Thursday, January 23, 2014

Goblins in a Plenty

Whether you consider them to be small orcs or their own separate race, goblins are ubiquitous bad guys that have populated fairy tales and fantasy stories for centuries.

I've been trying to put this post together for quite a long time, and finally forced myself to sort out my pile of goblins, take all the necessary photos, and publish the thing to get it off my list for the New Year. So without further ado, I present the following sampling of goblins that can be used for 1/72 fantasy gaming.

I will start off with goblins in various types of plastic:

The first picture is of Caesar 1/72 plastic goblins (Caesar 105). They are a primitive looking bunch, lightly armed, and unarmored. Their proportions are fine, though I think the ears are a bit overdone.

The next set of images are of goblins from the D&D CMG. The first picture includes the Goblin Skirmisher (Dragoneye #31), Goblin Underboss (War Drums #31), Goblin Warrior (Dragoneye #32), Silent Wolf Goblin (Aberration #43), and Blue (Giants of Legend #29).

The next picture is of the Goblin Blackblade (War Drums #30), Goblin Picador (Dungeons of Dread #34), Lolthbound Goblin (Demonweb #13), Acheron Goblin (Blood War #28), Goblin Delver (Dangerous Delves #21), and Goblin Sharpshooter (Dangerous Delves #22). The Blackblade, Picador and Lolthbound Goblin have also been released for the Heroscape Warriors of Eberron expansion as part of the Ogre and the Goblins set.

The final picture here is of additional repurposed D&D miniatures, and includes the Goblin Cutter and Goblin Champion from the Legend of Drizzt boardgame, and their Dungeon Command equivalents. These were originally released as Goblin Cutter (Legendary Evils #23), and Irontooth (Legendary Evils #28) respectively.

I find the DDM figures suitable for use as either orcs, hobgoblins, or goblins depending upon size. The paint job on the Dungeon Command versions are are not particularly well done, but it's easy enough to repaint them, and they tend to be much cheaper than the original figures.

The Pathfinder goblins have often been described as not being your typical goblin, but they still fall into the stereotype of small, green humanoids. To me they seem to behave similarly to the gremlins from Joe Dante's Gremlins. From left to right are a Goblin Warrior (We Be Goblins! #1), and two Goblin Pyros (Legends of Golarion #1 and #2).

They have incredibly big heads that make them look totally out of proportion when placed next to a 1/72 scale figure. Luckily, the heads come off rather easily, and can be replaced with something smaller.

To round out the soft plastic goblins, we have goblins (and hobgoblins) from the BattleLore boardgame and two of their specialist packs - Goblin Skirmishers (Harceleurs Gobelins), and Goblin Marauders (Maraudeurs Gobelins) - produced by Days Of Wonder/Fantasy Flight Games. The figures include a Hobgoblin Swordsman, Hobgoblin Archer, Hobgoblin Spear Bearer, Goblin Band Leader, Goblin Drummers, Goblin Slinger, and a Goblin Skirmisher/Swordsman.

The plastic used to make the BattleLore goblins is a bit more bendy than other types of plastic, but their limbs are pretty chunky so there should be no problems with warping.

Finally, I include some hard plastic figures. The largest one on the left comes from Warhammer Quest, followed by two snotlings from the GW Night Goblin Fanatics set, and a whole bunch of Mantic imps. I bought the imps as bitz, so I'm not sure what sets they come from.

Now onto the metal miniatures:

The Terronus Isle of Goblins game is produced by West Wind Productions, and comes with a small line of goblin miniatures. The Terronus goblins are all slightly on the tall side, but they are slender, and thus more like goblins than orcs.

The first picture is of the Goblin Barbarian and Barb (TR-01), the Goblin Cleric and Chain Fighter (TR-02), and Goblin Fighters (TR-03).

The second picture is of the Goblin Paladin and Ranger(TR-04), the Goblin Monk and Rogue (TR-05), and the Goblin Wizard and Sorcerer (TR-06).

The last picture is of the Goblin Druid (TR-07), Goblin Villagers (TR-13), and a Sepulchral Guard (TR-14).

Hasslefree makes a nice set of Multi Part Goblins (HFO012) that come with separate heads, arms, and shields. I've only attached the heads here, but there are two right arms with swords, two right arms with spears, and four different left arms with attached shield.

They have a bit of that Angus McBride look to them, and look pretty good alongside the 1/72 Dark Hold Orcs.

The next picture contains three goblins from Prince August (Fantasy Armies GB7), and a pair of goblins made by The Goblin Factory (GOBSP014 and GOBSW007). The Prince August goblins are tall, and could be used as either goblins or orcs. The Goblin Factory figures are perfectly sized, and I will have to order some more in the future.

