Of Mount Gram and the North - Snow Goblins


A long spur juts out of the western Misty Mountains, far into the north. For a hundred miles its slopes spread out and curve northward, as if to point to the ruins of accursed Angmar where the Witch-king once dwelt. The tallest, most jagged, most threatening peak in this spur is Mount Gram, a horn of rock rising from the slopes of other mountains as if they collapsed under its weight. Thousands of years ago it was delved and fortified by Dwarves, but it is now a home to monsters in a blighted land.

Deep beneath its roots is a Goblin fastness, a complex maze of a thousand holes and pits. For centuries, the Orcs of the Misty Mountains inhabiting Mount Gram have bitterly fought against the Rangers guarding the regions to the west of the Ettenmoors, the Coldfells and Trollshaws, and against the guardians of the hidden sanctuary of Imladris. Out of its gates issued the invading army that was defeated
centuries ago at the Battle of Greenfields, when a Hobbit muster led by Bandobras Took, the Bullroarer, routed the Goblin horde of King Golfimbul.

Here are conversions of the Goblins that may have inhabitted the region in and around Mount Gram and the North.

The basic colour scheme for the Goblins is a grey/white one as I felt they would want to blend in with their surroundings rather than use a red Moria scheme.

NOTE: This article originally appeared on TLA under the tile 'Of Mount Gundabad and the North', and was written many years ago. Since that time Games Workshop have released Gundabad Blackshield models that look very similar to these. I can't help wonder if they saw this article and took inspiration from it.

White Warg Fur Cloaks

For the King and Captain of the Goblins of the North I decided to give them a fur cloak made from the fur of a White Warg. This is both practical to keep warm in the cold and harsh climate, and distinctive to easily identify them on the table top.

The cloaks where sculpted from green stuff and then a fur texture was added.

The King and Captains

The models used for the captains where the metal Moria Goblins and for the King Durbuz was used. Of course any suitable models could be used such as Golfimbul (now known as an Orc Cheiftan) as the King and the metal Goblin Captains for their namesake.

The Shamen

Rather than use the standard Shamen model for the Snow Goblin variety, I decided to for for a slighty different look. I used the Goblin Drummer models. Their arms where carefully bent in to a new position and the bone parts where chopped at the bottom end and a small hole drilled in to the clasp hand. A length of brass rod was then glued in to this hole. After painting the skin in a normal Goblin fashion, I added some blue woad designs on to them.

The Banner

For the banner of the Goblins, I decided upon the peak of Mount Gram.

The Bases

A few small rocks where glued in to the bases on some of the models and all the bases where then painted white. On some of the bases static grass and foliage where added. The shades of grass and foliage used should be suitably wintery colourts. Woodland Scenics Burnt Grass is ideal. The bases where then covered in a snow flock. I used the Woodland Scenics variety but Games Workshop now make a similar product.
You can also add some snow flock in various places on the models to make them looked suitably snow swept.

There is a companion piece to this article about converting the Snow Trolls.