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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.

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Squabblin’ Goblins – Part 5

The trouble with batch painting is it doesn’t leave a lot for anyone not involved in the process to look at. For anyone desperate for an update¬†however here’s the state of play on the night goblins and the heap of models still to be completed.

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As you can see there’s a lot of partially done robes and the early stages of a lot of green skin, but also plenty that still needs attention. Honestly I think I might abandon my plan to get them all done by the end of the month – nice though that would be to achieve my enjoyment of my hobby shouldn’t be restricted by the struggle to meet self imposed deadlines.

With so much still at the WIP stage however there’s not a lot to show in the way of progress this week – but not much doesn’t mean nothing at all. This little dude, a goblin champion from Avatars of War, may actually be the first goblin model I ever bought and he’s been sitting around part painted for a very long time indeed. As probably the longest neglected model that I’ve tackled as part of these challenges so far it was imperative that he saw the finish-line this month.

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I also added two more squigs, bringing their population in the army up to four.

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I know that technically speaking squigs come in units of at least ten, and who wouldn’t want a huge mob of bouncing mouths to gallop in disorderly style through the enemy lines, but I only own five of the little chaps so (once the last one is painted) I’ll be leaving the squad as is for now. Hopefully someday in the not too distant future Games Workshop will recognise the demand that exists for new plastic models for their most iconic race (the humble squig) and will see to it that the squig-faithful are rewarded at last.

Next week my priority will be finishing off my plague furnace for the Skaven (something of an all or nothing challenge, and failure would mean not meeting my personal Skaven goal for the first time in twenty-one months). However I’m sure one or two gobbos will also manage to scamper over the line to contest the rats’ dominance of the Underway even if I don’t get the whole mob done.


Squabblin’ Goblins – Part 4

It’s time for this week’s progress report on the night goblins (not including the Battle Standard Bearer who got his slice of the limelight earlier in the week). I’m planning to anchor the army around a horde of Night Goblin spearmen, backed up by a smaller unit with shortbows. Together these will represent the rank and file of the clan, who’ve been driven from their mushroomy lair by the call of the Waaarg! This week it’s been very much a collection of odds and ends as most of the models in these two squads are still halfway through being batch painted (something I would previously have shuddered to consider but I’m giving it my best shot nonetheless).

However, in the interests of having something to show you, I cracked on with these three spear-gobbos to get them finished (which also results in a pleasing, albeit only small, reduction of the pile still to be done).

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I’ve also started work on the unit of archers with six of the little rascals ready for action.

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This chap used to be a spearman but somewhere along the road he got careless and broke off half of his spear. Enter a quick and thematic repair and he’s ready for action again.

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When it comes to Night Goblins there’s few things as thematic as a fanatic (try saying that five times quickly!)

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Night goblins are always looking to even the odds against stronger, braver opponents (that’s basically everyone). Chucking a net over them is hardly honourable but luckily goblins are sneaky gits and don’t get worried about things like that.

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And of course any night goblin army needs a few squigs around.

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Overall then progress has been fairly solid, although I could probably have used to break more ground on the spear-gobbos and archers if I’m going to make my target of finishing the unit by the end of the month. We’re roughly half-way through the month now though and, although there’s still plenty to do, I’m pleased with the progress so far.


Squabblin’ Goblins – Part 3

I’ll save the rest of this week’s goblins for a round up on Friday but having finished this little guy over the weekend I thought it would be remiss not to show him off straight away. I picked him up (broken) from eBay for barely more than it must have cost to post him. He’s such a characterful little chap I knew straight away I wanted to give him a suitably important job in the nascent army. Given the size of the banner he was clearly meant to carry I promoted him on the spot to Battle Standard Bearer.

Back in the old days, before Sigmar was a real god, when human heroes wore big hats and bigger mustaches rather than golden armour and everyone trudged around on square bases, a battle standard bearer was something that every army simply had to have. Even I, with my less than nuanced understanding of the Warhammer rules, know that a battle standard bearer is one of those people that you simply don’t leave home without if you wanted to be taken seriously on the battlefields of the Old World, especially if you belong to a race of cowardly little runts like the gobbos.

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Some would say the skull-weighted strips are falling counter to gravity but I reckon he’s either halfway through a titanic effort to get the thing upright to being pulled over backwards by its weight (or most likely a combination of the two) and the whole thing is flapping around in the wind anyway.

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Of course, it’s very much in the nature of goblins that even when you think they’re under control¬† more of them spring up from the shadows, or in this case the Royal Mail. That’s right, as soon as I set about getting the little greenies already on my desk painted a load more arrived via a wonderfully heavy box full of lead courtesy of the most recent Greenskin Wars kickstarter.

Some are quite small really…

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…others are rather larger…

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This chap doesn’t care about greenskins or their wars at all – he just wants to play some Blood Bowl. If only there was a team he could join…

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Now technically speaking none of these are neglected models (yet!) but I’ll try to sneak one or two in before the end of the month anyway.


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.

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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!


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:

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

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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.

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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.


Garage Days Revisited – Part 3

Exploding out of Chris’s garage like a whirlwind of destruction, here’s a Night Goblin fanatic!

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Once again I’m hearing the call of my long unpainted Night Goblin army but with so many projects on the table it may still need to wait a little longer. Hopefully this chap will scratch the itch to paint things green in the meantime.