Arachnorak & Forest Goblins

Haven’t posted for a while but have been busy painting.   This is an effort to get all the recent paint jobs up on the website.  

Approximately a year after the my wife purchased it for my wedding anniversary (another plastic year) I finished my largest and most expensive warhammer miniature.  At only a year old this is pretty quick work on my part.

I decided to go with the web slinger (catapult) because, well it looked the coolest I thought.  I put the shaman on the little tower and painted it separately as I had the pieces left over.

The Spider itself was done building up from a doombull brown to wazdaka red and then lots of black (army painter dark), brown (army painter strong) and red (carroburg crimson) washes with the odd red and black dry brushes to get the effect.  I think this worked out pretty well.

When it came to painting the goblins, webs, feathers, wood, I started to get a little bored.  It perhaps doesn’t look like it but there is a ton of detail in there and I kept finding bits I’d missed or weren’t done well.  It was hard to quantify progress after an evenings (2-3 hours) work.  Partly an issue with my slow painting but nevertheless I was very pleased when I finished it.

The base has some agrellan earth providing the crackled dirt in the corner.  There is quite a lot of detail on the wood logs that hold up the spiders back legs and of course the literal handful of mini spiders.  I also made a couple of puddles (under the spider and pretty much impossible to see in the photo) from layering up pva glue and black, green and brown washes.  Turned out not to bad, hard to get rid of all the bubbles, takes a long time (layer at a time) to get the depth and you need to be careful with the washes as they can haze the pva.


Forest Goblin Shaman

Green Knight

In 1996 Games Workshop released 5th Edition Warhammer and with it they re-released the Bretonnian army.  As a young University student at the time the government was good enough to provide me a loan to cover living costs.  Like most people I decided that I could probably live on 2 minute noodles and cheap sausages whilst putting that loan to better use.  In my case I cleverly invested that money in Warhammer and in 1996 that involved buying a Bretonnian army, which was possibly my first choice when I started warhammer but since they had no models I chose Wood Elves instead.  It was then that I bought the Green Knight.  At the time possibly warhammers most beautifully sculpted model.  The fact it’s still hanging around as a fine cast is I think testament to this.

At any rate my flatmate at the time (Hans) cleaned the model and undercoated it in matt white citadel primer.  It then sat in my “waiting to paint” pile for what turns out to be twenty years.  Part of the reason for the long wait was the fact that I sold my bretonnians  before I painted any.  I kept the Green Knight because I liked it but I had little cause to paint it other than it’s artistic merit.

This is perhaps the real reason for taking so long to paint it.    I really wanted to do a good paint job and never really felt confident I could do that.  I like to try to replicate or approximate the GW paint schemes and there is a lot of free hand on the Green Knight.  Free hand is not one of my strengths.  This became evident when at the start of the year I gave it a go.  It was ok but I felt it did not do the miniature justice.  I restarted it several times but just couldn’t get the free hand right.  Eventually in disgust I tossed the model back in the cupboard.  Six months later I pulled it out again and decided that I need to finish it.  If I couldn’t free hand it I’d just paint it green and move on.

This is the result.  All in all I think it turned out quite well despite the lack of free hand.  It is still one of my favourite models.

The Green KnightThe Green Knight

Orc archers and warriors completed .. almost.


I have nearly finished painting some orc archers and some warriors.

Some of them required conversion work as repairs.

I haven’t painted faces or eyes.. these are strictly table top standard miniatures.


Anyhow here is the link below


A short movie of my recent painting

It includes alot of these…  trying to get painting pelts dome correctly…  look around the collar of his splint mail suit there is a fox like pelt attempt there.