Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I've been working on my Tomb King on a Chariot for months and now that it's done I decided to take a break with some quick and simple Orcs. These guys were painted to a quick gaming level, but they were still pretty fun.

I had gotten the Orcs from an old High School friend who no longer plays. After taking a bath in some Simple Green and having their existing paint scrubbed off it was time to start on them.

I knew I wanted to keep it simple. I hadn't ever planned on starting this army and since I had gotten them for free I didn't want them to end up becoming a huge time sink. I plan on just painting these guys in between other projects.

I looked up the official GW paint guide for Orcs using the new range. I wanted to keep mixing paints to a minimum as well as the number of steps for each color. The green is a base of Warboss Green given a wash of a Biel-Tan Green/Lahmian Medium mix. This was then cleaned up a bit with Warboss Green again and then finished off with a highlight of Skarsnik Green. It's pretty simple, quick, and looks great in my opinion.

The metals we just Leadbelcher, wash with Agrax and then drybrush Leadbelcher again followed by a light drybrush of Runefang.

The armor on this Black Orc was just plain black and then given an edge highlight of Runefang. I just made sure to make it look scratched up. I also tried to make his skin a bit darker by giving it a wash of Nuln Oil, followed by to glazes of Beil-Tan Green. He also got less highlights.

All of the bandages and freehand designs were painted with Rakarth Flesh. I know the freehand is a little above gaming standard, but Orc glyphs are simple enough and they help elevate the quality of the models without much extra effort put in. The bandages then got a wash of Agrax followed by an edge highlight of Rakarth Flesh.

The Black Orc's face mask also got painted Rakarth with Agrax only washed in the recesses. It then got a line highlight of pure white,

The shields got a basecoat of Mephiston Red followed by a wash of Agrax. This was then tidied up with Mephiston a bit before getting a highlight of Evil Sunz Scarlet. I decided that this wasn't light enough in the end, so I mixed in some Screaming Skull to lighten it a bit. Going forward I will probably just buy the lightest shade of red to cut down on time.

The black robes and cloth was highlighted with Eshin Grey followed by a smaller highlight of Dawnstone Grey.

The brown weapon hafts and clothes were basecoated with Rhinox Hide. These got a wash of Nuln Oil before being highlighted with Gorthor Brown. I really like that brown color by the way, it is great for highlights. The bases were simply basecoated with Gorthor Brown and washed with Agrax. This then got drybrushed with Gorthor again and then Screaming Skull. The static grass is a mix of a bright green and a dead grass. 

These guys were a lot of fun, although I probably won't get around to more for awhile. I have about 1,000 points to paint. We'll see what happens with Warhammer Fantasy though...

Since I don't want to spend much money on these guys either I am looking at creating some unit fillers to bulk out what I already do have. I figured what's better for Night Goblins then a squig? I sculpted this guy from scratch. It was a ton of fun and I definitely plan on sculpting more scratch models in the future. Probably some more squigs and maybe something based off my Chariot constructs.

When I was shooting the Orcs I took the opportunity to reshoot some other models. I've gotten better at photographing models lately, plus I have gotten some better equipment. To see more of the new photos of my Tomb Prince check him out on Cool Mini or Not. Be sure to vote for him while you're there.

I have also redone the base for my Valten in preparation for the Crystal Brush competition this weekend. They should take some pictures of him there. Everyone gets to help vote for the winners on Cool Mini or Not, so be sure to look for my stuff to help me win. 

Speaking of which, you may be wondering where my finished Tomb King is? I've decided to keep it under wraps until after the competition. So you will see it on CMoN when you get a chance to vote for it this Saturday and then I will be posting up all my pictures of it next week. I'll also be sure to post links on Facebook and Twitter when my stuff is up to vote on.

If you are also going to Adepticon this weekend come and find me if you want to chat. I will be participating in the Badab War narrative campaign on Friday and generally wandering around on Saturday except for a brief Space Hulk game in the middle of the day.

Until next time,

Tyler M.

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