Dwellers in the Dark

I finished the second Cave Troll from the Knightmare Miniatures Green Skin Wars range to bolster my Night Goblin raiding party for Dragon Rampant. Once the third troll is finished, I’ll probably field them as a reduced model count unit of Bellicose Foot with Mystical Armour, to represent their regenerative abilities.

Pale skinned troll leaning on big club with two skulls in hand

The troll doesn’t tolerate intruders in its cave

The Kickstarter campaign also included a bunch of… sentient mushrooms I guess? As anyone knows, Night Goblins and mushrooms go together perfectly, so I am painting them up as themed terrain, or maybe even a playable unit in their own right.

Long stalked mushrooms of various colours with grinning faces

Strange magical energies have brought the cave fungus to life

The sculpting on the troll is once again excellent, and its facial expression one of the most characterful I have ever seen on a miniature.

Side view of the growling troll with purple mushroom in background

Living in a dark, dank cave doesn’t encourage a sunny disposition

View of the troll's gnarly back

Better sneak out while he’s not looking

Missiles, Monsters and Mages

The second half of the Doom Goblin tribe I am painting for Dragon Rampant consists of some archers, a shaman and a trio of cave trolls.

Since I was one bowman short of a six strong unit of scouts I added a plastic Night Goblin from the Warhammer 4th Edition box set. Unfortunately the Army Painter anti-shine spray applied over Citadel gloss varnish looks like a layer of dust on all the miniatures in the photos – might have to switch to another supplier.

Three goblins with dark hoods carrying bows

Sticking two fingers up to civilisation

Three goblin archers with black hoods

Goblin archers raiding a hamlet

The shaman with his mushroom staff is another characterful figure from the hands of Goblinmaster Kev Adams.

Goblin with black hood holding a staff shaped like a mushroom with a face

The shaman draws supernatural powers from shrooms

The first of the cave trolls I finished is a sculpt by Diego Serrata Pinilla, the owner of Knightmare Miniatures.

Pale skinned troll holding a big rock

Cave trolls often follow Doom Goblins on their raids

Now I am just missing two trolls, and a bunch of mushrooms as a bonus, which I’ll either use as terrain or to accompany the shaman in a unit.

Groups of goblin archers, shaman and a large troll in front of a medieval hovel

Doom Goblins only venture overground to pillage and plunder

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Doom Goblin Dozen

The first dozen Doom Goblins by Knightmare Miniatures is finished. Using Dragon Rampant, they’ll be fielded as a unit of Light Foot with the Offensive rule. They are all great individual sculpts, and I could well see them in some dungeon crawling too.

Group of twelve green skinned goblins with black hoods

The tribe’s leader with his retinue

The second lot I painted contains a standard bearer and some more fighters, with hoods up and down and a variety of weapons, giving the group a lot of variety.

Goblin holding a black banner with white flame motif flanked by two comrades

The Banner of Doom

Three goblins with spear, mace and sword respectively

The tribe’s fighters are vicious

The facial expressions of these little blighters are classic Kev Adams, and it’s still as much fun painting them as it was 25 years ago.

Close up of the banner bearer with his wide evil grin

The tribe’s banner inspires fanatical devotion

Goblin musician with skull drum and fighter with mace

Heavy maces are popular with the strongest goblins

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Rampant Night Goblins

Since Night Goblins became a distinct range around Warhammer 4th Edition they’ve been favourites of mine. My formative years were spent playing with Kev Adams sculpted goblinoids, and I’d always been tempted by his later Crooked Claw range of miniatures. When this was picked up and expanded by Knightmare Miniatures via the Greenskin Wars Kickstarter campaign I went all in, overcome by an unstoppable wave of Waaagh energy.

Now I already have several Orc & Goblin armies in the works that don’t really need further reinforcements, so I will use these new tribes for skirmish games with the Dragon Rampant ruleset by Osprey. Apparently Knightmare Miniatures are working on a supplement for the Goblin Wars specifically tailored for their range, but in the meantime I am putting together 18 points forces using the open army creation system that Dragon Rampant is designed for.

Circle of six goblins with black hoods in rocky terrain

Plotting the next raid

The first six of a unit of twelve light foot infantry are now finished. I am going for my usual dark blue hoods, but chose to stay away from any contrast colours. Instead, I’ll use browns and greys for other items of clothing and equipment, and dull steel and tarnished bronze for weapons and armour.

Three goblins with axe, sword and shield and skull drum respectively

Fighter, boss and musician

Three goblins with spiked maces

Morning stars are the popular choice

For anyone thinking about mixing these miniatures with their existing Night Goblins, here is a bit of a comparison of size and sculpting style. Overall the figures are taller and lankier than older Citadel sculpts and the latest plastics. However, there is also some variation within the range itself. The poses and size would probably make it a bit tricky to rank them up on 20mm bases, so another good argument for using them in a skirmish game setting.

Three goblins of varying sizes lined up

Citadel Night Goblin Bosses in metal (left) and plastic (right)

Once I have the other half of the unit finished, there’ll be some archers, trolls and a shaman to complete the Night Goblin tribe.

Two goblins attacking each other while others watch

Settling a dispute the goblin way

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Bringing Up the Artillery

The horde of Orcs & Goblins I am gathering for Warhammer 3rd Edition has got paint on in its entirety (I’m aiming for a modest 1,500 points under the Warhammer Armies list), but about half still needs to be shaded, highlighted and detailed. Buoyed by the thrill of finally seeing the boar riders finished, I took aim at my second artillery piece.

Wooden frame bolt thrower with three Orc crewmen

Orc Spear Chukka

The Orc Spear Chukka had been in painting limbo the longest by far. The bolt thrower itself has been in my possession for decades and it has seen service with a variety of armies. Eventually I acquired some of the Orc crew to go with it, so it is now a fixed part of their artillery. The commander originally belongs to the Rock Chukka of the same series.

Orc holding a spear projectile

Loader

Orc with red top knot holding a whip

Commander

Grumpy looking Orc with spiked helmet

Operator

Rear view of bolt thrower and crew

Sighting the enemy

The Orc Tribes are Gathering

Back in Orctober I continued work on a mob of war boar riders for my Warhammer 3rd Edition Orcs & Goblins. I converted these three years ago already, using the Marauder MB2 infantry models as riders on Citadel war boars.

Now the second rank of five is finished, also completing the continent of the Greedy Maw tribe for my Oldhammer army. Heavily armoured and well equipped with a regiment on foot and the only cavalry in the horde, these are the elite core of the force who have subjugated other tribes and lead them into battle.

Orcs on boars bearing shields with gaping maws full of teeth painted on

Orcs driving their ill-tempered mounts towards the enemy

Orc leader on war boar with a horned skull head plate

The proud owner of a pimped up war boar

Army of Orcs & Goblins in front of a medieval village

With the village sacked, the horde marches on