I’ve been thinking more and more about what I wrote in this article, about finding imaginative ways to quickly paint the large armies that the current editions of 40k and Warhammer demand. I’m getting excited about the project, so I’ve decided to give it a go and start an army for a system I don’t currently play or have any models for – Warhammer Fantasy Battle.
I was going to go with Skaven. The new models just look fantastic. But I’ve discovered that a potential future opponent has already claimed them. I’m glad really because it made me think about something different, and brought me back to an army I’ve always wanted to try: Night Goblins. Ever since the 90s when they first appeared I just really liked the hooded creepy-cute look, and the background about them being madcap mushroom-eating freaks with units like fanatics and squig hoppers was just the icing on the cake. They’re evil little goblins, they’re cute, they’re crazy and they’re fun. Heh. Night Goblins rule.
So, since I don’t do things by halves I’m now set on coming up with a super-efficient but great-looking way to paint an army, and I’ve gone with a horde. Good plan right?
My basic plan is this:
- Base them with gravel
- Spray them all midnight blue
- Blast them from above with a lighter blue for a bold zenith highlight
- Wash them with black and brown and other dirty colours
- Give the impression of glinting weapons and shield rims with some quick strokes of metallic
- Pick out the eyes in bright yellow
If this works I’m thinking it’ll give them a sort of two-tone anime style light-and-shadow effect and make them look like they are scuttling in the dark with glowing eyes. Something like this:
For consistency I need to do everything the same way, but I know it’ll be hard not to put extra touches on the characters, so I’ll try to give them reeeally subtle highlights at the highest points that blend into the lighter blue. Oh and I’m doing the army on the cheap too because I don’t hate myself that much. I’m really looking forward to making some awesome unit fillers for extra cheapiness.
So I grabbed twenty gobbos from eBay and they’re waiting. The first hitch has been sourcing midnight blue matte finish spray paint. It’s harder than you think. Even artist quality spray paint seems to be made in gloss only. Buying gloss and then spraying them all with a matte sealer seems a bit wasteful, but I might have to.