I hardly need excuses to bring another Rackham model in the Orc & Goblins project, but this one is simply perfect as one of the handlers in the gnasher herd.
It’s bigger than the other goblins, so you’ll have to assume that he has managed to survive his extremely precarious line of work for some time and made a profit. Apart from this it ticks all the boxes: it fills the base space of a prodder team perfectly, has a pointy stick and, on top of that, is well protected by armour, which is surely one of the reasons why he’s still alive. I can definitely see him pushing the bouncy red mayhem through the tunnels. The cap and bells is fitting enough, as you can imagine squigs being chased on by noise and I also have a few other models banging cymbals and blowing bagpipes to stress the idea.
As you can see, I went for NMM, but lighter on the whole than what I did before on the goblin king with the big mace. I think this works better, and it’s also easier to pull off. It may be more cartoonish than realistic, but that’s ok for orcs and goblins – my main concern is for the whole army to be colorful, yet more or less cohesive. I tried out some pure yellow glazes here and there and they look alright suggesting some reflectiveness without going too chalky. The NMM can still be improved… but I think I’m improving!
Another reason I like the sculpt is a certain Brian Freud feel… is it just me or did you get it too?
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.
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…
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…
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.
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?
Work and travels made me fall behind schedule on the cave goblin project. In order to show something this Monday, then, I’m giving you a preview on the next goblin project – the cave goblin witchdoctors. Each of them is meant to be used for a different way of magic among the three available in the 9th age for goblin mages, and each miniature has a distinctive feel matching it.
The first model is a classic miniature from GW and will represent the Pyromancy witchdoctor, due to the flame motif on the back of his cape. I gave the mini a decent paintjob years ago, and now is definitely time for a revamping. I might put more flames on the robe and I’m considering to make the robe itself red. It would also be nice to resculpt the staff to make it more appropriately “flaming”, but that’s probably beyond my skills.
The second model is part of the Battle for Skull Pass night goblins set. He’s going to represent the witchdoctor of Thaumaturgy, a way of magic focusing on the divine, on account of his pot full of sacred mushrooms and what might count as a goblin-god fetiche of some sorts. Or something to scare little gnashers away from mushrooms pads. Since the model in itself cannot match the other two’s imposing presence, I’m planning to work on the base and plop him on a high mystical rock.
The third model is from Rackham and will count as the mage of Witchcraft, which is the way of magic of the wild and the wicked. A bigger model, and very slick, this witchdoctor has snorted up more winds of magic than the other two combined, and ended up with two nice horns. This one I’ll have to downplay as I come to do the basing, but it won’t be difficult since he already occupies most of the base.
Here it is for now. Now for the final rash# of green grunts…
This one is supposed to hold the place of the king in the regiment whenever the king has other kingly things to do.
Another great sculpt, clean and simple. Apparently they had a thing with big bulging eyes in this series: after the eye on the little squig I showed at the beginning of the project, I decided to paint this as a glass eye and I think it turned out fine.
Next, we’ll be back to some rank and file, with a cameo from an old 40k model to spice things up, so… more to come!
Running on steam, foul brew, mind-bending mushrooms, ignorance and evil the king in his metal skin rules in the caves. Although honestly it looks more like the armour was put together with pieces of a dwarven stove, the king is proud of his magic trinket, which at once symbolizes his power and helped more than once against backstabbing.
This gorgeous Rachkam miniature stands out just enough and brings the right kind of chutzpah to the unit. In fact, I had to find a way for it not to stand out too much. The original colour scheme for the model, although I love the blues on the metal and I would have liked the shape of the helmet to suggest a moon using some yellow, would not have worked.
So I went for some dark non-metallic metal, which was not easy to pull off. I’m reasonably pleased, but it’s still a long way to nmm country.
Yes, he has some sort of gas mask on his chest, which makes little sense. But that’s goblins for you, folks. More to come!