Title: Waaagh Grimgrin
Description: Da Grinnin Moon Gobbos
Noisy Assassin - November 7, 2011 04:22 AM (GMT)
Woo-hoo, intro painting/modeling army log post!
I've been on Da Warpath for a month or so, and having found my way around a bit, figured it was finally time to start seriously tracking the growth of my army (that, and I went over to a friend's place where they let me borrow their camera. Gettin one of dem would really make this simpler). Anywho, little bit about me and the army.
Night Goblins were my introduction to Warhammer Fantasy, being my second army behind Chaos Marines in 40K. I was completely taken by the silliness and randomness of the little loons, and had great fun with them. I wanted to go all gobo, but eventually caved in to a more balanced force and added orcs. I never really liked the models, and liked the all gobbo fluff better, so wasn't entirely satisfied with it. Fast forward about 7 years, and some new core rules and a fresh book and suddenly all goblin is pretty viable. Much rejoicing! I still have the old mismash of models that formed the thing resembling an army from the days of yore (turns out that 15 year olds don't have the greatest grasp of tactical army composition) sitting in my parent's basement a five hour drive away. Not sure what'll happen to them. Will probably sell off the orcs (except the awesome conversion based on Grimgor) and try to incorporate the old stuff into the new (not sure about the old rank n file night gobbos though...they're big to the point of silly, and hard to rank up). I had the goblin half of the BfSP set lying around, and decided to redo the goblins to my current standards of conversion-crazy fun. I love the game, but I enjoy the modeling more, and so far I'm having an absolute BLAST with these goblins!
Speaking of which....theme behind this army is a tribe of Night Goblins living in the caves at the foothills of World's Edge mountains. I've got some cool rocky pine forest type terrain that sort of inspired it. Common goblins will be included in the army, as they are simply Night Gobbos who have consumed particular varieties of mushrooms that dull the senses (Less afraid and slower = +1 Ld and -1 Init. Basically, mildly stoned goblins). Makes some sense, and allows me a wider variety while sticking with my theme.
Side note: It's taken me almost a full year to get my last project (Tzeentchian Daemons; can be found here
if anyone is interested) up to 2K though, so don't expect any great feats of getting things done in a timely manner. I do very much enjoy C&C on my work though, so let me know if you love it/hate it/think I'm loony/just want me to post more pics dagnabbit!
Well, now that that's out of the way...PICTURES! I apologize, there are a LOT for this first batch. I've been busy.
Goblin Big Boss on Giant Spider
Squig Hoppers (will either go in Squig Herd, or be rebased and used as Fanatics)
Everything else is WiP. Some stuff is ready to be painted, most hasn't even gotten greenstuff yet.
Wolf Chariot 1
Wolf Chariot 2
Night Gobbo Command Group
Common Goblin Standard
Spear Chukka 1 (who says Lootas only exist in 40K?)
Spear Chukka 2 (the Hellblasta Volley Chukka)
Speak Chukka 3
Squig Cannon (I always thought the Doom Diver fluff was a little too silly, and the damage out put of a falling Snotling never quite equaled S5 no armor save to me. But an angry Squig falling out of the sky? That'd ruin your day for sure!)
Warmachine Crew (the Gnoblar-based crew will be for Spear Chukkas, the Squig Cannon will have NG-based crew)
And I have an awesome unit filler in progress, but can't post it because it's going to be entered in the competition. So it'll be super-secret and wotnot!
meyer63026 - November 7, 2011 05:25 AM (GMT)
I gotta know where you got that skull helm/mask for shaman #1. Really diggin it :D
Gobsmacka - November 7, 2011 11:28 AM (GMT)
A great start :) Looking forward to seeing some paint on 'em! I'm a fan of the smoking eyes from the Skulls :)
Morten C - November 7, 2011 01:27 PM (GMT)
Amazing conversions! :o
All the war machines, chariots and characters. Just Wow.... There are so many good ideas too steal in here. You must make haste and do more updates :D
Fantastic start on a blog! :yarr!:
Noisy Assassin - November 7, 2011 02:59 PM (GMT)
@meyer: I actually don't know where the Shaman's skull-hat came from, as I got it as part of a big pile of assorted skulls from someone over on the Daemonic Legion. If I had to guess I'd say probably something from the Beastmen range?
