with a quick paint job.
Not the sharpest but I'm happy enough with it. my bases will be arriving in the next few weeks so I'll base him properly then.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/09/30 17:40:39


Post by: amazingturtles


Quite nice, quite stylish. A gentlesnake looks good in purple. And yes, he looks the part of a victorian style hypnotist or other such con snake.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/09/30 21:37:06


Post by: gobert


Dapper, that’s the only word for him. Great work!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/01 21:33:48


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks guys, glad yous enjoy his snappy glad rags.

Well since this is supposed to be a sculpting project I've gotten back into the green stuff and begun building up this big fella.



I also fattened him up with a few blobs of milliput just so he wasn't such a long tall drink of water.


This badger isn't going to be the Royalist type, I think. I can buy a royalist badger, all shiny plate armour and the like if I want one. But this fella is more the raggedy mercenary badger type. A big gruff brute that likes to click little critters' doors down and steal their silverware.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/01 23:28:34


Post by: tzurk


I had never heard of this game before this blog but I am so happy that I have now. Your fur and feathers are incredible mate; the patience is unreal. Working backwards I would never have picked that some of the sculpts weren't done by professional model companies.

Your character ideas are hilarious and inspiring and I will be following this blog with interest! Thanks for sharing!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/03 16:04:08


Post by: Viterbi


Nice work on the new fella. He also looks a bit like giving off the winning shot in a football championship


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/03 20:02:20


Post by: theCrowe



Thanks tzurk I really appreciate that. The pictures are hiding a multitude of sins though. There's a gulf of perfection seperating my work from the pros, trust me. Glad you're enjoying the big green journey.

Sculpting continues on my big Brock football hooligan. (Thanks Vit, you're absolutely right. I'll have to name him after a footballer with some Badger pun name. Shame my entire football knowledge comes from 1995 premier league football stickers. I'll be happy to hear any of your comedy footie name suggestions.

Gave him a big fuzzy tum. And you can see I've moved the little purse pocket from the right hip over to the left. I'm going to sling a satchel on the right there.


And a nice shabby leather vest/coat thingy. I've tried to indent where I want a cross belt bag strap to go over that left shoulder and down his back tucking under the coat on the right side and up across his chest.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/04 08:09:57


Post by: gobert


Great sculpting as ever theCrowe. It’s the little details that get me, like how neat the little belt buckle is.

Whilst my football knowledge went on about a decade longer, I can’t think of any badger related names. Google didn’t help and now I’m trying not to get sucked in to a MrWeebl YouTube hole! Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Mushroom, Mushroom! Oh how much better I could’ve done had I gone to uni ahead of the internet!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/04 21:16:13


Post by: Wirecat


Fantastic! Loving these little details You consistently coming up with for every sculpt! Keep up, You are going great!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/05 06:00:28


Post by: Viterbi


As far as I'm aware badger-related footballer nicknames never featured in the Bundesliga and I'm even hazy on normal ones regarding that animal So can't help you there


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/06 16:16:12


Post by: Captain Brown


Vest looks quite well done theCrowe.

Cheers,

CB


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/06 22:14:06


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks everyone. I'm excited to see the big fella coming together. No progress to show on him tonight. I've done his bag but I'll wait to add some more before I take a pic. In the meantime.

Painted Minis!

Two Shrew-zerkers. My own sculpt on the left, and Mike Lovejoy's original on the right.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/11 20:10:26


Post by: theCrowe


Still no further on Striker the Badger.

But in the meantime, here's two more painted sculpts.

Batman and Mouse Guard.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/11 22:43:03


Post by: Wirecat


Shrew-zerkers... I'm gonna steal this. Your version, painted, is just the right thing for the whole company of B-n-B shrews. An admirable feat, congratulations!

Bat and mouse are both very good. Have a vibe from old tin dwarfs and harpies of GW and Reaper some 20 years ago.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/12 20:09:01


Post by: theCrowe


Yeah, I can see the influence of some of my oldest WFB miniatures in these fellas for sure. I really should do some research and see who sculpted some of that old stuff. Learn who my influences really are.

Speaking of influences, I had another look at Mike Lovejoy's original badger sculpting tutorial to get a notion of how the badger's head should look.


Stage one is curing,

Stage two will see ears, teeth and likely a hat! (I do love an animal in a hat)


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/14 16:09:39


Post by: theCrowe


Hi folks, back once again with another few steps toward badger sculpt completion.

First we have some extended armatures for the arms and axe.

Drilled a hole, plonked some wire in, added an old plastic axe-head. Glued it all up nice and solid. Next on this will be to give it some milliput for filler and basic shape.

But the real fun was on this end.

Oh yes, badger got teeth and ears and a Peaky Blinders hat!

So now he's a Peaky Boy it's kind of hard to avoid the name Tommy and of course Beatrix Potter's badger character was Tommy Brock so... that fits I suppose.
But, you know I haven't been falling over myself to name my other sculpts for this project so I don't see why this guy gets special treatment, just cause he's big. Maybe I should name the rest of them all. Any suggestions will be considered.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/14 22:19:33


Post by: gobert


Tommy’s looking good, but then again who doesn’t love an animal in a hat! Especially a badger in a hat! As for names for the others, the bat from page 1 strikes me as a Boris for some reason, maybe the cricket bat makes me think public schoolboy? Dave is always a good animal name in our house, Dave the a polar bear being the first iteration!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/14 23:20:49


Post by: theCrowe


Well... Dave is my name. So I may as well just name the crow after myself. Come to think of it, he needs a hat.

We have a polar bear teddy called SnowJoe.

I like Boris the bat. Perfect.

Quick progress update

I migh file that elbow into shape but otherwise good to go on big furry arms and fists.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/15 06:41:30


Post by: Viterbi


Arms are coming along nicely and it shows the strength of Tommy that he doesn't even bother with the axe. "It's enough I kicks them down, I don't need no axe!"


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/15 17:18:24


Post by: gobert


Ntmu Dave, and the crow clearly now has to be called Dave too!

We have a badger named Joe and a bear called Lenny . Our other Polar Bear is called Dorothy, Dotty for short!

Tommy is coming along very well


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/15 22:59:44


Post by: theCrowe


Sliding these in under the wire before bedtime.

Goodnight dakka. (Ha there's totally a comedy dakka version 'Goodnight Moon' joke to be made there!)


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/17 17:46:11


Post by: theCrowe


Big Tommy the Peaky Boy badger is all done and ready to boot down the door to your burrow.


He's now got two completed arms,

Brass knucks for a mean left hook.

And of course his big old axe in the right.


Looking forward to getting these all on proper bases soon. And then it's paint paint paint!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/18 07:49:30


Post by: gobert


I like the nun, she’s cool! Tommy looks suitably fierce. I look forward to seeing him with paint on


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/18 21:26:19


Post by: Wirecat


Unconventional but cool! Ba-adger ba-ash!!!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/18 22:57:47


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks guys. Yeah he is a bit of an odd one. I suppose no miniature sculptor with an eye toward production would choose a pose like that. You'd have to cast it in at least four parts.

But I suppose I can buy a conventional badger. If I'm making my own I may as well go for something I can't buy.

I'd love to see this guy side by side against an Oathsworn badger just for comparison sake. And to have one of those beauties in my collection too of course.

Nothing else on the sculpting schedule at the moment. I'm enjoying the painting for the time being. But you never know when the notion might strike.

I do need a fox and an owl and maybe a couple more weasels.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/19 23:09:37


Post by: theCrowe


Another side by side of two painted minis.

