Monday, October 17, 2016

Goblin chariot

I finally finished my Goblin Chariot.  It was a longer slog than I expected or planned, but I enjoyed working on it, and it was great for practicing some of my newer techniques.

I took a lot of cues from the original studio paint-scheme, but I tweaked it in places, too.
I've come away with a new-found respect for the old paint-jobs.  I find it a challenge to achieve the same level of saturation, contrast, and definition.  As a matter of fact, I didn't achieve those things!  Attempting to copy the studio paint-job really pushed me.  The original wolves look so much better than mine!
And I guess I really should have done the gap-filling on my wolves' necks.

It was too bad that I didn't finish the model in time for the Redstone Rumble gaming convention this weekend.  But as it turns out, I didn't need to have my army ready anyway.  As the ringer, I'm called on to play only if the tournament has odd numbers.  All 5 games had an even number of players, and there were no drop-outs, so I was content to hang out with the guys and finish painting the chariot.  If I had been called on to play, I was going to combine my army with a borrowed army.
I took pictures of the individual goblins before adding them to the chariot, at which point they would be bunched up, and all of the details on the models would be hidden.  I did a lot of work on areas that will never be viewed, but I enjoyed experimenting and developing newer techniques.

I rarely paint goblins with green skin, actually.  Especially bright green skin.  I've painted goblins with this level of saturation only once or twice before.  I'm not a fan of the saturated green, because it's too commonplace and expected in goblins, and I prefer more natural tones.  I'm more a fan of goblins as depicted by Brian Froud, Charles Vess, Tony DiTerlizzi, and Paul Bonner -- all illustrators who depict goblins in a variety of colors, including human skin tones.  However, for this project, I was feeling the green.  The box image inspired me to channel the spirit of "old-skool Warhammer", which I actually never had the pleasure to experience back in its heyday.  So this was my way of recreating and enjoying nostalgia that I missed!

I wish I had taken pictures at some other angles.  There are some interesting details on the sword hilts and scabbards.

I really overachieved on these goblins, given that I was painting a unit for an army.  But I just found myself enjoying the process, even though the details will go largely unnoticed.  The same thing is happening with the horde of archers that I'm painting.  I guess they'll just get done, when they get done!

The front rider is actually the leader of my gobling army.
May I introduce to you, Maverik, Chieftain of the Clan of the Ill Wind!

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