Miniature Monday – Hobgoblins UPDATED
For the friends of well organized non-human military and easy to use NPC adversaries, this week we painted some of Bones III hobgoblin warriors!
(posting by Antonia)
We had a busy week (or two) including Dirk’s birthday, so this article might be a bit shorter than usual and, well, even later *laughs*
Some words about the miniatures themselves. Overall the level of detail is quite good, but there are some annoying areas that have – at least in my and Dirk’s versions – gigantic gaps, for example the archer’s arm doesn’t even connect with her body properly. Did you experience similar problems, or was it just our batch?
My Hobgoblins are not even a WIP:
Here you can see how I start many of my simpler paintjobs – I pick some color and roughly paint a thin layer of it on the areas in question, just to see how it works. The next step would be cleaning up, washing and highlighting, but that will have to come later.
Chances are good I will continue painting them, though, because I plan to use them as NPC in a RPG campaign in D&D’s Kalamar setting, where Hobgoblins are a force to recognize.
The overall look I have in mind is a bit in the direction of Klingons (TNG/DS9) so I’ll use a lot of black, dull silver and red as contrasting element.
Dirk indulged in strong contrast this time:
He went for the traditional yellow hobgoblins (as companions to the Oni we painted some time ago) and was looking for strong colors to go with the skin color. Well, violet is definitely working as complementing color, and the red helps to build a bridge between the two.
Dirk is going to paint some more hobgoblins (we bought another 5 sets of them, I think)
Jim also sent us a WIP this week:
He wrote: “The minis are only about 50% done but you get the idea. I’ll probably be able to finish them up while painting the next mini or two on the list. I modified the distinctly Japanese armor by going very metallic but I’m not sure how they will come out.”
Grey skin is an interesting choice for sure, where do you get the idea from? And will you stay there or go in the black direction? Dark grey is a great base for that – on the other hand, if you manage to get a clean distinction between matte skin and shiny metal the otherwise similar shades could be a cool experiment too.
Michael tried out some things with the skin tone:
He said: “My goal for this group was to make them look like a cohesive unit, but still give some individual variation. I was happy with the skin tone too; I mixed Reaper’s Ruddy Flesh with Fire Newt by Army Painter to get a realistic looking orange tinge. I think I’m going to torment my PCs with these guys at some point. :-)”
I think the red works well to tie the band together, and the violet cloak highlights the leader’s position. The picture really looks like it could serve as an iIlustration.
Arjen sent in his belated pictures even *before* I wrote the article, but I somehow overlooked them anyway:
He wrote that he too did not have enough time to finish them, but he is happy with the color scheme anyway. How did you decide to pick this color combination? From the light I can’t really tell if the skin is just grey or a bit purple, like the hair. It’s an interesting choice for sure!
This week’s gallery:
11/12/18 Bones III Elven Blacksmith (B3 Core)
(I added some of your suggestions already, I might shuffle them around a bit, but keep them coming! For some minis there are no pics in the online shop yet so I’ll add them later.
11/26/18 Bones II Bat Demon (B2 Core)
12/10/18 Bones III Blood Hoof, Minotaur (B3 Core)
12/24/18 Christmas break
12/31/18 New Year’s break
01/07/19 Bones III Christina, Female Cleric (B3 Core)
01/21/19 Bones II Cuth Wolfson, Barbarian (B2 Core)
*they sell them in packs of three (obviously) but in the KS there was only one piece
02/18/19 Bones II Dub Bullock, Rogue (B2 Core)