Small humanoids that first appeared in the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) video game Final Fantasy. Goblin Guards are the 'elite' amongst their kind, and as such are more dangerous than their weaker comrades the Goblins/Imps.
NOTE: In the original Final Fantasy NES game, these creatures are referred to as 'Gr. Imps'; the more modern remake of said game, on GBA (Game Boy Advance), labels them as 'Goblin Guards' instead. As I feel that the goblin moniker is more appropriate for these creatures, that is what I generally use.
Goblin Guards favor fighting with blades, usually knives or short swords. While often crude or simple in design, these weapons are hand-crafted by the Goblin Guards themselves, something they take a great amount of pride in and will often boast of. Although smaller in size, these creatures are roughly equivalent to humans in physical ability, however, their night vision and sense of smell are much better. Goblin Guards are seldom encountered alone. They usually travel in small bands with their own kind (often with a Goblin Guard commanding a band of lesser Goblins) or with other species of monsters.
Goblin Guards, in comparison to most monsters, pose little threat to all but the most green or careless of adventurers. They prefer to attack and bully the weak--Goblin Guards will generally flee, rather than fight, when faced with opposition they clearly have no chance against.
Tissue paper, newsprint, white glue, hot glue, wire twist ties, cardboard, cat hair (no animal was harmed in acquiring it), ink, latex paint, and acrylic paint.
24.0 cm/9.4 in. x 26.0 cm/10.2 in. (highest point x widest point)
Thirteen days. Construction began on 3/22/06 and ended on 4/3/06.
[Mid-construction photos of my Goblin Guard figure]
(A.) This is the complete, but unpainted, body and legs. (B.) Here we see the unpainted body, before the legs were added, and the unpainted dagger that will hang from the belt. (C.) This is the finished, but unattached head. (D.) This is the unassembled head without hair. (E.) Here are the arms with their first coat of paint. The sword is about 80% done.
Below is an image of a Gr. Imp from the 'Final Fantasy' NES video game. I based my figure primarily on the original artwork of said creature drawn by Yoshitaka Amano. However, this sprite was useful as a rough color guide for painting.
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