Friday, 7 August 2020

"I Am A Mole..."

"...And I live in a hole."
This 28mm scale metal model of a Mole-in-a-Hole is produced by “Oathsworn Miniatures" and was part of the company's "Burrows & Badgers: Great & Small" Kickstarter. Unfortunately, I do not believe the figure is currently available to buy on their website, but I was lucky enough to be sent one for free as part of my 'All-In' pledge.

The tiny fellow was initially undercoated with "Citadel" Abaddon Black, before having his fur painted using a combination of "Vallejo" Dark Grey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. I then 'picked out' all of the small mammal's long fingernails with a little "Vallejo" White, and washed them with plenty of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.
"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - George Taylor, General Ursus and Cornelius
For the mole's clothing I wanted to use something quite bright, so decided to apply "Vallejo" Heavy Blue on to its long-sleeved shirt and Heavy Red over its scarf. Both of these areas were subsequently dirtied up using a splash of "Citadel" Nuln Oil. However, I did later go back to the animal's top and lightly dry-brushed the sleeves with a little (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Blue in order to bring out a bit more of the sculpt's detail.

The cute creature's mining hat was simply given a layer of "Citadel" Ironbreaker and plenty of Nuln Oil. Whilst his strap was carefully traced with a thin line of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. Lastly, I used a smidgen of "Vallejo" White and "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade to try and emulate the melting wax of the mole's candle, and gave the flame a quick(ish) lick of "Vallejo" Heavy Ochre, Heavy Orange and Heavy Red.
Simian Minions WIPS - Zira, Ape armed with man-catcher, and Ape armed with baton
Alongside my impulse paint-job I have also managed to complete the second of twelve dedicated painting sessions for my twenty-four hour 'Paint An Entire Project" Challenge using "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" models. This time round I thought I'd focus on getting one of my Albion Rocket Corporation (ARC) astronauts nearly completed, as well as make some more progress on a packet Simian Minions.

I estimated that it would probably take me anywhere up to four sessions to get my "Planet Of The Apes" proxies for Taylor, Landon and Dodge finished, and I don't think I'm too far behind that schedule with the first of my cosmonauts close to completion. In addition, I've managed to make some fair in-roads into my project's other main characters, particularly General Ursus - whose stud-covered costume now simply needs a dark wash and tidy...

14 comments:

  1. that mole is great.,my girlfriend saw it and was like "he's cute"..lol, gotta love a woman's point of view.

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  2. I do think the Burrows & Badgers minis are excellent and this one is no exception as it is so full of character. Great paint job, I especially like the candle. Always good to see you paint this range so don't be afraid to be impulsive!! Your apes project is coming along nicely too. The astronaut and general Ursus are looking great even at this part painted stage.

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    1. Cheers Undercoat. I've been doing a bit of a major sort through of stuff and found quite a few "Burrows & Badgers" minis I didn't realise I owned, so I might do a few more at some point in the near future. Hoping to have Taylor and Ursus finished in the next session, and the rest of the lead cast well on their way to being completed too.

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  3. Well I wasn't expecting that! Gorgeous miniature Simon.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I wasn't expecting to be posting a mole either, as I was just about to start working on another mini when I spotted him. At first I thought I'd simply prime the mole for a rainy day, but before I knew it I was finishing him off!! LOL!!

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  4. Great work on the Mole Simon, and good to hear your on track with PoA project,

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    1. Cheers Dave. Really nice to just get something painted in a single session tbh. I'm not quite sure my PoA project is entirely on track, but I'm hopeful I'll get the initial range of minis finished in time.

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  5. Great job on the mole. They are some of my favourite sculpts from Oathsworn

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    1. Thanks Simon. I can certainly see why you like the mole sculpts so much.

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  6. Just when I though we were free of the fad of anthromorphia...
    Nice paint job though.
    Loving seeing the PotA minis are coming along .

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    1. Cheers Joe. An impulse paint-job if ever I've had one. Hopefully some of the PotA minis will start getting finished soon.

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  7. I've yet to paint my pokey mole from that KS. Hope mine will look nearly as good as yours when I get to him though!

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    1. Thanks Dai. I'm sure your mole-in-a-hole will look awesome :-)

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