Category Archives: Orcs

Back To The Primitive – Part 1

Back in Fembruary (that’s February for those of you who don’t following the Wargaming calendar) I used the month-long challenge as a spur to encourage myself into painting up a Warcry warband of Daughters of Khaine. Now we find ourselves in Orctober and I’m planning to do the same thing, this time with a warband of Savage Orcs (or Bonesplittas as they are now known). I’ve already leaned quite heavily into the forces of Destruction in Warcry, putting together warbands for the Ogres, Gloomspite Gits and Ironjaw Orcs, now it’s the turn of the savage boyz.

Feral berserkers these Orcs have abandoned the trappings of “civilisation” (to the limited degree it’s practiced by Orcs anyway) and instead live out their lives in the old ways. Their way of waging war may be low-tech but they counterbalance that very effectively with raw muscle and sheer Orcy self-belief. To start the warband off I’ve painted up these two primitive-looking lads…

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…plus an Arrowboy to provide some ranged support for the tribe.

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That’s three down already and the month has only just started! Hopefully I’ll be able to knock through the rest over the coming weeks.

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In the meantime I’ve also got plenty of other green gits from all corners of the Mortal Realms, the 41st Millennium and beyond. I’ve also ended up involved in a bit of friendly competition with well-known blogger (and actual Ork) IRO who challenged me to see which of us could paint the most Orcs by the end of the month. This is very much just a bit of fun and not at all a tense and nail-biting head-to-head as two Ork-loving men battle dramatically for the honour of their respective tribes (although actually, it is that as well). The aim of the exercise is to inspire and encourage both of us into painting lots of green gits for our respective collections, and speaking personally it’s already lit something of a fire under me. You can read more about it here and whilst you’re about it you should also check out IRO’s first contribution, this seriously imposing and impressive Ork Warboss.

Right, I’m off back to my painting desk, the reputation of my Ork horde must be defended!


Kruel and Unusual – Part 2

The Kruelboy Orcs are, based on their name at least, both cruel and poor at spelling. Perhaps in an effort to combat this failure of the education system they appear to have embraced a kind of “bring your child to work day” – as we shall see below.

First of all however we have the leader of my nascent Kruelboy clan, a wily Killaboss. Lacking the raw brawn of most Orc leaders these lanky individuals make up for it with ruthless cunning, dirty tricks and a hell of a lot of spikes.

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One of my favourite details on these models is the way that they have more armour on their backs than on their fronts on account of the fact that they are far more concerned about being stabbed by their own followers than they are by the enemy!

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With foes in front and foes behind who can blame an Orc warlord for recruiting a “trustworthy” little squire in the form of a Stab-Grot.

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Seen side by side of course it’s hard to shake the image of a father taking his diminutive offspring to the office.

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Gathered together with their Gutrippa underlings and Hobgrot allies, this little warband already looks set to trouble Sigmar’s realm.

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I managed to snag the Orc half of the Dominion boxset so don’t think you’ve seen the last of these nasty gits, there are plenty more boys lurking around the painting desk waiting for their moment…


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…


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!


The Mean Green Geezers – Part 5

Well, I spent a lot longer talking about painting them than I did actually painting them, which goes to show these projects are a lot more achievable if you just crack on with them. Yes, that’s right, my Blood Bowl Orc team are ready to take to the pitch at last (minus their troll who’ll come later – possibly much later…). 

There’s quite a lot of stuff to cover in this post, covering as it does all the odds and ends needed to complete the team. First of all we’ve got the final two orc players.

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Add them to the ones I’ve already painted and we’ve got six linemen ready to do whatever it is they do (anyone coming here for in-depth tactical advice must be feeling sorely disappointed right now eh!).

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Now one thing I do know is that if you want to play Blood Bowl you need some balls. Who wants to see an Orc’s balls? You do? Ok then!

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Then we have some re-roll tokens. I tried to make these look like artefacts which belonged in the setting partly because this made them easier to paint and partly because I thought it would look cool. As well as the two for the Orc team I painted the pair for the Human team at the same time.

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We also have these which I believe are turn markers. They proved to be tricky to photograph, mostly because they keep falling over, so I’m wondering about sticking them on bases for a bit of extra stability. Is this a normal solution or does it have any game play implications? As usual, if there are any more experienced Blood Bowl fans reading this who want to share their thoughts I’m all ears. If there’s no major reason not to they’re going on bases ASAP, all this falling over every time I look at them is bloody annoying, and only likely to be more so mid-game.

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Lastly, what we’ve all been waiting for, the whole team ready to give any opposing players a kicking.

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Of course for that to happen I’ll need to find some opposing players for them to kick, and the easiest way will probably be to paint my own. I’ve been working away on kitbashing my human team and I quite like the look of most/all of the other teams as well. Life is looking quite busy over the next few weeks however so it might not be for a little while yet. Oh and at some point I need to roll up my sleeves and paint that damn troll…  


The Mean Green Geezers – Part 4

It’s been a busy old week but I’ve managed to fit in a bit more time to chip away at the Blood Bowl orcs. Let’s take a look at the latest recruits. First of all we have the team’s second Thrower (or as I imagine the orc describe him behind his back “Tosser”).

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Next in line, another Blitzer…

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… and finally another Big ‘Un Blocker (who used to be called “Black Orc Blockers” in the previous edition, before the Black orc’s got a team of their own).

