Thursday, 13 August 2015

I Get A Round

Blame it on Age of Sigmar (and the game of SAGA), but quite a few round base miniatures have found their way onto my painting desk. You can never have too many proxies, after all.

Moria Goblins from Lord of the Rings Strategy battle Game
"Or you could use us in the ACTUAL game we're meant for!"

As well as Mordheim and SAGA, I have a fair chunk of Lord of the Rings models gathering dust. None more so than the Moria Goblins.

As I have both the original Fellowship of the Ring starter set at the Mines of Moria expansion, it gives me almost fifty of the little buggers to paint. Half of them have been assembled and undercoated since 2001, so it's fair to say I wasn't overwhelmed with inspiration to paint them.

Moria Goblins from Lord of the Rings Strategy battle Game
Still, they're better dressed than their cousins in the Goblin Town set.

No other option but to paint them fast and dirty, goblin-style. As I am usually a painfully slow painter, this is a new experience for me. I'm going to tackle these in batches of eight at a time, adding little bits in the quiet moments between painting other, more interesting, models.

So a drybrush of Ironbreaker over the black undercoat, topped with a drybrush of Tin Bitz to make it look less pristine. Elysian Green for the skin, Vermin Fur for the cloth and a wash of Agrax Earthshade over both.

The eyes were the one bit I could skip (and I tried): so a base of Dryad Bark and a dot of Golden Yellow for the pupil-less eyes (having no pupils adds to the inhuman aspect... and it's faster).

The base was Astrogranite texture paint (thinnly applied - I've got a lot of them to go) with a White Scar drybrush. The rim of the base was a Vajello Charcoal Grey (since Citadel paints don't seem to go darker than Mechanicus Standard Grey).

The whole process was quick (for my standards) and quite refreshing. I'll spare you updates of each and every batch, but expect to see them tacked on to the end of other LotR updates.

Moria Goblins from Lord of the Rings Strategy battle Game
Drybrush, a few base colours and a brown wash
... how can something so wrong feel so right?

At least the models I use to proxy for SAGA battles will be more interesting!


  1. Boy, I sure don't miss doing round upon round of Goblin Town. Nice work!

    1. A mere 40 more to go. I may need the promise of a Mines of Moria mini-campaign as a carrot to get them all finished.

  2. PS - Eshin Grey is a pretty good dark grey. I can't always tell when I've applied it thinly over Abbadon Black.

    1. Ah, and I thought I'd reached the dark grey depths with Mechanicus Standard. I've got a couple of the Vajello paints now, including Tinny Tin, as a replacement for my dessicated Tin Bitz (as opposed to the colour of Belgic journalists), though I've yet to find a decent yellow base paint from anyone.

      Their eyedropper bottles take some getting used to. There's no One Ring of paint around the lid to Dry Them All.