My own sculpt of a... Weasel?.. Stoat?.. Rat? He's not as long as I'd have liked though I do like him well enough.
And then on the right its an Oathsworn original by the man himself. A lovely squirrel archer. One of my favourites so far. I'd like to maybe have a crack at a squirrel myself. Something really athletic and dynamic looking.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/20 05:53:58


Post by: Viterbi


Those little animals look amazing painted up. Straight up out of an old animated feature, great work!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/20 15:58:03


Post by: Captain Brown


Stoat (I am calling him a stoat) looks good theCrowe.

I read a lot of 'Goodnight Moon' to Miss Captain Brown.

Cheers,

CB


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/24 20:43:49


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks Cap, thank you Viterbi. I'm glad my minis are holding their own next to the real deal. Double header tonight with two pairs to show.


You've seen him mostly painted before but now he's done. It's Olden Dog. And on the left, as has become my custom for this project, the side by side size and style comparison is Mike Lovejoy's Otter Pirate.

And one more pair, but on the smaller side.

It's the (free with every purchase of the Osprey Burrows & Badgers rule book) Mouse Burglar. Another great little critter. Alongside my own, (admittedly kinda weird looking) Mole Miner. A lot of red on the go for these two. Unintentional colour matching for their Dakka match up.

So all I have left to pair now are the Oathsworn miniatures sparrow and rabbit, and my own crow and Badger.

Then it'll be on to bases. They have arrived, I just haven't started putting them on yet. When the whole lot are painted up I'll get them all properly based and then they'll all get flock and tufts and all that good stuff.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/24 23:49:39


Post by: gobert


Great work as ever theCrowe! Olden Dog in particular stands up really well to his professionally sculpted counterparts, you really have quite a skill. It’s been a pleasure to watch develop and reach such heights!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/25 10:38:19


Post by: amazingturtles


Olden dog is a remarkable guy. Even with his armor and weapons i want to cuddle him! And i really like the claws on your mole miner, your sculpts hold up great paired with the others.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/10/30 21:47:02


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks to you both for your kind comments. I'm deffinately find it that cute and fluffy is my forte when it comes to sculpting minis. I see some truely toe-curling work from the many excellent and gifted sculptors on dakka, all tentacles and gruesome noisome nurglified things and while I'm very impressed I have no desire to create such things myself. I can't even make a spooky bat without a bad cricket joke!

Anyway, Big day for Burrows & Badgers at my house today because these arrived!

Left to right these are a Hound and a Fox (both Large Beasts) a Badger (Massive Beast) and a Weasel (medium)
All superbly sculpted and produced by Oathsworn Miniatures.

So naturally I got dead excited and before the night was out I had these on the bench.

Left to right these are going to be (probbably) a medium Weasel/ferret/stoaty thingy, a Swan (massive bird) a fox (large) and another Weasel/ferret/stoaty thingy.

Been painting away at another side by side pair. A little bird and a bigger one. Looking forward to showing them soon.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/02 12:24:13


Post by: tzurk


Woohoo! Fresh recruits.

Really interesting to see the wire shapes and try to picture the end result...can't wait to see how you bring them to life.

I can just hear the "Oi, git, it's yer last warnin'..." coming out of Tommy before he kicks the door down!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/02 21:02:55


Post by: Wirecat


Some of my favorites, witch hunter and a female badger knight! You've got her in resin as most larger pieces these days, theCrowe? Good luck with them and Your own pieces too!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/03 10:31:26


Post by: theCrowe


Yes, she's a resin cast. I do prefer a hefty metal mini but I'm not complaining at all, she's a great piece and full of character. I'll have to show you the side by side with own badger who I made before I'd seen the scale of Oathsworn's "massive" creatures which, lets just say isn't quite as massive as I'd imagined.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/08 20:44:50


Post by: theCrowe


I've been a busy sculpting other things but I'm back in Burrows & Badgers mode and cracking on with the milliput.


Another bird because apparently I hate myself and the fox. These are the two I have the most solid notion of what I'm going for. The Swan will be a straight up Royal Guard/beefeater type with a halberd. Then the fox will be a rich Victorian gentleman with a top hat and cane. (He's actually from a Hedgee's Heroes story. The evil Barron Von Clinkels. )


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/09 06:54:11


Post by: gobert


I love a good crossover, I cant wait to see the baron, he sounds cool. The beefeater swan sounds a cool combo too


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/10 15:30:38


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks gobert.
I'm looking forward to seeing them coming together. In the meantime, not to focus my attention too much on just two sculpts, I've cracked on with the other two as well.

Moreheim bits always come in handy.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/11 21:02:00


Post by: theCrowe


Update on progress with this lot.

Ive been having trouble with the soft wire I used for the armatures. Far too soft and prone to bending even with a layer of milliput and greenstuff on top. I may have to fix some legs with stiffer wire at some point.
And yes the eagle eyes among you might note I've been using brown stuff too. I don't find it much different than greenstuff to be honest. It's a bit softer I think, unless I'm just mixing it wrong. I like working with it.

Anyway, beefeater swan has the feet an legs done and the top of his uniform with an embroidered crown on the breast.
The Barron is mostly a Victorian clotheshorse at this point. That doofy hat is just a skeleton to support a propper stovepipe top hat in the future.
The weasel brothers are now sporting a variety of armour types. Been playing with textures a bit to do chainmail and scale armour. I'm planning on making them both some pretty nasty looking critters, though my record tends toward the cute and fluffy so we'll see.
I also plan on bagging some dirt-cheap eBay rejects of the Skaven variety to fix up. I'd actually like to try and Cuteify them for Burrows and Badgers purpouses if at all possible. Just for fun. Depends on what I can find I suppose.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/12 01:57:24


Post by: Vejut


Cutified skaven will be...interesting to see. clothing is looking good on these guys!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/12 06:49:03


Post by: gobert


Great update! The ruffles and crown on the swan are cool, good luck with the feathers though! I quite like the barons bowler hat, but clearly an Isambard Kingdom Brunel style stovepipe is superior!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/12 23:55:59


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice progress theCrowe.

Cheers,

CB


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/13 13:45:49


Post by: Pneumo


Your sculpts were always pretty good, but I have to say that lately they are really top notch!
I absolutely love all the detail on the Tommy sculpt

Keep up the good work


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/14 09:17:19


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks everyone for your comments and encouragement. You're all keeping me going to see this lot through to the final stage. (Which involves wings again! Kill me now) I'm having a great time with these latest creatures so far so I'll crack on with a bit more detailed of an update this time.


Starting with the stoaty/ferrets. I've gotten a fairly high percentage completed with just the heads still to do and the hands on that two-handed sword.

A rear view shows some of the detail going on there. Really enjoying the two different armour styles on these two but trying not to over complicate things. I'll have to give them a solid eyeballing one their heads are done just to see if anyone needs a hat!

Then scaling up to the big boys,

The Barron is coming together at last and the Swan is a couple of wings away from parade-ready. The top hat has begun to take shape, it just needs a rim but I'll do that after I've done his face.

The swan's hat is at skeleton stage just now but will eventually have flowers and everything! I might clip that pole axe down to size a bit too.


Then old foxy has both panels of his coat on the back complete but only one in front as I had to set the arms in place before I fit the last one around his little teapot handle left hip lean. That'll be next, followed by coat sleeves and hands and a fuzzy little face.

Lots of work still to do on these.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/14 12:46:02


Post by: amazingturtles


Swan in a hat, swan in a hat, swan in a hat hey!

