Squabblin’ Goblins – Part 6

Before we leave September behind (and yes, I’m aware we’re now in October, Greenday just woke up) I wanted to take a quick look at the progress of my goblin army. I tackled them as my contribution to Azazel’s Neglected Model Month challenge in an effort to clear out the vast, unpainted hoard that was gathering around the edges of my painting desk. At one point I even harboured the lofty ambition of completing all of my spearmen and archers although as it turned out, with the plague furnace to finish off as well, this proved to be biting off more than I could chew. Luckily Azazel’s October challenge is to complete a squad so I’ll take a stab at doing exactly that. In the meantime however here’s a few more additions to the army which have slunk in over the past week.

A nice thing about the goblins is the number of heroes which can be packed into an army so here’s a goblin Big Boss accompanied by a suitably toothy squig.

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I love the way that the squig’s crazed expression is mirrored on the face of the goblin – or maybe it’s the other way around? They do say people end up looking like their pets…

Speaking of squigs I still haven’t finished the last one for the little squad of them I started earlier in the month so I suppose that’s going to be another one to finish in October. I did manage to get the squig handlers for the squad done however but in my fugue I forgot the squig itself.

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Every night goblin will tell you that you always need more fanatics so here’s another one bouncing into action. Despite my best efforts he’s come out a lot darker than the last one, and there’s something a little odd about how the highlights have behaved, but nevermind, he’ll do!

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Unleash the fanatics!

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What!? You still want more?! You’re demanding you are! Alright then, couple of netters be enough for you?

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Given the hassle I had getting their eyes right it’s faintly upsetting that you can’t really make them out in these pictures but damn it I’m not going through the bother of photographing them again!

With this being the end of Neglected Model Month I also wanted to take a look at progress overall. With that in mind here’s how the army looked back at the start of the month…

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…And here it is now.

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Solid progress I’m sure you’ll agree, so big thanks once again to Azazel for setting his challenges and encouraging us all to focus our efforts.

I’ll be carrying on with the goblins throughout October alongside various other projects. By way of inspiration I’ve started reading Skarsnik by Guy Haley which may well be the best Black Library novel I’ve ever read. I’m only about half way through but as it stands I can only add to the praise that’s already been heaped on it. If you want to read the biography of the greatest hero the Old World ever knew (Gobbla natch) then this is the book for you. Hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have amassed a horde worthy of the true king of Karak Eight Peaks.

25 responses to “Squabblin’ Goblins – Part 6

  • davekay

    Great work once again, and I look forward to seeing the horde grow!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    That’s a great looking army mate. Looking forward to seeing what you add to it.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Well, hopefully the rest of the archers and spearmen before the end of the month, then maybe some trolls and a few crazy contraptions. And then maybe, someday, a big mob of squigs (assuming GW ever get the finger out and actually make some more).

  • Alexis West

    The before and after shot there is really impressive. I just put everything finished in September together in one post, and it was pretty nice to see that, yeah, I actually had accomplished quite a lot.

    That Big Boss and his Squig are great! They’ve both got kind of a cartoony look that suits Moonclan well, and there’s a definite resemblance in facial expression, one way or another. Maybe they’re just both hopped up on the same shrooms? 😉

    The Squig Handlers are also cool. Their Squig Prod looks really sharp there. Pretty sure I’d end up stabbing myself if I tried to paint them up. You can never have too many Fanatics, and those Netters are pretty sweet to round things out. I’ve always liked that sculpt. And the eyes aren’t completely invisible. They do come through in the pics.

    • Wudugast

      Ah, I’m glad to hear you can make out the eyes (maybe it’s mine that are playing up then!)

      It’s nice putting everything together and seeing how far you’ve come isn’t it? Makes you realise how much you can achieve if you just chip away at it 🙂

  • Alex

    Superb mate, love the ‘big’ boss & squig, and it’s awesome to see how far this project has come! Keep on trucking Brother!

  • Pete S/ SP

    Great work- old school cool.



  • backtothehammer

    Loving the night gobbos. I like that you have kept them really dark so the squish contrast very well.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I’m trying something similar to the style I’ve used on the Skaven but turned up a notch, pushing everything to the far ends of the spectrum (so the brightest of bright colours over the darkest and most organic of natural tones). Wasn’t sure how it would look over the whole army but I’m pleased to have got to this stage and found it’s still working nicely 🙂

  • Faust

    Wow, you’re nearing Azazeloutput levels there! Nice work and what a cool looking bunch. My mind was drifting and I expected to see some war machines at the bottom, but this is gobbos and not skaven! Though in Blood Bowl, they have the Underworld team which is a mix of Goblins and Skaven, so I’m wondering if you can’t combine forces in your Warhammer game as well?

