Orc Champion

I’ve no idea what the origin of this old Orc is. He’s been knocking around in my collection, started but not finished, for a good decade at least, possibly longer. The aesthetic of him reminds me very much of the models produced by Rackham for the – sadly defunct and much missed – game Confrontation. However I’m pretty familiar with that range and I’m fairly certain he’s not one of them. Any readers who happen to know where he came from please shout out in the comments.

Anyway, needless to say he’s been neglected for a long, long time – but he was never forgotten, which means he’s perfect for the Neglected But Not Forgotten challenge being run by Ann’s Immaterium.

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He didn’t actually take me that long to get him from his half-finished state to completed, maybe an hour or so, which goes to show I could have done it any time in the last ten years or so. Still, he’s done now and I’m pleased with how he’s turned out. Big thanks to Ann for running the challenge, I’m fairly sure he’d still be gathering dust without it!

28 responses to “Orc Champion

  • imperialrebelork

    He’s excellent. Doesn’t matter how long it took man, as long as he’s done now. Well done.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers bud! Truth be told if I’d painted him when I first got him I’d probably have done a shit job with him and been wanting to repaint him by now anyway, so maybe I wasn’t procrastinating I was being patient. Yeah, let’s go with that…

      • imperialrebelork

        Hmm interesting so what about in another few years when you’re an even better painter and you look back at this one? Will you think, it’s shit, I should have waited? Haha

      • Wudugast

        Haha! Well that’s always the fear isn’t it? I dunno, I like to think I’m still improving but I also think the change is less pronounced than it once was. I look back at stuff I painted back when I started this blog even (waaay back in 2013) and it’s pretty crap in my eye, and I’d already been painting for a decade+ even then. Then I look at things from two or three years ago aren’t quite as good as I could paint them now but they’re not awful. I think I’ve reached a point where I’m happy with what I produce and I don’t feel like I need to keep pushing myself just to think my work is acceptable. That said in a few years if I do look back at this and think he’s crap I’ll just repaint him, pretty much nothing (apart from a few key very early figures) is sacrosanct to me from that point of view.

        You’ve actually reminded me of a story I was told by the two blokes that first got me into the hobby. They’re brothers and their first army was Imperial Guard which they collected together when they were young. They thought it was the most amazing thing they’d ever seen and were unbelievably proud of it. Six months later they’d improved so much, and learned so much, that they couldn’t pretend to themselves that it was anything other than a bit shit. So they took it out to the back garden (people of a sensitive disposition should look away now) and smashed all the models to bits. Then they started a Chaos Marines army and used all their old mutilated guardsmen as trophies/corpses on bases etc.

      • imperialrebelork

        Haha it’s interesting isn’t it. I can see that I’ve improved since 2015 (when I started my blog). At the same time I feel I still have a very long way to go before I feel I’m really happy with my painting. OMG smashed it????? Wow. That’s hardcore. I think I’d rather give models away than smash them haha.

      • Wudugast

        I know right?! I’ve given a few models away over the years, and been given a few in turn, but smashing them – even if you thought it was rubbish – I don’t think I could bring myself to do it!

  • Fredrik Svensson

    Looking good! He reminds me a lot of Rackham’s orcs. I would have guessed he was from the clan box, but doesn’t seem like it.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, there’s definitely something of Rackham in the design but I’ve looked back through all the old photos I have of that range (yes, I was too poor to buy many of the models so I collected pictures of them instead – don’t judge me!) and I can’t find him, nor has googling their orc range turned anything up. Maybe one of their sculptors went on to work somewhere else after the company went under, or did something freelance? Or someone was inspired by their style? I’m just guessing though.

  • davekay

    Nice entry for neglected month! I have to admit I can’t identify that orc either. Even the sculpting style seems different from what you see elsewhere.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, most of my unpainted collection would count as neglected but I reckoned if I was going to go for something neglected I should go for something REALLY neglected! He is an oddity though isn’t he, there’s really nothing quite like him that I can think of. The nearest would be Rackham but even then he’s not quite right – I wonder if he’s something inspired by their range, or one of their sculptors going freelance and showing off his chops out with the “house style”. Purely guesswork though, he really is turning out to be an International Orc of Mystery!

  • Alex

    No idea where he’s from, but he’s a cracker!! Nice job dude 👍👍

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very nice. The little chap looks pretty solid to me. Is that down to an older design or is it a metal figure? 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! He is indeed a lovely solid lump of good old-fashioned metal 🤘😎🤘 (I do paint metal figures from time to time, despite the scurrilous rumours to the contrary that you may have heard 😉).

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    He’s one mean looking Orc! 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    Very nice- love the expression you got on him.



  • Kuribo

    While he certainly doesn’t look like a GW sculpt to me, the pose and face are really nice and remind me of what I liked about Orcs in Warhammer Fantasy. The black orcs and the boss were big and tough looking without necessarily being in power armor like the AoS orcs tend to have. Great job painting it and thanks for sharing this old sculpt with us!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! It’s funny how weedy the Black Orcs look nowadays, compared to how incredibly tough and mean I thought they were back in the day. I know what you mean about the AoS Orcs, I like them (actually I really like them) and they’d make cracking Big ‘uns for a WHFB army (actually pretty much every single new model from the Destruction Grand Alliance could be used ‘as is’ in WHFB) but… what happened to just plain old orcs? We’ve got savage orcs, extra big orcs, space orks, various kinds of Blood Bowl playing orcs, but no normal orcs – and that’s a pity because they were awesome and I still think there’s a lot more could be done with them. Maybe someday eh!

      • Kuribo

        Well said and it would be nice! Fantasy orcs might be cliché but sometimes its nice to have that base covered, if you know what I mean 🙂

  • Azazel

    Great work on this guy, Wudu! I also thought of Confrontation when I saw it, but I guess not? Congrats on getting him done after so long – I know that satisfaction well. 😉
    If it’s any consolation, I’m sure getting finished now has given you a better orc than you’d have gotten a decade ago.. 😀

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! There’s something very reminiscent of Confrontation about him but I can’t find anything that really matches in their range. I do have a different model from Confrontation on my desk right now though…

      Aye, there’s no denying, if I’d painted him when I first got him I’d have done a shit job. Plus I wouldn’t have got the special satisfaction that comes from finally painting him after all these years! (Some people say there is a similar but opposite satisfaction that comes from buying a model and painting it straight away but no-one has ever been able to test this theory…).

  • Mark A. Morin

    Wherever he is from, he’s a great model, superbly painted, and METAL (which is always a plus IMHO). You might check out the Lost Minis Wiki to find him if you did not know of it: http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

    • Wudugast

      You can’t go wrong with a lovely bit of METAL! It makes some of the best miniatures and most of the best music. 😀 I wasn’t aware of that Lost Mini’s page, that’s really handy. Didn’t manage to find him in there mind you but I had a lot of fun looking through obscure old models all the same!

  • Faust

    Yea, I’ve no clue on the mini. Most elementals seem similar to GW designs/sculptors, but it’s hard to tell. You can definitely tell he’s a champion though, with that BOSS cloak! Think I’d be walking around with a hunchback as well!

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