Saturday 23 February 2013

Hobbit WIP #5 first batch of gobbos done!

I've finally finished the first batch of Hobbit goblins. Took me much longer than I had anticipated. Not only due to the fact that I've been pretty busy in the last two weeks. At first I thought  that getting them look right would be just a matter of a few highlights and I quickly learned how wrong I was.
I ended up going from light shades to dark washes back and forth several times before I found a method that I thought gave the effect I was after.

I wanted to make them look as dynamic as possible. In the movie those little buggers seemed to appear out of nowhere and fill all the space in the underground town with their activity. That's why I chose taller rocky bases that incorporate fragments of wooden platforms. Kudos to my friends from work, especially to Patrycja, a psychologist (note please -  not my psychologist ;) who supplied me with wine corks on a regular basis :)

After dealing with the gobbos I started working on the throne. I had initially painted the sculpted part using much colder grey shade but repainted it to go with the brownish scheme better. I think it worked out not too bad in the end.

And since no throne can stay empty too long, I had to paint the big ugly himself. He's magnetized so that he can be used on a normal base as well (see the pics below). Working on this fat bloke was a bit of a challenge as there are so many large flat surfaces on his skin that I really needed to give it a lot of attention to make sure it looked realistic and not too dull.

And the king on a regular base.

I had a lot of fun working on these. The sculpts are really great, very dynamic and full of character. I'm going to work on Thorin's company next so expect an update soon. But before that I'll leave you with a gong. Not a song that matches the content in any way but it's a cool one anyway so enjoy ;)


  1. They're great!
    Have you considered sculpting some stalagmytes on the bases and movement trays? I think they would add to the "cave" atmosphere.

  2. Well, to be honest the sheer quantity of bases I had to create and still need to prepare discourages me from actually doing more on them. Took ages to do the way they look now :)

  3. Those Goblins are awesome!!!!

    Oh and Dropkick Murphys Rock !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. i love the bases you have done for this dudes!!!

    / muffin


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