The Goblin King
The Goblin King
The Goblin King
The Goblin King
I liked the disgusting features from the Goblin King of the first Hobbit movie, and I am still impressed of the works of the digital artists behind it. I didn't want to use the Goblin King from GW's Hobbit starter box and I found out that there was a version from Heroclix. This is not a range for painters or war gamers at all and has very few details. In fact, the Goblin King out of the box looked like it was dipped into thick wall paint (it probably was). Also it had almost to zero pimples on the body, a thick rubber crone and rubber loincloth. So I had to create every detail: a new staff with fringes and shrunken heads (I only used the skull of the animal of the original staff), a finer crone, a thin loincloth. I made the pimples for the model of my own and added the hair of course. Also I had to add and refine some details like the eyelids or the nose. For the base I used some slate to recreate the environment of the Goblin cave. By recreating and painting of the king I used visual material of the digital character a lot, so the pimples, veins and the rash are on the same spots like in the feature film. The last I did was to glaze the model with gloss and matt varnish to create the sweaty and wet pimply look of the Goblin King. There is just very subtle light and shadow work on this model. This is done deliberately, because I wanted to create the wet structure of the Goblin Kings skin with his pimples and age spots rather than light effects.

Regards

Christoph