That is my song, in honor of your swan.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/14 15:25:02


Post by: Vejut


Looking good. I do weirdly like the improbably small hat and large poleaxe on the swan--they seem like the type for it.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/14 16:04:28


Post by: Pneumo


I have to agree with vejut, the tiny hat and the large Pole axe just fit together perfectly. Really liking the look of it


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/15 09:54:16


Post by: theCrowe


amazingturtles wrote:Swan in a hat, swan in a hat, swan in a hat hey!

That is my song, in honor of your swan.

So much love for the swan. I do hope I'll be able to finish him/her soon. What we need is a name now.

Vejut wrote:Looking good. I do weirdly like the improbably small hat and large poleaxe on the swan--they seem like the type for it.

Pneumo wrote:I have to agree with vejut, the tiny hat and the large Pole axe just fit together perfectly. Really liking the look of it

Well now the final layer on the hat is done and it's naturally a bit bigger and I've also clipped about a cm off the pole so the axe is a bit shorter. Hopefully neither will ruin the effect.

Feather sculpting has begun but rather than spam another small step update I'll maybe just show them all finished when I get there. Unless anyone is really keen to see each stage of the build up in granular detail. I'm never sure how useful that is to anyone. Fox's coat is done with the left front and sleeves complete, one of the ferrets is complete and he other is a head away from done at this stage.

Thanks for your interest and comments. Looking forward to painting somemore soon. Dave and Tommy are still languishing in sad grey primer.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/15 14:34:29


Post by: SpaceGoblin1980


I'm loving the swan with the ruff! Keep up the great work


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/15 22:37:08


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks SpaceGoblin, I was chuffed to have the opportunity to sculpt a ruff though it's was a bit tricky and it's a bit messy and not maybe as sharp as I'd like it to be.

Anyway, quick pic just to make you all laugh.

More birds! I know, yikes! Going for a sparrowhawk (medium raptor) and a great horned owl (large raptor)


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/15 23:41:55


Post by: gobert


You must be really loving doing feathers ! . They both already look to be fantastically dynamic, can’t wait to see them with a bit of meat/milliput in the bone/armature!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/16 00:11:31


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks gobert, and you know I wish I was loving it but in all honesty feathers are a melt.

See, the boy wants an owl but he didn't like the first one I made because he wants Hedgee to be able to ride on its back so I had to make another one in flight pose. So now I have two.

Anyway, progress to show with two ferrets/stoats/whatever's completed.

Propper gritty these guys. None too cute and cuddly afterall.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/16 02:17:36


Post by: Vejut


I mean, "vicious and round" is its own kinda cute, and they do fit there. They ended up looking quite nice!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/16 02:57:01


Post by: darkkt


Hi man, it is fantastic watching these guys come together. Great work


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/16 21:17:12


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks you both very much. I'm happy that so far at least they're not too cute. But it still might all come down to the paintbrush.

In other news...

The Barron Von Klinkels at your service. In two minds about adding a monacle. I'll maybe paint him up first and then see.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/17 23:41:45


Post by: theCrowe



Swan in a hat, Swan in a hat, Swan in a hat hey!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/18 00:54:47


Post by: Vejut


That is indeed an excellent hat.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/18 06:05:48


Post by: Viterbi


Oh no, the swan's got loose... (need to watch Hot Fuzz again).
Great work on those sculpts, was really cool to see the process in one go just now.
And two more birds... I hope you know, what you are doing to yourself


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/18 22:01:27


Post by: amazingturtles


It's a catchy tune, isn't it! Swan in a hat is going to sweep all the charts, just you wait!

I admire your bird ambitions


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/18 22:18:54


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks folks. Looking forward to seeing more paint on these when I'm in the mood to get on it.

In the meantime

Sculpt while the sculpting is good. Ready to hit these with some green (and brown) soon. Think I'm going for a Viking themed sparrowhawk but ideas for the owl are still eluding me.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/18 23:59:22


Post by: Vejut


First thing that comes to mind is a Ninja. Stealthy night bird and all. Dunno why, possibly the large eyes on most owls, or the old ORLY meme, but the second thought would be "villager in a panic"


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/19 17:47:46


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice sculpts theCrowe.

Cheers,

CB


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/19 22:09:39


Post by: theCrowe


Vejut wrote:First thing that comes to mind is a Ninja. Stealthy night bird and all. Dunno why, possibly the large eyes on most owls, or the old ORLY meme, but the second thought would be "villager in a panic"

Ninja owl might be good. Though I'm not keen on a hood as the Oathsworn sparrow I have already has one and I don't want to do the same thing. I'm ready Harry Potter to the boy these days and might go with a Hogwarts owl theme.

Captain Brown wrote:Nice sculpts theCrowe.

Cheers,

CB

Cheers.

Now for the progress update

Feathers.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/20 19:46:41


Post by: gobert


Thats some pretty rapid feathers progress, swany must’ve given you some good experience to speed up the process! I love the magnet for Hedgee transportation too, that one sweet ride he’ll habe!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/20 20:46:04


Post by: theCrowe


Yes my feather game has definitely sped up. Greenstuff is better than brownstuff for feathers I think. Brown is a bit too soft and messy. Anyway just so I don't go nuts doing two birds at once I have a plan for some light entertainment between featherings.


An old Skaven plague monk and a warcry troll thingy with a big chin that's been lurking in my pile for about a decade are joining the B&B train. A magic rat and a magic toad coming up.



Automatically Appended Next Post:

And here is the first blowin from another game. WFB plague monk gets the derpy wizard treatment with the addition of a hat and a beard. I also added a staff topper skull from my wood elves bits and extended his tail a bit. He's a bit on the small side too, straight up B&B mouse sized in fact so I bulked up the base to give him a little boost and hopfully the profile boosting additions will help to embiggin him to rat status.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/21 20:49:09


Post by: theCrowe



One Hypno-Toad ready to croak some wild magical mayhem. He was far too big with his backpack of scrolls and even removing it and attempting to reduce his profile a bit doesn't really bring him down to medium size as a toad should be for B&B but he fits on the small base fine, so that's ok.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
And another feathers update.
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Getting there slowly one section at a time.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/22 09:35:57


Post by: gobert


Your productivity continues to impress me, I spent hours painting some horses white and you get all this done! Toad looks cool, please can you paint him like hypno-toad from Futurama?


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/22 21:20:41


Post by: theCrowe


Yes gobert, it's been a very productive weekend. I don't sit still but I've a sculpting tool in hand and some putty on my left thumbnail.

And just one more before the working week is upon us again.

The original feathered fiend Dave the Crow has paint on. Here's the obligatory side by side against an Oathsworn sparrow, though I painted it up as a chaffinch.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/24 07:52:46


Post by: Viterbi


Finished Dave looks very cool, love the green/yellow contrast of his clothes!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/24 21:21:01


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks Viterbi. Yes, it was very necessary with his feathers being so dark. My only concern is that he looks like he's supporting Brazil in the World Cup. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose.

And now at last, two more finished sculpts.

Hogwarts owl and Viking Hawk. I'm not too super keen on their faces but hopfully they'll look good with paint on.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/25 03:37:02


Post by: Captain Brown


More great sculpts Crowe.

CB


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/25 17:04:02


Post by: amazingturtles


I like the viking hawk, he seems very gruff.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/25 18:45:46


Post by: gobert


Great work on Dave and the Sparrow. He’d need blue shorts and white socks to have the full Brazil kit on though! The Viking Hawk is coming along nicely, but it’s Hedgee riding the Owl that I want to see the most


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/26 21:02:53


Post by: theCrowe


Captain Brown wrote:More great sculpts Crowe.

