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About the Project

A collection of my Burrows & Badgers models to show off where things have got to so far AND where they're going next! Will feature some of my finished work and also plenty of WiP as well!

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Squirrel Ranger Painted Up!

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I took some time yesterday to work on another character from the latest Burrows & Badgers Kickstarter. Here we have the Squirrel Ranger/Rogue.

Squirrel Ranger Painted Up!

There are a few mistakes on the arrow and around the tail that I need to sort out, but I think that the deep orange mixed with the earthy greens and such really worked on the model and it was fun to paint.

Squirrel Ranger Painted Up!

Now I just need to work out what I’m going to do next from the collection. I have a few more characters from the Kickstarter and a wonderful cart to have a go at as well!

Frog Burgher Finished!

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This fellow was sitting on my painting table for a long time unfinished. I had done all the base layers and washes but just hadn’t gone back in and highlighted him. Well, the Frog Burgher is now all done save his base work…

Frog Burgher Finished!

I went for lots of big bold colours on him to show that he has plenty of wealth from his various endeavours at the market. He seems like the perfect NPC for my characters to rob!

Frog Burgher Finished!

I have a lot of miniatures which haven’t been given their proper basing love and care yet. I’m in two minds about just waiting till I have finished painting all of the miniatures I have left waiting for Burrows & Badgers, or diving in and at least finish a few of these now so I’ve cleared the backlog!

Maybe I’ll have a flower, flock and fluff session later tonight!

My Warband, The Sherwood Pilferers

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From Left To Right - Much, Jon (Rear), Scarlet, Marian (Rear), Berry, and Robyn (Rear)From Left To Right - Much, Jon (Rear), Scarlet, Marian (Rear), Berry, and Robyn (Rear)

Some Gaming Pictures From Northymbra At War 2019

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So it was great to get stuck into a few games of Burrows & Badgers. I really don’t get to play miniatures games anymore so this is a nice annual outing for possibly my favourite game.

The day was broken down into four games and I took just a few pictures of how it played out.

Some Gaming Pictures From Northymbra At War 2019

The first game was with Ian who had never played the game before. So, predictably I lost! A lot of the fault came down to me really not positioning my archers and melee folk in the best places…and not using my items and spells to the best of my ability.

I wasted a lot of arrows and such and spread damage, and also potentially picked the wrong target to try and assassinate in his warband. It was still a really fun game with lots of ups and downs but I didn’t kill a single fellow!

Some Gaming Pictures From Northymbra At War 2019

Game Two was against a chap called Byron and it was one where we had to get our characters off the opposite end of the board. It was a pretty bloody affair with a few deadly shots here and there plus a deadly fight with a hulking badger!

I did come out with a win in the end which was a nice springboard back into the rankings and it was also great to talk about skirmish games and RPGs with Byron afterwards.

Some Gaming Pictures From Northymbra At War 2019

Next, I played against Jo, the other half of the Oathsworn Miniatures team and her warband of feisty female animals. We had to pilfer jewels from the other side of the board and run off with them.

Whilst the game started out well with Robyn, my Otter Archer taking out a poor Mole in one shot, the Badger leader of Jo’s warband then charged forward and took control of the treasure.

The other side of the board featured a very lengthy showdown between Marian, my Hare and Tom the Kingfisher and I’m fairly sure Jo and I scripted an entire short kids TV show during the scenario, making up reasons as to why the fighting was unfurling as it was…it was great fun!

I will still remember the awesome clash between Granny and Much, my Mouse Thief and Scarlet the Otter hunting down Jon my frenzied Ferret as he tried to chase down a pesky Mole!

Some Gaming Pictures From Northymbra At War 2019

The final game was against Peter who I’d played first time around when I went to the event last year. This time around I came out the better after two very gruelling games where the first went very differently from the second.

Whilst in the first I was more or less locked down away from the objective, in the second I was able to roll more perfect dice than I think I’ve ever done before and shoot down his warband from range.

My MVP for the game went to Jon (pictured above) because he was able to charge off the objective and hunt down Peter’s Otter, keeping him in combat and slowly chopping him down. Also, Scarlet, my Mouse was able to pick off his spellcaster too.

I also have to give props to Robyn, my Otter Archer who was the leader of the warband and was able to kill two characters with one perfect shot. The second time he did it was against a very fearsome looking dog who was charging towards the point only to catch an arrow between the eyes!

