You Gits!

Unexpectedly, I decided to use the weekend to churn out another Warcry warband. This time it’s the turn of those cheeky little rascals the Gloomspite Gits (that’s Night Goblins to old timers like me). The Gits are, for me, the crux point at which I learned to stop worrying and love the Age of Sigmar. Up until they received their army book and expanded range of models they were a jarring oddity in the Mortal Realms, as one of the most iconic races of the Old Warhammer world they felt very much shoehorned in, as unwelcome and out of place in the new setting as Stormcast Eternals would be if they showed up in Necromunda (or perhaps its more accurate to say that the new setting was unwelcome, I’ve never lost my love of Night Goblins – AoS on the other hand took a while longer to work its magic on me…). Their armybook, released back at the very beginning of 2019, gave them a new lease of life – and finally won me over. After all, if the old Night Goblins could be successfully reinvented for the Mortal Realms then maybe it was time for me to let it into my life – at least a little? Now that’s not to say I’ve turned my back on old Warhammer, but there’s no reason why I can’t enjoy both (after all, the world of square-bases and flank attacks was always my ‘bit-on-the-side’ in comparison to the grim darkness of the far future, it’s far too late for WHFB to try to hold me to monogamy now!).

Anyway, getting back on track (although that intro will prove to be important – see below!) this little band of miscreants all began when I spotted this part painted squig-herder lurking about on the painting desk and decided to get him finished.

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As I was working on him it suddenly struck me that I could make myself another Warcry warband, and what could be more fun to unleash that the madcap japery of these evil little so-and-so’s? Now usually these new ideas blaze gloriously across my brain every hour or so, and most die with their passion unrequited in a dusty corner of my subconscious, but this one found fuel in my love of all things greenskinned and took off like a hurricane. Before I knew it I’d painted up a leader for the new band, a crazily bouncing Boingrot Boss riding on a big old squig.

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Next I knew I had to incorporate a Sneaky Snuffler. I’ve been loving these models from afar since they were first released and was pleased to see them given rules for Warcry (after being left out of the original rules for the faction). Honestly they don’t seem to do anything particularly cool in the game, they just snuffle around looking awesome, but there’s no way I was going to miss the chance to include one all the same. Truth be told the backpack with all those little mushrooms in it, wasn’t the easiest thing to paint so I’m in two minds over how excited I am to paint the rest of them, but I’ll get around to them eventually.

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Next I needed to bulk out the ranks with more nasty little gits. For this I turned my attention to my unfinished WHFB Night Goblin army. I’ve wrestled over the last couple of years with whether or not to add the new models to the old army, or rebase the old army and make them into an AoS army. Lately I seem to have settled on the idea of making the Gobbos into Gits and unleashing them on the Age of Sigmar, and instead painting up an army of Dwarves for WHFB instead. I know I’ve currently only painted one dwarf but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and presumably neither was the Ungdrin Ankor (that’s the dwarven underway for those who don’t speak dwarf). Starting as I mean to go on (although probably – let’s be honest – not for ages, I’ve got loads of other things I’m planning to tackle, but we can all have a good laugh about this when I finally get around to it in 2037) I grabbed a calculator, wrote a list for the warband, dug a few goblins out of the box where they were being stored and rebased them.

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Lastly, the warband needed a pair of squigs. In my opinion squigs are a vital component of absolutely anything Night Goblin themed so there was no way I was going to leave them out.

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And here we have the whole lot ready for mayhem!

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I’m quite pleased with the range of warbands now available to me for games of Warcry. There’s the Iron Golem and Untamed Beasts that I painted from the original boxset, three warbands from the Destruction alliance (Ironjaws, Ogres and now Gloomspite Gits) and enough models already painted to field daemons of both Khorne and Nurgle, and a plethora of Skaven options (assuming I don’t mind them being on square bases – which frankly I don’t, as it means some of my WHFB Skaven army gets to see battle more regularly than it would otherwise). All being well I’d like to finish up the Flesh Eater Courts and Nighthaunt warbands soon too, then perhaps turn my attention either back to the factions that make up the core game (the Spire Tyrants are the current favourite) or perhaps someone to fight in the name of order and civilisation for a change…


17 responses to “You Gits!