CB

Thanks CB. The photos hide some of the messy bits though that I fear the paint won't hide quite so well. I'm having to take a file to the hawk's feet to tidy up those claws. Still, looking forward to slapping some primer on.

amazingturtles wrote:I like the viking hawk, he seems very gruff.

He looked pretty derpy before he got a helm. And the eye part looked like big Elton John specs for a while so im glad it's turned out gruff one way or another. He's got some leather pauldrons now too.

gobert wrote:Great work on Dave and the Sparrow. He’d need blue shorts and white socks to have the full Brazil kit on though! The Viking Hawk is coming along nicely, but it’s Hedgee riding the Owl that I want to see the most

Shows what I know about football. ie not much. I hear some footballers don't even use dice!
Hedgee has lost his sword at the moment so I might have to fix that first but rest assured you will see that, eventually. Painting some badgers right now, then there's some stiff competition for who's up next. I really want to see the Barron and the Beefeater in paint, though Hooter I'm sure would be a quicker job, and the boy would be happy to see him tabletop ready.

And as if I didn't already have enough to be getting on with...

This fella just popped into existance!


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A quick first go at the green. Think I'm going to like this little fella.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/27 08:08:36


Post by: Max Moray


Have never come in touch with Burrows & Badgers personally, but wow, these are some lovely sculpts. Impressive project log you got there! It's great to see them come alive from the rough putty skeleton to the detailed and painted mini.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/11/27 19:44:31


Post by: gobert


Turtles are funny little creatures with their popping in and out of existence. He already looks cool! Wouldn’t it be fun if the whole football industry was revealed to be controlled by WWE? The story line decided by a dungeon master and his D6!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/03 18:34:59


Post by: amazingturtles


That turtle is going to be amazing


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/05 01:54:07


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks for the kind comments Max. I hope to keep it up. From wireframe to painted mini can be a long time, especially since I don't do just one at a time.

Gobert, thanks. WWE with dice might actually make me watch a football match. There seems to be a lot in common with both sports when players make contact.

Thanks AT, wait til you see...

I've been away from Dakka a bit more this week (as I've been painting a set of Nesting Dolls for my wife) but I've been keeping up my hobby progress too, little by little. Two badgers almost painted which I'll be excited to share soon I hope.

But most exciting (I hope you'll agree) is this little fella.





The idea came from my son (or course) who has a little turtle teddy and wanted a turtle to join Hedgee's heros on the Burrows and Badgers table. He's also much more directly inspired by the Hammer Bros in Super Mario than anything TMNT related.

Then, in other Burrows & Badgers news. The ranks are swelling with some plastic vermin.

A couple of eBay Storm Vermin refugees. I'm keeping the one with the pole arm as is though I'll probably sculpt on some more heavy armour. Then the other I've clipped and fitted with a crossbow to provide another ranged option for my collection.

Then there's this guy...

He's vintage Ral-Partha lizard guy. And yes I recall him having arms holding axes but clearly teenage me had little to no respect for classic miniatures. But at least now, being more than twice as old as I was then, hopefully wiser and certainly handier with the hobby skills, I'll be able to redeem this little fella. It's this or buy an old Skink champion.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/05 08:16:03


Post by: gobert


Yet another great update, the Hammer Bros turtle looks fantastic, if a little lonely! . Thankfully teenage gobert was not that adventurous so most of my old stuff is built to print. Which is a good thing as I don’t have the skills to craft a new pair of hands and an arm! Good luck rescuing him


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/05 09:31:56


Post by: Viterbi


Turtle looks great, lovely work on his shell!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/05 22:23:24


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks guys. Looking forward to seeing some paint on him. Though at this stage that's like "join the cue fella. Hope you brought a deck chair and a packed lunch."

Anyway, quick update. Lots of fun fixing up these three today.

First up its Eddy Lizard.

His right arm got the chop (again!) and then I added a set of Night Goblin archer arms. They had cloak sleeves so he got a full length coat (which is a bit hard to see in this photo), a quiver of arrows and a little hand weapon on the back of his belt.
He's a bit of an odd looking fella... Prob needs a hat.

Then there's these two.

I wanted to take them away from the traditional Skaven aesthetic if possible and I think some of that was achieved with the crossbow for a start. For that guy I also added a kinda viking looking helmet and some chainmail.
The other regular Storm Vermin guy got a bit more shoulder armour and a dinky little tin hat to try and break up that hunched back silhouette. I also added a fleur de lis to his shield because what Skaven ever had one of those?



theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/06 13:31:32


Post by: gobert


A skateboard with a Fleur de lys is something I never thought I’d see, nicely sculpted. Great choice of name for Eddie too


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/06 18:30:53


Post by: theCrowe


 gobert wrote:
A skateboard with a Fleur de lys is something I never thought I’d see, nicely sculpted. Great choice of name for Eddie too


Yes, I'll prob go for some nice bold primary colours too to really take him out of the gutter. I think a skateboard might be a step too far!
What a comedy autocorrect from Skaven to Skateboard! Quite tempting in fact. Makes me want to see a Skaven Marty McFly skitching a ride on the back of a chariot.


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Well there I was with both badgers out on the table. Not too much left to do on them and hoping to get them finished for a nice little side by side shot... But no.

Instead I painted these.

Hooter the mighty magic owl and Mickey the magic Rat.
He's not a mouse, just a big fan.


Badgers to come soon, honest.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/07 00:34:09


Post by: gobert


I think you need to ask the kids whether Hedgee wants a skateboarding rat friend/enemy! I think you know the answer already!

Back on topic, Owl looks really cool, and I love the Fantasia link with the rat!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/10 23:22:54


Post by: theCrowe


Finally, the painted Badgers Comparison picture!

You can see how much bigger big Tommy is than his Oathsworn counterpart. He was sculpted before I'd bought a "massive" creature and I perhaps took the massive part a bit too literally.

And what took me so long painting the badgers? (Apart from the sculpting of two ferrets, two birds and a tortoise.)
Painting these foxes of course!

Really love this Oathsworn fox buccaneer. He's just a really simple and elegant sculpt. Took my time painting him up. Now compared to him my own foxy, Barron Von Klinkels is a bit rough. A bit big (theme developing here) and actually a bit wolf-like. But I'm happy with him. He's got some character I think.

Next up on the painting block... I dunno. Swan in a hat? The boy wants Turtly painted so he might skip the queue. But then again he wants another Badger sculpted, a boxer badger to be Sledgee's arch rival in the ring.

There is apparently no interest in either a second hammer bro or a Skateboarding rat.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/11 04:02:42


Post by: KidCthulhu


I've lurked both here & your Hedgee thread and I have to say I am so jealous of your skills. Your finished greens look as good as the professional sculpts. The whimsy is strong with these models!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/11 09:30:01


Post by: gobert


Great work theCrowe! As for your guys being a bit on the large side I think you can sell them as male/female depending on the species as to which one is bigger. It’s impressive how your sculpts have as much character as the professional sculpts, in some case more. The extra time spent on the buccaneers paint really shows, great job!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/11 17:45:04


Post by: amazingturtles


The turtle is the best! I can really see the hammer bro inspiration in the pose too.

The foxes look great, yours has a bit more sinister of a personality i think, which is fun


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/11 22:55:13


Post by: theCrowe


KidCthulhu wrote:I've lurked both here & your Hedgee thread and I have to say I am so jealous of your skills. Your finished greens look as good as the professional sculpts. The whimsy is strong with these models!

