Getting Squiggy With It – Part 1

If the blog seems particularly busy at the moment, that’s probably because it is! Over the summer months I spend a lot of time working outdoors. I paint miniatures here and there but not half as much as I might otherwise. Models are started and then set aside and by late summer the heap of part-painted stuff on the desk is higher than it has any right to be. Rather than allow the situation to worsen I’m trying to make a concerted effort to clear away some of these unfinished models and this week I’ve identified several which are within a hair’s breadth of completion and can be knocked out with relative ease – surely better than leaving them to gather dust any longer!

With this in mind the next targets for my brush were these three squigs.

Squigs Convert or Die Wudugast Gobbos (1)Squigs Convert or Die Wudugast Gobbos (2)

It’s fair to say that the old squig models varied in quality – some were character-packed bundles of fun, others were a little harder to get enthusiastic about. One thing they did struggle with however, being metal models, was the degree of dynamic “bounce” that is central to their character, and which has been fully captured in this latest iteration.

Squigs Convert or Die Wudugast Gobbos (4)Squigs Convert or Die Wudugast Gobbos (5)

This one is a real favourite of mine – pity the poor goblin as he vanishes into the mouth of his pet!

Squigs Convert or Die Wudugast Gobbos (6)Squigs Convert or Die Wudugast Gobbos (7)Squigs Convert or Die Wudugast Gobbos (8)

I would argue that there are very few things as iconic of Warhammer as a squig. I’ve always been a big fan of the bitey little dudes, indeed I’d question the judgement of anyone who isn’t, and so I was thrilled to see them at last honoured with a proper plastic kit back in January of this year. Given the above, and acknowledging how little effort is required to get them painted, I’m surprised it’s taken me until now but here we have them, three vicious, snappy cave-fungus ready to chomp their way through whoever they please.

Squigs Convert or Die Wudugast Gobbos (3)

Right – let’s see what else I can clear from the backlog!

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19 responses to “Getting Squiggy With It – Part 1

  • Mikko

    Those are brilliant, the one eating the gobbo especially! Good luck on clearing the pile.

    • Wudugast

      Aye, that one eating the gobbo is just great I reckon, if you wanted to encapsulate the qualities of the Night Goblins/Gloomspite Gits in a single miniature I think that would be it. Certainly gave me a push to do a good job of it.

      Well, now I’ve told the world what I’m planning to do to clear the backlog honour dictates I’d better get on with it πŸ˜‰

  • patmcf

    Marvellous mate ,I love these little characters and as I’m involved in the dental industry we could use them in our up coming advertising campaign !!

    • Wudugast

      They’ve got some gnashers on them don’t they! Pity the dentist sent to deal with these little monsters. Indeed perhaps that’s what’s happening here, the goblin isn’t being eaten by the squig, he’s just attempting a tricky bit of root canal work…

  • theimperfectmodeller

    You do realise that the moment you complete the last model in your back log Azazel is going to have a neglected model challenge and you are going to have nothing to enter don’t you? More than happy to see your completef work and love the squig eating the goblin!

    • Wudugast

      Finish everything in my backlog?! Chance would be a fine thing! I shall battle manfully against the unpainted tide but I don’t think there’s any real danger of defeating it. We’re looking at a heroic last stand at best! πŸ˜›

  • Alexis West

    I must agree, Squigs are a very iconic part of Warhammer. These ones look great, and yeah, the one eating the gobbo is always good for a laugh! I do kind of wish they’d bring back more variety than just the basic round-ball-of-teeth Squigs, tho, both in AoS and 40K. There’s so much more potential in the concept than has been realized in the Model line.

    • Wudugast

      Aye but don’t forget, for years the only squigs available in plastic were the hair-squigs on the heads of the ork boyz! :-p Seriously though I quite agree, there’s loads of potential in squigs that they’ve still never really dug into and I can’t for the life of me work out why. As far as I can tell squigs are hugely popular, and everything I heard about the Gloomspite release backed that up, lots and lots of people were pleased to see plastic squigs at last. It’s a bit like the Sisters of Battle – can they really have been in an ivory tower, unaware that there was a demand for these things?

  • Ann

    Like the others, I’m a fan of the goblin being eaten by the squig. I guess if you live by the squig then you, well, best not mentioned really…. πŸ™‚

  • Alex

    Fab – obviously squig 3 has taken the mantra ‘eat your greens’ very literally!

  • imperialrebelork

    Top work pal. I like that you stated the bloody obvious in the first sentence haha 🀘🏼

  • backtothehammer

    I love squigs too and the new models are excellent. Classic paint job on them and damn you for putting the will smith tune in my head πŸ˜‰

    • Wudugast

      Yeah they really are the ultimate Warhammer creatures and – daemons aside – the only ones to fit in unchanged in 40k, WHFB and AoS. In fact with the possible exception of Battle Fleet Gothic I can’t think of a GW game from the last couple of decades that you couldn’t fit a squig into somehow. Plus they’d make a great pet. They should put up a statue of one outside the HQ in Nottingham instead of the space marine/stormcast!

      As for Will Smith, usually I try to find a metal song to take titles from because that’s generally what I listen to – but sometimes something is just too perfect to pass up! 😁

  • Azazel

    Na-na-na-na, na-na-na! Noice work on these squigs mate! I may have to queue-jump a few of these onto the desk sooner rather than later!

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