Gonna Smash ’em – Part 1

Ever since I painted up Ironskull’s Boyz last month I’ve had an itch to paint some more greenskins. I’ve also been thinking about doing more with Warcry. I’m already chipping away at the terrain required for more varied games but it occurred to me that, with the addition of a few new recruits, Ironskull’s Boyz could themselves be the basis for another little warband.

With that in mind I had a look around for some more orcs with which to bolster the ranks. First to come to hand was this Black Orc, nowadays known as an Ardboy. Incidentally I still find Ardboyz a bit confusing because when I were a lad Ardboyz were in 40k and now they no longer appear in the Ork codex and instead the same name has been used for the heavily armoured rank and file of the Ironjaws. As for the models themselves the old Black Orcs kit was one of my favourites in the WHFB Orcs and Goblins range so I’m glad that they survived into the Age of Sigmar, even though there’s very little aesthetically to link them to the bulkier, cruder looking Brutes (more on them below). A unit that shared aesthetic elements with both Ardboys and Brutes would be a fine addition to the Ironjaws range I feel. That said I’m always amused that the Black Orcs, which used to be the biggest and ‘ardest boyz around, now look so little and desperate to please next to the lumbering Brutes.

Anyway here he is, massive axe in hand and ready to join his clanmates as they enter the Bloodwind Spoil in search of a propa scrap.

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He’s something of a rescue job, I’ve had him for a long time and he’s been battered around a lot over the years, part painted on several occasions, used – briefly – in the conversion of a 40k Ardboy, and now returned to his fantasy roots. All this means that getting him to look good took a fair amount of effort, and the results are not what I like to think they would have been if I’d just started with a freshly assembled and completely unpainted model, but I’m happy enough with the way he’s turned out in the end and he holds up fairly well next to his buddy from Ironskull’s Boyz.

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As if this wasn’t enough muscle I decided to throw in even more in the form of two Brutes. Back when the Brutes were released I gave them a fairly lukewarm review but time has softened my heart and nowadays they rank amongst my favourite AoS models, so including a couple of them in the warband was an opportunity not to be missed. For sheer brutality you can’t beat the imaginatively titled jagged gore-hacka so that was my first port of call.

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Next allow me to swiftly retract my previous statement, it turns out there is something even more vicious and over-the-top looking than even the gore-hacka, the gore-choppa. This weapon alone would have been enough to sell me on the brutes kit and there was never the slightest possibility that I would fail to include one.

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With both models I left off some of the chest armour and used greenstuff to cover over the resultant gaps. That allowed me to replace their heads with suitably mean looking alternatives, the one on the left comes from the (now sadly out of production) Boarboyz, the one on the right from the Flash Gitz.

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Combine these three newcomers with the orcs from Ironskulls Boyz  and the warband is complete and ready to spread mayhem and destruction wherever they go. Chaos warriors beware!

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Scattered around the painting desk are a few more brutes which I’m yet to build, plus some Ardboys and other Orc-y characters (hence the “Part 1” in the title) so I’ll aim to tackle some more green lads soon.


27 responses to “Gonna Smash ’em – Part 1

  • Alex

    Fantastic mate – I’m so glad that lil ‘ardboy got rescued! It’s a cracking little warband, and really cool to see such a diverse range of base minis & snazzy bitz used – bravo!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate! I’m glad the little dude is getting his moment to shine at last 🙂 It’s all come together quite nicely I think, there’s a ramshackle, mismatched feel to them which fits orcs, but not so much that they don’t look like a cohesive warband (he says, immodestly patting himself on the back!)

  • cwestdhsb

    Looks excellent man! I really like the brute conversion-the removal of armour makes them look a lot more feral and imposing. It’s also really nice to see the regular plastics fit in so well with an underworlds warband-usually they’re so packed with character it makes the multiparts look a bit lame in comparison, but I think you’ve sidestepped this problem with aplomb.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Leaving the armour off turned out to be a really good move I thought, it’s more a case of not doing a tricky job (that armour is surprisingly complex to fit) than anything else. You will end up with a couple of little gaps on the orc’s chest where the armour plates should attach but a tiny bit of greenstuff covers that over nicely. By leaving the armour off you can make use of pretty much any orc or ork head available, which increases the range of unique looking brutes in your collection exponentially.

