Jun 122016
 

As previously hinted, here are a handful of orcs I painted recently. They’re actually the first dent I make in my enormous orc collection. I’ve been collecting Citadel orcs with the 1988 Catalogue as a checklist. I have all the orc warriors, big ‘uns and Harboth’s (and all other Regiments of Renown with orcs). I lack a few of the dual weapons and pole arms, some archers and a few command. The boar riders and savage orcs I have barely started, while the villagers and crossbowmen are completely untouched.

A while ago, Martin asked me if we should have a go at some Orc’s Drift. I (foolishly) said yes, and offered to paint the orcs. Here are the first five of the Vile Rune tribe. They were supposed to be an entry in the LPL this year (which I didn’t participate in).

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Nobrot and his spear boys have pledged allegiance to Fangor Gripe, thus adorning their shields with the Vile Rune burning skull motif.

 

I tried a (for me) new approach when painting these models. In order to speed things up (the Vile Rune tribe alone is 40 orcs strong, and then there are the Severed Hands and Kwae Karr tribes) I decided to try pre-shading. I primed the ladz in a mid gray, washed with black wash and drybrushed them white. Then, using thinned paints and matte medium I could shave a little bit off the painting time. I’m not sure the prep work justified the time saved, but I liked the experience and the end results well enough.

Also, a small disclaimer of sorts. I like my orcs green. Not going to apologize for that. I also love the puntastic names (Bagrash!) of the mid 80’s and the mockney “Oi, ladz!” type of personas so if you’re allergic to typical GW orcs you’re in the wrong place.

Nazram, C15 Orc by the Perry twins (1985)

Nazram, C15 Orc by the Perry twins (1985)

Orc from Talisman Adventure, by Aly Morrison (1986)

Orc from Talisman Adventure, by Aly Morrison (1986)

Orc Warrior by Kev Adams (1987)

Orc Warrior by Kev Adams (1987)

Orc Warrior by Kev Adams (1987)

Orc Warrior by Kev Adams (1987)

Shield Bearer, C15 Orc by the Perry twins (1985)

Shield Bearer, C15 Orc by the Perry twins (1985)

 

Initially, I dreaded painting all those shields (the Vile Rune tribe warriors come with a hand weapon and shield) – but after a first stumbling attempt (see Shield Bearer above) I found it a nice challenge to do variations on the motif found on the force chart sheets in the scenario box. I’m not very skilled at freehand so it’s all a bit ham fisted in comparison to others out there. Also, I decided against shading the bone etc – after all they’re orcs. They just want flaymin skulz!

Close up of shield freehands

Close up of shield detail

 

The next lot of 5 I do, I’ll include a group shot of the Vile Rune tribe and a few reference photos of their banners from the box. I managed to draft the whole tribe of 40 from the Orc Warriors pages 0501 and 0502, only having to add a few boys from other ranges. Hence the Talisman orc above.

Apr 062011
 

It’s been too long since I posted pictures of newly painted minis, so here are a bunch from the first round of the Lead Painters League over at LAF. The submission did pretty well, winning me the round even though I had stiff competition.

All of them are Orc’s Drift scenario miniatures, but none of them are scenario exclusives. The dwarf is a C06 dwarf (sculpted by the Perry brothers) while the remaining four are all sculpted by Trish Morrison and part of the C46 Townsfolk range released in 1985.

Statler Hornblender and Gaffer Malletshield have never seen eye to eye on anything. Partly, that can be attributed to the difference in height but as old age have brought them both closer to the ground (in several ways) they have found that they also have many things in common. The main thing being to harass every person younger than them, which is pretty much everybody else in town. They are often seen around the town square pestering the poor busker Reiner Albern.

Reiner grew up in Stillburg, and it was clear from early days that he is operating in a dimension of his own. Together with his imaginary pet monkey Bosco, he’s made a living playing out-of-tune tunes at the town square for the last ten years. It has long been rumoured that Reiner’s pipe organ contained a large hoard of gold and gems. When some of the hired hands at a farm nearby cracked the organ open to claim the treasure, the rumour was proven to be just that. A family of mice were left homeless, the miscreants spent a night in jail and Reiner keeps grinding away on his repaired organ. Apart from the occasional creaking and rattling, the pipe organ is now completely silent.

Wilbur the traveller is a regional vagrant, who travels between the towns around Stillburg, performing menial tasks and manual labour. For a few days he’s been staying at the Nag’s Head, uncharacteristically well off. He claims to have been richly rewarded for services rendered to Theodore of Konstipah, the wizardly kook living in Nost-Óul Towers. As his (not very substantial) wealth is dwindling, Wilbur have been asking around for a few able adventurers to accompany him out on a quest for gold and fortune. Apparently, as part of his payment, he received a map and documents detailing where daring men might find limitless riches!

Otis Volkhorn is the town baker. Not much to say of him. Hard working family man, liked by everybody and provides the town with bread. In short, he’s a model citizen.

Coming up next, not much I’m afraid! There’s precious little hobby time at the moment, and what little I can get I put into my Lead Painters League submissions. So far, I have only managed one entry with newly painted minis. The rest are just the same old we’ve allready seen here.