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Kev Adams, the Goblinmaster


The next entry was going to be about my father, who died April 1st, and the influence he had on my life. But that will have to wait for next time, because there is something far more urgent.

If you have any Games Workshop orc or goblin miniatures from the late 80s, or almost anyone else’s orcs or goblins from any time since, then whether you know it or not, you’ll be familiar with the work of Kevin “Goblinmaster” Adams. He wasn’t quite the first guy to paint them green, but his goblin and orc faces have influenced just about everything since, and not only in the Warhammer family. Since leaving GW he has worked for almost all the UK’s most important miniatures companies. He is also one of the sweetest guys you could ever wish to meet, despite his slightly intimidating appearance. Check out this site to see some of his work.

A few weeks ago, three masked youths broke into Kev’s home in Nottingham. Before robbing him they beat him to a pulp with brass knuckles and stabbed him just for good measure. Kev survived, but if and when the police ever catch up with the culprits they’ll be facing attempted murder charges. There is talk of putting metal plates in his face and reconstructing a crushed eye socket. No one deserves to have something like this happen to them, least of all Kev.

Kev’s friends in the industry – which means just about everyone who ever met or worked with him – have banded together to found Goblinaid. A PayPal account has been set up for donations (goblinaidATfenrisgamesDOTcom), and there will be raffles and other events. A lot of Britain’s best designers are creating custom goblin figures for the cause. I don’t have the talent to do that myself, but I’m contributing some of my own Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay books (The Hogshead editions of the 1st edition rulebook and all the Enemy Within adventures), which I’ve signed with a message of thanks for supporting Goblinaid.

Keep an eye on the Goblinaid Facebook page for the latest news, and details of how you can help. Below are links to some other pages with more information.

Beasts of War
Wargames Foundry
Studio McVey

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  1. May 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Here’s an almost complete set of the goblin minis that dozens of talented designers have created to help Kev out: on.fb.me/13LbBUO

  2. May 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

    – thanks for posting that, good to see it’s getting out there in the ether – several of us are pasting it up in as many places as possible to bring some notice to Kev’s plight, glad to see it’s managing to go beyond our efforts too. Much obliged 🙂 Just figuring out the ins and outs of wordpress meanwhile, will re-press this or whatever it’s called as and when I get my head ’round it all…

  3. May 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

    The Goblinaid Ebay auction has started at http://bit.ly/12AZS9T . See http://bit.ly/12QdHn0 for the full story and help out a great guy!

  4. April 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Here’s a great interview with Kev where he describes the attack and shares some of his memories of the GW Design Studio in the 80s: http://realmofchaos80s.blogspot.com/2014/04/goblinmaster-interview-with-kevin-adams.html

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