Thanks very much for coming out of lurker mode to say so. You're very kind. I will say though that my phone camera pics hide a lot of imperfections and my sculpts are often quite a lot less smooth and finished than the pros and I suspect that's the real difference. Still some way to go before I'd claim to be as good. But I'm really enjoying myself and I'm still learning a lot as I go along.

gobert wrote:Great work theCrowe! As for your guys being a bit on the large side I think you can sell them as male/female depending on the species as to which one is bigger. It’s impressive how your sculpts have as much character as the professional sculpts, in some case more. The extra time spent on the buccaneers paint really shows, great job!

The better paint job on the Oathsworn fox does show, I noticed that myself when I took the side by side pic and cringed a bit at how harsh my paint job on my own fox is. I don't really like his blue waistcoat but I can't think what would work better with the purple and dark grey. Anywho, I'm recconciled to not being as great a painted as many Dakka P&M bloggers, yourself included. I steal my opportunities to paint when I can and I'm just happy to have a finished mini sometimes however it comes out.

amazingturtles wrote:The turtle is the best! I can really see the hammer bro inspiration in the pose too.

The foxes look great, yours has a bit more sinister of a personality i think, which is fun

Thanks AT. Yes the Barron is sinister. That really was the main thing I was going for so I'm glad it comes through. And the turtle got more and more koopa troopa as I went along. Even more so now that he's painted!

Yes, the Turtle jumped the queue, or perhaps he just went slow and steady and won the race.

Actually he came in a close second to the surprise winner Eddie Lizard.

Nice contrast between these two. Turtly ended up very bright and colourful where Eddy is more the dark and brooding ranger type.

Swan is coming on nicely too. Most of the base layer is down so he's starting to look really fun.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/12 06:48:39


Post by: Viterbi


Always love coming here, so much creativity and cool sculpts in this thread. The foxes look ace and maybe the baron is a half-breed which explains his size. And the coat on the bucaneer is amazing, lovely colors!
Good to see hammer turtle finished and really nice contrast to the more muted lizard.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/12 09:51:23


Post by: gobert


Don’t knock your painting, especially when you sculpt as well as you do! For me it’s about enjoyment, so spend the time on any bits you enjoy. The latest pair look great, though turtle looks like his shoes might be on the wrong feet. Or maybe I just used to my kids getting it the wrong way round!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/13 20:27:08


Post by: theCrowe


Good thinking Viterbi. Not sure how viable a wolf/fox cross would be but if we can believe they can walk around on their back legs wearing clothes and wielding offensive weapons then I can say a half fox half wolf is totally legit.

Well thanks gobert, I appreciate your encouragement. I do enjoy painting when I can. In fact these days I'm taking every opportunity to. So much so that I have another painted mini to show.


No Oathsworn side by side comparison this time but I'm happy that Mr Swan is a suitably massive addition to the collection to warrant his own spotlight.
This angle really shows up the unfinished base though. I've a box from greenstuff world under the Christmas tree containing some new basing materials. I'm hoping to get as many minis as possible painted before the end of the holidays to get them all based at once. Might actually be a pretty big job come to think of it.


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On second thoughts...

Just to show you the size of him.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/14 06:08:43


Post by: Viterbi


He's a big one And a very nice white and with his fancy red clothes he looks very regal, amazing job!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/14 12:21:55


Post by: gobert


Wow! Swany looks great! The white feathers came out really nicely, but his beefeater bib steals the show! Was the crown sculpted or freehand painted? I’m not sure which option to be most impressed by!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/14 14:08:51


Post by: amazingturtles


That is an appropriate size for a swan. I've been charged by one, they's huge.

The koopa turtle is a work of art. I love him


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/19 21:20:42


Post by: theCrowe


Viterbi wrote:He's a big one And a very nice white and with his fancy red clothes he looks very regal, amazing job!

Thanks V. Yes he's a biggun. I like the Royal link with swans, (all the swans in the Thames belong to the Queen) so I had to have one in Royal livery.

gobert wrote:Wow! Swany looks great! The white feathers came out really nicely, but his beefeater bib steals the show! Was the crown sculpted or freehand painted? I’m not sure which option to be most impressed by!

Thanks gobert. I did mark out the crown in the sculpt with some little dots but it was a bit off centre. The paint on top really has more to do with the final crown shape, the little divots in the end just add some depth. But I'm very happy with him, he looks like he'd be a serious contender on the tabletop.

amazingturtles wrote:That is an appropriate size for a swan. I've been charged by one, they's huge.

The koopa turtle is a work of art. I love him

The example given for a massive bird is a Raven, I thought yeah... But a Swan though... That's a massive bird.
Glad to like the turtle. That's a solid endorsement coming from you.


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And one last offering for the night, another side by side.

A lovely Oathsworn Rabbit archer and my own raggedy (apparently albino!) ferret swordsman.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/20 02:11:40


Post by: tzurk


Lovely work as always mate! Love the pink around the eyes/toes, a nice touch of realism to a 6 foot ferret with a sword.

I can feel the attitude coming off the swan, and I laughed out loud at Eddie Lizard.

I always love dropping by this blog and seeing what you're up to. Merry Christmas & keep it up!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/20 08:59:33


Post by: gobert


Nice touch with the Albino Ferret, he looks really cool. The blue on the bunny looks really good. Nice work!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/23 07:12:00


Post by: Viterbi


I always love when you put doubles up, because I try not to read the text and guess, which one is yours and which one the mini I could buy. And it is not an easy task, because your modeling really sets a high standard.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/23 11:55:19


Post by: Fifty


I have to admit, I haven't checked this thread in ages, as anthro stuff is not normally for me. Your stuff has so much bags of character though that it overcomes my normal lack of enthusiasm!

I loved Wind in the Willows as a kid, and your minis really capture that vibe!

I love Owl and Hawk, but I htink your badger is my favourite!

Wow, all of those paragraphs had exclamation marks. Here's another!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/24 15:18:00


Post by: amazingturtles


The ferret looks like a dangerous berserker! I like him.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/26 23:24:40


Post by: theCrowe


tzurk wrote:Lovely work as always mate! Love the pink around the eyes/toes, a nice touch of realism to a 6 foot ferret with a sword.

I can feel the attitude coming off the swan, and I laughed out loud at Eddie Lizard.

I always love dropping by this blog and seeing what you're up to. Merry Christmas & keep it up!

Verisimilitude in fantasy is the key. Pink toes does some of the lifting to supsend that disbelief. Glad to have made you laugh too. Thanks for your encouragement and hope you had a very merry Christmas too.

gobert wrote:Nice touch with the Albino Ferret, he looks really cool. The blue on the bunny looks really good. Nice work!

Thanks gobert. I'm trying to make an effort on the Oathsworn minis as I'm keen to show them off for the great minis they are. And since I didn't sculpt them I feel I ought to put the effort in with the paint job.

Viterbi wrote:I always love when you put doubles up, because I try not to read the text and guess, which one is yours and which one the mini I could buy. And it is not an easy task, because your modeling really sets a high standard.

Well I'm glad you're having fun and that it's a challenge is a great compliment. I've always maitained though that the finishing of my minis, the smoothness of surfaces and clean lines isn't what I'd call professional. And also I'm not sculpting for production so I have that luxury to help make my poses as dynamic as I like.

I post the doubles pics mostly because I want to compare them too. Because I'm making these to play burrows and badgers I want to keep the original asthetic and scale and attitude in mind throughout so the project doesn't veer off into my own wierd world and end up looking very unlike Burrows & Baders as it has been imagined. The doubles pics are a kind of control measure in a way.

