Our next entry into the LotR 20mm realm is Goblins by Goblin Factory. These were originally made to compliment other 28mm figures. The Goblins are quite small so compared to a 28mm human, they work out well for that purpose. However, they also look good as a full sized Orc next to a 1/72 scale humanoid. This is fantastic news especially since Goblin factory has an extensive range of Goblins including Goblins on Wargs.
Goblin Factory Goblins come in like packs. these are the Armored Spear Goblins. They are what you would expect. Goblins with spear and some with shield. The one second from the right clutches his spear with 2 hands making an excellent candidate for a standard bearer.
Spear Goblins (side)
Spear Goblins (rear)
Sword Goblins also have six different poses. The one with crossed swords would make a good commander.
Sword Goblins (side)
Sword Goblins (rear)
Goblin Archers are unarmored. They also come armored but I thought unarmored gave a better look for archers.
Goblin Archers (side)
Goblin Archers (rear)
The Warg Riders are where the range really shines. There are riders with axes, swords, spears or even bows. Mine are 1 set of unarmored axes and 1 set of command (3 per set).
Warg Riders (side)
Warg Riders (rear)
The finally set of pictures is the Goblin Shaman pack. 3 different poses and, likely, power levels of Shaman come in this pack. One is rather ordinary, carrying a big stick and pointing. The middle Shaman has a torch. An adventurer perhaps. The Shaman on the left is a bit bigger, hunched over and has a vulture or buzzard on his shoulder.
Goblin Shaman (side)
Goblin Shaman (rear)
These figures are metal. They are some of the first 20mm figures I painted and the first Goblins I’ve painted in a long, long time. The skin is like that of the Mordor Orcs. GW Bubonic Brown over Black and a wash of Snake Bite Leather. Then lightly highlighted with Bleached Bone. Tunics are mostly white and bleached bone as a wash. Leather stuff is Snake Bite Leather again and Chestnut Ink as a wash.
These figures are all metal and, as you might guess, don’t come cheap. The packs of 6 foot are about $7.50. That puts us over $1 per figure. Wargs and riders are about $8.50 per 3 figures. They are very nice sculpts and the look is fantastic when painted up. They are great for skirmish gaming. Cost of this group is $17 for the Wargs, plus $15 for the melee, plus $7.50 for the archers and $4 for the Shaman. $43.50 total. A hefty some for 21 Infantry and 6 Warg Riders. When you consider that GW plastic boxes are going for $30 these days (6 Plastic Wargs for $30!) you realize that a comparable sized force in 28mm is $60. Perhaps not quite the savings we had with the rebel Minis Orcs and Dark Alliance Orcs. Should you wish to go another rout, Dark Alliance has just released 2 new sets of Warg Riders.
Goblin Factory Goblins
Dark Alliance Wargs These figures will probably cost about $15 for 12 figures. They are not widely available yet.