Sunday, 12 October 2014

Orctober 2...

So, it's still Orctober. I've been working on my Marauder Orcs for a week now, sneaking in about an hour of painting each evening in an attempt to get the army finished. For some unknown reason I decided I'd paint them all at once. I've never painted a whole army in a single batch and I'll be honest and say that it is about as much (or little) fun as you'd expect. In seven days I've added a few models to the army (3 goblin fanatics) painted the bases of over 100 models, painted and inked the metals on 60 orcs, and begun slapping some green on the orcs (just 16 to go....)

Here's how things look at this point.

First BATCH ONE, the orc contingent (they're getting the painting love right now):

And BATCH TWO, Gobbos:

The next week should see me get the rest of the orcs painted green, inked (green ink is the last of the 'messy stages' before I start having to be careful where I put the paint), and I hope I'll get at least one more colour in them (either red which is going to be the detail colour, or brown on the wood and the various pouches which to me really are one of the defining features of Oldhammer lead models - clearly Orcs in the 80s like to carry their cash with them...

I'll end by revealing 'DA PLAN' as it currently stands. I'm going to aim to finish the entire army (70 orcs, 40 goblins, two rock lobbers, a giant, a wyvern, and other bits and bobs) by Christmas. To keep my motivation up (and to stop me painting my outlaw gang for Dead Man's Hand) I'm mulling over the idea of putting together an Oldhammer invasion of Warhammer World sometime in January. I reckon a bunch of us playing Third Edition with some classic lead would make for a great day out. Any takers?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Orctober Fest!

It's ORCTOBER! The stars have aligned, Mork and Gork have announced the Waaagh!, or the Waaarr!, or perhaps none of those things depending on how Old your Oldhammer is. What is for sure is that Erny, of the excellent Erny's Place, has brought Orctober back for a second outing and I'm delighted to be jumping aboard.

My Orctober involves starting putting some paint on this lot...

When it's Gobbotember it'll be the turn of this lot...

These chaps are all Marauder miniatures and I've done next to nothing beyond basing them with Vallejo pumice and spraying them with Halford's car primer.

Perhaps of interest is this chap, one of my Black Orcs who has suffered the indignity of a weapon swap. When I'm done with the unit there will be ten models and as there are only four poses six will undergo similar mutilation. Cutting up old lead feels a bit odd (thankfully one came from ebay broken!) but I don't fancy a unit of identical models. Oh, and if the arm looks massive, well, it is, but the angle of the picture isn't helping much!

So, that's the start of my Orctober, at the rate I paint I'll be going on through Norcvember, Dorcember, Janorcy, Feborcy, Morch, Aporcil... And the rest... It's going to be a green year