Fifty wrote:I have to admit, I haven't checked this thread in ages, as anthro stuff is not normally for me. Your stuff has so much bags of character though that it overcomes my normal lack of enthusiasm!

I loved Wind in the Willows as a kid, and your minis really capture that vibe!

I love Owl and Hawk, but I htink your badger is my favourite!

Wow, all of those paragraphs had exclamation marks. Here's another!

Thanks!!!!
Wind in the Willows is indeed a fantastic book. Totally lacking any internal consistency in its world building but somehow none the worse for it. Another case where bags of character overcomes any obstacle.

amazingturtles wrote:The ferret looks like a dangerous berserker! I like him.

He's a rough looking buffer that's for sure. But I like him too.


Got some more minis from Oathsworn so that means more sculpting too!

Got the head separate on this nice shines new cork (happy Christmas to me) not a big fan of the separate head thing so I'll prob stick it on first chance I get, think I need to see it all together or I'd end up making a giant bobble head mini.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/27 01:35:06


Post by: gobert


See, I’m not even sure I could make a wire frame that well! I did just get a few tool on Amazon, so I should try my hand with the odd bit of GS scultping, your stuff is the inspiration we all need sometimes!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/28 22:45:33


Post by: theCrowe


I'm confident you could give it a go. Grab a paper clip and some pliers and bend it like Bender. Only don't ask your girls what they want a warhammer figure of or you'll be at it all year! (No joke!) That said its been a great project year for me though I have little planes that I got last Cjristmas still unpainted as I've not gotten back to them yet. One day... And I'd like to see your new Void Panthers completed sooner than 2022.

Anyway on with the update.
Here's one for all the Tommy fans.

This is what he was made for after all.

Then back with the sculpt of the day.

This is Elmer. He's hunting Wabbits.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/29 07:07:36


Post by: Viterbi


That poor door

Elmer is already looking very cool, but he seems not very kind to his own kind, hunting them with that rifle


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/29 10:22:14


Post by: gobert


Tommy looks to be in his element kicking that door in! Elmer is a genius choice of name for a rabbit hunter. Hope you have a good new year!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/29 15:57:43


Post by: amazingturtles


Maybe elmer is a hare!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/29 21:37:39


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks everyone, it remains to be seen whether Elmer is a fratricidal rabbit or a genocidal hare. It depends on how big he is when he's finished. I won't claim to be able to keep to a plan either way but I have a base size available for either.

A Lapine with a gun could of course be Buggs but it just seemed too obvious. Besides nobody likes a wise guy. I hope his face doesn't end up looking like Buggs Bunny in the end, I wouldn't appreciate that.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/30 01:01:56


Post by: Captain Brown


Nice work theCrowe.

Cheers,

CB


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/31 09:33:31


Post by: theCrowe


Cheers Cap.

Sculpting on Elmer has progressed somewhat.

Rear view this time cause there's more new to see. Still have the head to do, which is still detachable so I'll see how handy that is. I'm also going to bulk out his bunny tail and maybe add some accessories too. He needs a knife and the ubiquitous pocket purse money bag.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2020/12/31 14:03:27


Post by: Syro_


I just enjoyed reading through this blog now too. A fun way to spend New Years Eve Something that is mentioned a few pages ago now, I have to agree that your sculpts definitely hold there own with the official figures. You may want to sculpt one in secret and prime it gray, then prime an official model in green to really confuse people
I'm really blown away about your sculpting ability, and have really enjoyed seeing your creations.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/01 02:20:33


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks for taking the time to read through it all Syro_ you've had quite a productive year yourself. Your big group picture was a real variety show. I know you're only kidding about the ways to try and pass off one of my own sculpts as a proper pro one but honestly I'm not trying to compete or wanting to fool anyone, I've tried to be as up front and clear about what I'm showing. The last thing I'd want is someone looking at the Oathsworn sculpts and thinking I did that. I wouldn't want to claim credit there or have anyone confused in any way, just to be clear. I'm absolutely not into that but I appreciate the compliment.

First update for the new year. (Though technically it was a completed sculpt before midnight so ta the last one of 2020)

Elmer the Hare is done! (Though that gun barrel is looking like it could use a drilling out from this angle.)
Gosh, Elmer what big ears you have! All the better to pinpoint your exact location in low-light conditions and shoot you, my dear.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/01 05:28:26


Post by: Syro_


Yes, it was meant as a compliment. As someone who doesn't play Badgers & Burrows, and who wouldn't already know and recognize the official line, I honestly think that I wouldn't be able to tell which are bought and which were sculpted when they are all painted up and standing together. That's all I was trying to get across about the quality of your sculpting. I don't think you would be trying to trick anyone, sorry if it sounded like I was suggesting any dishonesty.

Elmer looks good, btw


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/01 07:53:37


Post by: Max Moray


Have to agree with Syro_ here. Many of your own sculpts and conversions are so well done that they'd easily pass as actual minis of the game. Carry on the great work.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/01 17:19:03


Post by: amazingturtles


Happy new year! I had a feeling he might be a hare, and he's a good one too. He looks like he just sighted he quarry.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/01 21:38:12


Post by: theCrowe


Happy new year to you too AT, and to all the Dakkanauts. Thanks Max and Syro_.
Yes, he's a nice looking piece, I'm quite pleased with him. Was lookig at the rules though and there's not much point in giving a caliver to a hare seeing as his ranged dice is one of his lowest but nevermind, I like the idea of him.

And he's not the only idea to have popped up on my cork of sculptitude.

Another "massive" creature on the make (hopefully not quite so massive this time) on the big cork. Head sold seperately.
Then on the bottle cork. (Happy New Year! Pop.) is a new mystery medium sized creature. I'll let you guess what these might be as we go.

Ive been trying to get some painting done too so hopefully a couple of finished minis coming up soon. And as you'll note above Tommy has had his base done properly as have a good few others. I have a plan to take nice proper pics of larger groups all based alike for each of the four factions, camera, computer and time permitting. But plenty of painting, basing and apparently more sculpting to do in preparation. All plans for 2021.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/02 02:31:13


Post by: Syro_


Was lookig at the rules though and there's not much point in giving a caliver to a hare seeing as his ranged dice is one of his lowest but nevermind, I like the idea of him.


If a hare is one of the worst shots with a gun, then it just shows how appropriately you named him

I'm curious to see what the two latest armatures will become. I don't know what the choices are, but the head of the big one looks lupine so far.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/02 09:14:01


Post by: theCrowe


No wolves in the game however it would be possible and entertaining to invent stats for a massive sized lone Wolf warrior. A massive hound is an option so maybe just some skills or bonuses added to that.

Options for massive size creatures are Badgers, Beavers, Hounds, Birds, Raptors (birds of prey)

Nothing the size of a donkey or a deer or a bear in the game so far. I think Threa maybe a refference to a legend about a bear in the fluff but not the playable rules.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/02 10:16:23


Post by: Viterbi


Hare looks great and if he can't shoot anything with it, he still can bludgeon the other creatures
Excited for the new sculpts!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/02 20:39:11


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks V. Yeah, I suspect he'll have more success using his weapon that way. Good that he has both options I suppose.

Quick update,

Milliputing is done on these two. Can you guess what it is yet?


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/03 05:09:39


Post by: Syro_


My guess is frog on the left. Is the one on the right a new badger?


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/03 09:28:25


Post by: theCrowe


That's exactly right Syro_

I'm aiming to have the frog in a leading axe strike pose with a one handed axe above his head in his right hand. I'm struggling with costume though as I want to keep his proportions and body shape from being distorted with too many skirts and tails and sleeves and things and I want something suitably savage without him being a naked axe wielding maniac.

