While I was at the Expo, though, I came across a cabinet of painted figures on their stand, and realised by the end of the weekend that I needed to own some of them. These weren't the Heroines, but rather the Burrows and Badgers range. For someone who grew up reading the Redwall series, these were a firm kick in the nostalgia.
|Burrows and Badgers figures at UK Games Expo 2016|
I did eventually cave, and picked up a small selection of the models. Given there are roleplaying games such as Mouse Guard around that these are perfect for - as well as their own game - I thought a review might be in order.
|Photo-evidence of purchase|
Cast qualityI'm going to focus on Hermann's Tortoise for the rest of the review. I have looked the other figures over, and cleaned up and based them at the same time, but not gotten any further than that with them yet.
My initial impression of the Tortoise was that it was a pretty nice cast. There were a couple of small bits of flash, but only one of those was on the model itself. Even that one was on the underside of the cloak, so was easy enough to clean up. Other than the little bit of flash, there's nothing to complain about with this guy - no noticeable mould lines, crisp detail (including whorls on the shell on his back, and even a straight sword - not something you can always guarantee with a metal figure.
|Hermann's miscast shoulder|
Having said that, I can't fault Oathsworn's service - I emailed them on a Sunday with a picture of the problem, asking if they could provide an image of the sculpt from a similar angle, and I'd Green Stuff my way out of the problem1. Instead, Jo apologised for missing the miscast, and promised to send a replacement out during the next week, which was with me by the Wednesday. Can't say fairer than that.
|A Dwarf, a Tortoise and a Troll walk into a bar...|
In fact, when you consider the Hare Warrior is supplied with a 40mm base, I was a little surprised the Tortoise wasn't as well. I think he'd do as good a job as the Runebearer at filling one of them up.
As the sculpt has well-defined detail, it made painting it nice and simple. As I use quite a few washes and shades when I'm painting, I was able to show off the textures with a wash, which makes getting a nice result a less stressful process.
I did more highlighting work on the cloak than I normally to - I normally prefer to basecoat with a lighter colour and then wash it down, relying on a natural highlight effect, but I thought I'd try and put the effort in.
The base was finished off with a couple of tufts of static grass from one of the Army Painter sets. At the minute, I prefer using tufts to blobbing glue on and applying static grass from a bag - far less mess, for one thing.
ConclusionIt has taken me a while to get this review written - not because of the model, but just because I took a bit of a break from painting, and didn't want to post the review until I'd painted the Tortoise. This doesn't reflect on the Oathsworn miniatures at all - I've been really impressed with their quality, as well as their customer service - I just fell out of wanting to paint.
I'm really impressed with the Oathsworn models, especially given they're single-piece metal models. In fact, I've been so impressed with them that I've since backed two of their Kickstarters - at time of writing, I'm waiting for the latest Burrows & Badgers rewards to come through the post, and will probably do an unboxing post on them when they get here.
If you're unsure, I thoroughly recommend picking up a couple of figures from either of the Oathsworn ranges, and give them a shot.
The Impertinent Details
|FL14||Pug Bounty Hunter2||£5.00|
1 - Or try to, anyway. Sculpting isn't my strong suit...
2 - I always want to call this guy "Pug the Bounty Hunter"...