Cave Goblin Witchdoctors #4 – Magic mushrooms

A nifty alternative to the mutant shaman of witchcraft, this smaller, more traditional, cave goblin from the Battle for Skull Pass set is painted like the rest of the cave goblin horde but stands on top a slab of rock to show his status.

Thaumaturgy Cave Goblin Witchdoctor 1

Mushroom soup anyone?

The paint job is basic, with a little more emphasis on the puppet fetish on top of his staff. The base is an experiment with a piece of bark, painted more or less as slate – I should probably increase the contrast somehow…

Thaumaturgy Cave Goblin Witchdoctor 2

The texture of the fetish’s cloak is voluntarily coarse, done with some yellow blots where the folds stand out, glazed over with red and purple to blend it in a little.

I will save the pyromancer shaman for later and move on to the next project…

Till next time!



Cave Goblin Witchdoctors #3 – Mutant witcher

Witchraft Witchdoctor 1Witchraft Witchdoctor 2

I went for a quick paint job and a garish palette.

Most areas – like the scarf on his face – are layered with several different colours, building up from the initial zenithal highlight, other than using some shading and highlighting as usual. The vest mixes turquoise and aquamarine with blue shades and pure white highlights. The tail is a mix of green, purple and light browns. And so on…

NMM is very basic and with little contrast, but I think it works well all the same.

Next I’ll do some basing and show you a picture of this fella in the horde.

Till next time!

Cave Goblin Witchdoctors #2 – Mutant witcher WIP

I started working on this extremely pleasing Rackham miniature which will represent a cave goblin witch doctor following the way of witchcraft.

I decided to include mutants alongside the classic squigs or gnashers from the caves – it fits the theme of general weirdness of the cave dwellers and will allow me to throw in the occasional outstanding model. The figure has a tail that you can barely see which suggests a brush with skaven warpstone.

I went for a silk aquamarine robe, with turquoise, green and blue shades and watered-down white reflexes (still working on it, of course), a definitely rougher rag mouth scarf – put on in haste to protect himself from the foulness of elven perfume – and added to the usual cave goblin skin palette some violet and some extra pure yellow for dramatic highlights.

Pictures are meh, I’m sorry, but what do you think so far?


Cave goblin spears #11 โ€“ Basing test group

Given the popular demand, I decided to go on with the basing, despite the lack of new fancy supplies.

First I worked on the old fanatics round bases and then, reasonably satisfied, I moved on to the first two goblins.

Cave goblin basing 1

On to your flowery grave

Now, two out of three of the fanatic bases were already completely covered in static grass. On the third – the black one – I first glued and painted some sand to represent clayey terrain and then added rocks, tufts, flowers and static grass.

The base of the two spear-wielding goblins has been made in the same way, but with more rocks in proportion – I used very small chunks of cork, painted dark gray and then highlighted.

Since I didn’t glue the models to the bases, it was easy to glue the sand on the surface of the base before setting the model in the slot.

I like how a base with some height works well even with small sized models like these.

Here’s an overhead shot.

Cave goblin basing 2

Roaming the grasslands

The available surface on the square bases is very small, and it’s a bit difficult to avoid a “front-back” design that would look unnatural. I’ll try to give some general consistency to the bases of the whole unit, but going for continuous areas of terrain may end up having some of the bases too focused on a single element – the trick works better with bigger bases, and I want some variety on each and every base.

So, anyway. What’s your impression? Do they work well enough? Any suggestions?

I’ll go on with the rest of the unit as soon as I receive the green light. ๐Ÿ™‚


Cave goblin spears #10 โ€“ The final gobbos

At last! The final six rank and file cave goblins…

Spears 6

It sure took a long time!

And the extra command group, in case I want to split the horde in two smaller regiments (I would probably need to paint a few more goblins for that or a couple of small unit fillers).

Second command group

It’s not very realistic, but I really like how the moon icon turned out…

This concludes the painting for the first horde and possibly the largest unitย in the army (since they capped the ‘eadbasher orc units to 30 models)!

Here’s a WIP groupshot. It will still be some time before I get to basing. Believe it or not, I’m still waiting for those supplies!!

WIP groupshot


It’s not really over until I’ve done the bases, but still this is a huge boost to my confidence: it’s the first horde I ever manage to paint, and I managed to keep a good level throughout the ranks without getting bored. Now I know I can tackle the other parts of the army – even though my pace is still quite slow.

Cheers, and next: some crazy shamans!


Cave goblin spears #9 โ€“ Some balls

Voilร , the next to last batch of cave goblin spears!

Spears 5.JPG

We want bases!

I realised I missed the eyes on the little fellow to the left of the formation, but apart from that they look ok. This time I put some checkers on the hem of a couple of cloaks – they don’t look very good in one line only – and two different kinds of triangle patters on two others, for variety.

Out from the mists of the past, here’s three old fanatics, who miraculously managed to keep their balls intact, and which I am nostalgic enough not to retouch. Eventually, I’ll try to find some replacements.

Old Fanatics

Crude, but still effective

I’ll do my best to wrap up the painting part of the project by next week!

Then (still without the new supplies) there will be basing…


In case you were wondering why I skipped my Monday post this week, here’s the reason…


Arpy lake, near La Thuille, Valle d’Aosta

Good enough? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I picked up some moss, stones and bits of wood for basing, though, so I did do something for the hobby…

More goblins after the weekend!