Badger will be Sledgee's boxing rival. I'm going for chain wrapped fists and a fierce looking face. Shorts and maybe a towel around his shoulders. I hadn't decided on the arm position but now I have the frame filled out its becoming easier to visualise where to place them.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/04 21:12:52


Post by: theCrowe


Update for the days progress.

more arms have been applied all round. I drill the milliput, apply a bit of paperclip wire bent into the right shape, and then build on that with more milliput. They've also seen some greenstuff. Badger got his shorts and big old weight-lifting belt. Froggy got some super skinny fit trousers and a fringe jacket. I think maybe he's going for the Robert Plant look. Let the Zeppelin pun frog names commence.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/05 02:36:22


Post by: tzurk


Black Frog?

Tadpool in the Rain?

Croakmir?

Love the new additions! It's really fun to follow along from a wire armature and playing the guessing game to seeing the full painted miniature. Happy New Year mate - looking forward to more animal madness in 2021!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/05 13:06:44


Post by: gobert


Trampled under foot would’ve worked for Tommy, but I’m all out of Zeppelin ideas for these guys’ names. They look cool anyways, maybe a Gangs of New York or Rocky theme for the boxing badger? Clubber perhaps or Drago?


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/05 22:49:57


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks tzurk, thanks gobert. Not sure we're there with the Sep name yet. I have a simple one but I'm still hoping for better.

Not a huge amount of progress today, or maybe just not very exciting progress. Important none the less. Badger's legs got fur and froggy got hands, a shield from my bits box and a little bag. (On the other side! Silly me)

A few steps closer at least.


So next I thought I might try something a bit different.

I wanted to make a running rabbit (because Watership Down is the greatest rabbit book ever and it teaches that to a rabbit running is life.)
So I drew this idea and have sketched out the expected wire frame in red. I'm going to attempt to document the wire frame building process in more detail this time if I can. Expect more pics for a step by step and hopefully we'll end up with a similar and not too big running rabbit mini.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/07 21:34:47


Post by: theCrowe


Sculpting Update

Froggy is done. I had thought maybe Ribbit Plant. I don't super love it, happy if anyone can think of better. Happy with the sculpt at any rate.
And badger (can anyone think of a boxer name badger pun?) got hairier.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/07 23:05:11


Post by: Vejut


Frog looks good, and Ribbit Plant is indeed an amusing name, though possibly better for a spy frog. Only thing I can think of for the badger is Tyson Furry, but that's not really a badger pun.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/09 22:00:09


Post by: theCrowe


Tyson Furry! That is it! Thanks Vejut.

I'll not bore yous with another picture of a slightly more furry badger. His arms are done with wrapped fists, so at this point it's just his head left to do.

Instead, as promised. Here's the step by step wire frame rabbit.
I started off with a paper clip opened out and gave the lower foot a good couple of cm to go into the cork. The bend traces the shape of the leg up into a loop around the top of the thigh and back into the pelvis.

It goes into a tight loop at the centre of the pelvis and comes out of the loop going up the spine and finishes with a wider double loop to form the shoulders.

That's paperclip 1.

So next I took another paperclip and looped it around the pelvis loop with a little poking up to be the bunny tail. The long end comes out from the centre to wide the pelvis before bending forward into the leg shape. I gave enough for a good long rabbit foot and snipped the rest off.

I added some superglue to hold the joint in place and that's paperclip 2.

Next I took a piece of wire to form the arms. Starting from one end I made a bend for the elbow of the right arm held forward an another bend going perpendicular into the shoulder. The length of wire goes across to the other shoulder and bends back down and then has a shallower angle for the elbow of the rearward held left arm.

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As you can see it's much more simple than that description suggests. That wire slides into the shoulder loop of paperclip 1 and is glued into place. That's wire 3.

Then I eyeballed the figure against the last "rabbit" I made (which turned out to be the size of a hare) and discovered that this one was heading toward too big territory again. So I pressed the right leg into the cork more. Snipped a bit off the other limbs and repositioned them a bit. Then I put a link in the spine and shortened it.

Now he's about the right size.

Then for the head. Another paperclip bent double and twisted together. The loop is bent into a rough bunny head shape and the ears have a little bit of waviness.


Finally, a little loop around the twist and a spike to hold it on.

The ears might be a bit long but I can snip them down if I need to. Better that than have to build on extra support later.
So that's it then, we're ready for milliput.



theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/10 07:08:43


Post by: Viterbi


Tyson Furry is a very fitting name, both sculpts are coming along great!
And really cool to see the "tutorial" on the rabbit, really fascinating to see the method behind the sculpting.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/10 22:06:24


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks Viterbi. I know it's a bit unconventional and steel wire isn't the most forgiving to work with. It can sometimes get overworked and will just snap which can be frustrating. But I tried Tim wire and couldn't handle how much softer and less rigid it was.

So on with progress for tonight.

So here's the bunny runner with the milliput on.
I used to think of this stage as just filling space to save greenstuff but more and more I'm finding its the time when I really set the shape of the mini. It's this stage that I can see the full form come together over the wire skeleton. Bulking out some areas and leaving wire exposed if I feel like the frame is actually setting the limit for as big as I want to go. I can also see where the wire needs adjusting, bending or cutting if necessary.
I've also found the more wire I can cover with milliput the better as greenstuff doesn't really like to sit on bare wire and will move around a lot while you're trying to sculpt something like a proper dog-leg shape.
Anyway. You'll see the ears are absolutely huge. I expect I'll file them down a bit to get a cleaner rounder shape if I can but I do like the great big ears.

Also...

Tyson Furry has a head and a face and looks fit for a fist fight. I had a notion I might give him a hood, like some kind of Undertaker entrance costume. I'll see how he looks painted up though. I suspect his nice stripy badger face will not be improved by hiding it under a WWE gimmick.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/11 07:38:56


Post by: Syro_


The bunny runner is looking cool so far! I like the action filled pose and the big ears. I like your thought process about not needing to cover every bit of the wire, I'll have to try to think that way.

Tyson Furry looks great too, and I agree that it's probably better to see his striped head without a hood.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/11 22:49:18


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks Syro. It's funny the things people find useful, like the thing about the exposed wire. Glad you got something out of it. Lookig at his head I'm thinking I'll maybe take some snips to his snout too, it's a bit long for a rabbit I think.
Milliput is great. It's strong enough to hold shape but easy to break or drill or sand if you need to. Honestly the whole shape is there on the rabbit at this stage and the greenstuff is almost just a skin on top that I can texture and add detailed features to. I find the thicker the layer of greenstuff the more it moves and bulges out of shape.

Anyway, Update for tonight.

These three have got proper bases and are all ready for the spray primer.

And always doubling up on the sculpting jobs.

Bunny's got some green and a new mystery mini has appeared! I tend to have two on the go at once so that if I finish doing part of one and want to stop working on it (so I don't accidentally smoosh the bit I've just sculpted) but I have a bit of mixed greenstuff left over, I can move onto the other one and do a little bit there. Or if I'm just bored of one I'll maybe have more interest in the other. Anyway, I'll let you have a guess at what it is as usual.

And then lastly I've finally gotten this fella painted at last.

He's a sparrowhawk so the name has to be Ged.


From the back he looks like a different bird.


But honestly it's the same mini.