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Each of these models has been tweaked a bit, the boxset being made up of 2 sets of duplicate miniatures – and as I’m not a fan of the idea of fielding a team of twins that’s something I needed to fix. In the main I just used headswaps, I wanted to keep it nice and clear which models represented which positions (something I’m undoubtedly going to find tricky enough to keep track of), and stuck with using spares from the savage orcs kit. For reference, here’s each pair with the original model on the right and the converted version on the left.

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With these done I’ve just got two more orcs to do (plus the troll, which I’ll get around to eventually…) and various tokens, re-roll markers etc, which I’ll aim to finish up over the weekend.


The Mean Green Geezers – Part 3

As promised I’ve been working on more Blood Bowl orcs over the weekend and now have a couple of additional linemen ready to join the ranks.

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Not only that but I’ve also painted up a couple of goblins (you knew I’d sneak some of the little gits in somewhere right?). At some stage I plan to add a troll who can then throw these smaller team-mates around the pitch, although that won’t be happening for a while as the troll is proving to be a real nightmare to assemble. It’s a large and, for plastic, relatively heavy miniature with all of its weight resting on a fairly slim ankle and as a result it keeps breaking and falling over. I think my next move will be to pin it, surely a first for a plastic model; either way he won’t be joining the team for a little while yet. In the meantime these goblins will just have to run around under their own steam.

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The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that the second goblin had a headswap with one of the old Night Goblin fanatics. I do have a full team of goblins tucked under the desk so at some stage I’ll get around to painting them as well, whenever the battle against the backlog allows me.


The Mean Green Geezers – Part 2

Blood Bowl is all the rage right now, with the launch of the most recent edition, and it’s past time I cracked on with my Orc team. I got the first two painted about a month ago and now I’m ready to go full steam ahead with the rest of the team. To set the ball rolling as it were, here’s three more, starting with a blitzer…

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…and two linemen (lineorcs?). The blitzer was built and painted exactly as per the instructions, but both of these linemen have been tweaked a bit to avoid ending up with any duplicate models in the finished team.

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Add them to the two from last month and it starts to look as though the team is in business at last.

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Of course there’s still plenty more needed to complete the team so expect to see a lot more of these over the next couple of weeks. If you don’t want to see any more sporting orcs look away now!


The Mean Green Geezers – Part 1

What with it being Orktober I had a grand plan to spend the month painting loads of greenskins. I’ve got all kinds of things I’d like to add to my 40k Ork army, and a few more brutes for my Ironjaws Warcry warband (and speaking of Warcry I reckon that as I have the other three Destruction factions represented by warbands now it’d be fun to put together some Savage Orcs as well). Most pressingly I’ve been claiming that I’ll work on my Orc Blood Bowl team “soon” for far longer than the word “soon” is generally taken to represent (except, possibly, by geologists). After all it was one of my key goals for 2019 so, as we hurtle towards the end of a turbulent 2020, I’m starting work on them right on time!

However… That was before I came up with my scheme to play some undead vs undead Warcry around Halloween. With ghosts and ghouls to be concentrating on over the next week or so the poor old greenskins have been popped once again onto the backburner – although I promise I’ll get to work on them properly in November.

By way of showing willing however, and putting my brushes where my mouth is when it comes to Orctober, I have made a start by painting up two of the boys. Here’s a thrower…

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… and here’s a black orc blocker (that being a heavily armoured thug who enjoys hitting people and has only a rudimentary grasp of sport – a normal orc in other words!). I reckon that for orcs the easier a number is to count to the better it is (a finger you’re using to count on being a finger that would be better used clenched into a fist and smashed into some git’s teeth after all) so the flashy, show-off thrower is number three, the highest number he could claim without getting a kicking from the black orcs, who’ve used their brute strength to claim the “best” two numbers available. 

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After building up a large 40k greenskin army over the last decade I’m hopeful that the rest of the team should be fairly straightforward for me to paint, plus as one of the races in the (soon to be replaced) starter set alongside humans I presume they are relatively forgiving for a newcomer to the sport to play as well. Expect to see more of these as soon as the dead guys are dealt with, and nag me to get on with it if you don’t.


Gonna Smash ’em – Part 2

Roight! How about some more of dem orcs eh! After painting my first dwarf in years I naturally had to balance the scales by with a couple of the big green lads. First of all here’s a brute boss with a suitably wicked looking jagged claw.

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These orcs will be joining my Warcry warband which already has a perfectly suitable leader in the form of “not Gurzag Ironskull”, my personalised version of the Orc boss from Warhammer Underworlds (and if you need a reminder of how he looks here he is!)

That said I’m all in favour of having plenty of options so an alternative boss seemed like a good move. Inevitably I’ll now have to paint an even bigger and badder orc to keep the two of them in line, otherwise they’ll be sure to turn on one another in a brutal battle for dominance. In the meantime however, here’s all the brutes I’ve painted so far.

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Speaking of options I also thought that an ‘ardboy with a shield would make for a nice addition to the crew. I used to really like these models but they’re definitely showing their age now, especially in comparison to the far more detailed and textured Brutes. I still have a soft-spot for them though so I may well do a few more at some point.

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That’s all the orcs for today but I’ve still got a hunger for the forces of destruction, I won’t eat up any more of your time by making a meal of things just now but expect to see another brutish warband lumbering over the horizon in the not-too-distant future…