This article/tutorial was originally posted on Orcs in the Webbe way back in December 2012, but due to computer glitches and issue with OITW image hosting, the article and the images were lost to the Webb. I have reproduced the article here.
This group of Goblins was inspired by a recent e-bay auction
from billybonesworkshop. I came across these beautifully painted Flintloque
Goblin Cacadores for sale and thought that it was about time I painted my own
group of goblins which had been residing in my box of unpainted miniatures for
I do not intend this short article to be a full painting
tutorial or even a blow-by-blow account of how I have painted them, more an
example of how a simple e-bay image inspired me to complete a long dead (and
buried) miniature painting project.
I had a squad of eight Flintloque Algarvey Cacadores, some partially
painted some mounted on to 2p coins and some just bare metal castings. I even had some conversions – quite a
My first job was to properly base all eight and build up the
groundwork with Milliput. In addition I searched through my ‘bits-box’ and
pulled out some GW Snotlings (they maybe Wargames Foundry Goblinoids) and
mounted these in two pairs on to 2p coins. The initial e-bay Goblins used a
single Snotling mounted alongside the bugler and I thought I would copy this
Base one (or the first 2p coin), has a couple of fighting Snottlings in a wrestling pose, while the second base has a Snottling with a sling and another standing with his hand on a club. I can see me using similar style bases in future Flintloque projects.
Once mounted I undercoated all of the miniatures with matt
black spray paint and touched up any bits that I had missed with a large
paintbrush and GW Chaos Black.
Rather than taking photos of all eight Cacadores, I decided
to concentrate on just two, the goblin with the bugle or horn and the goblin
with the huge moustache. Obviously I
have painted all eight in the same way and later I will show the whole group
but I feel that going back to just these two will show the techniques better and
in greater detail than photographing all eight at every stage.
I used the e-bay Cacadores for inspiration and was soon
painting the bright green goblin flesh with Foundry Forest Green (26A) and
highlighting with Forest Green and Sunburst Yellow from the old Citadel Colour
range. I am afraid I will be continually referring back to the e-bay Cacadores
and apologise for this but I feel it is of interest to anyone following this
tutorial to be clear on where I followed the colour scheme slavishly and where
I deviated from it. For example the
e-bay goblins have their green flesh highlighted with white – which in my
opinion gives a very ‘washed-out’ flesh colour.
I decided to highlight with yellow which I feel gives a brighter, more
cartoon-like colour that fits in better with my Flintloque collection and is a
style that I personally prefer.
The flesh areas were then ‘washed’ with the Citadel Wash –
Thraka Green and once fully dry, I used the Forest Green/Sunburst Yellow mix to
highlight the ‘high points’. For the bulk of the painting, I used a standard
Games Workshop/Citadel brush.
The next area to receive paint was the traditional dark
brown uniforms. For this I used Vallejo
Charred Brown, highlighting with GW Snakebite Leather and even a small touch of
GW Scab Red. Even so I stopped short of
a 100% Snakebite Leather highlight, preferring the uniform to be a little
darker than the e-bay goblins.
The cuffs and facing colours were built up from GW Regal
Blue and GW Skull White, but once again slightly less highlighted than the
e-bay models as I felt I wanted my goblins to be less pastel and more primary. I hope that you are following so far.
All of the leather work was painted with Charcoal Grey from
Foundry over the GW Chaos Black then highlighted with Charcoal Grey and Skull
White. I deviated from the e-bay goblins
again by painting the backpacks dark grey and not very dark brown. I think this technique is best illustrated on
the Shako. The goblin blowing the horn
has a GW Scab red bandana, highlighted with Vallejo Bloody Red. The white spots and pendant were first
painted with Citadel Colour Bubonic Brown then highlighted with pure GW Skull
The boots were painted Charcoal Grey over Chaos Black, while
the leggings were Charred Brown slightly highlighted with some Snakebite
Leather while still allowing some of the Chaos Black to show through in the deep
Finishing off the figure painting, I used Snakebite Leather
and some Charred Brown to paint the stock of the gun. The metallic areas were
all GW metallic paints which I feel are some of the very best metallic paints
The whole group took about two evening of work to complete
to this stage and given that they had laid for some time in my Flintloque
miniatures drawer and sustained considerable damage, I feel that it was only
fitting to resurrect them and complete this group in a similar style and in
homage to the e-bay goblins.
Later I painted the bases in my usual scheme; a base of
Snakebite Leather highlighted a number of times by drybrushing with a Snakebite
Leather/Skull White mix. Some individual stones were picked out in a Chaos
Black and Skull White mix before varnishing.
Once varnished – a coat of Ronseal Hardglaze and then two
coats of Galleria Matt Acrylic Varnish I flocked the bases with some static grass
bunches over PVA glue.
These Goblins had been relegated to my lead mountain and might never have been completed if not for the inspiration from the billybonesworkshop e-bay auction. It is strange how certain images or in this case a group of figures can inspire you. I would hope that this tutorial would kindle some inspiration and that you like my Goblin Cacadores plus see the humour in the two additional Snottling bases and maybe copy the idea the next time you are painting a regiment of Algarvey Cacadores!
For more Flintloque Cacadores see this post