Burrows and Badgers: A Skirmish Game of Anthropomorphic Animals

A few years ago, I came across a skirmish game called Burrows and Badgers. It’s a game set in Northymbra, a kingdom populated by mice, badgers, owls and an assortment of other animals.

As a skirmish game, it’s not a massive army/battlefield game like Games Workshop’s Warhammer or Warlord’s Black Powder, but, as I’ve heard, skirmish games can be fun. One thing that is fun about them is that instead of playing with a bunch of, let’s say, “faceless,” miniatures on the table top, (as is the case with a lot of the big battle games,) you actually get to create characters and give them backstory. Of course, you can do that, even with games like Warhammer, but with Warhammer, you can’t name every miniature in your, let’s say Skaven army. But you can do that with a small warband.

Another interesting thing about Burrows and Badgers is that it’s set in a Narnia-like kingdom, where the animals wear armor and wield swords, bows, arrows, and even pistols. And you don’t have to play with the animals specified. Take me for example. I’m going to have a polar bear stand in for a badger in my warband, which may not be allowed at a convention, but is definitely allowed at home.

But, be forewarned if you, like me, live in the United States. I say this because the miniatures that were actually created for the game are only available in Europe. At least, so it seems. But even if that be the case, you can still have a lot of fun with it. Or you can go for one of the many other skirmish games out there, (one interesting-looking one is Mercs from MercsMiniatures.) So, if you’re interested, pick up a good wargame, (I would recommend starting out with a good skirmish game and then if you want to get into the big battlefield games later you can.)

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