Squabblin’ Goblins – Part 2

So, having nailed my metaphorical colours (green, natch) to the mast and vowed to paint lots of goblins this month I gathered all of my part-painted models together and decided to make a start with them.

The current count of models I’ve found so far stands at forty spearmen and twenty archers, although others may be lurking in boxes waiting, as goblins do, ready to spring out and make mischief when I least expect it). The thought of batch painting my way through them all fills me with horror so I’ll try to tackle small sets and see how it goes.

Probably the biggest challenge I faced with these was not getting married to each and every one of them. I’m really not the kind of painter who enjoys the whole “speed-paint, batch-paint, bash ’em out in 12 seconds each, get a thousand points done every night” way of working. Nonetheless the aesthetic punch of a horde comes from the mass of nasty little Night Gobbos rushing across the landscape towards you, and not from how nice the eighteenth model looks, so long as he looks good enough not to let the side down. Still, it was a struggle, I may never win a golden daemon but for me the pleasure is in the painting, and these were about as close to speed-painting as I’ll ever go.

Gobbos 1 Convert Or Die Night Goblins

Gobbos 2 Convert Or Die Night Goblins

Gobbos 3 Convert Or Die Night Goblins

Not a bad start then, all things considered, but of course this is only the beginning. With all of these models having been WIP to begin with it’s giving me a bit of a head start on the project. Of course it also means it all gets harder from here!

22 responses to “Squabblin’ Goblins – Part 2

  • Alex

    I know what you mean re. batch painting, but I must admit, after churning through a mountain of skeletons, I have found a certain satisfaction in bulk panting… I’m using a lot of the same principles on my latest Space Ork project too – least number of steps, limited palette, painting in batches, etc.

    These Gobbos are perfect for a batch approach – simple schema, uncluttered minis, repeatable ‘uniform’. ‘Bases and Faces’ – as long as they’re done well, the whole mini will look good, and the whole unit will look amazing! You’re off to a flyer dude, these Gobbos look great! Now for the other 51 😀

    • Wudugast

      Having read over your comment several times I think you are absolutely right. Rather than seeing the number of bodies as a challenge to overcome I should look at this as a chance to improve my batch painting. It would certainly be a useful skill to attain, especially given the number of Orks and Skaven I’d still like to paint up.

  • Alexis West

    Yeah, learning just where you can cut corners (both in terms of final appearance and how it leaves you feeling about the model) is a key factor in getting those horde armies on the table. Got a good start here, now you just need to keep up the momentum.

    • Wudugast

      Hopefully I should be able to get the army to reach a critical mass beyond which the momentum should snowball. Just so long as I don’t get distracted by any Orks, Chaos, Skaven, Space Marines, new Rogue Traders, Blood Bowl, Necromunda… Sorry what were we talking about? 😝

  • davekay

    I like what you’ve done with the goblins there, the grey cloaks go nicely with the green skin, and the variation of shield colours works great too.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you 🙂 I wasn’t sure if the multi-coloured shields would work at first but I’m pretty pleased with how they’ve come out. Hopefully they add a bit of visual interest across the unit, I’d hate for it to end up looking a bit samey once I get onto the fourth rank of grey cloaks.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Great work. I’m the opposite to you- speed paint everything this way. When I try to do things ‘the long way’ I do a terrible job….



    • Wudugast

      It’s a good skill to have, definitely something I need to practice. I have a real tendancy to get bogged down if I allow myself to (and of course if I painted quicker I’d get more done!). Plus, I don’t believe I’ve seen anything you’ve painted that looked terrible, or even close to it 🙂

  • Azazel

    9 goblins already ain’t too shabby, and they do look good. I wonder if I should (try to) work on some Neglected Night Goblins or some Neglected Skaven this month? Would either be helpful for your motivation?
    yeah, both would be nice, but that doesn’t always work out..

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I suppose the answer is, if it would inspire you to join me in painting some gobbos (or rats) then go for it, but mostly I’m inspired by seeing other people tackling their own heaps of neglected miniatures, whatever form that might take. Do you have any particular goblins or skaven that you’d particularly like to get finished? I know you mentioned plague monks a couple of months ago?

      • Azazel

        There are the plague rats, some goblins with pointy sticks (of a sort) and also some Orcs who are probably a bit chilly. I haven’t gotten much painted so far this month (and less posted – unfortunately) Right now the greenskins have been moved back to the paining desk, though they’re still being neglected because of some other furries that are still in the way…

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  • imperialrebelork

    Fine work there mate. The shields are cool. I dont do a lot of batch painting but when I do I find it quite therapeutic

    • Wudugast

      Thank you – coming from someone who’s no fan of gobbos that means a lot (presumably they’re just too runty for an ork like yourself!). I know what you mean about it being therapeutic, sometimes I just want to paint without thinking too much and just getting some basecoats or other “boring” stages done is perfect for relaxing the brain 🙂

  • Faust

    Those look pretty nice. I’m definitely not a speed-painter. I also start to get bogged down into the details in no time. A really good reason that I never got into WH/40k. Even just teams of Blood Bowl players (11-16), kinda kills it for me. I’m finding I’m happiest when it’s about 3 minis at a time, on a 6 model team. Big armies also take a lot of space, and with my other competing hobbies. I have to be careful about that/

    Back to gobbos, the different colored shields look pretty sweet. It will be interesting to see what they look like in a bigger group. Their garb will most likely tie them together as a unit, despite the different colored shields. Which is funny, because the Eshcer are tied together mostly by the bright yellow of their clothes. So I guess drab or bright colors can be used effectively to designate a group.

    • Wudugast

      Sounds like you should be trying some Shadespire 😉
      For me it varies, I really like little gangs where you can really get to grips with every single model, but equally part of me wants to be a general overseeing a massive horde (hence my huge mobs of gobbos, skaven and orks). They do take up a lot of room right enough but luckily most of my other hobbies are fairly space saving.

      In terms of designating a group I think that so long as a single pallet is used across everything they’ll work together nicely. The goblins are mostly grey robes and green skin, so as long as that remains consistent you can get away with different colours of shield and the unit still looks cohesive. With the skaven the robes are a patchwork of yellow and bone-white, but the pattern in which I’ve used those colours is different one each one. That way they look like ragged scavengers, but overall they still retain the appearance of an army. With the Eschers I’ve taken that a little further, each one is an individual but because they still pull their colours from a single gang-palette (mostly purple and yellow) they all work together as a group. Purple and yellow also work well together on the colour wheel so when a mostly purple ganger is standing next to a mostly yellow ganger they complement each other rather than clashing.

      • Faust

        Well, you certainly have a knack for bringing those colors together to form units. So far I’ve just been using the same color scheme to tie individual models together. But with something like that Echers, I would want to push those boundaries as much as possible.

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