Showcase: Skarsnik and Gobbla

Showcase: Skarsnik and Gobbla

Age of Sigmar
Gloomspite Gitz
Showcase
grots
goblins
night goblins
squig
Published 2022-05-29

Warlord Skarsnik, known by his official title as King of the Eight Peaks, or simply just the King under the Mountain, is the chieftain of the Crooked Moon Tribe and the most powerful Night Goblin Warlord in the whole of the southern Worlds Edge Mountains.

Miniature Review

Back in the day I started collecting Orcs and Goblins largely due to the original Skarsnik and Gobbla miniature. I loved squigs, and he was by far the biggest at the time. It makes me really happy that they redesigned the miniature, even if they've dropped the character name.

Skarsnik 4th Edition

As squigs have since grown in size, they've made Gobbla truly huge to ensure he stands out on the battlefield. I love the huge tongue as it gives him a lot of character and makes him look a lot more ferocious than the other more comedic squigs.

Skarsnik's hat has also grown and having him stood on a rock gives him the height to make him still look in control of this beast of a squig. The smaller snotling also helps to make Skarsnik appear larger than he really is.

There's a few little details on him like a moon potion and sickle, but sadly not to the level of Skragrott. I guess this is due to him being an older miniature from the finecast days. Overall though I'm still really happy that he's been given a new life and can be at the centre of my Gloomspite army.

Painting Techniques

Gobbla

Gums

Barak Nar Burgundy
Druchii Violet
Barak Nar Burgundy
Bugmans Glow
Bugmans Glow
Cadian Fleshtone
Kislev Flesh

Barak Nar Burgundy & Bugmans Glow 1:1

Skin

Squig Orange
Mephiston Red
Khorne Red
Gal Vorbak Red
Squig Orange
Fire Dragon Bright

Mephiston, Khorne Red and Gal Vorbak Red thinned as a glaze, focusing in deeper recesses each time. Also use Gal Vorbak Red to add some freckles to the skin.

Squig Orange & Fire Dragon Bright 1:1 to highlight raised areas

Scales

Gal Vorbak Red
Khorne Red
Mephiston Red
Squig Orange

Eyes

Averland Sunset
Yriel Yellow
Flash Gitz Yellow
Fuegan Orange
Abaddon Black

Teeth & Horns

Deepkin Flesh
Baneblade Brown
Deepkin Flesh
Baneblade Brown
Steel Legion Drab
Deepkin Flesh
Screaming Skull

Baneblade Brown & Deepkin Flesh 1:1 mix, and watered down to glaze on. Then use watered down Baneblade Brown to shade the recesses, then the same again with Steel Legion Drab.

Claws

Abaddon Black
Dark Reaper
Thunderhawk Blue
Fenrisian Grey

Use thinned Dark Reaper to add a chunky edge highlight. Then Thunderhawk Blue as a thinner edge highlight on the sharper points. Finally, use Fenrisian Grey as a dot highlight.

Staples

Iron Warriors
Nuln Oil
Nuln Oil Gloss
Iron Hands Steel

Mix Nuln Oil & Nuln Oil Gloss 1:1

Skarsnik & Snotling

Red Cloth

Mephiston Red
Incubi Darkness
Mephiston Red
Mephiston Red
Evil Sunz Scarlet
Wild Rider Red
Deathclaw Brown

Mephiston Red & Incubi Darkness 1:1 mix thinned recess wash, then apply again 2:1 in the deepest recesses Glaze on Mephiston Red to help smooth blends.

Skin

Skarsnik Green
Ork Flesh
Incubi Darkness
Nurgling Green
Screaming Skull
Nurgling Green

Thin the Ork Flesh and glaze a few times to build contrast. Use thinned Incubi Darkness as a recess shade. Use Nurgling Green as a thin glaze to highlight the raised areas. Mix Screaming Skull & Nurgling Green 1:1 for the final highlight

Robe

Abaddon Black
Dark Reaper
Thunderhawk Blue
Fenrisian Grey

Use thinned Dark Reaper to add a chunky edge highlight. Then Thunderhawk Blue as a thinner edge highlight on the sharper points. Finally, use Fenrisian Grey as a dot highlight.

Steel

Iron Warriors
Nuln Oil
Nuln Oil Gloss
Iron Hands Steel

Mix Nuln Oil & Nuln Oil Gloss 1:1

Teeth

Ushabti Bone
Agrax Earthshade
Screaming Skull

Eyes

Mephiston Red
Wild Rider Red
Flash Gitz Yellow

Cloth, Bone & Mushroom Stalk

Ushabti Bone
Reikland Fleshshade
Rhinox Hide
Doombull Brown
Ushabti Bone
Screaming Skull

Rhinox Hide & Doombull Brown 1:1 mix thinned recess wash

Golds

Retributor Armour
Reikland Fleshshade
Reikland Fleshshade Gloss
Liberator Gold

Shade with a 1:1 of Reikland Fleshshade & Reikland Fleshshade Gloss.

Teeth

Ushabti Bone
Agrax Earthshade
Screaming Skull

Bottle

Caledor Sky
Teclis Blue
Fenrisian Grey
Blue Horror

Eyes

Mephiston Red
Evil Sunz Scarlet
Wild Rider Red
Phalanx Yellow

Base

Rhinox Hide

Rock

Dawnstone
Agrax Earthshade
Nuln Oil
Dawnstone

Mud

Rhinox Hide
Stirland Battlemire
Stirland Mud

Roundup

I'm really happy with how he's come out. I used a lot more colours and a much longer process than I normally would, but as a centrepiece it really makes him stand out from the rest. I wouldn't paint infantry this way, but will at least take forward some techniques used in the future for other characters.

Gallery

Showcase: Da Red Gobbo