So far this month I’ve painted a whole heap of ork infantry of all different shapes, sizes and styles. Now it’s time to turn my attention to something even bigger and uglier, with an even bigger, uglier steed. Even the boar boy I worked on earlier in the week would hesitate before climbing onto the back of this beast!
One of the newer models in my collection is this Nob, who – as the title suggests – rides into battle on a Smasha Squig, and has only been waiting a mere few weeks for paint. He’s not quite as mighty as some of the stuff my Ork painting rival IRO has been producing lately but he’s still big enough to loom over pretty much everything else I’ve painted over the past few weeks.
Big though he is he’s not the biggest, or scariest, Ork that’s on my painting desk at the moment although I’m really going to have to crack on if I’m going to get him finished by the end of the month…
October 22nd, 2021 at 6:20 am
He is very cool indeed. Great model. I love the hazard stripes
October 22nd, 2021 at 9:21 am
Thanks man – he’s an awesome miniature isn’t he? You going to be adding one to your armies? The hazard stripes were fun to do, he needed something to break up that part of the model. They’re maybe not quite as perfect as the sort of thing TIM produces but as it was (presumably) painted by an Ork and then heavily weathered I don’t think anyone will notice.
October 22nd, 2021 at 9:33 am
I’m seriously considering it after seeing yours
October 22nd, 2021 at 7:07 am
Lovely job mate – good to see you gettin’ Squiggy with it 😁
October 22nd, 2021 at 9:22 am
Cheers man! I’ve been hoping to see more squigs in the 40k Ork range for years so now they’re here I couldn’t resist. 🙂
October 22nd, 2021 at 7:31 am
Another excellent contribution Wudu and more than a little intreagued to see what you have in the pipeline which is bigger. 🙂
October 22nd, 2021 at 9:26 am
Cheers! Well, Ork fanatics will know him as the biggest, meanest Ork warboss in the (official) backstory, but you poor uninitiated souls who have not yet been fully indoctrinated will have to wait until (hopefully) next week. 😉
October 22nd, 2021 at 8:27 am
That’s a brilliant model! 🙂 Really nice!
October 22nd, 2021 at 9:22 am
Thank you! 🙂
October 23rd, 2021 at 9:32 pm
October 24th, 2021 at 9:36 am
October 23rd, 2021 at 9:43 pm
As others have said, I really like this model. It captures Ork ingenuity well and this guy doesn’t look like someone you’d want to meet on the battlefield either. To my eyes, you might dirty up the head plate a little more as it looks brighter than the other metal pieces but that could be my eyes playing tricks on me. That headplate would also be perfect for some “freehand” scratches/battle damage too but I realize that all of these things would take more time to pull off too. I’m impressed that you’re still surprising us with awesome looking Orks so late in the month. You deserve lots of credit for that, I would say! 🙂
October 24th, 2021 at 9:55 am
Cheers! It’s not your eyes playing tricks, it’s the photos, for some reason that part of the model just keeps catching the light. I might try to re-photograph him and see if I can get something closer to reality, it’s duller and dirtier in the flesh. Good point about adding more weathering to the headplate as well, I’m working on adding loads of dirt and scratches to another model at the moment and it’s loads of fun (and looks pretty good to my eye!) so I’m tempted to go back and add a bit more to this guy at some point. I think for now though he’s done, I find unless there’s something glaringly obviously (like I’d forgotten to paint half the squig or something – don’t laugh, it has happened!) it’s best to leave a model for a while and then come back to it with entirely fresh eyes. 🙂
October 25th, 2021 at 2:27 am
Metallic paints are really tough to photograph. I’m reluctant to go back to that style for that reason. With that said, you can weather metallic paints pretty strongly and it still looks good. A painter I know who has won quite a few awards, BloodasMedium, is proof of that. I reckon his painting style is right up your alley and you might have seen some of it in White Dwarf before but if not, I think it could give you some inspiration 🙂 Here is his CMON gallery: http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/BloodASmedium?browseid=12678993.
October 26th, 2021 at 6:31 am
Wow, that is some very nice work there – cheers for the tip. 🙂
November 5th, 2021 at 9:05 am
A smasha Squig ! bloody hell mate, I wish you had told me about them last year !!! I could have used one to get through the traffic in the city!!
November 5th, 2021 at 11:05 am
Haha! That would improve the old commute wouldn’t it!
November 5th, 2021 at 9:01 pm
January 16th, 2023 at 9:33 am
Hi! Cool mini 😀 was wondering if you would mind sharing the dimensions/size of it? Thanks 🙂
January 16th, 2023 at 5:37 pm
Hi, thanks! 🙂 I’d be happy to measure him for you but as it happens I’ve just moved house and right now I couldn’t tell you exactly where he is – I know he’s in a box somewhere, possibly in the stack in the spare room but more likely in amongst a load of stuff I stored at my parents’ house (and therefore the best part of a hundred miles away). Afraid that’s not much help to you is it! However if you take a look at this post you’ll see some pictures of him alongside other orks which should at least give you some kind of rough size comparison; https://convertordie.wordpress.com/2021/11/03/orktober-2021-da-big-round-up/
Hope that helps!