That's me for now. Sadly no side by side comparison this time as I've not got anyone new painted up. Maybe next time. If I recall I've missed painting a weasel sculpt that I can show side by side with an Oathsworn weasel too. And I have a couple or Skaven in base colours already so they're close to showing too. So lots more still to come for this project in 2021.



theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/12 19:11:50


Post by: Captain Brown


Very nice Crowe.

Cheers,

CB


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/13 22:21:52


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks Cap.

Work on this guy is progressing well

I decided this might be a perfect opportunity to have someone with a sling.


In his other hand he's holding a rather large stone. To sling.
Still the head to do. As ever the last part. You can see I've snipped his nose down into a more lapine shape.

No guesses as to what the other sculpt is going to be?
I'd show another progress pic but it'll give it away.



theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/14 02:48:47


Post by: Vejut


oooh, slings!

On the other guy, I dunno, maybe an ant? Its a very buggy kinda shape, I think. That or a ferret on all fours. Interesting to find out.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/14 13:28:11


Post by: amazingturtles


I am going to guess... a snail!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/14 14:14:48


Post by: gobert


Great progress as ever. My guess in that he’s very hungry


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/14 16:53:23


Post by: theCrowe


Nope, sorry everyone, it's not anyone in this picture.

And I'm not making a shell for Slimon.

I suppose it's a bit of an oddity as its one of the strangest but cutest things in Burrows & Badgers. But if you'd never seen it amongst the range you'd never guess.

Here's the progress shot.

It's a Shrew Knight Errant riding a stag beetle! Not an easy one to guess that.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/14 19:37:48


Post by: amazingturtles


Hm... yeah, i probably would not have guessed that, ha. I love it though.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/15 08:29:53


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks AT. I could buy one... But then I could make one too.

It's coming together now. Few more details on the beetle's head and lots more work on the shrew still to go. And the lance will be fun. I started this one a bit differently. The first thing was the blob of milliput that then had all the wire legs etc added to it and covered in greenstuff. (After me saying I don't like to do that. Apparently sometimes I do)


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/15 22:37:52


Post by: theCrowe


So here he is.

The fastest rabbit in Watership Down (honestly a fantastic book, so highly recommended. No animated adaptation has ever really got it right. Well worth the read.) is called Dandylion. So that's the name I'm going with.
You can't really see his big ears in this pic but I wanted to show the little rabbit icon on his tabard.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/16 00:28:43


Post by: Vejut


Very nice. Looks to be in a suitable hurry!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/16 08:18:25


Post by: Viterbi


You really captured the motion in that rabbit, amazing job!
And love the sparrow, it looks like it came alive from a 80's animated movie, really cool contrast between the front and the back!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/16 08:52:39


Post by: Max Moray


Love the running bunny and the beetle with rider looks very promising already. Oh, and the berserker frog is also superb.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/17 01:17:25


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks everyone. He dies look like he's in a hurry but I'll try and avoid painting him white as I'm not goin for the Alice in Wonderland look.

Progress for tonight.

Armour is building piece by piece slowly into a full suit. The head is already too large and misshapen so I'll have to apply some judicious snippage before I try and make an armoured shrew face, however that goes. And the lance looks like needs filed down more too. I'm finding this one very tricky but trying hard not to let him get oversized.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/17 12:33:25


Post by: Syro_


 theCrowe wrote:
Thanks everyone. He does look like he's in a hurry but I'll try and avoid painting him white as I'm not goin for the Alice in Wonderland look.

Funny you should say that, A few posts back I was tempted to suggest you replace the stone for his sling with a pocket watch, but I decided not to.
To echo other people, the movement in your hare really looks great. I'm loving how the knight errant shrew on the stag is turning out too.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/17 17:28:25


Post by: gobert


You’ve been going some this week! You’re 100% right, I would never have guessed a Shrew riding a Beetle. Great progress on them so far. The dynamism that you’ve achieved with Dandylion is fantastic, continuous win on this thread!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/17 18:20:00


Post by: Fifty


I really like Tyson Furry!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/19 02:16:45


Post by: theCrowe


Thanks for the comments and encouragement guys. Yeah, I'm pleased with the energy in Dandylion's pose, though compared to my Oathsworn rabbit he's actually pretty bulky, almost as big as Elmer really. But he's staying on a 30mm base for a rabbit. (For now) I think maybe my wire armitures are too detailed in their curves etc and it's making them overly large. I'm still struggling with the smaller size of the shrew and think maybe he's a little short for a knight but he's coming along.

In the meantime, some painted minis.

Nothing fancy, just these two. Man these are horrible minis to paint. I can't imagine the misery of painting a whole Skaven army! Sheesh, massive props to anyone who ever achieved that particular feat of endurance. i had another couple of Heroquest Skaven incoming from eBay but they got lost in the post. Not even sad about that. I'd still be happy if they showed up one day but honestly I think I'm done adding Skaven to my Burrows & Badgers collection.


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/19 03:35:38


Post by: MegaDave


It's been awhile since I've check on this thread, amazing work. You sculpt so much life into these little critters, they're a joy to look at.

You paintjobs certainly help bring them to life, keep up the great work!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/19 09:09:04


Post by: gobert


The regal Skaven painted up pretty well, even if they were a PITA!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/19 14:12:57


Post by: tzurk


Nice job on the skaven - no better way to say "get stuffed" to a bunch of unpleasant minis than to finish them off so you don't need to work on them anymore!

Little stag rider is coming along great - short for a stormtrooper maybe, but just right for a knight!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/19 18:20:39


Post by: amazingturtles


Yeah, they may have been a pain but they came out great! The spear skaven has a nice little cap


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/20 06:59:41


Post by: Viterbi


Painting Skaven en masse sure sounds painful, but in small doses they are very characterful and you've done a great job on them! Beetle Rider is coming along nicely!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/20 08:45:56


Post by: theCrowe


amazingturtles wrote:Yeah, they may have been a pain but they came out great! The spear skaven has a nice little cap

Rat in a cap, rat in a cap, rat in a cap hey!

tzurk wrote:Nice job on the skaven - no better way to say "get stuffed" to a bunch of unpleasant minis than to finish them off so you don't need to work on them anymore!

Little stag rider is coming along great - short for a stormtrooper maybe, but just right for a knight!

Thanks, tzurk. Now if only I could tell about 60 more goblins to get stuffed...
I had been looking for a "short for a stormtrooper" line. Classic quote.

gobert wrote:The regal Skaven painted up pretty well, even if they were a PITA!

Thanks gobert. Not so much a PITA as just not particularly nice (IMO) minis. I'm sure their mothers love them.

MegaDave wrote:It's been awhile since I've check on this thread, amazing work. You sculpt so much life into these little critters, they're a joy to look at.

You paintjobs certainly help bring them to life, keep up the great work!

Thanks MegaDave. I'm glad you're enjoying the project. Keep up the great comments.

Viterbi wrote:Painting Skaven en masse sure sounds painful, but in small doses they are very characterful and you've done a great job on them! Beetle Rider is coming along nicely!

See, it seems they're someone's cup of tea. Thanks Viterbi.

amazingturtles wrote:Yeah, they may have been a pain but they came out great! The spear skaven has a nice little cap

More love for these chittering critters! Hey wait, did you get double quoted... Um ok. Double thanks AT.

And look...

I'm at it again!


theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers @ 2021/01/21 00:16:16


Post by: theCrowe


Shrew Knight Errant is done!


I'm pretty happy with that. It's very messy in a lot of the little details and sadly I don't have an original Oathsworn Shrew Knight to compare but I may get one and make another one and then I'd have a Royal Shrew Knight Cavalry warband!