Monday, 21 May 2018

Burrows and Badgers Jiemba Platypus Hunter

One of the larger  figures finished off  this week. Jiemba is one  that I have dying to paint up as I just love the model. Obviously not a native to the UK the Platypus Hunter is one of the 'Rare' species in Burrows and Badgers meaning you can only have one of his type in a warband. 

I am told that there will be an new profile for him out at some point. The Hunter will feature as a Freelancer. A sort of hired mercenary in the game but this will be once they are updated from the first edition of the game.

This is Jiemba or 'Laughing Star' as it translates in Wiradjuri. Armed with his trusty Bargan and Birrung (Boomerang and club) he stalks and tracks many creatures down in Northymbra before bringing them down with his trusty but simple weapons.






The Platypus hunter comes across as very tribal and natural looking so didn't want to use any bright colours. I had a look at various Platypus skin colours and went for a mid brown for the main fur so that the other items might stand out a bit more. I looked up loads of Australian Aboriginal body paints, weapons and such for ideas seeing as it is the Platypus's native country. It quite surprised me how irregular in shape the boomerangs used by the Aboriginal people were the one modelled on the figure is one used for hunting and is more an L shape. Rather just painting the Birang a flat wood colour I had a look at some traditional Aboriginal weapons on google and spotted a nice orange and red feather type patter which I tried to duplicate.

I added a bit of face paint to add a spot of colour to his bill . Just some simple dots to tie him in that little bit more with the theme. Jiemba's Fur skin cloak (Possum skin apparently) I decorated on the inside with some primitive looking animals rather than leaving it just areas's of flat colour this was more mimicking the studio paint job that was done on him

39 comments:

  1. Marvellous stuff, Simon. Tip-top painting on a tip-top miniature :-)

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  2. Cracking wok mate. He looks great. :)

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    1. Thanks Buddy! I am chuffed with him!

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  3. Fantastic work Simon, really like how you've tied it in to it's native land with all the tribal markings and patterns

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    1. Cheers Dave. It felt right if you know what I mean. Its been enjoyable researching subjects I normally wouldn't in creating there personalities.

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  4. Cracking paint job on this lovely figure, Simon.

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    1. Thank you Bryan this is one of my absolute faves especially from the Rarer type animals in the range.

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  5. Haha, that's terrific! Outstanding work in every detail!!

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  6. O yes, this lil fellah looks fab mate. The dots are a really nice touch too.

    Do they include rules in his profile for the painful platypus venom their spurs produce?

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    1. Thanks Dai I am quite pleased with them it just breaks up the colours.

      Sadly not in the basic profile but you can purchase 'pain' poison which reduced the targets rolls. I asked in the FB group and apparently the Freelance rules did.

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  7. Super paining on these Brummie, but the game itself doesn't really generate any interest for me (sadly).

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    1. Thanks Joe. Fine with me just enjoy the painted models :)

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  8. Wow, I love the aboriginal vibe to this mini. Well done indeed, great painting.

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    1. Thank you very kindly indeed! That is what I was hoping for :)

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  9. Inspired job, what a great atmospheric and what a splendid paint work!

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  10. That's excellent work Simon, the details you worked in via paint is indeed inspiring.

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  11. Well that's the cutest thing I have seen today! :)

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    1. Lol thanks Michael I'll take Cute ;)

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  12. Great work Simon, this is making it harder to resist

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    1. Thanks fella! It is a slippery slope!

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  13. You say “Sorry honey, I got to do some internet research on the color of duck bill platypus skin as well as aboriginal skin paint for a miniature I’m painting .” She says “now I’ve heard everything. “

    (Creature came out looking fantastic of course). 😀

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    1. Lol thanks Stew. Yes I did indeed as well as looking at many different 'Worms' or Wyvern's as many seem to be in British Myths.

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  14. Mate, that Platypus is just bonza! Time for a beer.

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    1. Aye thanks. Have some Shrimp its fresh off the barbie

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  15. Not exactly your typical British woodland animal, is it :-) ?

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    1. No indeed but it adds a bit of variety to the game and you are restricted to a single rare creature of each type

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  16. Nice choice of colours and great work on the freehand. The end result is a work of art.

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    1. Wow kind words sir! Thank you very much indeed!

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  17. You have been far more productive than me.

    It looks good but I am still not convinced by the whole thing.

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