Well here we are, the clock ticking inexorably down towards midnight on the 31st of Orctober and the end of the annual Orktober Wudugast vs IRO greenskin showdown. You might think I’m on the ropes, with IRO having pulled out an unassailable lead. You might think I’m as good as beaten already. You might be right. But this is the moment in any good high-stakes action thriller when, just as you think the hero might be defeated, that help arrives from an unexpected quarter. The villain (in this case a certain nefarious Australian) hesitates mid-way through his triumphant speech. The hero, paint-splattered and exhausted but still defiant smiles grimly. The audience shifts to the edge of their seats, watching events unfold with baited breath…
Alright, maybe I’m over-egging things a little, but I’ve got something really cool to show you today. I do have a load of Orks painted (not enough to defeat IRO yet but enough to make my defeat less humiliating) and I was going to talk about them today but instead I’m going to save them for tomorrow (by which time who knows, I might even have painted some more). Instead we’re going to look at an Ork painted by someone else – and no, it doesn’t count towards the contest because that would be cheating and if I’m going to be beaten by IRO I’m going to do it fair and square. (The orks painted by my production-line of slave minions locked in the basement do count, of course, but we don’t talk about them in case they start plotting to escape again).
A few days ago I was contacted by fellow blogger and all round top bloke John from Just Needs Varnish (seriously, if you’re not already familiar with him do yourself a favour, go and check him out and give his blog a follow). Those of you who are familiar with him will know Orks aren’t the kind of thing he usually paints but as it happens he did paint one recently and he sent it to me as a gift. What a guy eh!
Now funnily enough this is a Flash Git and I’d been planning to paint some of them this month but, for various reasons, I’ve not got around to them and I really don’t see it happening now. So having resigned myself to not adding any to the army for a little while it was a particularly nice touch to have one arrive out of the blue. The story of how the Ork came to John, and why he then decided to paint it and send it to me is for him to tell if he wants, suffice to say I’m chuffed to bits to have this classy-looking guy in my collection.
Edit: If this has whet your appetite for Gits of a flash variety and you want to read John’s side of the story, he’s now written a post about it which you can find here.