Some Gaming Pictures From Northymbra At War 2019

It was a really fun day playing a game that I adore with wonderfully friendly people. I can’t wait to start painting up more from the collection and then diving into the Kickstarter which is hopefully coming up at the end of August.

More Warbands!

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A few more images because I met the single entry limit!

More Warbands!
More Warbands!
More Warbands!

Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019

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So I snapped some of the cool warbands that people had put together from the Northymbra At War Tournament held in Rushden this year by Phoenix Gaming. Lots of folks were in attendance and it was great fun playing against my four opponents.

Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019
Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019
Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019
Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019
Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019
Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019
Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019
Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019
Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019
Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019
Some Wonderful Warbands From Northymbra At War 2019

More Characters Finished

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So, I got stuck in and painted up two more characters for Burrows & Badgers. The first of these is the Fox Mage who I was terrified to paint as the orange/ginger fur is such a different colour to the purple of the robes!

More Characters Finished

I really liked how she turned out. She might require a little bit more work on the robes and cloak, highlighting etc, but otherwise I think that she is very much a finished piece now.

I really enjoyed painting a creature which didn’t just have brownish fur as well and she really stands out on the tabletop!

I also took some time to paint up the miniature I picked up from Salute this year, the Mouse Nun who I’m using as Maid Marian in my Robin Hood-themed warband.

A Mousemaiden’s Tail anyone? I thought she came out really nicely and whilst I know that the eyes should be black on a lot of these creatures I just can’t bring myself to do it…I might try it though as they look a little blind unfortunately sometimes.

It will certainly be something I go back and do later on once I’ve painted more miniatures I think.

Now the warband pieces are complete, even if the Kickstarter bundle isn’t, so I’m slowly working towards having a warband worthy of a tournament in July.

Mostly Finished Badger Mage

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So I put more work into finishing the Badger Mage. He’s turned out pretty well and needs come clean-up but otherwise he’s pretty awesome I think.

Mostly Finished Badger Mage

I tried doing some highlighting on the robe but it didn’t go very well. Going to tidy it up a bit more and see what it looks like by the end. I thought the old fur works really well though.

Mostly Finished Badger Mage

Happy with the (almost) end result and looking forward to moving onto the rest of the miniatures from the Kickstarter soon.

An Old Grumpy Badger

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So the next project for me is the old grumpy Badger Mage that Oathsworn worked on for their last Kickstarter. I have so far worked on the first bit of fur work…

An Old Grumpy Badger

I went for a proper greying old Badger who has been around the block (or wood) a few times.

I think it has come out very well indeed and I just need to decide on what colour to do the robes. I am thinking that I might go with a purple scarf at the very least.

Otter Mage!

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So finally got round to finishing another miniature for Burrows & Badgers, the Otter Mage!

Otter Mage!

Wanted to get some nice contrast in the miniature with some bright blues and greens to match up against her woodland/riverside home which is then given a proper kick with that glowing fireball she’s conjuring in her hands.

Otter Mage!

Had real fun with this miniature and enjoyed painting her a lot. There’s still quite a few to make my way through in the set from the last Kickstarter but now I’ve got back into the groove of it a bit more I’m going to push on and do the Badger Mage and the Mouse Nun who will act as the Marien in my Robin Hood-themed warband that I want to make.

Really tempted to pick up the Crusader-esque miniatures they did for a previous campaign too soon to give me something very different to work on with all that armour.

Yarr! Avast! [Insert Other Pirate Phrases]

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Finally found some time to paint something again and so sat down to go through my Burrows & Badgers collection from the recent Kickstarter and realised I had started work on this Otter Pirate but never finished him!

Yarr! Avast! [Insert Other Pirate Phrases]

He isn’t finished yet with work needing to go into the blue coat, developing the shading and highlighting there as well as of course finishing off the base too.

I really enjoyed painting him though and can’t wait to get stuck back into more of the models. I will say that I think the base coats went down for this dude in about 30 minutes and post-wash I think it’ll take me maybe around 30 mins to finish him.

Yarr! Avast! [Insert Other Pirate Phrases]

As you can see I still need to do a lot of clean up on the model but otherwise, I think he’s looking nice and poppy! Can’t wait to get stick in on the bandana…

These miniatures are so simple and easy to paint. Got the Badger Mage next who I’m just considering colours for currently.

Purple robes with a green scarf? I think so!

Finished Kingfisher

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So, I finished off the Kingfisher last night after a lot of very difficult washing steps that were painful to get right but I think it worked!

