This article describes painting Goblin Warg Riders 28mm fantasy figures. Although I describe them as Goblin Warg Riders in the J.R.R. Tolkein style, they are titled by manufacturer North Star Military Figures as Goblin Wolf Riders, probably to avoid copyright issues. The figures are designed for the Osprey Publishing game rules for Oathmark fantasy battles, but they can be used for role-playing, skirmish, or army battle wargames.
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The leader on the left front is a bonus metal figure that was included for the early supporters. He carries a big axe and rides an extra plastic warg included with the bonus offer.
All the bases are thin plywood oblong ("pill capsule") shaped bases from Litko. The bases are simply decorated with some gray gravel and some tiny scrub bushes made with lichen. After all, these goblins travel the barren surrounds of Mordor.
The bases are 20 by 40mm which puts the figures very close together. The standard Oathmark basing is 25 by 50mm rectangular which is what is provided in the retail box. I don't play Oathmark, but if I did, I could mount these riders on a larger tray.
The wargs are painted with Army Painter Speedpaints. Speedpaints are thin, highly-pigmented water paints (similar to inks), that flow into textures and barely shade high points and provide a nice gradation of shadows and light. It saves a few steps from the normal process of multiple coats: dark primer, shadows, base color, highlights.
The models are first brush painted with Badger StynlRez white primer. (The name is meant to convey that it is good for styrene plastic, vinyl, and resin models.) This primer is very thin which is good for not obliterating sculpting details. It might not coat as much as thicker primers, but the details are sharper. Then various mixes of white, gray and black Speedpaints get the model 90% complete. Normal acrylic model colors are used for details like the eyes and the mouths. This won't win a painting contest, but it is great for gamers.
Note that I made all these photos before painting the Goblin eyes and teeth. While making the photos and realized I forgot an important step. The eyes and teeth really make the models look life-like, but these photos show the earlier, more blank-looking faces.
This is the metal bonus leader goblin. All the Goblins have red emblems on their shields that are painted with acrylic paint pens. Someone invented a Golbin character set that convey Goblin concepts. This shield character means "ship" or "hand".
Thanks for reading about my latest miniature figures. There are new Oathmark boxed sets for human cavalry riders also Orc foot soldiers. I am highly likely to get those and share photos here. Stay tuned!