Kruel and Unusual – Part 1

Given my usual habit of keeping miniatures sitting around on the painting desk for a least a few years, if not decades, before finally working on them it may surprise some readers to see me approaching the bleeding edge of Games Workshop’s frantic release schedule for a change. My love for greenskins however has proved more than enough to lure me into picking up a few of the Kruelboyz – the new “skinny orcs” currently stabbin’ their way out of the swamps and onto our tabletops.

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I spent a lot of time experimenting – and even more time mentally debating – what colour to paint the shields. At first I considered something filthy and organic, perfect for sneaking around mist-cloaked fens or launching ambushes from dingy bogs (stop giggling at the back!) but in the end my love of grimy yellow won out. These are described as “scare shields” so must be intended to, well scare people, and they’re not going to do that if no-one can see them. Plus these are totemic items, the orcs are proud of them, and at the end of the day these are still orcs – even if they are sneaky ones – and they’re going to want to show them off. That said all the messing around that went on before I finally settled on a scheme probably went to the determent of the shields looking their best, something I’ll work on improving with the next ones I tackle.

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Indeed, given how many orcs (and orks) I’ve painted over the years I was surprised by how steep the learning curve was with these but I did enjoy painting them (more – I must admit – than I am the little Hobgrots that I picked up at the same time – damn those are fiddly little dudes to paint!) so more will undoubtedly be emerging from the swamps sooner or later.

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That said I’m not feeling particularly drawn to starting an army of them, which is a nice change for me because usually I’ve convinced myself that I must start at least 2 or 3 new armies before I’ve even had breakfast. Then again maybe that’s just because I’m distracted currently by the thought of all the new orks gathering over on the 40k side of the fence…

23 responses to “Kruel and Unusual – Part 1

  • theimperfectmodeller

    As figures go these are completely new to me but I must say I love them. Great work as usual and I’d love to see more of these if you feel inclined to do so. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Cheers – they’re cool models aren’t they? They’re GW’s latest posterboy “baddies”, only been out a month or so with more to be released soon. I managed to nab a few of them for a bargain so at the very least I’ll paint them over the next little while – then we’ll see where things go after that…

  • Alex

    Brilliant mate – I really like the aesthetic of these new models, they put me in mind if Ian Miller’s early WH art somehow, and I just love how you’ve painted them… the shields are perfect to my eye!

    • Wudugast

      They are very Ian Miller aren’t they? That alone makes them appeal to me. I must admit, despite saying I’m not thinking about an army I’m very much looking forward to painting the rest of the ones I have – and I could easily be tempted by a few more…

      • Alex

        I’m itching to see some 40k-ified, it’s such a good look

      • Wudugast

        I still think they’d make really cool scalies for a Necromunda mutie gang, going to try making some at some stage. I’m not entirely convinced they’d work as orks, they’re too different to the other modern greenskins, but there’s a lot of potential in making xenos out of them. Tau auxiliaries maybe, or perhaps even some kind of particularly degenerate Imperial Guard beastman regiment. 

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  • Kuribo

    These look great, mate. I like the dingy brown clothing and how it contrasts with the shields and green skin. I was surprised to see you painting a relatively new release but you’ve been full of surprises lately in choice of painting. While I know IRO does a mean Ork vehicle, if you don’t make something crazy, Mad Max style one of these days, I’ll be severely disappointed! 😀

    • Wudugast

      Haha – fear not, I have all kinds of crazy Orky vehicles planned, as usual it’s all about finding the time. I know my painting has been fairly scattershot lately but I like to keep you on your toes. As for painting something new (when I have so much old stuff I ought to get to first…) I’m guilty as charged, but some things are just too cool not to jump the queue!

  • imperialrebelork

    First of all I love it mate! However, and please take this in the nicest possible way, I like the yellow but something seems amiss? Not sure if it’s the shield design or did you use contrast paints? They just look a bit… I don’t even know what the word is. Grimy yellow is a great choice, just like with the skaven you did, but something is a bit off for me. Sorry I hope that doesn’t sound nasty as I really do love your work.

    • Wudugast

      What?! You’re not unquestioningly praising my efforts!?! What kind of creative feedback is this?! Nah, I agree with you, there is something off about the shields. Part of it I think is that I faffed around with them a lot whilst I was painting them, trying things out, changing my mind, changing it back, and really they would have looked better if I’d just made a plan and stuck to it. I’ve already tried again with another shield and it looks better (I used more dark washes as well, that improved things too) so now I just need to paint the rest of the orc and see how he looks. After that I might experiment a bit more, I don’t think all of them need to have yellow shields necessarily and I’ve got a few other ideas I want to play with – each shield is supposed to be personalised to the orc that owns it so I reckon I can use that as an excuse to try out a range of styles. Watch this space (and as ever keep the feedback coming!).

      • imperialrebelork

        Haha I’m glad we are still friends. That’s the perfect excuse to try new things. When it comes to Orks, for me, there are no rules at all really.

      • Wudugast

        For me that’s one of the great joys of Orks (and Chaos too) – you can really let your hair down and just have fun being creative. Things like elves (yuk!), dwarves, space marines and so on have the opposite appeal in many ways; there are rules but how you work within them, where and when you bend or even brake them, is where a lot of the enjoyment lies. You can treat the framework of lore like a climbing frame and that can be a lot of fun – but with Orks you can just go completely crazy.

      • imperialrebelork

        I think I very loosely use the lore framework on all the factions but probably forget about it the most with Orks. Thanks to the likes of you and others I’m back on the green skin wagon. Hehe

  • Pete S/ SP

    Love that. Really like the skin tone on it.



  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Very nice! 🙂 The grimy yellow has come out well indeed!

  • patmcf

    Nice one Wudda,It ‘s interesting what IRO said about the yellow, when I first saw them I thought they were a little bright even if you need to see a scary shield !I’ll be interested to see how you approach the next boys!

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