Finished Kingfisher
Finished Kingfisher

Once again I’m really enjoying painting with bright colours as opposed to the traditional khaki and dirty leathers that you usually see with Fantasy miniatures.

Painting this fellow however did make me realise that I need to get some more paints just to develop my collection a little and give me a few more options when it comes to browns, greens and such.

Will be painting the Otter Pirate next!

Kingfisher Time!

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Last night I started work on the Kingfisher from the new Kickstarter. I’ve started working on the bright blues, oranges and whites for this lovely bird and can’t wait to get stuck in properly…

It was fun looking online at just what Kingfishers look like and then trying to match it. I’m going to try and do this a lot more for my creatures, especially those with definitive colour changes throughout their fur.

Will most likely crack on and finish the Kingfisher tonight!

Beaver Finished!

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I got in and finished off the Beaver from the latest Kickstarter!

I had a lot of fun with him but the nose still annoys me. Thankfully I think he’s going to look all the better once I get the basing done!

More Painting - Beavers & Hares!

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The Kickstarter for Burrows & Badgers arrived and with that, I begin painting again. I started out with the Hare Tavern Owner!

More Painting - Beavers & Hares!

You can see him above more or less completed save for a few highlights and such that I went through and finished up later. I loved getting back into painting these miniatures and I think fur is awesome!

They paint up so very quickly as well, with large areas of the miniature just needing block colours and a bit of highlighting after a wash to make them stand out.

Progress has now moved onto the Beaver from the set where I’m just putting in the base colours right now.

I’m going for a Crusader look as if he has been off fighting in a different land and has come back to see what needs smashing. A good healthy wash over this later and then picking out the other details is in order but it’s coming together nicely.

I am in serious need of some more undercoating spray so need to source some black and white soon!

First Campaign Game

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So, the first game of our campaign started for Burrows & Badgers. I have made a warband which focuses in on the idea of Robin Hood.

I have Robyn Waterfood, Big Jon, Red Bill, Much and Father Wenlock.

The first mission was Defend The Haul where I had a very ranged warband coming up a heavily armoured foe.

First Campaign Game

Here are just a few highlights where I was able to put paid to the leader of the enemy warband. Big Jon was able to rush out with a charge and hit the Hare in a flurry of blows and get the initiative for a final strike.

It was a close run thing as a whole with the enemy closing in all around me and it was getting tough to be able to use my ranged offensive capabilities against them and avoid the damage.

Thankfully I was able to get the better of the enemy in the central area and do a fair amount of damage to the enemy whilst also ignoring it myself.

First Campaign Game

I learned a lot of good things about the game in this first match-up. Slippery is an amazing ability which really helps archers. Expert Shot is great for sniping from afar.

Also, Lucky is a fantastic spell to have at your disposal and when you boost it, it can be exceptionally powerful at the right time and used with the right characters.

It was a very cagey game overall with just one character going down a piece. Even though I ‘won’ I didn’t actually come out of it with any upgrades which is a shame…mainly because I just couldn’t get my Secondary Objective done due to the nature of the scenario and me being the attacker.

My Basing Techniques

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So I thought I would document how I base my characters for Burrows & Badgers. It is very simple and easy to do. I start out with PVA glue and an Ash/Tundra basing material from GF9.

My Basing Techniques

After that, we get stuck in with some grass flock from Games Workshop which then helps to add to the idea of this being the tundra landscapes for the Northern frontiers within the world of Burrows & Badgers.

My Basing Techniques

The next step is to give a bit more of a 3D look to the bases and that comes from some of the tufts that you can buy from Great Escape Games.

I would love to go back over and add some flowers to these bases at well but I want to find a colour that works with the white of the bases – maybe a red?

My Basing Techniques

And finally, because I am a Mordheim player of days yore I paint my bases for skirmish games in brown.

My Basing Techniques

…and there we have it. The final three miniatures from my current collection are done.

I will be going into looking at building a new warband soon, probably themed around the idea of being all Mice I think to get the single species bonus.

Painting The Otter Ranger - Step By Step

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So I took some progress shots of the Otter Ranger that I painted up this week. It starts off with an undercoat of Corax White from Games Workshop and the start of work on the fur in brown.

Painting The Otter Ranger - Step By Step

The next step is to work on the fur a little more as I add in the secondary colour for his scruff. This was done with an off-white and works nicely as it is not too stark.

Painting The Otter Ranger - Step By Step
Painting The Otter Ranger - Step By Step

Continuing on from there we work through the block colours for the Otter that will adorn his clothing and accessories.

