Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Moria Goblins (The green-ochre warband)

   Do you remember the Moria Goblins' bases posts 1, 2, 3 and 4 ? I posted them back in February and I confessed that days that the project would take a long long time to finish! Unfortunatelly, I have not finished it yet, but at least I started painting some of all these little green Goblins!

   Today, the first warband is ready! I named it, the green-ochre warband because of the colour I used to paint the warriors' tunics.  The warband consists of a Captain with a bow and twelve Goblins, four warriors with swords and shields, four spearmen and four archers. The Goblin Captain has at his base a skull as a mark to distinguish him from the rest. To make his rank more obvious I painted parts of his armour brass. I also tried to give a rusty look to their plate and chain armours. To achieve this I painted first their armours with GW Vermin Brown and then  with Vallejo Gunmetal Metal, leaving some spots from the former colour here and there. Below you can see some  photos:

The Captain

The swordsmen

The spearmen

The archers

The twelve Goblins all together

And the whole warband

   Some bases have mud holes, three ones to be excact, which were a chalenge for me because I had never in the past added "water" to a base! I searched in various blogs and forums and found that the easiest and cheapest way is to use white PVA glue over a painted dark green surface. You can check below the results of this method: 

Mud hole 1 

Mud hole 2

Mud hole 3

   I do not understand if you can see the differences among the three above mud holes but there are some. The first is the best while the other two are somehow cloudy. How to do it right next time? I have to pour a tiny drop of PVA in the hole just to cover the painted surface, any more than this tiny drop will ruin the effect. Secondly, to avoid bubbles I have to touch the painted surface with the edge of the glue bottle  and not to drop the glue from above. This is what I am trying to explain:


The warband from above where you can check the mud holes.

   That's it for today! Stay tuned!    


  1. Interesting bases, ideal for moria

  2. Those bases are just tremendous, love the mud holes.

    1. I am happy that you like them, Michael! Thank you for your support.

  3. Great stuff - I was wondering when you woud get round to these.

    1. DMS, keep patience there are many to come. Thank you for your comment!

  4. Very nice warband. I like the base details.

  5. Hello,

    The mud effect is quite good indeed. Though I understand your point. But, wouldn't you achieve about the same effect with gloss varnish? Just a question for my own education.

    I love the green of the skin by the way and the yellow eyes look just right. Well done!

    1. Ni.Tchirititch, thank you very much for your words!
      About your question, yes, it is possible to achieve similar results with gloss varnish but it is not the cheapest method and it does not give the effect of depth as PVA glue does.
      For my "education", how to make water, etcetera, I am looking at this forum:

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