Monday, May 20, 2019

Goblin War Giant

The Grenadier Goblin War Giant weighs about 3.5 pounds (nearly 1.6 kg).

I mention this because there seems to be a direct correlation between the figure's weight and the time it took to paint it. Or maybe that was just me.

I can say that handling over three pounds of nearly-solid lead makes painting more than a little awkward at times. This definitely isn't the sort of thing you can just pop onto a holder and thoughtfully rotate a couple inches from your nose as you daub on paint!

Nevertheless, after about six weeks of on-and-off painting in the evenings, I finally got this sucker done.

All my Fantasy Warriors figures are getting my "old school" basing treatment: green paint, topped with simple flocking.

I decided while painting this guy that my gobbos' skin tones will match those given in the old AD&D Monster Manual for that extra throwback flavor. 

I'm immensely proud of how this turned out. Not only does it look great (if I do say so myself), but it's a real blast from my gaming past—oh how I drooled over the full-page ads for this bad boy in my old Dragon magazine ads back in the day! And now it's mine...all mine!! Muhahahaha!

Next up: switching gears to work on some ancients for DBA...but in a vernacular I've never painted before. Stay tuned!


  1. 3.5lbs is not 8kg dude. Just weighed mine and it come to just over 1.5kg.

    1. Thanks for catching the typo, dude. Text corrected.

  2. Wonderful work David, thank you. I've searched far and wide for a special kind of giant and this post convinced me to go with Grenadier. I'll be thanking (or perhaps cursing!) you as I tackle this over the summer.

    Any advice now you're on the other side? Assembly looks tough 😬

  3. Assembly wasn’t as tough as I’d feared, actually! All the pieces fit together neatly, and I didn’t end up having to pin anything.

    The trickiest bit is the physical act of painting, because this thing gets really heavy in your hands really fast! I found propping it against something on my desk and turning as needed did the trick for most of the painting process.


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