|Second hand weapon not pictured|
So, I have painted over the past few days, and managed to finish the base colours on the Hobgoblins. However, I had some technical issues with the models...
Sneaky Gits are an awful model to try and pick up on eBay - I was lucky to get 10 for a non-stupid price but normally they go for silly money. Therefore, this was a case where my experimenting in casting would hopefully pan out.
However, the end results of my casts were every spotty. Spindly arms & legs seemed to increase my failure fate, and while I can patch up air bubbles I can't do much if whole sections of body don't form.
|On the left is probably salvageable, the right hand one.... just had no usable legs.|
This got me a bit depressed - I had about 50% useless figures from my moulds so far. The ones that were usable had some quality issues on the hands but I can cope with that - that sort of detail is always a bit difficult to copy, and won't be noticeable in a sea of 20 to 30 models. But mangled legs just wasn't going to work.
But a journey through my bits box turned up something. You see, when I started playing Warhammer it was in 4th ed and with the 4th ed starter box.
|I still remember the very day I bought this at GW, then had to endure being dragged around town by my parents when all I wanted to do was go home and pop this open.|
This set had High Elf figures as one of the sides and for this reason my early Warhammer experiences involved playing them. It also had Goblins..... and I still have those figures. And the Goblin Spearmen therein have a bottom body & legs I could happily chop off and transplant.
|One of the Goblins, painted by someone much better than I. The box had about 20 of them IIRC.|
The only big difference is the Goblins are wearing boots whereas the Hobgoblins are barefoot - but it's a pretty good transfer. I cover the joint up with some Milliput - they already have long cloaks, so it'll do the job. Not perfect, but it makes them salvageable.
And here they are, salvaged and base coated.
|All Hobgoblins with base coat finished.|
|Close-up on three metal Hobgoblins.|
After this lot are finished I'll need at least 6 more to use them in play - but I have 3 metal models left, so I should be able to hit that easy enough. The hope is to have a huge blob of 30 of the buggers, including a command squad of Champion/Standard Bearer/Musician. So I'll want 13 more regular guys to hit that target, which is a big ask but can be a more long term goal.