Tag Archives: Goblins

Dangerous in Numbers

I’m still in an Oldhammer mood and making progress on my Orcs & Goblins. While painting is slow, I’ve been taking stock, putting together regiments and constructing movement trays.

I did also manage to finish the mob of 20 Gobbo Stickas that is one of the core units of the army. About half of these are plastics that I had bought second hand and which were painted so well that I kept them untouched other than a little detailing and new bases. The rest are mostly metals that break up the uniformity of the regiment nicely.

A block of goblins carrying short bows
No greenskin army is complete without a mob of ‘stickas’
Four goblins with bows in loose formation
The champion takes his best shots out skirmishing
Two ranks of goblins with short bows
The mob deploys in line
A line of goblins in front of orc regiments
The goblin archers shield the advance of the elite orcs

Keep ‘Em Coming!

I finished painting the remaining Night Goblins from the Knightmare Miniatures range so my warband is expanded and as complete as it currently can be. Thinking ahead for Saga, I can field three units of warriors, three trolls (I assume there will be some monster/monstrous creature slot), a shaman/wizard and the warlord.

While looking for any release info or beta rules that might be floating around (no luck there), I did come across a fan made project called A Fantastic Saga. Haven’t tried it, but clearly a lot of work has gone into the expanded rules and fantasy races that are available, so definitely worth checking out. Using the Kobaloi list, I could field my Night Goblins as a 6 points force.

Four goblins wearing black hoods in front of two looming trolls
Emboldened by their backup, the goblins charge ahead
Two goblins wielding a flail and axe respectively
Whether with flail or axe, goblins just like to bash things
A goblins with a double handed spiked club and another with an axe
If you can’t afford an axe, a wooden stick with nails does the trick

There’s a New Boss in Goblin Town

Knightmare Miniatures recently ran a Kickstarter to expand their mostly Kev Adams sculpted Greenskin Wars range. I used that opportunity to pick up the new Doom Goblins and a few more wolf riders and feral goblins.

Alongside the four goblin warriors that I am still working on, the Doom Goblins received a new leader in the shape of this big bruiser carrying a massive morning star. Might makes right in goblin society, so there wasn’t much discussion regarding his role amongst the expanding tribe.

Goblin in a dark blue hood holding a double handed mace
You wanted to see my resume?

I think Kev Adams is doing some of his best work at the moment with this range so I really need to catch up with my painting. Also still looking forward to Saga Fantasy, although a generic goblin list would probably not do justice to their variety. Thinking about play testing the Doom Goblins as Saxons.

Back view of goblin leader wearing a brown tattered cloak
There’s going to be some changes around here
Goblin boss, shaman and banner bearer
Now let’s crack on!

The Doom Goblins’ Saga

I have added a couple of expansions from Knightmare Miniatures’ latest Kickstarter of goblin sculpts by Kev Adams to my collection. The Doom Goblins in particular, which are the only faction I have painted so far, were in need of reinforcements.

I’m also looking forward to the fantasy expansions for Saga 2 which I’d like to use for warband size forces like this. While not clear yet how the system of heroes will work with magic users and monsters, it already makes sense to organise all the troops into units of 4, 8 or 12 respectively. For archers I was still short, so after adding another bow armed figure from the range, I also glued together and painted a plastic Citadel Night Goblin.

Group of goblin archers wearing black hooded tunics
A salvo of arrows softens up the enemy

I do like the style Brian Nelson gave the Orcs & Goblins back then, though their faces were much more repetitive than previously. This particular multi-part plastic set was one of Citadel’s earliest, and the proportions are all over the place, making it pretty much incompatible with any Night Goblins they released before and after. As a tribute to the evolution of the Night Goblins, I like having one of these guys in the warband though.

Night Goblin archers aiming and loading their bows
Goblins are a mixed bunch

With the new sculpts to be delivered soon, I can form another unit of 8 warriors, which should give me a minimum of 4 points of troops to use in Saga. Since archers are often classed as levies, 4 more to increase this group might also be useful, but I’ll see about that once the army lists are out.

Warband of Night Goblins with trolls and giant mushrooms in the background
From their mountain lair the Doom Goblins emerge

Duel of the Mages

Two important characters I had yet to paint up for my fledgling Dwarf and Goblin Oathmark forces were their respective spell casters. Available as metal sculpts from the talented hands of Mark Copplestone, these are very flavourful figures that I wanted to show going up against each other in a battle of magical powers.

Dwarf wizard with a raven facing goblin shaman wearing a wolf pelt
Wisdom versus cunning
Dwarf wizard with a white beard carrying a staff and holding a raven on his outstretched arm
The raven is an ancient familiar
Goblin shaman wearing a wolf pelt and holding a staff with a ram's skull
The shaman draws on the raw powers of destruction

I also converted one of the Goblin spearmen to be a javelineer. Using the ancient peltast as a model, I choose the smallest of the shield sizes (which actually has a shape quite reminiscent of Thracian equipment) and went with lighter armoured body parts. For the javelin, I cut the spear tip off and made it both shorter and narrower. Then I shortened the wooden shaft at both ends and glued the tip back onto the bottom end, so the pose is now that of a throwing arm. A little bit of resculpting on the right shirt sleeve and the chainmail was needed, as the arm is normally expected to be attached in a downward facing position.

Goblin carrying a small shield and throwing spear
Javelineers skirmish ahead of the army
Right side view of goblin with spear holding it in a throwing stance
At close quarters the javelin is a deadly projectile

For my eight strong unit of Goblin warriors, I also painted the remaining two champion sculpts in metal and assembled one plastic fighter (on the left below). With these finished, I’m just in time for the Elven pre-orders to begin!

Three goblins with hand weapons, shields and a large axe
More warriors join the invading horde