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.
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.
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.
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…