The colours needed to be layered on a few times over, as seems to be typical with the Army Painter range, but it does come together very nicely and gives you a proper poppy colour.

I find it tough trying to get good looking browns and such together and I think I need to expand things a little when it comes to shades like that.

I did at one time have some lighter browns and khaki colours but I appear to have misplaced them. So, the Otter is carrying around some coloured bags to show that maybe he’s picked them up on his travels.

After this, the ENTIRE body gets a wash of Agrax Earthshade.

Painting The Otter Ranger - Step By Step

…and once that has dried you go in with familiar colours and do the highlighting. I tend to do a very heavy highlight of block colours whilst leaving the edges in deeper shadows and darker colours.

I think it worked out quite well!

All you have to do then is bring some of the colours back up so that they pop, and do the work on the claws in bright white so that they stand out all the more with the finished model.

The last step is basing but I will show that off in a separate post.

Finished Drunken Weasel!

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The Drunken Weasel has now been finished. Man, highlighting red is very tough…but I think he turned out well.

Turned out quite well and just need to finish the Otter now and I’ll be on to doing some more basing.

Painting Session!

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As we did in the days of old I sat down with two mates and we got to painting more of our models for Burrows & Badgers yesterday. I was able to finish one of the models (bar the basing) during the time we spent tinkering away.

Here is the Ferret Clansman…

I think he came out very well indeed. I wish I had the nerve to try and do tartan but I just couldn’t get it to work and so flaked out and just did him in a bright green design instead.

I also got some work done on the other two models that I picked up this week including the Otter Ranger and Drunken Weasel…

Painting Session!

I got a little further this the Drunken Weasel by the end of the night and below you’ll see the model with some more paint on him and the wash over the top.

He needs highlighting back up from the wash but otherwise, I think he has come out very well.

I wanted the fur to be a bit lighter, but I got working on his red tunic and couldn’t stand the idea of drybrushing back over his fur…so grey is the way it stays.

Overall it was a lovely night spent hobbying away and getting the brush down on another couple of models that I can use when expanding out the array of characters I have to pick from in Burrows & Badgers.

Jack and Shaun had a good time too…

I promise (he says) that I will try and do a step-by-step of the Otter Ranger as this is going to be a very bright model if I can get it to work.

So…with that, it’s back to fur reference images and trying to come up with a tavern brawl scenario for downtime in between games!

Burrows & Badgers Tournament - Phoenix Wargaming Club (Rushden)

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So, this weekend I was down in Rushden in Northamptonshire playing in the first ever Burrows & Badgers tournament with 20+ other wargamers as we got stuck into the game with a very friendly series of four games.

This was the warband that I took which had to include a spellcaster. So, I have Hooper The Badger, Hood The Hare, Red The Mouse Archer, Lagertha The Mouse Shieldmaiden, Yarrow The Mouse Thief and Old Wart The Toad Mage.

Burrows & Badgers Tournament - Phoenix Wargaming Club (Rushden)

My poor mouse, Lagertha, took a bit of a battering on the journey there. Note to self, make sure to wrap them all up in tissue if you’re going to transport them in takeaway containers! Will be buying some foam to store them in next time I think – maybe something from KR.

Game One

But, with that, we got into the first game. The first one was all about finding Diamonds on the other side of the board, hidden away by enterprising rogues and vagabonds.

It was a fun game and I came away with a minor loss. I was playing on Shroomton…which features some rather suspect looking buildings I’m sure Warren would enjoy.

I managed to get one diamond off the board thanks to the use of Stag’s Leap which proved to be a very good spell indeed. My Badger squished a poor fellow inside his armour which is always good to see happen!

Game Two

Game Two then rocked around which was a straight sprint off the other end of the board for your warband.

In hindsight I should have kept everyone together I think, especially with my hefty Badger around…

Hood and Lagertha sacrificed themselves to the Fox and Rat attack on one flank, trying to waylay them for a little while – which let Hooper leap ahead on the other as my most expensive model.

It was all going well and he was able to really badly wound the Rat who attacked him in the forest…but was then killed in an amazing display of perfect rolls and low rolls from me…leaving him wounded in the woods!

Only Yarrow and Old Wart got off the board at the end which meant I came away with a Major Loss there I believe.

Game Three

Next up was an interesting scenario for Game Three where you had to kill the opposing warband but you got double points for taking out their leader in melee combat.

