I never really saw goblins as a the most educated of creatures and naturally expect them to mispronounce their own names. In my fevered imagination I see them as something a bit creepy, silly, and definitely dangerous. Like the Gremlins.
My expose on goblins is of course due to the fact I managed to get a few painted today.
These goblins are all Reaper Bones, the vinyl line. These painted up fairly well, but I will be the first to admit the mold lines are fiddly to clean off the bones models. I think my strategy going forward will be to carefully trim the characters and important bosses and just remove most of the fairly obvious ones on the gribblies.
For the torches I went with a series of wet-blends from dark brown/red up to yellow. Good table top effect but held up close (especially from underneath) and the technique is obvious. The muted browns and rusty weapons make these rather drab critters look more natural.
That being said, as a source of miniatures for mass combat or a variety for skirmish it is a good choice. I bought 8 goblins for less that $5 US – so no matter how fiddly they are it is a nice combination of the detailed pewter figs with a fraction of the cost of even plastic miniatures by most fantasy manufacturers. I would need to change scale to find plastic models for cheaper.
Of course with them finished I should provide the action…
Things don’t look good for these hapless goblins. How will they ever manage to hold off a dwarf berserker with a bad attitude?
From some unknown spot, the goblins manage to pile their hoarded loot in front of the hero. Surely this will save them.
Nope. In the words of the gnome (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UqFPujRZWo), adventurers see monsters just like trick or treating. Giving away the treasure doesn’t really help though.
The astute reader will notice the side tapestries are now hanging. Here are some better angles.
Hopefully something inspired you today, if nothing else it gives you something to chuckle about when the trick or treating kids come knocking.