@Gobsmacka: It might be awhile for the painting, as I've just lent all of my paints to my brother for a month or two.
@morten: Steal away!
Thitanium Prince - November 7, 2011 03:04 PM (GMT)
Hey, welcome here, you have tons of amazing conversions :D I might borrow some ideas ;)
Wazoo - November 7, 2011 05:53 PM (GMT)
Great stuff! You are pretty damn good at converting! Where did you get the jaws on wolf chariot2?
rat of vengence - November 7, 2011 08:30 PM (GMT)
Some damn good conversions the Noisy, I am impressed. I had the same idea for the BfSP dwarf cannon, but you have taken that a good few steps further! Great work mate, keep it up!
Noisy Assassin - November 9, 2011 03:37 PM (GMT)
@Wazoo: The chariot jaws are from the Ogres Thundertusk/Stonehorn kit. I picked them up on eBay from Hoard o' Bits. That place is a goldmine if you're patient and bid carefully.
Kera Foehunter - November 11, 2011 08:34 PM (GMT)
Love all your custom work ! that you put in your army
Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull - November 11, 2011 10:45 PM (GMT)
Great looking stuff so far, I'm looking forward to future updates.
Noisy Assassin - November 26, 2011 08:01 PM (GMT)
Kind of an update. Nothing new, but I just picked up all my old O&G stuff from my parents' basement over the holiday, and figured that I'd post pics. Not sure how much of this is going to get redone, how much is going to be kept, and how much is going to be sold off. I really don't like the comparison between the new and old NG's, and I may or may not decide to keep Orcs in the army at all. I :wub: my Giant though! These models were mostly built about 8 years ago, when I was 14! Geeze.
Whole Army Shot
A baby NG block
A more reasonable NG block (with a HORRIBLE freehand on the banner)
Speak Chukka 1
Spear Chukka 2
Some Boyz (with a Standard that sustained some "battle-damage". Time for Super-glue)
Savages (made with about 50-50 Savage and normal orcs)
NG Big Boss (complete with cartoon-sized axe and dwarf-head shield)
And now for something that is new-ish...the SQUIGGOTH!
Anyone remember this silly thing?
. Well I ended up with a toy of it, and at one point decided that it would make a good Tyranid gribbly (back when the creature-builder rules existed in White Dwarf), so I pulled off it's antennea and legs. Turns out I never made anything with it, but I realized that it is about the size of an A-Rock, and looks kinda like a weird Squig. It'll be awesome!
And for size comparison
BorkBork - November 26, 2011 08:20 PM (GMT)
I dont know what weird sjit you have been smoking.....but i want some as well.
Some briljant, yet slighty crazy ideas and conversions you have there.
theorox - November 26, 2011 08:43 PM (GMT)
Those are some top class high quality awesome conversions! Possibly the best NG Warboss I've ever seen. :wub: Will have to steal some ideas. Great looted Warmachines, the haphazard random bits really work. Solid paintjobs as well, this is a great army wich I want to see more of! :)
Dobbie71064 - November 26, 2011 08:48 PM (GMT)
I agree with bork, some crazy stuff!
Craze_b0i - November 26, 2011 09:00 PM (GMT)
Awesome randomness. I guess the Squiggoth would make a great Araknarok proxy. :)
Also you seem to have discovered the missing evolutionary link between savage orcs and regular orcs, that fleeting moment when a tribe can't quite decide if wearing light armour is better than the traditional frenzy and warpaint. ;)
Thitanium Prince - November 27, 2011 12:16 AM (GMT)
Great plethora of ideas and conversions :D I guess that the monster will make a great squiggoth ^^
Zaaagh! da big boss - November 27, 2011 11:34 AM (GMT)
wow, i have the same toy... ill steal your idea :yarr!:
Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull - November 27, 2011 05:26 PM (GMT)
some cool stuff between those older models.
