Orcs Are Back On The Menu Boys

Once upon a time I had a plan that I would spend a good chunk of Orctober painting either my long-untouched Orc Blood Bowl team or bolstering the number of Orks in my 40k army (or possibly adding a few more Orc Brutes to those available as part of my Warcry collection). As it turns out I ended up focussing on other projects instead, although I did manage to at least make a start on the Blood Bowl team (at last!) and hopefully I’ll be cracking on with the rest of them soon. However just when it looked as though that was going to be all the Orcs I managed this month I stumbled upon these four disreputable lads lurking in the bottom of a box; dusty, part-painted and in need of some love. How could I resist getting them painted up at last?

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I’ll confess I didn’t try to go mad painting these to the best of my ability, as I’ve commented here before on several occasions I’ve never really been that enthusiastic about the Lord of the Rings miniatures but credit where its due, these were fun to paint. Being so small and lacking in detail compared to modern models they called for a more “quick and dirty” or sketchy style, and they certainly fit the stereotype associated with the Middle Earth range of being a little bit of a step down in comparison to the quality of the models elsewhere in GW’s stable (something that, in all fairness, the more recent releases have done a lot to counteract). That didn’t stop them being entertaining to work on though, and my hat is definitely off to anyone who can manage to produce really nice looking results with them. I’m pretty sure the rest of the set is still around somewhere, stored away after an abortive attempt to try out the LotR miniatures game many, many moons ago – I’ll keep an eye out for it and, when I find it, get the rest of them painted up.


20 responses to “Orcs Are Back On The Menu Boys

  • Mikko

    Congrats on getting them painted, they look perfectly fine!

  • Alex

    Nicely done mate – the rough sketched look works perfectly for these fiddly lil buggers!!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers mate, it was fun to just let my hair down and rattle through them without worrying too much over the details – plus they’re such titchy gits there aren’t many details to worry over in the first place! πŸ™‚

  • Pete S/ SP

    They have turned out rather nicely.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Boy are you churning stuff out these days. Are you sure you are going to work? That said it’s looking like we will all be home again soon! A little different for you and the paint style works very well too. Nicely done as always. πŸ™‚

    • Wudugast

      My boss hasn’t sent you to check on me again has he? Fine, I’ll get back out there – but it’s cold and it’s raining and I’m suddenly wishing I had a desk job! πŸ˜‰

      Yeah, it looks like it’s lockdown all round isn’t it? Seems like it’s getting pretty heavy south of the border – hope you’re staying safe mate. We’re actually in one of the very few areas that isn’t going into lockdown, things are actually getting less strict for us at the moment – not that I’m going to take the piss with it, that’ll just make things worse again. Anyway, glad you like the orcs, I’ll dig out the rest of them sooner or later.

      • theimperfectmodeller

        Don’t ask me why but I have you down as someone who works outside doing something like conservation or renewable energy. Way off the mark I’m sure but unless what you do is more exciting or admirable then don’t spoil it! πŸ˜‰

        We are now facing another month of lockdown. The South West is better than everywhere else right now and I hope the steps being taken will keep it that way. Anything that says “stay in doors and paint” works for me!

      • Wudugast

        Good grief – you’re bang on the money there; I work outdoors and my job is associated with conservation and renewables – well done! I’m not sure what I used to think you did but now I’m leaning towards detective!

      • theimperfectmodeller

        Until I retired in 2006 at the age of 49 I worked for HSBC. A variety of jobs but essentially an analyst. You are clearly an educated young chap so I ruled out dustman and working on roads and highways. I thought if you were a gamekeeper you would most likely live in the Highlands and a farmer wouldn’t have the time to do modelling. Scotland strikes me as an environmental place and a young chap with a degree, which I assume you have, looking for a long term career and an eye on the future and working outside would lean towatds conservation and renewables. Then of course you could be winding me up! 🀣🀣

      • Wudugast

        Well, you’re spot on – I’m impressed. HSBC’s gain was clearly Scotland Yard’s loss.

      • theimperfectmodeller

        🀣🀣 Inspector TIM of the Yard!

