A small conversion for an ‘Edbasher posing as an Iron Orc.
Not a progress to be wowed about, but hey: progress. Bad photography screws up some of the nice effects, I will definitely invest in better lighting after the summer move in a few days.
’till next time.
“You know how it is with orcs: the more there are the faster they gather.” Well, I’m not an orc and the whaagh principle does not seem to apply to painting, at least in my case.
Here’s five new recruits after the long hiatus.
This guy was the one I was painting when suddenly I had no time for painting anymore. I think it’s an old Blood Bowl sculpt. As usual the picture is a bit crappy, but after some tries I was quite happy of the impressionist nmm, at least on the shoulder pads. It’s a nice model, but it looks kinda small compared to the other orcs, and figure it was probably meant to be a black orc at the time. That’s the kind of inflation orcs would appreciate, though.
Next, the unit’s musician (yes, he’s playing with elbow and fist rather than with the mace, I found no other way to make the model work), then a boy with a nice face and one with a nice tunic and a shield that screams for some glue.
Finally, an orc whose lack of footing and general shabbiness perfectly represent the state of my hobby.
I have done some prep work on the seven remaining miniatures, as well as on the standard bearer and the general. June is going to be a crazy month work-wise, but I have the foolish hope that I will manage to complete the unit anyway…
Remember all my carefully laid out plans for the hobby that saw the Vostroyan army quite far back in the queue? Well, I’m not going back on them, but this post from Scent of a Gamer pointing to the artwork of Jakub Rozalski just gave a (pleasant) kick in the belly. That’s exactly the mix of rural society and greasy mechas I had in mind.
Here are some pictures stolen from the web.
And here’s a Hungarian poster from the Soviet era I photographed in the National Museum in Budapest that in some ways anticipates this kind of steampunkish imagery.
You know how it is with orcs: the more there are the faster they gather. Well, although this is not really fast, the project is getting a little momentum. I managed to finish five more ‘edbashers and started working on the standard bearer and the general.
The pictures are always a bit off, but I’m happy of my skin recipe, which is basically a thinned down trio of GW greenskin colours with the addition of a purple and a dark blue for the shades, as well as of how I ended up doing the leathers.
By using a series of colours at the moment of the basecoat and my reddish brown as a midtone I think I’m managing to keep these flat surfaces interesting and varied enough with very very little work.
The count is now twenty. Eleven more, the command group and then the main unit in the army will be ready for basing and the nightmare or ranking up!
With two new recruits and a total of seventeen orcs, I finally reached the halfway point in the project. Here’s a group picture.
As you can see, there are some issues when it comes to put the bases together in the unit, one more reason to plan the bases for the unit as a whole at the end. I think some rocky bases with some light gray in them would do a nice job, but I will have to verify whether they could work with the rest of the units first. Also, I may want to consider coming up with a nice unit filler…
‘Till next time!
Those who went to the bother of reading through the previous post in the series (I didn’t really expect you to) know that I’m planning to have an orc chariot in the army.
I had two made from scratch with balsa wood which were reasonably good but that I never painted. And while I may eventually get to paint them and base them properly, something else came to my mind.
It is a very straightforward cross-range kitbash between this…
Isn’t she a beauty?
… and either the Orruk Boarboys GW kit, to respect the fact that the chariot is supposed to be mounted by common orcs, or the Savage Boarboys kit, which would allow me to use the model as a unit filler for the Feral orc unit as well and also give me plenty of bitz to play with at the moment of assembling the foot unit of savages. Not mentioning replacement boars for the boarboys unit that I’m going to field anyway. Win win win.
I may even go… ham (sorry) and paint two set of riders. Or adapt the Old Major from this other set for the eventual unit filler:
I’m sure I’ll be able to do something with the huge hound and the gremlin trapper…
The wild boars from this set could also be used as variants for character mounts or to pull another chariot.
This is going to be my next project after the ‘eadbashers. What do you think?
Another quick update with a new batch of ‘eadbashers of which I am quite proud. The photograph kills it a little, but the original colours are really crisp and I am getting to an easy and effective recipe for the nmm weapons and armour using metallic metal as the base colour.
Once I’ll get to the actual half of the unit, I’ll post a first group picture.
That’s all for today, slowly making progress…