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These models are from Early 4th Edition Warhammer Fantasy Battle, when "Goblin Fanatics" got handed over to the Night Goblin faction (revived pretty much from earlier editions of Warhammer, and the early "C" Series models, but mostly forgotten in 3rd). As 4th Edition Models, released in 1992 they're technically not "Oldhammer" by about a year for those who care about strict definitions. (Not me, but hey - I like the history.) Unlike the last batch of goblins from a few days ago, these were all painted in the last few weeks. Four 4th Edition Night Goblin Fanatics Now the more astute amongst you will have noted that there are way too many Fanatics here to be sensible at all. As always, there's a good reason for this. I had a bunch of my own back in the day (which got started but not finished) and my friend Jared had started a Night Goblin/Savage Orc army of his own, though he never got (m)any of the models completed before losing interest and selling them off. I purchased many of the half-and-un-painted models off him, with the intent to repaint them myself one day - and ending up with way too many fanatics for a normal game of WHFB. For the most part, they've sat in a series of figure cases since then. Four More 4th Edition Night Goblin Fanatics. Including a couple repair jobs! Anyway, between Jared's goblins and my own, I ended up with quite a lot of Fanatics, who as I mentioned have done nothing since the mid-1990's besides take up space in a case. Over the years, a couple of them had their fragile chains break, and so got repaired with brass rod. So it's a ball on the end of a metal rod on the end of a chain. That's still unsafe, so it's ok! Hopefully the last four 4th Edition Night Goblin Fanatics I'll ever paint! Since one of my aims this year aside from directed army painting for KoW is to clear off my desk and shelves of half-painted, unfinished and even slightly-started stuff, it wasn't a huge stretch to extend that to the stack of figure cases that have the same in them. I mean, the reason I'm trying to finish the stuff on my desk is to avoid adding to the reams of unfinished stuff in cases, so this just follows the same ethos, albeit, slightly in reverse. These Fanatics all followed the same general scheme shown with the newer plastics that I finished recently (who were cluttering up my desk) - and were also the direct inspiration for me to pull these out and paint them up. I quite like how they turned out in crazy loose formation (though I seem to have a bit of a contrast issue with these latest photos). A horde of dangerously insane goblins swinging their big balls around! Finally and as usual - the "unit shots". Anyone familiar with KoW might be wondering how I intend to use these, as their Goblin army doesn't really have any equivalents to much of the crazy-colourful stuff in the Warhammer list, including Fanatics. My initial thoughts were to use the profiles of Twilight Kin "Blade-Dancers" (Witch Elves) as they've got lots of attacks but are fragile, but the recent Ratkin (Skaven) list also gives the option of "The Blight", which are kinda-sorta Plague Censer Bearers. Dunno for sure yet, but I'll find an appropriate profile for them once the new rules and lists are ironed out and I'm able to start playing again. Until then I'll just push on painting the semi-random crap on my desk and building "units" as I can. Given that the unit is made up of psychotic goblins swinging their balls & chains around like mad Dervishes, I've felt free to face them in various directions rather than all front-on, also with the intent to make the unit look interesting from multiple angles. Now this just leaves me with needing to figure out what to do with those new plastics and the Iron Claw Fanatics that I've painted...
The first two figures in this update are a pair of the first batch of Squig Hoppers released by GW for 4th Edition WHFB, back in 1991-1992. WHFB3 (the "Oldhammer" edition) didn't feature Squigs in any form, and goblins were really just goblins. When WHFB4 came around with it's 40k-codex style army books, Goblins gained several subtypes in a properly-supported form, such as Night and Forest. I seem to recall mentions of Night Goblins predating 4th edition, so there's that. Night Goblins have kind of become the de facto subtype in more recent years as opposed to the more generic ones from WFFB3. Anyway, I really quite liked these models, and so I collected quite a few of them. One of these two was painted quite awhile ago (5 years? 10? Who knows!) while the other was started right afterwards and only finished last year. It was shown last year in near-complete WIP form at one point, but I never showed off the completed model. As I've stated elsewhere - sure these Kev Adams sculpts look cartoony, disproportionate, and not especially realistic. But they do have real character. I'm well aware how often "character" is used as a kind of code/excuse for poor sculpting of older models, but here I really do mean it as a positive. These models might be a year or two out from "Oldhammer", but being from the Kev Adams run of goblinoids, they're Oldhammer and Old-school enough for me. More importantly, they're great models in their own right that still stand up well today. The second pair I'm sharing today were both painted a long, long time ago. Back when I used to actively play WHFB, in fact! These are Bob Olley sculpts - Goblin Fanatics from his Iron Claw range circa 1998. Since they're painted in the colour scheme of Night Goblins, they'd have been painted during the early days of 4th Edition. As regular readers will know, I'm not an especially big fan of many of Bob's sculpts, and these are no exception. Still, back in the day you pretty much only had what was available - and this was it. No eBay, no internet shopping and mail order to GW from Australia was a rare and exciting occurrence. Especially for a teenager or young adult. You can see that the flame motif used on my more recent Night Goblin Fanatics goes way back, though. Because I am nothing if not imaginative and experimental. With these models being real outliers of the "weird and random" part of the WHFB Orc and Goblin list, they don't really fit in to a KoW Goblin Army as the list stands right now. Hopefully with the "officially unofficial not-GW army lists" that are supposed to come out later on in the year, these guys will find a home on the tabletop again in 2015.
As part of my continuing push to clear off my painting desk via actually finishing off models, I gathered together these three Goblin Fanatics a couple of weekends ago. I got them either from eBay, or WAU, or something like that at least a couple of years ago. I can't even remember, to tell the truth. It was certainly before we bought this house and moved in. They had been assembled, sprayed black, had their bases painted goblin green, and parts of their skin had also been painted goblin green. Unless that last part was me. Anyway, they'd just kind of floated around since I got here, and had been separated, and one of them had suffered a fall from the shelf due to Leonard the Cat going "fishing" from the top of the bookshelf - snapping the chain, which was hanging by a thin thread of plastic. My "Assistant", Leonard the Cat. "Helping". So anyway. I saw a couple of them taking up space and decided to finish them as a quick weekend project. The plan was to get them entirely done in the one weekend. It ended up taking two, but close enough. Glued the chain back together and off I went. It took a bit to decide what to do with their clothing. I feel that while Night Goblins can be dark as you like, it's nice to make their "special" models pop in some way. I also hate checked patterns on goblinoids, so I went with flames. Initially using an off-white, I decided they'd look better with a bit more colour, so I went with the brighter flames. Yes, I know that the base of the flames "should be" yellow as it's the hottest part, and the red at the edges. These flames, of course, are made of paint representing a pattern on cloth rather than actual flames, so I'm fine with the red being adjacent to the green of their faces, and the yellow against the black of their hoods. It's all about contrast and "pop" here, but without over highlighting black cloth or green skin up to white, which always bothers me a little. I also experimented a little with the balls and chains. I wanted them to look like worn and rusted metal. While they took a little longer than I'd planned, I'm quite happy with the final outcome. Now, on to the next models.