    • Wudugast

      Surely not – no mortal man can even approximate Azazeloutput! My brushes couldn’t take the strain!

      Well there will be some ramshackle warmachines of a different type later on once the core of the army is done (a bolt thrower – because any weapon that shares its name with an awesome band must be included – and a catapult at least). I want to get the core of the troops sorted first though.

      In Warhammer the skaven and night goblins hate each other. There’s a three-sided war going on under the ground between them and the dwarves. Occasionally they’ll make deals not to attack each other so they can focus on the dwarves but inevitably they stab each other in the back before the ink is dry so it never comes to anything. They outnumber the dwarves pretty massively so they’d probably have wiped them out if they could only stop fighting each other for a moment. My long term goal is to have a dwarf army to match the other two so I can cover all the three sides of the war, but that might not happen for a while yet.

      • Faust

        Huh. So I wonder how they came about with the Goblin/Skaven/Troll Underworld team? Though I know Blood Bowl is kind of it’s own made up world though. Maybe it was from early editions before this three-way war?

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I’ve often wondered that myself. Generally the blood bowl world is still the Warhammer world, albeit as a pastiche – so perhaps it does simply pre-date the development of the war underground? Mind you there’s the Elven Union as well and although the three elven people’s reunited in the End Times they spent most of their history at war too. At the end of the day it probably doesn’t bear too close analysis 😉

      • Faust

        Elven Union is a recent addition in the Blood Bowl world. The team was previously named “Pro Elves”. I’m not sure if they were made up of different Elven races. I always thought of them as ‘generic elves’. No one seemed to really play them anyways, preferring Wood Elves, or sometimes High or Dark Elves.

      • Wudugast

        Just checked (should have done before starting to pontificate really) and the Elven Union are mostly High Elves with only a smattering of Wood/Dark elves in there – I always assumed it was a 1:1:1 ration. Dunno how they play but I love the look of the models for the Dark Elf team. I’m guessing we’ll see either High or Wood elves next as those were in Death Zone 1 although there have been quite a few elves lately.

      • Faust

        Glad you brought that up, I think the pictures I’ve seen have all been white Elves. Same with the earlier Pro Elves team. So I likely would have just done them the same way without thinking about it. But now I better keep in mind that they are more diverse. I could have some Dark Elves, Sea Elves, and try some variety of skin colors. Since I don’t know all the lore, and BB doesn’t necessarily stick to it, I might just go with a variety of skin tones instead of trying to capture Wood Elf, High Elf, etc. specific skin.

        Wood Elves and Halflings were my next guess, as they both need Treeman models. Plus I doubt they are going to change stats on either of those teams.

        The three undead teams would be great to see, but I have a feeling they might be looking to change them a bit. The original Undead are overpowered and so two new undead teams were designed. Necromantic for those who want a fast Undead team and Khemri for those who want a strong Undead team. The original Undead team proved too popular though, so they ended up keeping all three.

      • Wudugast

        I have a scheme (as yet unrealised) to do an Elven Union team in which each player is from a different elven society. Rather than simply have some high elves, some dark elves and some wood elves I’d try to subtly bring out characteristics to tie each one to a specific part of the race. So for the High Elves for instance there are the Horsemasters of Ellyrion, the blind priests of Vaul, the Sapherian Mages, the Shadow Warriors of Nagarythe and so on. For the Dark Elves you could have Corsairs, the Khainites of Har Ganeth, the Hags of Ghrond, for the Wood Elves there are the spiteful elves of the Nightglens, the wintery ones from Winterheart, the ones who guard Cythral where the most malevolent forest spirits are caged, the ones who’re being consumed by Chaos in Witherhold and so forth.
        I think the elven culture in old Warhammer was really granular and complex and it might be a nice way to pay tribute to that, without taking on something as big and complex as an army. Of course part of the challenge would be making them all work thematically as a team rather than just looking like a disparate bunch of elves. Plus I think the official models for the Elven Union team are pretty plain looking but would work nicely as a canvas to work on top of.

      • Faust

        Yea, if you know the lore, you can certainly go more in depth. Would you try to use the Sea Elves as well? I kinda liked the looks of them, but since I don’t play 40k, doubt I would ever get a chance to use them.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah, I would see about including one, with the Idoneth release there should be plenty of suitable bits for converting.

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  • Subedai

    Good progress indeed, that is one fine looking army!

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