When Pete initially asked me to paint him up a goblin team I was still working on the Fumbbl dice. I was more than happy to take on something new as painting 100’s of stars and arrows is really dull. He did ask if I was able to have a team ready for him to use in a tournament that was taking place in early November. As the full team was going to be larger than the tournament squad I had focused on them first since I could always send a 2nd package later.
I’ve already finished all of the tournament squad bar the 2nd troll and Fungus. Since I was ahead of schedule I decided to do something a little different for the remaining players. It is easy to get bored just assembling standard models and I hate duplicates in Blood Bowl teams. With just 11-20 models to paint there is no excuse for me to not make every player an individual
I had already painted up the new plastic GW troll, making a couple of minor changes. For the 2nd troll I set myself a mission to use the same player but make him look vastly different. This would involve considerable repositioning as well as raiding my bits box for extra parts.
With the first troll already holding a goblin there was no need for the 2nd to be doing the same, besides I had plans for some of those parts such as the goblin runner holding the ball. The 2nd troll was going to be the fighty one, modelled to look like a battle hardened veteran. The ultimate goal would be to make it appear that these were 2 completely different models whilst using mostly the same parts.
The biggest challenge was to fix the pose of his legs. I began with his left one, chopping it at the knee and hip and repositioning the leg into a standing pose, a lot of greenstuff was used to fill the gaps left and a knee pad helped to hide the join . His front loin cloth had to be removed to accommodate this change and it was replaced with an ogre gut plate. His rear loin cloth also needed some filling as I repositioned the right leg slightly and gave it a knee pad too.
His chest was largely left as it was aside from the wooden sign and bones being removed from the shoulder pad strap. This meant there was no place to have a team number so a disk from the plastic ogre was used instead.
Both arms were removed at the shoulder and repositioned, his hands were swapped with those from a rat ogre and an ogre punch dagger. Greenstuff was used to fill the gaps on his left arm and a new shoulder pad from a 40K Ork Killer Kan hid the change to his right shoulder.
The final change was to cut his head and neck out and reposition him to be looking forward. The gaps were filled with greenstuff and the neck join partially covered with an Ork iron jaw. I added a few scales in greenstuff on his body to help disguise some of the gaps on his shoulders, neck and arms.
His uniform was painted in the same way as the other troll since they are both on the same team, wearing more armour he had more purple on display. To further emphasise the difference between the other troll I changed his skin colour as well. He got mid green skin, highlighted with yellow and a cream belly, along with dark green scales.
As the team already had a fanatic that was a pretty nice looking model the star player Fungus needed to be even more special. For him I decided to do something a little different and use an idea I had been playing around with for a while. Instead of swinging a large metal ball on chain round to hit opposing players, he was to be the weapon. Fungus would be holding onto a rope and being swung round by a well trained squig to kick opposing players right in the face. The original idea was to have him as a normal fanatic, but the squig had grabbed the ball with his teeth and was now flinging the unfortunate gobbo about. But that didn’t feel right for a star and it wouldn’t really suit being a ST7 attack. Instead Fungus was modelled to be swinging round in a kung fu flying kick pose.
I bought the plastic fanatics as these are cool looking models and being lighter the chain is less likely to break off. Picking the most suitable body I chopped the lower half of his robes off and replaced it with the lower torso of a normal goblin, the legs came from the thrown goblin of the 2nd troll model as that goblin wasn’t being used. This needed a bit of repositioning and a fair bit of greenstuff to get the look right. His head was from a forest goblin as all the hooded ones were a bit samey and too close to the normal fanatic. I did remove the feathers from the head as these did not suit the rest of the look for him, it but left the skull and band in place. He also got a shoulder pad from another goblin as I wanted him to look like a player who learnt a new trick rather than a fanatic on the pitch.
The squig was largely left as he was aside from chopping off his base tab and sanding his feet a little to help facilitate him leaning back. The chain from the fanatic already had a large pin which meant it was just a case of drilling a hole in his teeth. Luckily it also had a rim which would hide that his teeth wouldn’t really look like that if holding onto the rope.
