Monday, January 30, 2017

Balog the Brutal

Balog belched loudly as he rubbed his stomach. The putrid stench of half-digested meat filled the air around him. He hadn't devoured a cow this tasty since that time Grotfang's army had overrun the peasant village up by the Mountains of Mourn. He bellowed in laughter as he remembered how the townsfolk had run for their lives as he battered their half-burning houses with  the large log he used as a weapon.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Would you like your meat ground finer?

I've always loved the look and fluff of snotlings pump wagons, so why not have 2 of them? What can be scarier than a ramshackle wagon of rusted blades driven my drugged-up snotlings who have no regard for their own life let alone that of others? I've always wondered whether orcs and goblins use this death-dealing machine more as a tool for their own amusement on the battlefield rather than a weapon intended to wreak havoc on the enemy.

Nobody in Grotfang's goblin army knowns when or how these 2 pump wagons were constructed. In truth, even the tougher Orc allies who sometimes choose to associate themselves with Grotfang's army dread to think what kind of disturbed mind would conceive of such inventions. Reliability is rarely a concern amongst greenskins. What they really dread is being turned into a mangled set of unrecognizable limbs when the pump wagons run rampant on the battlefield. There are some who say that greenskins don't fight as well when pump wagons are around, since the orc and goblin troops are always keeping one eye on the wagons, ready to flee in the opposite direction when they begin to approach. The most experienced generals will feed their troops unique concoctions of herbs and mushrooms on the night before battle, intended to dull their sense of fear and enbolden their troops. Of course, moderation is not a well-known greenskins quality, and many a battle plan has been ruined by goblins throwing caution to the wind at a crucial point of the battle.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Time of Reckoning

Well, as the end of the year approaches, it is time to do the math on my "100% painted project". My numbers took a hit as I sold off my ~2500pt (that is, 8th edition Warhammer points) beastmen army. I was just running out of storage space and figured that someone else may make better use of it. However, I have regained some ground by painting a bunch of my 4th edition Kev Adams goblins. I am sitting flat at 52% of my models painted, which is where I was in July 2016 (although this was also before I sold my fully painted beastmen army and lost a significant amount of ground). Should have kept the buggers! As a compulsive collector, I have also shamefully purchased some more models although far less than I did in previous years. If this project has helped me, it has at least made me experience less impulse buys

All in all, not a bad year for 2016 but still loads to do. I think that at it's inception I had set a goal to finish painting all my models in a 2-year period. That was back in July 2016. So I still have about 1.5 years to go until July 2018. The bulk of my unpainted models lie in my Orcs and Goblins collection, with 456 unpainted greenskins. Do you think I will finish? Is there anyone else who has set the lofty goal of painting all their miniatures and achieved it? If it wasn't for the collapse of the Old World and the advent of AoS (which I do not have any interest in), I would still be buying models and making my goal of 100% painted more difficult. Thankfully, this is not the case but I am still tempted by the occasional Oldhammer model.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mud duds

No goblin army would be characterful if it wasn't completely unreliable. And what's more unreliable than trolls! By the same token, trolls, giants and monsters are part of what define a goblin army in this hobbyist's opinion. They also pack a punch when they do what they are supposed to do.

So here they are: Pug, Glug and Trug. Their sheer size and uncomeliness is probably as important in battle as their fighting prowess. If it wasn't for the fact the goblin troops are so expendable, their indiscriminate attacks on friends and foe may be considered at tactical liability. Thankfully, goblin chieftains don't get caught up in these minute details, and the 3 troll brothers always find themselves at the front of goblin battle-lines in times of conflict.



Gristletooth's night goblin militia

I've had these night goblins painted for a while, but I just got around to putting them on the base. This is Gristletooth's night goblin unit. Armed with little more than hand-weapons salvaged from the battlefield, the only thing keeping this  rag-tag unit of night goblins together is their fear for Gristletooth. Rumored to be named for a piece of troll gristle stuck between his teeth, Gristletooth claims to derive his strength from a frost troll that he stabbed and ate. Of course, he has no witnesses to this heroic deed, but no members of his mob dare to contest his authority ... yet.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sharpooth's Wolf Raiders

Well, I have been a busy little bee painting up unit after unit of goblins. While the sculpts are extremely characterful, I can tell you that I do not, at all, miss prepping metal miniatures.

The first in the batch are Sharptooth's Wolf Raiders: 5 marauder goblin wolf riders. While theft and sabotage are considered normal is goblin society, these misfits fled for their lives after they were caught stealing ale from the wine cellars of their goblin king, Grom. They learnt to lead a nomadic life, acting occasionally as mercenaries to benefit from the spoils of war, as well as steal from their temporary allies during times of peace.




Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Don't forget to roll for Stupid


Here is the latest and stupidest of units I have had the pleasure of painting to date. A trip to Ashburn, Virginia for Oldhammer day USA provided much-needed motivation for painting the masses of ranks of my Night Goblin army.



Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fight club

Well, while these psychopaths have already been unleashed on the likes of the Oldhammer facebook group, I thought it only fitting that they should have their own blog post too.




























Sunday, September 4, 2016

Multibase madness and more gobbos

Well, my Goblin Army is well under way. Apart from the frustration involved in cleaning and assembling metal models (well, compared to plastic ones at least), these Kev Adam sculpts were truly a joy to paint.





Sunday, July 17, 2016

Paint challenge and the start of my Orcs and Goblins

Inspired by one of the Warhammer podcasts I regularly follow, I decided to embark on the 100% paint challenge. As the name implies, it is an effort to paint 100% of one's model collection. Insanity, I hear you say! Well, whether it was a through foolishness or a frustration with the sheer number of unpainted minis I own, I cannot tell. Surely it was through some combination of both.




The first step in this challenge was to take tally of the percentage of unpainted miniatures I owned. The results are tabulated below. I was pleasantly surprised to see that 52% of all the miniatures I owned were painted. Not too shabby, but a far cry from the goal of 100%!
Well, the results are self-evident. Dragging down the numbers are my Chaos Warriors and Orcs and Goblins. With not a single model painted for my Orcs and Goblins, this is target priority #1. This army is a tribute to the Orcs and Goblins of 5th edition. It is an all-metal army composed primarily of forest and night goblins, with some savage orcs in there for good measure. I have been amassing them for quite a while. One of my main draws to Warhammer Fantasy was the massed battles aspect of it. I remember spending hours staring at the rear covers of White Dwarf, you know, back in the day when they had pictures of 2 painted armies facing each other, ready for battle. In fact, one of my first White Dwarfs featured a rear cover with High Elves lined up against Orcs and Goblins, ready to defend one of their sacred towers. I always wanted to recreate a scene such as this.

Anyway, enough meandering. Here are my meager offerings for the start of this army. The bases are not painted, since they will be multi-based for possible use in Kings of War. The multi-bases will be forest themed, with lush undergrowth and lots of red mushrooms, Oldhammer style!