Gonna Smash ’em – Part 3

Nothing too fancy today, just a pair of stomping, smashing Orc Brutes for my small collection of Ironjaws. The first was built straight out of the box…

Orc Brutes AoS Ironjaws ConvertOrDie Wudugast (1)

…whilst the second was tweaked slightly, with his chest armour removed and some small gaps tidied up with greenstuff so that he can show off his Orcy muscles.

Orc Brutes AoS Ironjaws ConvertOrDie Wudugast (2)

I started these two alongside my other Ironjaws a year ago but whilst the others got painted they were left in the doldrums so I’m pleased to declare them done at last. What’s more they bring my total number of greenskins painted this Orktober to a healthy 18 – and we’re not even halfway through the month!

26 responses to “Gonna Smash ’em – Part 3

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Nicely done Wudu old chap. I reckon IRO is feeling the heat but he’s a crafty devil so keep those Orcs coming.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Oh I’ve got no doubt at all that IRO can catch up with me, I’ve just had a productive weekend and then a quiet enough start to the week that I’ve been able to get a lot finished. We’ve still got 2 weeks to go though, and it wasn’t the hare that beat the tortoise in the end. 

  • Alex

    Lovely again mate – I much prefer this no-nonsense look to the bright yellow studio paint job 👍

    • Wudugast

      Cheers – same here, the bright yellow seems a bit fancy for these lads. Standing around waiting for your goblin slaves to paint your armour yellow is time that could be far better spent fightin’ some gits!

    • imperialrebelork

      Yeah me too. The bright yellow is very off putting.

      • Wudugast

        I have a theory they were running out of original colour schemes. Personally I’ve always thought they looked better in black, red or blue – in fact almost any colour other than yellow (maybe not pink but you get the idea).

      • imperialrebelork

        A bit of yellow idol but that bright yellow was so off putting.

      • imperialrebelork

        That was meant to say a bit of yellow is ok.

      • Wudugast

        I hear you. I think it just looks very out of character for them too. The Ironjaws are supposed to be straightforward brutes, nothing fancy, and that really comes across with their muscles, simple but effective weapons, heavy armour etc. They’re like the Black Orcs in WHFB or the Goffs in 40k. Whereas yellow looks flashy, it suits a clan like the Bad Moons, all rich and fat, with big fancy guns and plenty of bling but it doesn’t look right at all on the Ironjaws. 

      • imperialrebelork

        You’re very well versed in the clans and lore my friend. Do you subscribe to any particular clan? Mine are just a ragtag mishmash. It’s always sort of bothered me that there are even clans because that would suggest that the Orks are organised. Then throw in particular colours (like uniforms) and, for me, that goes completely against what an Ork should be. Fair enough they all want to cluster together in mobs and such but I think any kind of conformity for Orks is just an oxymoron haha.

      • Wudugast

        Thanks man – I’ve always loved the lore behind the Orks, I think I read my original codex so many times I’ve got it memorised! One of the key things to keep in mind with Orks is that their society is incredibly well structured and organised, it’s just also very violent and chaotic. Ork society is very straightforward, the bigger and tougher an Ork is the higher he is up the ranks. All the infighting is part of what makes it structured. An Ork will seek to dominate all the smaller, weaker Orks around him until he’s either the leader of a mighty army, or he ends up under the command of an even bigger, tougher Ork. For an Ork everything is simple and this is what makes them strong.

        I never subscribed to a particular clan, I’ve always preferred the idea that any Ork settlement or army would contain a mix of all the clans and that whichever Ork becomes their warboss would simply kick them all into line, regardless of what clan they were affiliated with. Likewise “might makes right” is the cardinal rule of Ork society, so a Bad Moon boy will happily follow a Goff warboss, even if he thinks the boss has some funny ideas and ways of doing thing at the end of the day he’s bigger and tougher so he’s the boss.

        I think the various clans can be seen as being more like gangs within an Ork tribe. So for instance all the Orks that are petrol heads will get together to build vehicles and race them around. They’ll be mates with the other Orks of a similar disposition, they’ll end up fighting alongside them (or with them!) more often and they’ll end up as an anarchic bunch of mates. In time they’ll see themselves as part of the Evil Sunz clan, they’ll wear the clan colours to show their affiliation and they’ll want to prove their superiority to those stupid gits that walk everywhere. I don’t think any warboss ever says “I need some bikers for this army so you, you and you are in the Evil Sunz now, here’s your uniform”. Rather he has to make the best of what he’s got.

        One of my favourite bits of Ork background is the lore for the Stormboyz, which you probably know but I’m going to tell you again because I love it! Young Orks, like human teenagers, go through a phase when they rebel. The old ways are stupid, the old Orks are past it and young Orks like them are too smart to just follow their elders. However whilst young humans become rebellious and anarchic when we’re teenagers Orks are rebellious and anarchic to begin with, so they become orderly and organised. The young Stormboys form themselves into organised battalions, practice marching up and down, salute their superiors, have battle drills, wear uniforms and even polish their boots – whilst older and wiser Orks shake their heads and grumble about kids these days, whilst knowing in time they’ll grow out of it.

      • imperialrebelork

        Haha I didn’t know that about the stormboys and I bloody love it hehe. Thanks for the background. I only read snippets from the web and books etc but I could read your words all day long. You have a way of keeping me engaged. My old teachers, bosses a d family members would be envious of this power you have hehe.

      • Wudugast

        Aw, thanks man – I reckon my old teachers would find a lot in common with your old teachers then, they could sympathise with each other. I was too busy thinking about Orks (…and heavy metal… and girls… and not being a bloody classroom!) to pay attention in school. As for your family and friends I can only suggest that they talk about Orks more, my family have discovered that if they want me to pay attention it really is the only way!

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Very nice! 🙂 And if you’ve got clumsy keyboard hands, 18 can become 81 before you know it!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! You know, you’re not wrong there – and I’m fairly certain no-one would notice. Moving the decimal point also helps a great deal, although it’s vital to remember to move it in the right direction.

  • imperialrebelork

    Excellent job on both but is the second brute showing off his muscles or just his green Orc boobs haha. 18 you say? Clearly my monkey ninjas are absent without leave and not doing what I paid them to do. Maybe it’s time to break out the big guns and release the hounds.

    • Wudugast

      The incredible thing about monkey ninjas is that, once tamed and fed on a constant supply of bananas, they can be taught to paint fairly well – at the moment I’ve got them doing all the basecoating for me although given how nimble they are I’m confident I can get them doing fine highlights by the end of the month. Glad you like them mate, green boobs and all! And speaking of green boobs wait until you see tomorrow’s miniature…

  • Kuribo

    18 minis is no small feet in such a short amount of time! You’re going to be ready for The Old World when it comes out at the rate you’re painting this month. These two look great and I’m curious to see what else you got kicking around in that home made out of plastic sprues in which you live 😉

    • Wudugast

      Hmm… building a home out of plastic sprues? That’s not a bad idea… (In all seriousness I’m currently building some mini-greenhouses for my mum out of CD cases, I could use bits of sprue to beef up the supports – thanks for the inspiration!). 

      I’m very pleased to have done 18 models in the time, it maybe isn’t as big of a dent in the backlog as I’d have liked but it’s a start. 🙂 And yes, I can’t wait for the Old World – have I mentioned how excited I am about that? Only a billion times you say? 

      • Kuribo

        That is impressive! I wish I wasn’t a writer/creative type sometimes and had some engineering skills too 🙂

        And haha, I think I mention the Old World about a once week in comments on WordPress. No pressure on it to be really good or anything, right? 😀

  • Pete S/ SP

    Very nice- keeping up with the quantity and quality.



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