I was insanely happy to discover that one of my models (the Goblin King from the Hobbit boxed set) was featured in White Dwarf magazine! I started reading White Dwarf way back in 1995 at the tender age of 11 and subscribed for many years. It has always been something of an ambition to get something published in the magazine and now that has finally come true.
Posts Tagged ‘An Unexpected Journey’
Tags: An Unexpected Journey, Games Workshop, The Hobbit, White Dwarf Magazine
Tags: An Unexpected Journey, Dwarves, Games Workshop, Grim Hammers, The Hobbit
I’ve finished my Dwarf Grim Hammers. As I mentioned in my last post, I used a few shortcuts on these guys and they were very quick to paint with pleasing results. The beards were painted either Mournfang Brown, Rhinox Hide or Zandri Dust and then washed with Agrax Earthshade. They were then highlighted Skag Brown, Gorthor Brownand Ushabti Bone respectively. The cloth is either Abaddon Black mixed with Kommando Khaki or VMC Black Brown mixed with Kommando Khaki (to help differentiate the two areas of black cloth). they were the based to fir in with my LotR/Hobbit collection.
Tags: An Unexpected Journey, Dwarves, Games Workshop, Grim Hammers, The Hobbit, work-in-progress
I have started work on a set of dwarf ‘Grim Hammers’ from The Hobbit. I have used a couple of short cuts on these models and they have been very quick to paint, just a couple of sessions to get them to their current stage. Firstly, I undercoated the models using Tamiya light gun metal spray. I did this over a black undercoat as my tests found that this gives a better finish than applying it over bare plastic (although you can spray directly onto the plastic but you will need a couple of coats). I then washed the models with Nuln Oil and left them to dry thoroughly. Once dry I gave them a quick drybrush with Necron Compound and then blocked in the basic colours for the non-metal areas. I just need to apply a few highlights now and they’ll be done.
Tags: An Unexpected Journey, Games Workshop, Goblin King, Great Goblin, Painting, The Hobbit
“Murders and elf-friends!” the Great Goblin shouted. “Slash them! Beat them! Bite them! Gnash them! Take them away to dark holes full of snakes, and never let them see the light again!” He was in such a rage that he jumped off his seat and himself rushed at Thorin with his mouth open.
Here is the latest denizen of Middle Earth to come off my painting table: the Great Goblin (apparently referred to as the ‘Goblin King’ in New Line’s merchandising). I loved the portrayal of the Great Goblin in the film (ably played by Barry Humphies) and GW’s model captures the character perfectly. It is a fantastic model which has some great textures considering the fact that it is plastic.
For the colour scheme I tried to stick as closely as possible to the concept art for the character as seen in Brian Sibley’s excellent An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide (definitely recommended as a reference for anyone painting Hobbit models). The only time we see the Great Goblin in the film is in scenes lit by torchlight and so the film stills weren’t a reliable guide to painting him. See below to find out how I went about painting him
Detail on the skull:
Gruesome severed heads adorn the scepter:
A close-up of the crown. Note the painted-on chips and scratches:
The Great Goblin with some of his minions:
Painting the Great Goblin
The skin was basecoated with Tallarn Flesh. Even though most of this stage would be completely painted over on the finished model it would give the skin tone an underlying warmth. This is because even though the Great Goblin is pallid and unhealthy he is not a zombie or Nurgle model and so should still look as though he is alive.
The skin was then painted with a 50/50 mix of Tallarn Flesh and Space Wolf Grey. This was washed with Ogryn Flesh mixed with Lahmian Medium and allowed to dry. This was followed by more targeted washes applied directly to the recesses using Ogryn Flesh and Agrax Earthshade. I then highlighted the skin with the original flesh mix with increasing amounts of white added.
The purple/red lesions on the skin were glazed using a mix of Leviathan Purple and Tallarn Flesh. The yellowish areas were glazed with Seraphim Sepia. At this stage the skin was looking a little too warm and so was glazed with thinned down Guilliman Blue in order to give it a slightly cooler tone.