Burrows & Badgers Tournament - Phoenix Wargaming Club (Rushden)

I did rather well out of this one, getting a Minor Win because my poor Badger got stabbed by lucky little mice again!

I was able to get an early shot on the Wild Cat leader of the opposing warband and then slow him down with a Tangleweed spell which meant that my Badger could charge out of the undergrowth and take him out.

There was a pesky Cat Gunsmith though who was popping some of my poor followers! The last mouse just kept rolling Perfect as well which meant it was tough to take her out…but we managed it in the end.

Game Four

Game Four was a full on just kill the enemy and if you do it with at least four members of your warband left on the table, you got extra points.

I was utterly crushed in this game by Royalist Hares, the Long Patrol, who ran through and cut me down like wheat. I think I was only able to take out one of the Hares in combat and then the rest swarmed me.

I walked away with a Major Loss for the last game BUT it was still a lot of fun and my opponent was very good to play against.

In saying that, all of my opponents were great fun to game with, really getting into the spirit of it. So, thank you to Peter, Mike, Lindsey and Michael!

Of course, big thanks also to Carl King for putting on the event which featured some wonderful tables packed with interesting terrain that worked for a skirmish game.

I can’t wait for the next event!

Finished Selection!

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Here is a little snapshot of the finished miniatures I’ve worked on this week. I did promise more WiP but I might leave that for the next crop of models that I work on.

So, first off I have Tilly The Wild Cat Warrior painted for my girlfriend as a little present…

Next up I have one of the models I popped together just last night. Here is the Marmot Warrior that came together very quickly overnight.

I think Boris sounded like a good name for him!

Next up I finished up the basing for two models you have already seen a lot of already. Here we have Ajid, the Fennec Fox Wanderer…

…and finally, I have Pip the Bird Warrior in some nice bright primary colours. Love how he turned out.

With one model left to paint, the Mouse Thief (Alt) I will have done ALL of my Burrows & Badgers for the time being.

I look forward to finding out how things work at the tournament this weekend, but I can’t wait to play more of the game…and maybe even work on some new models in the coming weeks.

New sculpts are on the way from Michael and Jo…so I can’t wait 😀

Wild Cat Progress

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So work is progressing on Tilly The Wildcat Warrior for my extended family of Burrows & Badgers models.

This lunchtime I worked on the metal plates and the bronze/gold that serves as the secondary metallic on the model.

I have been trying ever so hard not to ruin the fur which I spent a while trying to get right. I always hate going back over parts of a model like that.

The model will start to come to life a lot more once I get the leather work done, washes, and the final level of highlighting done to the model.

She is turning out very well indeed and I can’t wait to get to work on the various different stages of making her pop.

Marmot and Mouse Thief waiting in the wings too haha.

Finished Bird Warrior & New Wild Cat WiP

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So I’ve been painting more this week and worked on finishing off the Bird Warrior last night. There are just a few subtle things that are different about the piece but I’m happy with him/her.

This then led me on to starting another of the animals for the collection, the Wild Cat Warrior.

I have done a scheme for the fur based on a friend’s cats and I think it’s come across very nicely indeed – there is obviously a lot more to do, but I think the fur has worked!

After this, I have an Armoured Marmot to paint as well as the second Mouse Thief and then my work on the current set of Burrows & Badgers is done.

Will obviously show off the range once they’ve been finished and based!

Painting The Bird Warrior...

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So I’ve been painting the Sparrow Knight or Bird Warrior today and just thought I’d show off the base scheme and wash stages.

Painting The Bird Warrior...
Painting The Bird Warrior...

This fellow has gone through another stage right now but I will show off a more finished version of the bird soon!

Finished Fennec Fox!

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I still need to work on the basing for this fellow but the ultra colourful Fennec Fox has come to life rather nicely I think now.

Finished Fennec Fox!
Finished Fennec Fox!

I will tie him in with the others using a similar tundra-esque basing scheme, but I might add a flower or two to his base, as if the exotic climes of his homeland have come with him on his journey.

Painting The Exotic Fennec Fox...

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So I picked up loads of Burrows & Badgers miniatures from UKGE and I’m starting work on the Fennec Fox with some nice bright Arabic colours…

Painting The Exotic Fennec Fox...

More to come…

Some Finished Miniatures...

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Here is a set of the different miniatures that I have painted so far for Burrows & Badgers…

I’ll get some better images of what you see here in the future!

Some Finished Miniatures...

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