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Love the colour in these little chaps, especially the snuffler and all those mushrooms. Roll on 2037! 😉

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I must confess that, although I may not have enjoyed painting all the mushrooms, I am enjoying looking at all the mushrooms that I’ve painted, and that in turn is helping to convince me that actually I enjoyed it at the time really and now I ought to do more. Isn’t memory a wonderfully malleable thing! 😆

      Oh yeah, 2037 is going to be quite the year! We’ll still be in lockdown of course but things will be scheduled to get back to normal “any time now”. I’ll have committed to painting my backlog of miniatures and not buying any more until I’m done, adding – untruthfully – that ‘this time I mean it”! Brexit negotiations will be ongoing…

      • theimperfectmodeller

        I’ll be 80 by then so whatever the state of the world in 2037 I may well be past the point of caring. Unless Scotland is independent by then I’m voting for you to put things right. I’ll offer a bit of advice here and there of course assuming I am still alive. 😉

      • Wudugast

        I’ll be a sprightly 53 – although most days I think I’m past caring already… I’ll mark my diary though and if need be I’ll take that as my cue to establish our totalitarian regime – if people don’t get their collective arses in gear in the meantime and sort the world out then they’ll have no-one to blame but themselves when you and I are in charge! Of course, that’ll hold back my efforts to clear the painting backlog even further…

  • Kuribo

    These gits look great and I like how you used small touches of color (like on the mushrooms) to give them personality. The Gobbos make quite a nice looking squad as well and unlike some factions, they seem perfectly suited to be someone you would run into in the “Underworlds” of Age of Sigmar too 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, the Night Goblins run the risk of being pretty much black and green so getting a few touches of colour in there is a must, and using the odd little splash of something very vivid seems to work well with them. For me they were always one of the classic Warhammer races, pretty much every fantasy setting has goblins but the hooded night gobbos were as iconic of WHFB as you could get. Took me a while to really see them as part of AoS but now I’ve gotten used to them they really feel “right” for the setting, they’re just so quirky and crazy, over-the-top in a psychedelic folk-horror kind of way, too funny to be entirely horrible – and too horrible to be comfortably funny.

  • Alex

    Excellent job mate, these wee scamps just ooze character & you’ve done them proud.
    Fun fact – Kev ‘goblin master’ Adams told me that Star Wars Jawas were his inspiration for the original night goblins… Ever since then, I’ve fancied doing a droid trading warband for RT… one day eh? 😁

    • Wudugast

      I did not know that about Kev Adams and the Jawas (sounds like the name of a band doesn’t it – and I’d buy everything they released based on the name alone!). Makes sense though, I’ve often thought there was something Jawa-like about the Night Gobbos. Especially with the new Night Goblin models available that droid-trading warband would be great, definitely one for you to tackle at some point (when you’re not too busy unleashed damned space marines of course!)

  • lordcommandereloth

    These are great, the overall warband look brill with the different heights and colours, but the bagpipe goblin is just the best thing ever!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! It is isn’t it – he cracked me up when I spotted him. I think that’s a big part of why I love the night gobbos, they’re wacky enough that it takes the sting out of their evil side – yet they’re not so silly as to be entirely unthreatening.

  • Mark A. Morin

    Really, really, fun. Love looking at these, so whimsical!

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    […] You Gits! @ Convert or Die– Gloomspite Gitz! I maintain that Gobbos are, indeed, the best – especially when Squigs are arrived. I really like the author’s first point in the article, about the Gitz being a really successful (and reassuring) reinvention of a really great army from the Old World. The Warcry band that the author has painted up also looks really fantastic. […]

  • patmcf

    I love them! especially as they only shuffle around looking awesome! just like myself, except I just look ordinary!! Bugggerrr!

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