Megagreenskin - November 28, 2011 08:21 AM (GMT)
I really like your converts, very good stuff you have here :)
Morkmillian - November 29, 2011 04:43 AM (GMT)
looking forward to the squigothrachnok, some nice big dinosaur legs to plug the holes :)
Noisy Assassin - December 11, 2011 04:04 PM (GMT)
Thanks for all the encouragement everyone!
Sadly, no real updates as I haven't had access to a camera in awhile. The Squignarock is coming along nicely though, and some progress is being made here and there on other things.
After some consideration (and tinkering with army lists and looking between new and old sculpts) I have decided that I'm going to try and sell off most of the old part of this army. I'll be keeping the Blorc Warboss, the Giant, the Rock Lobba, and the Trolls.
Which means if anyone is interested, I'm looking to sell the following:
- 20 Savages with full command and extra choppas
- 25 normal Boyz with choppa and Shield
- 8 Squig Hoppers
- 2 scratch-built Spear Chukkas (with crew and bullies)
- 40 older sculpt NGs with a standard, a musician, shields, and a mix of HWs and Spears
- 6 metal Fanatics (I just plain prefer plastic models when possible)
- Blorc BSB
- Savage Orc Shaman (even has a severed head on his belt)
- 2x NG Shamans
- NG Big Boss with GW
- I also have a box of 20 of the old NGs that are still on the sprue. They have been basecoated black and seem to be missing 2 snotlings and 2 mushroom patches.
Everything is as pictured on page 1 (Except the Boyz' standard. That'll be repaired.) PM me if you're interested in anything. And the more you want, the cheaper each piece will be!
Related note: I really wish we had a trading post sub-forum around here.
Dobbie71064 - December 11, 2011 04:26 PM (GMT)
Noisy Assassin - December 26, 2011 10:38 PM (GMT)
Alrighty, I've got some brand new stuff finished, and have decided to take the army in an entirely different direction. It'll still be NG based, but much more unique, and WAY higher quality. I will be keeping all of the new conversions that I've done though (all of the stuff on the first page that isn't painted yet). EVERYTHING painted is getting scrapped though (except for a few things which might get repainted). I've already sold the three main blocks of troops and the squigs, but if anyone is interested in anything else (painted stuff from 1st page only) send me a message. It is now all potentially for sale.
Theme will be forest-dwelling Night Goblins. None of the pansy woods that Forest Gobs live in though. Deep, dark, dank, trees dripping with growth and almost no light filtered through the massive branches, rocks and warrens ready to trip you underfoot...the perfect place for a tribe of Night Gobs! I'm thinking forested slopes of the World's Edge Mountains. The tribe migrated to the surface when they figured out there were all sorts of mushrooms and juicy bugs just waiting to be poked, prodded, and eaten RIGHT ABOVE THEIR HEADS! Plus the chances of getting eaten by a wild squig are significantly less, as in the forest there are tastier things than goblins. So now they only descend into their warren of tunnels during the hottest and brightest parts of summer, spending the rest of their time plotting to take over the world! Or at least the next tribe over.
I'll post pictures of a few of the models that I finished as soon as my new camera finishes charging. So far the army consists of a "Common" Goblin, a fun Nasty Skulker conversion, and a unit filler (which I wish I could show off, but can't until the competition is done in a few weeks). Oh, and I'll try and remember to get a WiP shot of the Squignarok (Still torn between calling it that or just a Squiggoth. Your votes may decide between the two names.)
Noisy Assassin - December 27, 2011 03:53 AM (GMT)
Woo! First pics with the new camera. Still kinda fiddly dealing with making the light look too white or too yellow, but otherwise I'm super happy with it. As promised, here are some pics of the new stuff.
First up, my test model:
I got this done and was all set to go ahead, but as I started working on the Night Gob unit filler I quickly realized that I wasn't very happy with it. At all. I had basically just taken the scheme I started when I was 14 and changed the moon color. I knew I could do better than that. Every army I've made has been better than the last, and my Daemon army is a tough act to follow. So I threw the whole thing out the window (metaphorically of course).
