Thursday, 1 May 2014
Freebooter Miniatures - Goblin Pirates
I am still to find out why I like goblins so much and why I feel the urge to collect them no matter which brand they come from.
So, unsurprisingly, I ended up buying these Freebooter goblin pirates. Not that I was immediately drawn to the set; its original price was a bit too high for my taste, so I kept postponing the purchase.
It was only when I saw a civilised auction on eBay that I decided to go for it. Half-price for a brand new boxed set in the end. Not bad.
The set comes with five goblins and an orc. All pirates, and all distinct from each other. In other words, characterful, which is something that I always appreciate in miniatures.
I was sort of dreading painting them as they looked so detailed and finely sculpted. But once I got my brush and paints on them all went fine.
I started with the skin (GW Knarloc Green, wash with Devlan Mud and gradual highlights of Knarloc Green with Golden Yellow and then a bit of Tanned Flesh into the final mix for the cheeks and nose). The clothes were painted with a variety of creams, blues and browns, but no stripes as I still haven't tried that technique.
I probably could have done more and better, but decided to stop here and just base the little rascals.
I left the orc for a later effort and in the meantime got a few additional goblin pirates from the range. I will post pictures of all of them once I get 'round to paint them.
In the meantime, here is the first batch:
Goblin Mariner. Notice the fish bone tied to the belt.
Goblin Velero. That inflated eye adds a lot of character. The paddle is also a suitable nautical element for this model.
Bajo. The smallest of the group. He could be trying to listen to a conversation or just covering his ears, anticipating an explosion or gunshot.
Moby Dugg. By far, the coolest model of the set - in my humble opinion. There is so much detail in him. The chained dead shark is one of those priceless elements. The bomb in his hand also adds some sense of mindlessness to the miniature.
And here they are, causing havoc on the streets: