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Subject: theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers
Absolutely love the Shrew Knight Errant, the beetle is a fantastic steed!
I had to read up on Burrows and Badgers to find out properly what it was and I'm impressed, even more so that you're sculpting your own minis for the game. Really great work all around.
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theCrowe wrote: Thanks gobert. Unfortunately no green on him at all yet. Spent the evening building this.
Perfect for a little watchtower archery action. The game features some pretty heavy penalties and bonuses where movement rules are concerned particularly where vertical movement comes into play so I hope this piece will play into that well. It can fit 4 30mm bases, a 40mm and two 30mm bases or one 50mm base. It can only be accessed from one side unless with a rope and hook or by a flier. Looking forward to getting it painted up and in play.
Quoted for page carry-over!
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Thanks T-Horde. It's a game that I hoped would appeal a bit more to my kids. The whole grimdark thing is waring a little thin with me the last few years and I've been quite taken with Mike Lovejoy's magical world of critters of all sizes in medieval England-like setting. He's obviously put so much love and energy and work into making it and bringing it to life it's just inspired me to jump in win both feet. And just to be clear, the Shrew Knofht Errant concept is original to Mike Lovejoy's game. I just sculpted my own version. It's a genius idea and so unique to this game. I'm planning on buying an original one and then making one more and having a royal cavalry warband.
And also, thanks for the good housekeeping. Very kind.
Max Moray wrote:Love the sneaky duelist!
Thanks Max, Me too. Glad it came out with so much attitude.
More WIP Burrows & Badgers terrain on the make tonight.
Here follows a long and dull account of my previous efforts at B&B terrain with WIP pics. If you're here for the mini sculpting maybe skip it.
It occurs to me that I never shows the first lot of stuff I made last lockdown. I took WIP pictures but never finished ones.
It's a little camp area with a drystone wall along one side and some baggage up against it.
The Hilltop Burrow
This is my own version of a piece available from Oathsworn of a similar design. A little path leading to a round door in the top of a little hill. There's a rocky drop off the back end with some bushes on top to make it more difficult terrain.
Then there's the Door.
Another of my takes on an official piece of comparable design. We've seen Tommy pounding on this one already. It's a rocky hill up the back which could be climbed by a nimble beast. Though I haven't tried balancing anyone up there yet. Not really anywhere to go once you're up there. It's maybe just more of a big obstacle. Or a door to hide in? I could make rules for that.
I also made a large log pile. But didn't snap a pic. It's climbable and a good size to hide behind and has a 30mm gap for littleuns to slip through unhindered where bigger beasts will have to roll for nimbleness. But it's just some twigs cut to length and glued in a couple of stacks on a board.
And then I started making a Hedgee's house but I need some foamboard really. It's not working. I see all these beautiful quaint little village houses and inns folks make and think I should do that. But then I realise it's a bit hard with just card and balsa and wood chips. Oathsworn sell a whole range of things similar to these so I could shell out if I wanted a couple of proper houses.
I've got some stone watchtowers and a couple of ruined buildings I could use too soooo maybe I don't need cute little houses with roofs that come off and let you have a look at who's inside with nice little kitchen gardens out the back and window boxes and fences.
Sorry no sculpting progress to show. I've been attempting to mold and reproduce a copy of Gimli's axe for my next bunny but it's proving a bit tricky.
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Thanks gobert. One more piece on the make tonight with this pair of farmstead out buildings.
Glued a couple of little ice cream tubs together and that was the shape of things for a little grain silo. Then I had this orange plastic roof from an old toy that just needed some posts and that'll be a coal shed.
Latest bunny has green legs but that's all.
Glad everyone's enjoyed the terrain WIP pics. It's been a very productive weekend and I've managed to throw some paint on the new builds and some flock and all sorts too. I've added these newly finished pieces to the collection along with the ones I did earlier and thrown them all on table for a little photo shoot for you all.
Hope you enjoy these little scenes even if my crummy phone photos arnt the best. I rock the tabletop Oldschool with a green felt Sobbuteo pitch and Hornby model railway trees.
A fight breaks out over a promising bit of plunder in a ruined tower.
Mr Mole comes above ground to see who it is that's kicking his coal shed to bits.
