18 February 2013


As part of my plan for the Painting Challenge, I thought I would find something that would be fun and quick to paint. I conceived what I thought was a Cunning Plan

Well here is the first of my 3 planned submissions of my Cunning Plan: GW Figures from the Hobbit.  Here we have 39 goblins. Why cunning you ask, well I thought that I could throw these together at a rate of less then 10 minutes a figure. So 195 points in 6 hours, I thought that was clever. This was my 11th submission to the challenge.

My initial plan was to prime white, followed by an immediate dip of very slightly red tinged AP soft tone (minimal pigment). I would then paint the loin clothe, weapons and eyes and that would be it. 

Never happened. The mistake is to think and research about things and not go with your gut. Well I googled painting goblins from hobbit and got this as the top hit. Seemed easy enough, quite a few steps, but they are very nice figures and I wanted to do a good job. Well I should have realised, I am just not that good a painter, layering escapes me as I really can not be bothered. It went well until the step after the application of the Citadel Dry Eldar Flesh (if you have not tried these paints take a look, I have never seen anything like them). I just had a difficult time getting the figures back to white as I wanted. I eventually almost got there with another dry paint Praxtis White, but I still feel that they could be whiter. 

By now I had well over 30 minutes plus per figure in, and that is really my limit, so I stopped. Not so cunning after all, but I am generally happy with them and they are great figures. 

They look great in mass
Goblin Captain (small and filthy), King and Task Master

Nice orange eyes

Lots of inflamed carbuncles


I am really enjoying painting the LotR figures, hopefully the other figures from the boxset Escape from Goblintown will be done by the end of the Challenge. I also could not resist some other figures from the same line and recently made a spontaneous purchase (something I never do) in the GW Shop in Montreal. Any guesses?



  1. Finally got the Goblins up then. I really like what you've done. 30mins per miniature but it was 30mins well spent mate. You should definitely be happy.

    Can't wait to have all mine done. Won't be doing any more until I get back from Wales though.

    You may want to purcahse the Grim Hammer Dwarves. Brilliant little buggars. I had problems with separating them from the sprue, as the connectors seemed a lot thicker. So it has caused a few problems when putting them together, but they're worth it. Plus, gives me a better excuse to modify them all.

  2. Well guessed Nathan. They are done and should be up soon.


  3. You've done yourself proud with these John, they're very well painted indeed.

  4. Good (and disgusting) work John!

  5. Excellent work John.
    Very impressive!

  6. Again John, excellent work on those Gobelins!

  7. Wow, those look top!

    BTW... aren't only historical minis allowed formthe Challange anyway? ;-)

  8. You have done a fantastic job with these and they really stand out with the contrast of a black background.

  9. Wow John - I recently saw "The Hobbit" and I reckon you've absolutely nailed that goblin king! [shudder] Those gobbos look grossly great! How much fun is it painting fantasy figures every now and then?


  10. Hey John, just thought I'd see if you'd be interested in taking a look at my Goblins which have recently been finished. Tell me your honest thoughts.

    Nathan's Fiction Sphere