I did consider trying to heat up the rope and add a curve that would give a more accurate look. However I was worried that this would either distort the plastic surrounding it or weaken it. I could have also platted some wire to make my own rope but that would not have looked as good as the plastic one and might have bent causing paint to flake off. As it stands it is possible to pick the model up by the goblin, though over time that would weaken the plastic. Luckily as fanatics never need to be placed prone he will need less handling than other players.
With many games now being played on the larger pitches I gave the model a 40mm base. This helped keep it well balanced in combination with the squig being metal and the goblin being plastic.
When it came to painting I used the same colour scheme as the rest of the team. With him being a star I started his skin with a darker green base and added more highlights and glazes to get a smoother finish. Squigs normally are bright red and I kept with this colour scheme to really stand out from the rest of the team.
There were a couple of little touches added to indicate his higher status. Being a bit of a flash git he’d shelled out for a gold band round the skull helmet he was wearing. His shoulder pad and thigh guards also got gold edging to differentiate him from the more mundane players. Another difference was to paint his socks cream rather than black like the rest of the team. I like giving stars little touches like that such as extra decoration and more diverse colour palettes on top of physical conversions. It all adds up to show they are special.
After finishing these 2 models the tournament squad was done. But as I had time left I started on the remaining players. These were 2 secret weapons (Pete didn’t want the Ooligan) and 5 normal goblins. I like painting normal players in batches of 3-5 so added a normal goblin to the 2 weapon batch.
The doom diver was a 40K grot from the storm boyz set. Aside from an arm and foot swap he was left unchanged since he represented the position rather well. The pogo was another 40K model, this time from the bikerz. He was given a head swap from another Grot as I liked that the helmet looked kind of wonky as if he’d landed on it a few times. I also gave him an arm swap with a goblin to BB him up a bit. I took part of an elctro priest staff for the bottom of his pogo as it looked like a spring. The normal goblin had a couple of bits swapped with other models.
They were painted in the same way as the rest of the team. The weapons did not have shoulder or chestplates that would suit adding numbers so I used the rocket backpack for the doom diver and helm of the pogoer.
Once I get into the groove of painting I often find I can paint up a lot of models in a short space of time. I finished the tournament squad ahead of schedule even with taking time to do the other 2 weapons. So I was able to paint up the 4 remaining normal goblins.
Originally they were all very basic conversions, swapping arms or heads amongst themselves. This didn’t really serve any purpose except to make all the models unique and aside from the ball carrier the conversions were all pretty bland. I was just about to start painting them when I hit upon the idea of using the spare heads from the goblin fanatics as Pete had indicated he might also use these models for underworld by combining them with skaven.
4 quick head swaps later and I had some more unique looking players to bulk out the team. By a happy coincidence I had gone for black tops and so the hoods matched those. Aside from the black hoods these players were painted in the same way as the other normal goblins.
With the team done it was just a case of taking final pics of them and then posting to Pete. I finished this team pretty quickly for me, most of the players were standard models with only minor conversions. The more elaborate paint schemes and involved conversions were saved for the big guys, star player and specialists. This is a more efficient way of making a unique team than every model being extensively changed such as the slann team.
This was the 34th team I had completed and will be the 3rd finished this year, though most of the work for the undead was done in 2016. I’ll be painting up some star players for the rest of the year before starting work on the 2018 NAF GT team.
I could probably have managed another team but the 2nd batch of Fumbbl dice took up much of the summer.
Speaking of Fumbbl dice, the last of my spares were sold a while back.
In total they went for some pretty crazy prices, topping even last year.
Black set 1 – £62.00
Green set – £43.00
Black set 2 – £82.00
Tricolour set – £21.00
Black set 3 – £104.00
Total = £312.00
Unfortunately the first set of black dice look to have got lost in the post, after 2 months they have still not shown up. I’ve part refunded that buyer and given him my spare set of the original Fumbbl kickstarter block dice as compensation.
That brings the total down to £250
E-bay and paypal fees comes to about 10% of the sale which makes £225.
The 4 sets costs me £32 to make which gives a profit of £193.
A 50/50 split between myself and the site gives £96.50 each
So thanks to the people who bought those spares there is an extra donation to the site and a bit of a profit for me.