Today I can finally present you my finished warband for Warhammer Underworlds, Zarbag’s Gitz. As you can see, I kept pretty close to the classic Moonclan/Night Goblin look, but also took a few liberties from the ‘Eavy Metal version. Check out more pictures after the jump.
Zarbag’s Gitz were an absolute joy to paint. So many different textures to explore: cloth, green skin, Squiqs, coals, metal, wood… Lately, there has been a lot of talk amongst Golden Demon level painters about adding “texture”, check out the interview with Darren Latham in this month’s White Dwarf. I tried to add a bit of a worn look to the black garbs by highlighting in a scruffy way. I’m really good at painting sharp edge highlights, but when it comes to organic surfaces and other non-armour textures, I feel there is still room for improvement. Therefore Zarbag’s Gitz were a great challenge to paint something different than power armour or Aeldari bodysuits.
Here are Prog, the Netter, Zarbag, and Snirk Sourtongue, the Fanatic. As you can see, I incorporated more yellow in this warband than on the ‘Eavy Metal version, and painted Zarbag’s hood yellow, too. My recipe for painting yellow is a basecoat of Averland Sunset, recess shading with Fuegan Orange, then a highlight of Vallejo Game Color Pale Yellow (on hard surfaces another highlight of Formula P3 Menoth White Highlight).
Drizgit Da Squig Herder and his Squigs Bonekrakka and Gobbaluk were probably my favourite models to paint, especially the Squigs. I chose a darker, more crimson red for the Squig skin. A basecoat of Khorne Red, washed with Army Painter Strong Tone Ink [Nuln Oil]. Once dry, I drybrushed with Khorne Red, then layered on highlights with old foundation paint Mechrite Red and Tuskgor fur. Finally, I applied a thin layer of Carroburg Crimson as a glaze, not a wash. The fleshy lips are a basecoat of Pink Horror, a wash of Carroburg Crimson, then layers of Pink Horror mixed with Formula P3 Midlund Flesh.
Finally, Stikkit, RedKap and Dibbz. Characterful little gobbos. The mushroom cap is hilarious. My recipe for the green skin is a basecoat of Skarsnik Green, a wash of Army Painter Green Tone Ink [Biel-tan Green], a selective deep shade of Coelia Greenshade, then layers of Skarsnik Green, Skarsnik Green mixed with Vallejo Game Color Dead Flesh [Krieg Khaki], and finally pure Dead Flesh.
These chaps were tremendously fun to paint, and I want to paint many more Underworlds warbands, they are fantastic small scale painting projects. Guess the next one might be Spiteclaw’s Swarm, and I’m already very curious about the reveal of the final two Kharadron and Sylvaneth warbands for the Nightvault season.
What do you think about my rendition of Zarbag’s Gitz? Did you paint them, too? Leave a comment or reaction below.
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