The Mean Green Geezers – Part 1

What with it being Orktober I had a grand plan to spend the month painting loads of greenskins. I’ve got all kinds of things I’d like to add to my 40k Ork army, and a few more brutes for my Ironjaws Warcry warband (and speaking of Warcry I reckon that as I have the other three Destruction factions represented by warbands now it’d be fun to put together some Savage Orcs as well). Most pressingly I’ve been claiming that I’ll work on my Orc Blood Bowl team “soon” for far longer than the word “soon” is generally taken to represent (except, possibly, by geologists). After all it was one of my key goals for 2019 so, as we hurtle towards the end of a turbulent 2020, I’m starting work on them right on time!

However… That was before I came up with my scheme to play some undead vs undead Warcry around Halloween. With ghosts and ghouls to be concentrating on over the next week or so the poor old greenskins have been popped once again onto the backburner – although I promise I’ll get to work on them properly in November.

By way of showing willing however, and putting my brushes where my mouth is when it comes to Orctober, I have made a start by painting up two of the boys. Here’s a thrower…

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… and here’s a black orc blocker (that being a heavily armoured thug who enjoys hitting people and has only a rudimentary grasp of sport – a normal orc in other words!). I reckon that for orcs the easier a number is to count to the better it is (a finger you’re using to count on being a finger that would be better used clenched into a fist and smashed into some git’s teeth after all) so the flashy, show-off thrower is number three, the highest number he could claim without getting a kicking from the black orcs, who’ve used their brute strength to claim the “best” two numbers available. 

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After building up a large 40k greenskin army over the last decade I’m hopeful that the rest of the team should be fairly straightforward for me to paint, plus as one of the races in the (soon to be replaced) starter set alongside humans I presume they are relatively forgiving for a newcomer to the sport to play as well. Expect to see more of these as soon as the dead guys are dealt with, and nag me to get on with it if you don’t.

19 responses to “The Mean Green Geezers – Part 1

  • Alex

    Very nice mate – that’s a cool looking strip! Orcs are pretty solid in BB so you should get on well with them 😊

    • Wudugast

      Thanks dude 🙂 It’s basically the same colour scheme I’ve been using for my 40k orks for the last decade and a half, plus the bit of blue that I wish I’d used on them back when I started. Yeah, they seem like a solid starting team, nothing too complicated or fragile. It’s funny, Blood Bowl was the first miniatures game I came across, way back when I was just a nipper. Crazy really that it’s taken me until now to start a team.

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those are great- love the expression on the first one.



  • lordcommandereloth

    These look great, I especially like the blue on the thrower, looks great and really helps the rest of the model.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, he needed a splash of colour on him somewhere and blue seemed to suit him nicely. Plus I always secretly regretted not painting my 40k orks as Deathskullz so it was a chance to redress that balance a little.

  • Kuribo

    These look great and the models remind me of the old Black Orks in Warhammer fantasy. The newer orcs in AoS have pretty elaborate armor but I think I like the more classic design you see on these best. Hopefully these greenskins perform well on the pitch when you get around to playing too 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! The old black orcs were some of my favourite models back then. Yeah, orc armour shouldn’t be anything too fancy, cannibalised junk looted off the last guy you beat up and knocked into a shape that roughly fits by whatever poor goblin doesn’t manage to scarper out of reach in time. I reckon these models have it about right! 🙂

  • theimperfectmodeller

    With everything else you have been doing lately I had completely forgotten your passion for Orcs. I’m not that familiar with BB and American Football but whenever I see a film featuring the sport a team seems to be made up of about a million players. I reckon you have a lot to do! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, the world of American football is a closed book to me as well I’m afraid. The original designer of Blood Bowl apparently was a huge fan of American football (which I think was very unusual for an Englishman in the 1980s – and probably still is) so the game is both a tribute and a wry, British pastiche of the sport. And you’re right, there do seem to be a hell of a lot of them in films don’t there? For Blood Bowl you can have up to 16 players in a team, although only 11 on the pitch at a time – the rest go in the reserves box (unless you’re playing as something like Goblins which I think can cheat and sneak a few extras on – Faust will probably come along and correct me if I’m wrong about that!). For this team I’ll be starting off with 12 Orcs, a couple of goblins and a troll – so nothing too onerous, after that I’ll probably paint up the human team so my partner and I can try out the game.

      • Faust

        Goblins won’t be able to sneak extras on, unless that’s a change in the next edition which I missed/overlooked.

        The Gnoblars on the Ogre team can sneak extra players on. Also, I think the Snotlings can too, but I passed on them.

      • Wudugast

        You’re right – I was thinking of the snotlings! I knew the oracle would be along to keep me right 🙂

  • Mark A. Morin

    Indeed these do look wonderful. Hopefully they block and tackle well in a game!

  • Faust

    Looks ace man. I was kinda hoping the “green” you hinted at would be Goblins, as I’d really like to see you do up the special weapons. Plus you paint some nice Goblins (and Orcs as well!). Orcs makes perfect sense though, as pretty much everyone should learn by playing Orcs vs Humans as their first game. Something I kind of lamented as I painted my first few teams and then wanted to teach someone new but didn’t have the ‘base teams’ done (doh!).

    • Wudugast

      Cheers muchly dude! Yeah, my logic was basically “start with the teams in the core set and go from there”. I do fancy painting some of the other teams as well though – some of them just look like they’d be loads of fun to paint even if I never play them. There will be goblins at some stage, have no fear! I got some to add to the orc team (got offered a bargain and couldn’t turn it down) and then it struck me that I could get creative and make some special weapons guys so I’ll knock together a full team of them at some point. 🙂

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