Mars Miniatures

Mars Miniatures

Monday, August 7, 2017

The East is Red... Hobgoblin Red

Old General: We won again! This is good, but what is best in life? 

Young Prince: The open steppe, a fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, wind in your hair. 

Old General: Wrong!  Conan! What is best in life? 

Conan: Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women. 

Old General: That is good! That is good. 


I know that this post's title "East is Red" is a Chinese thing, and the minis featured below have Japanese armor...
And also the quote from Conan is actually Mongolian (Jenghis KHAAAAAANNNNN!).
But what balances out all this misappropriation is that...  not all Warhammer Goblins have green skin!
And now we have proof.
Finally, on this blog we have some fine examples of some red-skinned Hobgoblins.

Hobgoblin special rules to note: Frenzy, Scouts, Poisonous Attacks.
So basically they have a high output of poisonous attacks and at start of game they can deploy ahead of the battle lines.
Be afraid, be very afraid.

 A unit of 20 vintage Hobgoblins ready for battle
12 came from the box set shown below, and the other 8 are from the C36 line, all sculpted by Aly Morrison.

Another White Box set here and it is coded as DL2 Aly Morrison's Hobgoblin Warriors.
The front of the box is the same as all the other White Boxes, but the backs were different.

The back of the white boxes have this text:
The miniatures in this set are suitable for use with role-playing, tabletop and other games.  They may be painted and collected or made into miniatures scenes (dioramas). 

Thats interesting, besides rpgs & tabletop games ... what other types of games are there? 

These guys dont have names, so I named some of them with suitably eastern sounding ones...

 Left to Right: Ogadai the Champion, Sorgan Shiro the Shaman, Banner Bearer, Warrior with Spear

Ogadai is the enforcer of the Clan and carries out the will of the Chief.
Sorgan Shiro carries a magic skull.  He is the witch doctor; Oh little sicky, seems to be the pain?

  Left to Right: Taklo Makan the Chieftain, Snooter the HobHound, Jamuga the Hound Master, and Hob-Ninja.

Taklo Makan is the Big Kahuna of this Clan.
Snooter the HobHound is just a pup, but he is already a good tracker (and he sure is a cute little feller!)
Jamuga the Hound Master makes sure Snooter doesnt get rabies from any wild Wolves.

  Left to Right: Suurgatmish the Discipline Master, Warrior, Berserker, Warrior with Naginata

Suurgatmish keeps the morale of the unit in good order.

Don't turn around, oh uh oh
Der Kommissar's in town, oh uh oh
And if he talks to you, then you'll know why
The more you live, the faster you will die

  More Hobgoblins from the C36 range.

Without putting too much thought into it, I think these are my favorite Goblin/Orc figures of all time.
Sure later Orcs are bigger, meaner, Gobbos are more funny looking, but Aly Morrison really hit something here with these sculpts.
There is a sinister intelligence in these fellas.

For those who dont know, Aly Morrison along with Trish Morrison headed up Marauder Miniatures back in the day.

While the Marauder Orcs and Gobbos are good, I dont think they can stand up to the quirky charms of these earlier sculpts.

They look Lawful Evil to me.
Im sure those early sculptors took alot of their cues from AD&D Monster Manuals.
Which makes sense if you remember that early Citadel and TSR were partners for a bit.

Oh and the Fiend Folio was a collaboration between the 2 companies!

“Move swift like the Wind and be in close formation like the Forest. Attack the enemy like Fire and be as stoic as the Mountain.”


Like the Chaos Knights in the last post, these Hobgoblins are in Midgewater Marsh and are part of the entourage of an important high official from Mordor.
In the next post we will find out who this mysterious figure is.



  1. Very characterful minis, and a nice paint job!

    1. They are indeed full of character. Evil character, that is!

  2. I remember nearly buying these. They look better than I remember them, although that might be down to you.

    1. Indeed rose tinted glasses and all that. But I actually dont remember these back in the day, even though I date back to the 80s. So its simulated nostalgia that I have for these lil fellas.

  3. Great looking Hobgoblins. I always thought I would do mine with Orange skin, I seem to remember reading that in the Monster Manual. As with most things Oldhammer I thought it would be fun to collect the 4th edition Hobgoblins. Then I saw how ridiculous the prices and availability were. Oh well.

    1. Im beginning to think I should have gone with the orange skin now. I guess I will leave orange skin for kobolds then...