There's something delightful about a horde of crazed Goblins intent on causing as much chaos and confusion as possible. Whirling Fanatics spiral out of control, Squigs bound across the battlefield enthusiastically and Night Goblins bicker constantly over who gets to eat the mushroom they've just found. This is Svyatoslav Karyagin's Night Goblin horde - a beautiful collection of miniatures that caught my eye as soon as I saw it.
Svyatoslav's army is packed full of Goblin heroes, including both old and new models gathered over many years of collecting. Old lead miniatures stand toe to toe with new plastic models, providing a great variety across the army.
Squigs are very important to Svyatoslav as you can probably tell by this vast and utterly chaotic unit of them. It's being herded along by a team of overly ambitious (and probably more than a little terrified) Night Goblin Herders, who are armed with nothing more than sharp sticks and a pair of cymbals to keep their charges in check. This huge unit includes several generations of Squigs in many different colours, giving the unit a suitably rag-tag, naturalistic appearance.
Every unit of Night Goblins in the army has been painted to an exceptionally high standard, which helped Svyatoslav win the best painted army award at a tournament he attended in the Ukraine. While many of the Night Goblins wear traditional black robes, a lot of the command groups have personalised cowls, ranging from red with yellow flames to black and white stripes and lightning strikes.
Many hobbyists would say that an Orc & Goblin army isn't complete without at least one Giant spreading violence and confusion on the battlefield. As with many of the models in his army, Svyatoslav has converted his Giant using spare plastic components, including a Black Orc banner, a tiny Squig from the Fanatic set and a couple of wooden shields. He's also constructed bases for each of his war machines, which convey a real sense of interaction between the crew. The loaders on the Rock Lobber genuinely look as though they're vying to get their rock onto the firing arm first.
If you've got a collection of miniatures that you've been working on recently then why not send us some pictures. At the moment we'd really like to see some beautifully painted Warhammer regiments - the bigger and more impressive the better.
In other news:
Remember when we mentioned the new Talisman Prologue computer game by Nomad Games the other week? Well it's now available to pre-order from the Talisman website.