Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection of model soldiers.
Peter Cushing

Monday 15 August 2016

The Great Goblin

Ever had one of those little projects that becomes more complated than you expected? I picked up a miniature of the Great Goblin in one of the £10 middle earth job lots I keep buying on eBay. I figured it would be a relatively quick job; after all, how hard can it be to paint Barry Humphries?

This is tricky one to paint. Because he's an entirely CGI character there's a few things which are difficult to replicate; mainly the slightly translucent skin.

In the event, I decided to use a variety of glazes to build the skin up over a dark wash. This allowed me to put in stretch marks, spots, veins and warts which would then appear to be under the final skin layer.

As always I mixed glazes using Vallejo's Galze Medium which is worth its weight in gold. First I'll show the finished article and then a few WIPs to show the build up the glazes.

Great Goblin

Great Goblin II

Great Goblin III

Great Goblin IV

And here you can see the various layers of glazes being built up.

And that's about it finished. Really very happy with this. Looking forward to the next little project...


  1. Cracking good painting!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Tasmin - high praise indeed coming from you.

  3. I don't like the character (or, to be more precise, how he was depicted in the films), but you did an awesome job on the paintwork! The way you built up layers is reminiscent to me of descriptions of painting skin on prosthetic makeup in the film industry. It was very effective on this grotesque mini!

    1. Thanks Fitz. I agree; generally I've quite liked the aesthetics of the Jackson films but this was a total cock up of a character for me. I'd never have bought the miniature under normal circumstances.

  4. Revolting and amazing paint job!

  5. Oh my goodness me, what a fabulous result! This would definitely be one of those projects that I would keep pushing back as well, but fabulous work here.

  6. Wow! This certainly took some work, but the result totally pays off. Well done!

    1. Thanks Suber. It's no more work than normal painting, you just have to wait ages for each layer to dry.

  7. I love your enthuiasm and writing style. I am looking forward on reading the next hub. Rated up.

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