I’ve been painting orcs like a fiend for days now and I need a little break just to keep myself fresh. As it happens October is not only known around these parts as Orctober, it’s also referred to by some people as Zomtober (that being “the month to paint zombies”). With shambling corpses popping up on a few blogs I follow I started to get inspired by the idea of mustering a few myself.
Zombies are very much the quick and dirty junk food of painting for me, perfect for a low pressure change of pace without getting bogged down in anything fancy that might distract me from the Orks I’m supposed to be concentrating on. The first of these was built straight out of the box, the other two have been tweaked a little. The third has the head of a Blood Bowl player – perfect for Halloween!
Right – distraction over, time to focus exclusively on all things green and mean until the end of the month!
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…
…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.
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!
Yesterday I promised you that I’d been working on lots of Orcs over the weekend so now it’s time to deliver. One of my key plans for this month is to complete a warband of Savage Orcs (or Bonesplitterz if you prefer) for games of Warcry. The good news is we’re more than halfway there already.
Rounding out the rank and file we have an Orc with a suitably stabby looking spear.
Then we have this angry individual. I originally built him to serve as the leader for the warband but now, because I’m powering through the rest of the ranks so quickly, I may well paint up a Wurrgog Prophet as well so that we have lots of alternatives to add variety to our games.
Lastly we have this boy who carries the clan’s bone totem into battle for them. This tribal artefact provides a locus around which the rest of these barking mad Orcs gather.
With six boys painted now it’s already time for a quick groupshot showing the whole warband so far.
This brings the total number of Greenskins I’ve shown this Orctober to 12 (note “shown” not painted, I’ve got a few more up my sleeve that I finished over the weekend but they deserve a post of their own so expect to see them tomorrow). As many readers will be aware I’m participating in an Orc painting challenge with my brother-from-another-warband, the international man of mystery known only by the alias “the Imperial Rebel Ork“. If you like heavily converted greenskins and you’re not already familiar with his work go and take a look at it now – you won’t regret it!
Readers, I know what you’re thinking. “Wudugast, old pal, you’ve started at least 7 Blood Bowl teams now by my count, and you’ve not finished any of them. And the only one that’s pretty much done (just needs that damn troll…) is the Orc team. So what, pray tell, are you doing starting another Orc team? Dammit man, finish one of the others!”
Which is all fair enough, but let me get my excuses in before you lambaste me further eh! About a year ago the new edition of Blood Bowl was launched, led by a nice big box of miniatures which contained – amongst other things – the new Black Orc team. Earlier this year I was looking at it and I thought “Well, if not before I’ll paint the Black Orcs in Orctober. By then I will have completed a couple of other teams…”. Well, the second half of that claim hasn’t materialised but that’s not going to stop me cracking on with the Orc half of the Black Orc team this month (the Goblin half of the team can wait…). After all the aim of the exercise here is to tackle the pile of shame and I’m not going to achieve that if my excuse is that I’ve not already tackled the pile of shame now am I?
With these two done I’m hopeful I can knock through the other four by the end of the month – and if I don’t at least the unpainted pile is ever so slightly smaller. This also brings the total number of Greenskins painted this Orctober to 9 which means I’m neck and neck with fellow blogger the Imperial Rebel Ork who has challenged to see which of us can paint the most greenskins this month. One week in and it’s still very much any man’s game!
I’ve always found the Warchanter to be a bit weird to be honest. He’s not bad per say, just odd, he appears to be showing off two huge, carved bones but quite why he’s doing this isn’t at all clear. His background suggests that he uses anything he can lay his hands on as a drum to beat out the rhythm of war, creating a rising cacophony – especially when the things he’s hitting includes other people – that drives the entire Orc clan into a frenzy and sets them into motion and into battle. It’s the kind of background that we saw a lot of in the early days of Age of Sigmar, where being original was held in higher regard than being good or making sense.
My initial plan was to use him for a conversion that just didn’t pan out, and although I tried him for various other ideas nothing ever quite worked as well as I’d hoped. In the end I decided I’d had enough and I’d just paint him as the designers intended.
I still think he’s a bit weird but I did really enjoy painting him all the same, a lot more than I expected to in fact. And best of all, he’s done at last (so now I’ll undoubtedly think of the perfect conversion to use him for – any moment now…).
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…
…plus an Arrowboy to provide some ranged support for the tribe.
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.
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!
Despite how much I like the various chaos warbands made specifically for Warcry I seem to have ended up painting lots of warbands from other factions instead. I don’t see any reason to stop doing that of course but I do intend to tackle a few of what I still think of as the “core warbands” as well. I even got as far as assembling the gladiators of the Spire Tyrants but never got any further until I spotted this Headtaker the other day. He was the first model I worked on for the warband but for some reason progress stalled when he was within about half-an-hour of completion and for several months he just sat there until I picked him up again and finished him at last.
As previously mentioned I intend to use Orktober to encourage myself to paint a load of greenskins so the rest of the gladiators may end up waiting a little longer but I’ll aim to crack on with them soonish.
One of my all time favourite Daughters of Khaine models, and one of the miniatures that attracted me to the faction in the first place, is the Slaughter Queen. I’ve been meaning to paint her for absolutely ages and the other day I thought “Why wait?” and cracked on at last.
Her hairdo is a bit ridiculous, which should put me off, but somehow I still think she’s awesome.
Back to the forest depths this time with two more Dryads for my little collection of Sylvaneth. Once again there’s nothing terribly fancy here, just a bit of quick and dirty washes and drybrushing to bring out the woody texture. To be honest though I’m not sure if there is any other way to paint Sylvaneth.
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.
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!
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.
Seen side by side of course it’s hard to shake the image of a father taking his diminutive offspring to the office.
Gathered together with their Gutrippa underlings and Hobgrot allies, this little warband already looks set to trouble Sigmar’s realm.
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…