Green Iz Best – Part 10

Work on my mob of greenskins continues apace and my goal of completing all one hundred boys by the end of the year is now tantalisingly close. To recap, for anyone new to this, I’ve had a long standing ambition to own 100 unique ork boys – once it was a pipe dream, then it became a distant but challenging target to chip away at, and now it’s almost at my fingertips. Following a combination of challenge and encouragement by various readers of this blog – most notably Azazel who’s been painting along with me and whose old-skool orks are well worth checking out – I declared my intention to complete the project before 2019 rolls into 2020. Let’s take a look at the newest recruits.

Ork Boyz 40k Wudugast (2)Ork Boyz 40k Wudugast (1)Ork Boyz 40k Wudugast (7)Ork Boyz 40k Wudugast (6)Ork Boyz 40k Wudugast (5)

This one was something of a challenge to get right, the bonesplitters/savage orcs jaw ended up covering most of his face no matter how I positioned it, but after a bit of fiddling (and a fair amount of muttering) I ended up with something I was fairly happy with.

Ork Boyz 40k Wudugast (3)Ork Boyz 40k Wudugast (4)

I’ve always liked the idea of adding an orky gunslinger to the squad and I finally got around to it.

Ork Boyz 40k Wudugast (8)

And there we have them, five done – five more to go.

Ork Boyz 40k Wudugast (9)

Whilst I was working on the boyz I spotted this old mek, sitting at the back of the shelf and gathering dust. I built him at least a decade ago, when the plethora of bits we have access to for converting was far narrower than it is today, and my skills were considerably less. He really is past his best so I decided to take the opportunity to touch up his paint job and make a few adjustments (mainly in the form of a new head – what was I thinking with the old version?! I suppose I was young and foolish but I’m not sure I was ever that young…).

And here’s the new version, which you’ll hopefully agree is an improvement.

Mek Boy Wudugast Ork 40k (1)Mek Boy Wudugast Ork 40k (2)Mek Boy Wudugast Ork 40k (3)

Not a bad little burst of productivity if I may say so myself, and with the end in sight I’ll be aiming to get back to the boys sooner rather than later. First off though I need to concentrate on some Skaven – the Orks aren’t the only thing I’ve promised to complete by the end of the year after all…


18 responses to “Green Iz Best – Part 10

  • theimperfectmodeller

    More excellent work and plenty of time to see the project over the line with only 5 to do. Looking forward to hearing how you plan to fill the gap in 2020.

    • Wudugast

      Aye, it should just be a case of concentrating and getting the last few finished and I’m determined not to let myself slip up now. As for filling the gap in 2020 fear not as, coincidently, 2020 is also the number of models I’ll have to paint next year if I’m going to clear my backlog within a normal human lifespan…

  • Alex

    Nicely done mate, especially the nice rescue job on that mek! His mates can’t tease him for being ‘knobbly helmet guy’ anymore πŸ™‚

    • Ann

      I don’t know, I really liked the knobby helmet though at first I thought to myself, “Is this some sort of Halloween thing? Are those little pumpkins on his helmet?: πŸ™‚

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah it’s always nice to rescue an old model, especially an old conversion like the mek and doubly so when it was a model that you were once really proud of – as I was of him at one time – but which in time has been shoved back into the corner of shame where you hope no-one will notice.

  • Ann

    Nice job and a worthy goal. Not just 100 boyz but 100 unique boyz! I particularly like how those giant teef turned out. The only problem is now he is going to be a major target for every boy in the mob, and I’m sure he’s going to want to dodge the nobz … you know how covetous they can be!

    • Wudugast

      Yeah, with retrospect I should have painted him as a Bad Moon πŸ˜€

      The idea for the ork boys came from seeing an article in White Dwarf where someone was showing their WHFB Orc army and they commented that they’d tried to make every Orc boy unique (I think he had about 40 of them) and that this helped play up the ramshackle look of his horde. I thought “Great idea, I’m doing that too”. Then later I saw the Apocalypse formation “The Green Tide” (back in First Edition Apocalypse) and thought “100 Ork Boys – that would be a sight to behold”. Somehow the two ideas became conflated and here we are, ten years on and within a whisker of completion. πŸ™‚

  • Pete S/ SP

    They look great. The 2 gun ork is cracking.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Alexis West

    Another nice round of additions to the mob! The guy with the Bonesplitters jaw seems perfectly Orky to me, prioritizing the awesomeness of his chompers over silly things like “being able to see”.

    And a very impressive run of productivity over all on these guys. If it were me, I might well get them all done, but I’d have done like 20 of them in the week between Christmas and New Year’s! You’ve plenty of time left for the last five there.

    • Wudugast

      You know, I hadn’t thought of that about the one with the bonesplitter’s jaw but now you’ve pointed it out you’re absolutely right – I’m equipped with my explanation should anyone ask about it!

      Yeah, I feared that I might end up painting furiously on the 31st of December, trying to get the Orks and Skaven finished, but I’ve managed to surprise myself (who am I really and what have I done with the real me?!). The orks should be easy enough to wrap up from here – the Skaven might be trickier as although there are only four to go they’re all quite big and complex. Over a month to go though – I’m sure it can be done!

  • imperialrebelork

    Whoa love the bonesplitters jaw. It’s well over the top which makes it perfectly Orky!! Nice work all round brother

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