  • Kuribo

    These are some classic sculpts so I won’t have a 40k fan such as yourself talking down and calling these orcs simplistic miniatures from a kid’s game!!! πŸ˜‰

    In all seriousness, these look great and you chose some unconventional colors which I really like. I’ve not actually painted any generic Mordor orcs like these before as it never aligned with my gaming interests in MESBG so I don’t know much about their quality but I think you did a nice job with them. They seem to be designed to have a lot of metal surfaces which you can give them a quick metallic basecoat, throw a wash on them, and then edge highlight and call it a day.

    If I may ask, how did you come up with or settle on the shield design? I don’t recognize it from LOTR (though it may very well be from the movies and I have forgotten it). Either way, it looks nice and suitably orcish!

    • Wudugast

      Haha! I wouldn’t dare to do down LotR πŸ˜‰ In all seriousness the miniatures can be a bit hit and miss but the community around it seems really friendly and healthy from everything I’ve heard (whereas 10 minutes in a lot of 40k online hang-outs would put anyone off humanity). No idea what the game is like, I’ve heard it called a kid’s game a few times but then again 40k was perfectly summed up by a mate as “two nerds arguing over a spreadsheet” – and having tried, and failed, to learn it in every edition since 4th something a bit more straightforward sounds very appealing!

      They were a lot of fun to paint, nothing too taxing (to be honest your description of how I painted them is spot on) and I’m not sure I can ever see myself doing a whole army of them, but they were fun all the same. I think if I’d tried to really push myself to paint them to the best of my ability they might have turned into a bit of a chore though.

      For the shield design I had in mind an image of the Eye of Sauron that appeared on the cover of my dad’s copy of the books that he read to me when I was a kid. I knew it would be way too complicated to freehand, both because it would be beyond my skills and because it would look too fussy on an orc’s shield, but I thought a toned down version would do. Whilst I was looking for it I spotted something similar to this one and reckoned with a few tweaks it would do nicely. Ironically I can’t find it again now, but I’m sure it came from a piece of published art, either the books or the films.

      • Kuribo

        That’s good, mate, because I clearly won’t stand for it! πŸ˜€ A quick story for you. When I lived in Ohio, I was 10-15 minutes away from the only GW store in my city. One day I went in to grab paint and my girlfriend (now fiancee) came in after doing shopping somewhere else and she was so repulsed by some of the people in the store (which fit the description you provided nicely) that she never went in again. Having played Magic cards and whatnot in my younger years, I’m fairly used to those kinds of people but I can totally see where a small number of people can put others off or even give the rest of the people a bad reputation.

        The MESBG rules are pretty easy to learn and have some fun wrinkles where heroes can pull off some amazing feats. I know exactly what you mean about GW’s iteration on the Warhammer rules as well.
        LOTR minis generally have fewer details which make them quicker to turn out but you do often need to paint 30-50 models for an “army” so it is not a small task necessarily. I started to get ground down by painting that many models as slowly as I paint which eventually led me to try a true skirmish game in Fallout.

        That is a great idea for the shield πŸ™‚ Orc shields are nice in that any kind of crude symbol can work on them and look pretty orcish. Not that yours was crude though. It was clean and well done πŸ™‚

  • Azazel

    Looking good there with the LotR models! I’ve painted a few of them myself so I agree that they’re some old and simple (to be kind) sculpts – just a small step above many of the older boardgame models really – and less so then a lot of the newer ones – though HIPS makes them nicer to paint than PVC.
    The SBG is a pretty nice little system (or was last time I played it) and would be worth a dabble with small skirmish forces if you get around to it. The rules are fairly easy to stumble across for a demo game as well. πŸ˜‰

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I must admit the simplicity of them made them quite fun to tackle, I wouldn’t want to paint models like that all the time but there’s something to be said for picking up a miniature that doesn’t need too much effort and just bashing through it.

      I keep hearing good things about the Middle Earth rules, and I’ve watched the odd game online and thought it looked fun, so I am tempted. It’s finding the time though – there’s always so many projects I want to tackle and yet the number of hours in the day remains stubbornly few… you know how it goes…

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