The landlord sends in the bailiff to evict an unfortunate tenant.
A winner is declared in the annual shrewzerker wood chopping championship.
The royalists are on the warpath but they forgot to check the coal shed for ambushing lizards!
A band of brigands tell spooky stories around the campfire.
A pair of guards await their lady as she conducts her business within.
A pair of wealthy foxes on the road with their minions are waylaid by outlaws from the woods.
Two warbands clash at the old village well.
Thanks for indulging my little playtime. I thought it might be a nice opportunity to see some of the collection in their natural habitat.
Lots still to do here, at least a dozen or more minis in grey primer awaiting some attention with a paintbrush. Not to mention the many painted minis whose bases need finishing.
And of course I can't help meself when it comes to sculpting more and taking any excuse to buy more of my favourite originals too. No end in sight for this project.
It's your blog and happy to read about the terrain you make too! Very much like the look of the grain silo, to mention just one piece. I have to say, I do like the style of the miniatures and breaks up the prevalence of sci-fi minis.
The action shots look great and adds storytelling, which I enjoy in my own projects. Keen to see what's next!
Oh that's only the start! I'm going for a full on Conan golden lion face! Or something like that.
tzurk wrote:Terrain looks awesome mate, what an awesome little detour! Action shots are super cool. Really looks like a fun game.
Forgot how much I loved that swan, and new rabbit (RAAAAAAAARbbit) is gettin it done.
Love your work man, thanks for sharing!
Thanks tzurk, it is a really fun game. Not only because of the whimsical setting but the game mechanics are quick and efficient too. Makes for a snappy, occasionally brutal and always dramatic game.
gobert wrote:Coney the Rabarian is looking cool already. He looks very stylish for a rabbit that isn’t wearing very much!
Coney the Rabarian! Excellent pun work there. Sadly he's still not waring muc as no more progress has been made.
I've only bought this fella off eBay
Slapped a shield and a new base on him and thrown him in the box as is. Total shortcut to one more rat for the collection. At least he has some vintage gaming heritage credibility.
I'm really looking forward to what you will do to make your lizard fellow. I'm guessing a lot of work on the face if you are going for whimsical rather than scary and aggressive. I think the over sized axe suits the Rabarian (Why not bunbarian?), barbarians are know for their large strength and the large weapons they wield with that strength.
Yeah... I'm not a big fan of the lizard man Saurus. He's in a horrible blocky pose. My initial enthusiasm having plucked him from obscurity is perhaps be in replaced by whatever I felt when I bannished him there in the first place. Not super keen. I'll check the stats for green lizards and see if I have any ideas.
Meanwhile back in the warren.
It looks like I'm making another exact copy of that same axe, but trust me, I plan on it being a bit smaller and finer. I'm not a huge fan of sculpting weapons but I need to practice so I'm making another slightly different axe head at the same time. Maybe I'll like it better.
Automatically Appended Next Post: Some proper work on Coney the Bunnybarian tonight,
Clothes at last! Or a leather strappy loin cloth at the least. And speaking of Classic barbarian fashions.
Check out the lion belt! Pretty chuffed with that I must say. Looking forward to hitting it with some 90s shining gold with a splash of flesh wash. All he needs now is some furry boots and leather forearm thingies and he'll be as fully dressed as a bunnybarian would ever want to be.
The axe is coming along. If you ever wondered what a mix of and brown stuff looks like that's it. It's not very strong which is disappointing. Prob should've used green or more brown. Or both.
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Cat head belt does indeed look good, as does the axe. To be honest, if strength was a concern on it, I'd be tempted to start with wire coat hanger cut to length for the handle, and 2mm or laid up thicker plasticard filed down to shape for the blade, then do detail with the putty, but not sure how you'd do the join..
Subject: theCrowe sculpts anthro animals for Burrows & Badgers
Yeah I have some 0.5mm plasticard that I could layer with some wire in between. And try to smooth the rough edges and detail in putty. Already there with both axe options though so not too bothered. (Until they break!) Anyway, this is why I'm lucky to have lots of spare weapons in my bits box. Just no barbarian battle axes.
Automatically Appended Next Post: It's not that I hated this mini so very much. I have a plan, honest.
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