The lesions on the skin were built up further by adding glazes of Leviathan Purple, Bloodletter, Ogryn Flesh and Seraphim Sepia. I tried to copy the look of real bruises.
In order to make the model look really disgusting (more so than he already was) and to add visual interest to such a large model I painted veins and texture on the areas of bruised and broken skin as can be seen in the close-ups below. This was done with a mix of Scab Red and Leviathan purple. Veins were also painted on the undamaged skin using Guilliman blue. The blue veins were then glazed over using Tallarn Flesh and then Pallid Wych Flesh. This was to tone the colour down and to make them appear to be beneath the surface of the skin.
The face was highlighted by adding Pallid Wych Flesh to Tallarn Flesh and working up to pure Wych Flesh. The eyes and mouth were then glazed blue and purple. The eyes were painted Pallid Wych Flesh and the irises were painted using Ballor Brown edged with Mournfang Brown. The pupils were painted in black.
All in all a suitably disgusting and grotesque paint job for such a foul character. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
Now, on to the dwarves.
Tags: An Unexpected Journey, Escape from Goblin Town, Games Workshop, Goblins, The Hobbit
Now goblins are cruel, wicked, and bad-hearted. They make no beautiful things, but they make many clever ones. They can tunnel and mine as well as any but the most skilled dwarves, when they take the trouble, though they are usually untidy and dirty. Hammers, axes, swords, daggers, pickaxes, tongs, and also instruments of torture, they make very well, or get other people to make to their design, prisoners and slaves that have to work till they die for want of air and light. It is not unlikely that they invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers of people at once, for wheels and engines and explosions always delighted them, and also not working with their own hands more than they could help; but in those days and those wild parts they had not advanced (as it is called) so far.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I finally succumbed and purchased the ‘Escape from Goblin Town’ boxed set. Initially I was reluctant to buy such a large set as I didn’t want to end up with lots of models that I never got round to painting and ‘Escape from Goblin Town’ contains 36 goblins! In the end I resolved to find a quick and easy way to paint the goblins, allowing me plenty of time to devote to each member of Thorin’s company. Although I usually paint each and every model to the best of my ability I knew that if I attempted this with so many similar models I would never get through the lot.
In order to speed up the process I adopted a technique I read in an old White Dwarf and affixed each of the goblins to a long stick using Blu Tack. This allowed me to prime them all at once and apply the initial basecoat to all 36 goblins using an airbrush. This whole process took about an hour (including drying time) and I then when to work washing and drybrushing the models. Below is a rough guide to the process:
1) Basecoat Dheneb Stone using an airbrush.
2) Wash the whole model with a heavy application of Baal Red.
3) Drybrush the goblins Elf Flesh.
4) Give the goblins a lighter drybrush of Pallid Wych Flesh.
5) Apply purple, red, sepia and blue washes and glazes over the rotten and diseased parts of the goblins as desired.
6) Paint the details.
This was a very quick process and produced some good results. On the whole I am very pleased with these and, although not my best work, they are painted to a pretty decent tabletop standard.
I hope you like them,
Tags: An Unexpected Journey, Games Workshop, Lord of the Rings, Radagast, The Hobbit
Here is my latest model from The Hobbit range, Radagast the Brown. This is probably my favourite of the Hobbit releases so far. It’s a really elegant sculpt and the little model of Sebastian (the stricken hedgehog aided by Radagast in the film) really adds something to the spirit of the piece.
Because in the film Radagast’s robes are all very similar in tone I decided not to try and replicate the look from the film exactly as it would result in a very boring, undefined miniature; what works as a costume on film doesn’t necessarily work on a 25mm model, it’s just a question of scale. With models like this I think that the overall effect is more important than exact verisimilitude to the film. However, hopefully my paint job captures something of the essence of the character.