Citadel produced a line of lesser goblins that are perfect for use with 1/72 figures. These include:

C12/C13 Lesser Night Goblins

C12/C13 Lesser Goblins

GW snotlings come in a huge number of variants so a good group of goblins can be assembled relatively easily. They are on the cartoony side, and while I am not a huge fan of stereotypic comedy relief races, the miniatures actually paint up rather nicely. Some of their heads are pretty over-sized for 1/72 miniatures, but not so much so that I feel compelled to make a head swap like for the Pathfinder goblins. For coloration, my preference is for the traditional AD&D colors, though I do have some green goblins.

C14 Snotlings

Bit, Bob, Bog, Bogy, Chug (x3)
Dig, Dit, Gaz, Gig, Greni, Gug, Lud
Rud, Snif (conversion), Snit, Snot, Tug, Xen
Zid, Zot, Balg, Beet, Glup, Hev
Jab, Perc, Pik, Puff, Ret, S.A.A.
Shaman, She-Snot, Sik, Slik, Snek
Spet, Stug, Troom, Hic-hic
Gim and four anonymous snotlings

Marauder MM36 Snotlings

Snotling Pump Wagon Crew

Bloodbowl Snotlings

Rogue Trader Runts

Alternative Armies makes some Lesser Goblins (KC1) that are suitable as goblins. To me they seem rather influenced by the appearance of GW goblins.

Reaper goblin from the Familiars IV set (Warlord 14297), and Familiar Pack VI (Dark Heaven Legends 02870). This pair are unarmed civilian-type goblins.

The Ral Partha Lesser Goblins/Goblin-Imps from the CS/Fantasy Collector Series are some of my favorite figures. The first figure is actually from the Monsters boxed set (The Adventurers 98-003), and is called a Demon Imp, or in other instances a ghoul, but it fits right in with the Goblin-Imps.

Tin Soldier Giant Goblin Command (DFA12) are in a crouched position similar to the Ral Partha Goblin-Imps, but are a lot chunkier.

Blood Dawn/Shadow Corps goblins are small and weedy, and fit well with other 15mm figures, unlike the Shadow Corps orcs and dwarves. The first picture contains two pairs of figures from the Goblin Command Set (SC3009) and Goblin Infantry with Mace set (SC3010), and one pose from the Goblin Infantry with Side Arms set (SC3011).

The next picture is of the Goblin Infantry with 2-Handed Arms (SC3012), and Goblin Archers (SC3013).

The next group are 15mm Alternative Armies goblins. Many of the figures are used interchangeably with their orc sets with the exception of some of the figures from their Goblin Command set (HOT3), and Goblin Archer set (HOT61). The command set was supposed to have three poses, but I ended up with four. The first two figures are unique to the goblins, while the second two are shared with other orc sets. The final figure is of a Goblin Hunter (MDA22E) from their Table Top Fantasy line.

Additional small 15mm goblins come from Splintered Light Miniatures. These include Goblin Warriors (ORC07).

Some somewhat larger Goblin Archers (ORC03)

Finally, some figures that I use as goblin proxies. The first figure below is of a Ral Partha Mite (AD&D Monsters 11-460), followed by two Grenadier Kobolds (Wizzards and Warriors W22). These kobolds are not the iconic Sutherland versions, and I vaguely recall them also being used as lesser orcs or goblins by Grenadier.

More Grenadier kobolds include some sculpted by John Dennett (Fantasy Lords 148; Monster Manuscript Vol.V 1505, MM43, MM44). These kobolds are horned, but do not have tails. I use them as a type of hobgoblin.

Thursday, January 2, 2014


I was originally going to make a follow-up to an earlier post with more pictures of giants, but I decided to abbreviate it by only listing the female giants.

The first giant is Yephima the Female Cloud Giant by Reaper (Bones 77162). I was a bit disappointed by this particular figure, and it wasn't just because of the pose.

It was one of my first Bones figures, and it really made me wonder if I would get any more figures from this line if a metal version of the same existed. The details are soft, some toes are missing from her left foot, and part of her headdress was short-shot. The missing toes seem to be fairly common on this figure, so I purchased another one from a brick & mortar store in order to make sure that I had a figure with all of her toes.

Because of my experience with Yephima, I went with metal for these Reaper giants - Svetlana the Frost Giant Princess (Dark Heaven Legends 03431) and Vanja the Fire Giant Queen (Dark Heaven Legends 03168), even though the Bones version were a lot less expensive.

The next two giants were sculpted by Julie Guthrie. The first is Decapatited from Dark Ages Miniatures (BooBarians TIT-1), and the second is Frulla Krung from Reaper (Dark Heaven Legends 02622).

A modified version of the [OOP] BooBarian figure is now produced by Impact Miniatures as part of their Elfball Valkyrie team. She has lost her axe, but is now wearing a top.

The final picture is of smaller giants arranged from largest to smallest. They include the Ral Partha Female Giant (All Things Dark and Dangerous 02-902), Half Giant Female (Dark Sun 11-709), a female hill giant from the Grenadier Hill Giants boxed set (Dragon Lords 3505), and a Iron Wind Metals Female Giant (Arcana Unearthed 67-007).