Greetings Terrans, and sorry it has taken such a long time to get this done – life got very busy recently, and I had a bit of painter’s block as well, but we’re all on track this week, so welcome to the second post where I share my efforts to populate my made-up Imperial world Spero Secundus! This time, we are venturing deep into the sump of Hive Terminus… Now, a bit of background for you – Terminus is an interesting place in my made-up Imperial world… Originally, it was one of three hive cities on Spero Secundus’ single continent, it was nuked by Hive Sevelli a century or more ago, marking the close of a nasty civil war. Terminus was reduced to a 100 mile wide pile of irradiated rubble surrounded by miles of radioactive desert where the sand had been fused into glass. However, beneath the surface of the rubble, several domes remained intact, and they became the desperate battleground of the survivors of the nuclear storm… Basically, it’s a super-fun sandbox for me as a GM, and my party had a blast hunting Sump-Spiders and fighting off hordes of cannibal rad-mutants… it is these rad-mutants that are the subject of this post.
When mulling over what to use as rad-mutants, my thoughts inevitably went to the Nurgle range (pox-walkers and so on), but I really didn’t want to go buy any new models… besides, the pox-walkers are pretty well defined as what they are, and I didn’t think them generic enough. I also thought about the old Zombie kit, but that kit really is a bit of a stinker (pun intended) and is long overdue an overhaul… Then I remembered that I had an old ‘Escape from Goblin Town’ set from The Hobbit range. I figured that the malformed little shits in that box would be perfect for generic rad-mutants, and looking through the box confirmed my suspicions. The sculpts are a little weird – they are all single pose one piece affairs, with odd bits of poor definition here and there… I suspect this is a by-product of the production approach that GW used for this rabble… they are ridiculously inexpensive, and you really do get an awful lot for your money… even now, 36 of these fellas can be bought for a mere £30!!
I also had the Goblin King’s Captain and Lieutenant to paint and add to the mob, plus I decided to paint the King himself, though more as a painting exercise than with any gaming application in mind. All in all, this gave me 39 models to paint, so not a trivial task. I did toy with the idea of 40k-ifying them, but decided against in in the end… I kinda like that they are generic enough as they are, and wouldn’t want to root them too firmly in any particular genre or system. I also briefly considered converting out the duplicates, but I didn’t bother in the end… I didn’t think the juice would be worth the squeeze, and I just couldn’t be arsed! (I did use some technical paints to add some texture here and there, but hardly what I would call a conversion). Anyway, here they are in all their glory:
They all got the same basic treatment with the paint brush – a white zenithal spray over black undercoat followed by either a purple or crimson wash all over. The flesh was highlighted up with Rakarth Flesh and then a white glaze, while the wood & leather was picked out in Snakebite Leather contrast paint. Boils and pustules got a yellow wash, and the metal work & bone was picked out in my usual way. Finally, I picked out the eyes & teeth, and added some blue or green wash here & there (like a spot of blue shade under the eyes for example), and used a dab more crimson wash for particularly sore bits… The Goblin King had much more attention paid to him, and was really a very nice exercise in blending nasty looking flesh tones:
Here are a few different genre shots to show how versatile they are:
Anyhow, that’s all for now – I’ll be continuing with the drive to populate Spero Secundus next time with a visit to Hive Verento!
Well you have been busy mate and what a great horde of suitably disgusting goblin/mutants, boils and all. Very nice paint job all round and the goblin king really stands out. Great work on the rocks too, all makes for some great photo’s. Glad your painters block didn’t last too long. 😊
Cheers mate, they just took a while to work through because there ain’t much variety to get excited about!😆
Glad I stuck it out though, having a big mob of generic low level baddie is great for any gamer worth his salt 😊
Pete S/ SP said:
Those are really great- surprisingly versitile figures.
Cheers mate, yeah, I really like how versatile they are – they aren’t the greatest minis on their own, but certainly have an appeal en mass
I absolutely agree – these are perfect genre-neutral rad-mutants / troglodytes / whatever you want to use them as. In fact the GM of our last Necromunda campaign used these exact same models as a terrifying flesh-eating horde that we had to blast our way through in the campaign climax multi-player game.
He painted his 30-odd in a single evening mind you (spray, base colour, wash)! Yours benefit from the extra splashes of colour with the reds, yellows and browns. I hope you reached a zen-like state in order to process the bunch with all that repetition! The rocky scenery looks the business too – is that the same stuff you used for the Wolf Time?
Cheers dude, dunno about zen, but certainly got in some kind of state 😂
I’m glad I put in a bit of effort though – it was probably more than they deserved tbh, but I’m pleased.
Oh, and yup, that’s the rocks I used for the WT tunnels… another versatile box of tricks in fact! 😁👍
Cheers dude, a proper rabble 😊
Love ’em! You’re absolutely right about the versatility, I think making them genre neutral was a really good call. They fit in wonderfully in all of your examples, and look great.
Cheers dude, the way I see it, every setting imaginable is improved by having creepy pale sub-surface dwellers 😉
Haha “Malformed little shits” haha. Great stuff Alex and the King is KING. He looks great. Nice world building too.
Cheers dude ;-)
Mark A. Morin said:
Really like these, especially the King. Congrats on the success you had here Alex!
Cheers mate, they took a bit of doing, but good to have them finished :-)
I hesitate to use the word ‘nice’ on these reprobates but good work getting the radioactive scum survivors vibe going on. I never would have thought of this range but it works well.
Cheers mate, these little fellas are so versatile, and so cheap! I’m amazed we don’t see them more often tbh…
They turned out really nice (in their special way) and look great across fantasy and sci-fi settings as you aptly demonstrate. Thanks for the inspiration, I will have to put them on my shopping list.
Cheers dude 😊
Nice work! Love these guys. Especially the big ol’ Goblin King! :D
Cheers IM :-)
Very effective work here, Alex. I’ve got the same box here somewhere, and despite my dislike for the models, you’re definitely on the money wtth the paint and the point that they can easily be used for a variety of game-roles. Perhaps one day I’ll get to my own. Not high on the old priority list, but seeing yours with the notes, they did at least go up a little bit…
:-) They’re a bit of a slog mate, but I’m glad they’re done
Oh yeah, those little dudes are truly awful and ugly as goblins, but simply amazing as mutants (of any kind). I could see these dudes fitting in to Mordheim just as well as Necromunda, the Chaos wastes, the bowels of a starship or the rad-wastes of pretty much any setting (apart from Middle Earth oddly enough). Great work on them all round and well done on powering through so many so quickly :-)
Cheers dude – their versatility is their most redeeming feature :-)