Instead, I came up with a new scheme looking something like this. Common Goblin:
I'm thinking I might add some white warpaint to help distinguish the common gits from the nightier ones, as I'll be mixing hoods and such throughout the whole army. Thoughts on this? I'll also be using mushroom color, but that's pretty subtle.
And his little Nasty Skulker buddy. Two more of these will be on the way eventually:
And moving down in order of completeness, I've got a chariot about 1/4 painted:
Stupid me, I got excited and glued it all together before painting anything. Had to pull off one of the crew to get at a good chunk of the inside, and will just suffer past the others.
And now, other stuff in various stages of completion!
Made some progress on the Wolf Rider's tail:
A bit of progress on the Troll (who will be a unit filler for the NGs when he isn't busy being a Troll):
Speaking of unit fillers, this one I'm not entering into the competition. So you can see it!
Just needs some greenstuff work on the squabbling goblins and the creeping one, plus some mushrooms. And by some I probably mean FAR too many :lol:
The framework of a Forest Squig:
I decided to abandon the Tyranid Gaunt bodies, as they were too long and thin, looked too Tyranidy, and I didn't like the armor (or that they had arms). So I'll be moving on to just using the Horror kit with some cutting, chopping, extra bits, and a boatload of greenstuff. This shape looks more like something that would be able to run quickly through a forest, but less adapted to wedging itself safely into a deep round hole. GHOLY GORK AND MORK THE SQUIGS ARE EVOLVING! :o
And finally, last but not least, the SQUIGNAROK!
As always, comments, criticism, ideas, and suggestions are welcome, and if you see anything you think is neat, feel free to steal the idea for your own projects. Also, now that I have a camera updates will be a little more frequent.
Mostyn - December 27, 2011 12:15 PM (GMT)
Lots of great stuff and I really enjoyed the Squignarok and Nasty Skulker. Unit filler looks like it will turn out very well too.
Nothing wrong with the night goblin test scheme and I'm sure a unit of them would look impressive but as you say, nothing brilliant about it either. I agree the common (forest) goblin looks much better but I think it just needs a tiny touch of brightness somewhere (be it on the shield, feathers or whatever) as it's quite a dark figure and as the base colours prior to your washes weren't particularly bright in the first place the end result is very dark and brown.
As I said, it looks fine and just my opinion (feel free to ignore me as my wife does all the time in real life)
Noisy Assassin - December 27, 2011 01:55 PM (GMT)
I was on the exact same page with the test model. My old scheme (which this copied) resulted in a perfectly fine looking O&G army, but it was nothing special. And I'm stubborn enough that that's just not good enough anymore!
I actually agree with you a bit about the darkness of the model. It's not quite as bad as it looks on just him though. There will be some more of the yellow that's on the skulker scattered through the unit (and the whole army) and any of them with spears or bows (not sure which the unit is getting yet) will have wrappings that are much lighter. Also, the blue mushrooms are a little brighter irl than in the picture, and the same with the shield, which is actually pretty red (lots of red wash over gold). Still not very bright overall, but there is some color. However, that's why I was thinking about adding little streaks of white warpaint. Would really give them some lighter definition to break up all the browns.
Broke Toof da Scrapa - December 27, 2011 06:03 PM (GMT)
All your figures are painted very well. I really like the squignarok it's awesome and kinda funny. I really have to say job well done. :lol:
Wazoo - December 27, 2011 07:58 PM (GMT)
Very cool,I like your conversions and am looking forward to see more! The skulker idea is brilliant by the way. I would second Mostyn's comment about more colour, the warpaint sounds like a good idea!
Morkmillian - December 28, 2011 01:40 AM (GMT)
haha i saw this earlier and didnt quite understand.
but yes, fake gobbo + bear trap = strike first skulker!
i get it!
really cool idea there!
