Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Goblin King's domain

After some work I got my 4th submission into the painting challenge; The Goblin King, or 'Great Goblin' as he was also known, his Scribe and two Goblin captains including Grinnah, all from the The Hobbit boxed starter set.

 I painted them all to match the existing Goblin Town goblins, in my prior post.

As usual, click on pics for a larger view.


Here is the Great Goblin, a huge loathsome hulking figure, played wonderfully in the movie my Barry Humphries, and superbly rendered by the team at Weta digital.

He's a huge figure, standing some 6cm tall to top of his crown, towering over his minions and adversaries alike.

In the game, classed as a monster, and with the new monstrous combat abilities, he's going to be a real handful to deal with!


Great Goblin

Next up is a diminutive goblin captain, un-named though I suspect he may be the character that wrestles Bilbo in the movie, and falls to his doom with him...

Goblin Captain
The second Goblin Captain, Grinnah, bears a large  spiked flailing whip, with which he keeps his charges in line.

Grinnah, Goblin Captain
Next up is the goblin scribe... this little fellow, notes the Great Goblins proclamations and orders, and in the movie is seen to be ordered to 'send word to the White Orc!', concerning Thorin's capture...

In the game, he brings much needed reinforcements to the goblin forces...


The following did not make it to the painting challenge as, though part of the The Hobbit boxed set, it would be classed as 'terrain' and thus dissallowed, but it has taken a fair amount of time to convert and paint up; The Great Goblin's Throne.

The throne was a multi-part plastic kit, like the rest of the boxed set contents and went together well, though I left the base piece off unattached to paint separately.

The only issue I had with it was that the back of the kit was an open void, which looked pretty naff if you had just left it like that. So I decided to fill the void with foam and clad it with bark chip, to effect a rock surface.
 
Throne
I checked back to the movie imagery, just to check for shape and proportion, and did note the throne forms part of the top of a giant spur of rock jutting up from floor of cavern, (see below pic), so needed to maintain its angled slope.
 
Goblin town
Back of throne clad with bark chip
And though not noticeable, that I recall, in the movie, the figure sculptors went to that level of detail typical of a Jackson movie; a hole in the seat of the throne for the Great Goblin to crap into a bucket positioned underneath!


There were also skeletal remains and entrails suggesting remnants of his last meal! Difficult to see once assembled but I painted them none the less!


So there we have them all, The Great Goblin, and all his minions in his domain of Goblin Town!

Great Goblin and goblins of Goblin Town

Now I just have to press on with Bilbo, Gandalf and a company of 13 dwarves... and not forgetting Radagast too!

30 comments:

  1. Stellar Job. You have great finish on all your stuff.

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    1. Thanks Sam, much appreciated :-)

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  2. I really like the way you added the bark to your throne. You've got quite the eye for little details like that.

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    1. Cheers El Zorro, its just seemed to me a necessity, in this case...

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  3. Once again another great rendition. It really looks like the movie, too!

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  4. That's a real throne then, what with the hole and bucket.

    What a nasty evil lot they look. You sure you enjoy painting them as much as shiny redcoats or ornate pirates???? ;-)

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    1. LOL yes indeed!

      They certainly made a change to painting uniforms, and allowed some creativity with allow the buboes!

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  5. That Goblin King is every bit as hideous as the movie version... any volunteers for 'Royal attendant of the dunny throne? imagine the smell after a few ales and some curried orc...PHEW!

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  6. These are looking fantastic! Can't wait to see what you do with Thorin's company!

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    1. Thank you Sir, progress continues a pace!

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  7. Very nice, as always Scott! In my opinion, the short Captain is the best!
    Panagiotis.

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    1. Many thanks!
      'Cute' isn't he !? ;-)

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  8. Very nice Scott, I wish I could have got my Goblins as white as yours. I look forward to seeing the rest of your work on the figures from the set. Great job on the throne by the way.

    John

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    1. Thanks John.
      The 'white effect' was achieved by heavily drybrushing with a 50/50 mix of pale grey and cream paints.

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  9. Scott, these are tremendous; fabulous work Sir.

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    1. Thanks Michael, much appreciated :-)

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  10. Great work Scott. Everything looks quite nice. Though it may be a small detail, I very much like the wood grain you painted onto the haft of the Goblin King's weapon. Nice touch!

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    1. Thanks Scott! I guess its these little details that add to the whole effect?

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  11. They are exceptional Scott, especially the Goblin King.

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    1. (comment released from the spam folder!) Thanks again...

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  12. Hmm, last comment went AWOL. Exceptional painting Scott, they look fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Nate - I found the other comment - it had gone into spam folder...

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  13. That big bastard is hard to paint with all that white flesh. Yours looks great - you really nailed the shades on him.

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    1. LOL, thanks Dan, much appreciated!

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  14. Wow. Great looking models:) Very nice job.

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    1. Many thanks :-) They've yet to see action as the dwarves went AWOL, but I hope to remedy this this year!

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