So why Murinae? And what do I intend to do with it?
My initial inspiration must most definitely be Redwall, a book I read when a young boy. It’s a story about mice and other forest creatures living at an abbey and it’s not long before the abbey mice have to deal with a rather large and nasty rat named Cluny the Scurge and his hoard of vermin.
I could into more detail about the book; needless to say it gave me the idea to create a small range of fantasy rodents and other forest critters to complement them. Create a setting and slowly expand upon the initial thought. Going from civilized mice versus verminous rats and other species filling in more specialist roles, So that the collection would make up a skirmish game.
But what about size of the different figures? This was my biggest problem. If you were to sculpt a mouse character at 20mm then a cat at true scale compared to the mouse would be… Somewhat larger.
Turning to the web I came across Nova’s rather lovely scale chart based upon the characters found in Redwall which showed the various species and their sizes. So not accurate to life, but just great for what is a fantasy setting. And of course cat characters and critters of similar sizes would be far more manageable in terms of sculpting and for anyone who would collect and game with them.
Now about the setting… Fantasy was obvious and is what I'm going for, though I did toy with the idea of renaissance/steampunk critters… Something I’d like to visit later. Until then I do intend to produce the following;
Two sets of skirmish level warbands, mice and rats. Made up of three different troop types with three figures for each troop types and three character types such as wizards, captains and other archetypes with both warbands built along those lines.
And then one or two (or three) of the various differing critters available for both sides with their own unique quirks and flavour. Mercenaries essentially.
It doesn’t need to stop there as the warbands troop types could then have commanders and musicians sculpted as attachments, more characters and monsters... Snakes, Spiders and other gribbly things. Later on to expand the setting to include art and stories.
'Murinae' could easily be a long and on-going project I can add to. Tackling a few figures at a time.
Risks and challenges
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