Noisy Assassin - December 28, 2011 03:48 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Morkmillian @ Dec 27 2011, 08:40 PM)|
| haha i saw this earlier and didnt quite understand.|
but yes, fake gobbo + bear trap = strike first skulker!
i get it!
really cool idea there!
Is foul goblin trickery! The best kind!
theorox - December 28, 2011 11:44 AM (GMT)
I'm really enjoying this blog so far! Keep it coming. :)
Noisy Assassin - December 29, 2011 05:43 AM (GMT)
As per orders, keepin' it coming!
Did a quick change on the Common Gob, adding some white warpaint. Picture turned out pretty dark, but it illustrates how much pop it gives to the goblin's face.
I really like how it turned out, so now everything in my army that has the stats of a common will get warpaint. The shrooms they eat make them both more courageous and a little bit weirder than their nightier brethren.
And now, the big(ger) update. I finished the chariot!
Sort of a 360 in pictures. This thing took me waaay longer than I thought it would. Possibly in part because I'm sick, which means my painting is a bit slower and I kept forgetting to do areas and having to go back and get them later. Stupid Empire shield took me about 45 min to paint. And I think it probably turned out too bright. Under the painting lamp it looks a little out of place, but kinda cool. Like the goblins just jammed a fresh trophy onto their ride. But under a normal room light (at night) it stands out like a glowing sore thumb. I'll have to see how it looks in natural daylight. Hopefully decent, because I've never tried weathering anything white before and haven't the faintest clue how to do it without mucking the whole thing up.
I also got distracted at the game shop when I stopped by to pick up a fresh pot of Chaos Black paint. Apparently my decision-making isn't at its best when I'm sick. Ended up with a couple of Yhetti's (one GW, one Reaper) to be forest Trolls and something to be the centerpiece of another big unit filler. I really need to start focusing on rank-n-file instead of getting distracted by shiny support units and whatnot. Anyway, I think I may officially be just rambling now, so I'll do what I should have done hours ago and go to sleep.
Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull - December 29, 2011 06:50 PM (GMT)
That SQUIGNAROK! looks great so far. The rest looks good to.
Keep up the good work.
Noisy Assassin - December 29, 2011 10:26 PM (GMT)
Okay, so I spent about an hour doing some minor conversion work on the Yhetti to use as a forest Troll. He's fuzzy! :P
Nothing too fancy, just a repose on the leg, some filler at the gaps and few mushrooms. Giving him greenish skin and dirty brown-gray fur should make him look trollish enough I think.
And here's the second one chilling out while it glues to the base.
He's at a weird angle because he's going to be pushing off of a tree trunk with his back foot, but I want the natural wood color, so I can't attach the twig until the model is fully painted. Will be interesting.
Morkmillian - December 30, 2011 12:52 AM (GMT)
chariot looks cool, you did a good job on the shield :) im sure a wash would tone it down if you feel it needs it - but it looks alright to me.
like the paw on the troll.
cant wait to see the painted results :)
EntertainMe - December 30, 2011 06:03 PM (GMT)
I think the paintjob on the chariot is just fine. Not really sure about the 'wolves' on it though. Not my cup of tea, but since it isn't my army....
Als the Yhetti as a forest troll is a great idea.
In green/brown combination you surely have the forest part down.
Talonz - December 31, 2011 12:09 AM (GMT)
Logging in under a very old account to follow your new army noisy...love the work you do.
Would love to see a breakdown of the chariots, obviouslly some chaos hounds and assorted ogre/emp/gob bits....mostly balsa wood frame? wheels from empire cannons or...?
I think the squignarok (love that name!) needs some legs. And a long slobbering tongue ofc!
Noisy Assassin - December 31, 2011 03:19 AM (GMT)
Hmm, well maybe I'll end up just leaving the shield as is then. I'll at least wait until I have more stuff painted to see how it all comes together on the tabletop. My mottoes when painting and converting are "don't be hasty" and "if something doesn't seem quite right, change it. It could probably be better". Either one by itself is a bad idea, but use them together and usually things work out well.