      I know what you mean about the Underworld warbands (very much amongst the finest stuff GW is producing) not fitting in alongside the normal plastics, especially the older, plainer models like the Ardboys. I’ll admit I was a bit worried about it but I thought it worked out in the end, glad you agree 🙂

  • imperialrebelork

    Well done on the rescue. I love gore-choppa!!!!

  • Pete S/ SP

    Superb- big orcs with big axes- they always go together.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Mark A. Morin

    Wow great paint on truly brutal greenskins

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nicely done as always. I really must have a go at an Orc at some point. One thing is for sure, if I ever do attempt one I know where to look for inspiration and colour scheme. Great stuff.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I’d be curious to see what you made of an orc actually, I think in your style it would work really well (plus we always need more orcs in the world!). I’m very much a believer in the idea of trying out different styles of model than those we usually tackle, I think you can learn a lot from forging into new territory that you can then bring back and apply to your “usual” stuff (and having made such a bold claim I really must try painting a cowboy some day).

      • theimperfectmodeller

        OK, so I’ll do an Orc and you’ll do a cowboy 😊. No pressure but the point of doing something and learning from it a valid one for sure. I will always return to the old west and I suspect you will always come back to doing an Orc, it’s our roots. It would be facinating though to see how different modellers apply their style to essentially the same type of figure. Perhaps a competition idea if agreement could ever be reached on what type of figure!

      • Wudugast

        You know, that’s not a bad idea. Could make an interesting hobby challenge as well, definitely food for thought. In the meantime I’ll keep an eye out for any cowboys that look like they’d be fun to paint (whilst trying to remind myself about all the other things that are waiting for attention on the painting desk…)

      • theimperfectmodeller

        Yes the painting desk is a problem for sure but perhaps the answer lies in a compromise?

      • Wudugast

        Ha! Those are brilliantly silly! Very affordable too… Food for thought there…

  • Ann

    You know, there is a lot to recommend the idea of not only having a giant axe-looking thing but bolting spikes onto it. Nice miniatures and nice job painting them.

    • Wudugast

      Can you better a giant axe? Turns out that you can! If only there was a way to add some dakka to it…

      • Ann

        Hmm … perhaps attach a flamer thrower that shoots out each end of the handle or something along those lines? I think you are on the right track: it is pretty to improve along choppy lines with our green friend’s spiky axe thing but one area where it is lacking does seem to be dakka. Of course it goes without saying that you can never achieve enough dakka but there is a certain nobility in the quest for more of the same.

  • patmcf

    I do love the way you do your metals, my next step when the model shop opens again is to stock up on some more of the Citadel paints the few I have are turning out a lot better than the old enamel ones I have used in the past.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I know I’ve said it before but I really could paint rusty metal all day, there’s something quite therapeutic about it. A lot of serious painters pan the citadel paints but I’ve always liked using them. Maybe it’s just because they’re what I’m used to but I’m happy with the results they give me.

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  • Azazel

    Damn those look sweet. Good to see your idea on skipping the chest armour to add some head diversity as well, as I’ve got a couple of the kits and that’s another idea of yours I’ll be nicking once I get to those models (I seem to type variations of that particilar phrase a whole lot, don’t I..?)
    I also loved (and still do) that line of Black Orcs. Once I clear all of these neglected models, the plan is to start enjoying myself with the many unstarted kits I have here….

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Well, as I too often write – you’re very welcome, rip-off away! 🙂 You’ll find it’s nice and straightforward, just a case of leaving a couple of plates off and putting in a dab of greenstuff to cover the sockets.

      When I first saw those Black Orcs I thought they were the coolest thing ever. I guess they do show their age a little but I still think they’re ace. I’ve been digging through some boxes and it turns out I’ve actually got more than I thought so expect to see more of them here… sooner or later…

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