Friday, February 2, 2018

Zrazoig, Fang and more Doom (January entry in the OWAC)

It does not seem to bother them than their chances of survival are low, but then only the most crazed Goblins would want to be propelled in the air anyway. These Goblins are known as Doom Divers, although it is usually for other (saner) goblins to call them "Bat Wings Loonies". In the dirty, brutal and often painfully short life of a goblin the chance of swooping through the air and smashing right through their enemies is just too good to miss. The Doom Divers know that the ultimate excitement of diving through the air is at high speed is well worth the considerable risks. Though it is a sad way for a Goblin to go, it is infinitely more better than to die an ignoble death by the hands of a hungry Troll.

The first submission of January is Zrazoig, the almighty Shaman, and his trusted sacred spider, Fang the hairy.

This is of course the famous Giant Spider rider released in 1991 by Marauder Miniatures, Not surprisingly, the orc and gobbo ranges matches perfectly with my 4th edition Forest goblins.

Another figure from the heydays of the late 80s and early 90s, it oozes charm. It was also incredibly easy to assemble, being basically a three piece figure (spider head, rest of the body and then the shaman). He's going to be the main magic user in my Forest Goblin army. Once again I found a way to incorporate yellow and orange to tie it with the rest of my army. Most of the spider symbols on my goblins are orange, so I figured it would make sense the sacred spiders from that Forest would be at least partially orange! Still not completely happy with my orange, but it will do.

The second entry for this month is my second (and last) Doom Diver. Obviously subtlety is not required here, so I went with bold yellow for the wings, and a red suit. 

This is the second Doom Diver I paint for the army, and I inverted the colours from my previous one. With two of them, I almost have a squadron of the little crazy kamikaze!

And here is my progress report pic :

I was hoping to include an infantry regiment for this month, but it has become clear that this will not happen. I've started working on a 30 figure Forest Goblin regiment but there's no way I will finish it in time, and I'd like as much as possible to only submit finished units. Still, for an army I began basically two months and a half ago, I'm pretty happy with the results. Gotta love painting challenges and peer pressure!

So, for this month :
  • 1 Doom Diver : 100pts
  • Forest Goblin Shaman on Gigantic Spider* :  128pts
Total : 228pts

*I cheated a little on the Gigantic Spider, as I used the point value from the 3rd edition rulebook. Why? I wanted to distinguish this spider from the spiders used by the 4th ed spider riders, since it is much bigger and looks more badass (and also sits on a 40mm base). Basically, I count it as a monster instead of just a mundane mount. It is how I intend to use it in game.

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  1. Painting a goblin army to a deadline? Madness! keep up the good work.

  2. It's a great looking band! Nice take on these classics.

  3. Absolutely love how this army is shaping up. I like orange for the spider.

    1. Thanks Sean! Lot of work to be done in the next two months though

  4. I love those forest goblins, they’re some of my favourite models from that era. They’re also as rare as hens teeth, even pictures of them painted are thin on the ground. Great job with yours :)

    1. Thanks! Yes, the scarcity of all the early 90s metal goblins is a great mystery to me, and I've yet to hear a logical explanation for that!

      I was lucky enough to get a rather large lot many years ago on Ebay. More to come!

  5. Mentioned this on the OWAC blog as well, but having a bigger spider than the spider riders is actually very possible (and intended) in 4e. Just use the Gigantic Spider from the Monsters section (50 pts) as a mount.
    Love your take on the forest goblins BTW - really striking colour scheme, original and still very much in character!

    1. Thanks Bo, I didn't think of looking in the monster booklet!

      And thanks for the comments, much appreciated!

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