I'm actually not 100% on the wolves either, but they're really fiddly, and I don't own enough shades of gray to make them look interesting with anything but brownish skin. And they're kinda growing on me. Again, will probably reevaluate when I have more of the army done.
@Mork: you may have to wait awhile for the painted forest Troll. I just lent my paints to my brother (again...apparently he never got around to using them the first time...). So I won't be able to paint anything for probably about a month or so. Lots of time for converting though! Maybe stop spoiling myself and get my main blocks done. Problem is I'm not quite sure how big/what equipment yet. So it's hard to plan things like unit fillers and such.
And welcome over to da green side Talonz! You always were the useful voice of reality on the Daemonic Legion, reminding me when I tried to do something that didn't quite look right/makes sense.
The Squignarok (yup, I think I now love the name too. Sorry "squiggoth", you are now outdated terminology) actually does have legs. Six of them in fact. They're just a little hard to see in the picture. It's kind of flailing it's way past the rocks on the base. Not sure about a tongue though. I'd give it about a 75% chance of making the model look cooler, but it'd be a lot of work to get right. I'll look into it though.
As for the chariot, it was (in traditional Noisy A fashion!) a crazy kitbash/frankenkit. Frame is a TK chariot (I saw some naysayers claiming on another thread that using them was stupid and cheap and would just look like you stole a chariot from another army. I took that as a challenge.) Wooden planks along the sides are popsicle sticks (they break really nicely if cut off the ends and snip them lengthwise with a wire cutter). Extension on the back is more popsicle sticks and gnoblar lookout stand thingy. Shields on the sides are Empire Knights and Orc with an old goblin sigil. Not sure what the big skull is from. Something ogres I think, maybe a standard? Found it in my bits box. Wolves are indeed Chaos Hounds, with the hair from the HE noble kit as tails. The beam holding the yokes is from an ogre standard. Yokes are goblin bows with some jewelry chain. No idea where the cross piece came from. Wheels are from the VS Corpse Cart, with Skaven spearheads for blades (and the driver's spear). Crew are just gobbos, one from BfSP. Driver's whip is made from a bow and a Dark Eldar agonizer. Driver is standing on a barrel from some ogre kit or other, and the quiver is from the old night gobs. The base is mostly natural materials, with landscaping bark for rocks, crushed up leaves for leaves, and whatnot. Mushrooms are made from greenstuff, toothpicks, and paperclips. That should be everything...
Noisy Assassin - January 1, 2012 05:16 AM (GMT)
Okay, double post, but I made some progress today. Got my block of common gobs up to 25 models ready to be greenstuffed and flocked. Should hopefully be able to finish construction of the unit completely tomorrow. But I like posting pictures, and the greenstuff won't be very dramatic. Just filling in gaps and robes, making mushrooms, and replacing a nose that was lost in a tragic shield-removal accident. So pictures!
The start of the unit with a few conversions and unit fillers plotted out. Feel free to ignore the huge piles of stuff in the background. I really should tidy my space up. Spent 20 min today digging for a bit I knew was "around here somewhere".
A little further along with model positions mapped out and forest gobs pre-conversions
The huntin' gits unit filler (I'm a bit sad I won't get a chance to paint this for the competition)
Decided to toss in a few night gobs for variety. And because everything else in the army will get hoods, I figured a few here would be fitting. Added a feathered shield and viola! Forest goblin.
The unit as it stands currently (including the character who'll be joining them). Yes, there are goblins lurking in the trees. They also somehow hung a goat up there. Savin' it fer later.
And some detail from the back of the unit
Finally, a common goblin unit wouldn't be complete without some skulkers! And yes, apparently that tree in the front rank was some sort of clever goblin ruse. It was really in the back rank all along!
Eventually this unit will be bumped up to 35 models. Which will probably mean another tree, another fun 4-base filler of some kind, and and a higher proportion of night gobs, as I only have 4 of those BfSP spider riders left. And in case anyone was wondering, cutting the shields off of those little guys is REALLY annoying. But for now a unit of 25 is decent in smaller games, and I'd like to work toward something I can put on the casual table without using paper units :blush: