Squabblin’ Goblins – Part 1

I’ve spoken before about the goblin army that’s been gathering on the edge of my desk, now it’s time to do something about it. In the past, when I was young and ignorant, I would decry people who ended up with heaps of unpainted models cluttering up their homes. “If you’re not going to paint it”, I would say snobbishly, “why are you buying it?”. The target of my ire wasn’t people who only want to game and find painting dull or a chore, fair play to them really. No, I heaped my disgust on people who like to paint but who lacked the self-control to not buy more than they can deal with – people like myself essentially, and probably most of my readers. Naturally, time has made a fool of me and my loudmouth assertions.

Furthermore I claimed that I would never buy any fantasy greenskins because my heart was already sold to the orks of 40k. The goblins, little devils that they are, gathered anyway, a great horde massing in the corner of the room whilst I was busy denying it’s existence and burying my head in the sand. In the end, of course, you can’t keep ignoring it any more, but by that point it had grown so big and imposing I found myself a little frightened to tackle it. Some people call it the grey tide, others the lead mountain, in my case it’s actually a combination of the two, so the question is; what to do about it? Ignoring it has got me this far but that won’t make it magically paint itself. Plus, I want to paint it, it’s just that the thought of starting is quite overwhelming. The tricky part in a situation like this is breaking the inertia. Once an army is underway it’s easy enough to add a few more models as the whole project begins to develop its own momentum. I could try the technique of adding at least one model every month, as has proved so successful with my Skaven but as I’m still doing that with the rats trying to do the same thing at the same time with the gobbos feels like asking for trouble.

How about option three then; taking a run at it. After all they’re only little, and relatively easy to paint. How hard could it be (he said with a note of hysteria in his voice). Plus Azazel has set this month as Neglected Model Month in his series of monthly challenges, and this isn’t just a neglected model it’s a whole neglected army.

Before I launch myself into battle with the little greenies let’s take a look at what’s already been done. First of all here’s the goblin boss I painted earlier this year:

Goblin Boss Convert Or Die (1)

And here’s the fanatic that escaped from a demolished garage (or, in my mind at least, brought it down around his ears!)

Night Gobbo Convert Or Die (1)

Then we have all the various goblins I’ve painted in dribs and drabs over the past few years, always during my brief spells of enthusiasm when I would claim that this time I really, really would get them done.

Night Gobbos Convert Or Die (1)

Night Gobbos Convert Or Die (2)

Night Gobbos Convert Or Die (3)

Night Gobbos Convert Or Die (4)

None of them are perfect but for the moment I’m focusing on the fact that they’ll be hidden amongst a huge mob of their clanmates, and that if I go back to touch them up now I’ll never get anywhere.

I’d also add that these are Night Goblins and not Moonclan Grots. Age of Sigmar is an exciting world in its own right and so was old Warhammer. Few things were as iconic of the old world as the Night Gobbos and although I appreciate why GW transferred them across, indeed I’m glad they did, they don’t feel as comfortable a fit in the new realms as the races which were born there, like the Idoneth, or those which are a bit more generic like the Ironjaws or the Undead.

I don’t really have a defined goal with these, I certainly don’t expect to have everything done by the end of the month, or even by the end of the year. I would like to be able to say, by New Year-ish, “I have a little Night Goblin army” rather than “I have a load of unpainted models I’m faintly ashamed of”. Exactly how many I manage to deal with before the end of September however remains to be seen but I’ll count anything more than a handful as a victory and go from there.

22 responses to “Squabblin’ Goblins – Part 1

  • Alex

    That’s a nice project to work through mate! Some classic minis in that range 🙂

  • Argentbadger

    Good luck, and remember that a journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step. Actually I considered you the poster-child of blogging for getting on with projects like your Skaven. Perhaps you could consider approaching the Goblins in the same way?

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! (Not sure I’ve ever been called a poster child before 😀 ). I did think about trying the “Skaven technique” on the gobbos and I still might, but I’m not sure it’d work well when I’m still applying it to the Skaven. Looking at the heap of rats still to paint I reckon I should have that project pretty much finished (in as much as any army ever is – but at least the unpainted stuff will be done) in about six months or so if I can keep to a rate I’m happy with. I might be done by the end of the year but I reckon that’d be pushing it a little. My rough plan is to crack on with gobbos this month and then chip away at them as and when I feel like it until the Skaven are done, then maybe I’ll shift the gobbos into the Skaven’s slot. Of course, every plan is subject to change!

  • imperialrebelork

    My thoughts exactly Re argent badger. Very nice work so far Wudu

  • backtothehammer

    I always think that it’s ok as long as they are out of the blister/box and built. It’s when the unopened stuff begins to pile up that you have a problem!

  • iriselsewhere

    Have you ever considered writing a Warhammer self-help book? Beautifully embellished with pictures of your figurines?

    • Wudugast

      In a lot of ways (in my more pretentious moments) I think the warhammer blogging scene acts that way, everyone putting their ideas out into the world, showing off their creativity, bouncing ideas off one another, sparking new ideas, explaining their techniques (whether that’s building, painting, converting or just how they organise their projects). We’re all artists and craftspeople and I find that really inspirational – not just about what we can achieve as fans of tiny soldiers but about what we can achieve as people 🙂 x

  • Alexis West

    Just like gobbos to gather in the dark corners and then catch you off guard with their numbers like that!

    I like the variation in their shields. Particularly the one with the Halloween-y orange. Best of luck on building from here!

    • Wudugast

      It’s true, and the Skaven are no better! No dwarf would ever engage in such sneaky behaviour, which may be why I have a fairly good idea of how many of those little dudes I still need to paint 😉

      I’m planning to keep mixing up the shield designs as I go (it’s basically the only place you can add any individuality to the rank and file gobbos). Mostly they’ll be yellow but I’m aiming to sneak in a range of colours across the whole squad.

  • Azazel

    Good luck on this epic quest. If I can make a suggestion: Begin with a spray can! 😉

  • Faust

    I don’t know game-wise whether Goblins are very viable, or if they can be mixed in with other armies, but…I think they look cool, interesting, and great. I’d definitely enjoy seeing more of these gobbos (and peering forward to your more recent posts, it looks like I will indeed!).

    • Wudugast

      Honestly I’m no expert on how well goblins played as an army either, it’s just one of the iconic armies of old Warhammer and something I always really wanted. There used to be a single armybook for Orcs and Goblins that covered everything from squigs and snotlings up to black orcs, big ‘uns, trolls and giants. You could have a relatively elite force of black orcs through to a massive horde of gobbos, or a mix of anything really.

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