Wednesday 24 March 2010

Ugly Guard of Barad-Dur

Time to get some commissions done. Right now I'm going to work on 12 Black Guard of Barad Dur. I was very disappointed when I saw them for the first time on the Advance orders list and now I dislike them even more. I would imagine them as bigger and more powerful than normal orcs. And bigger they are, but also clumsy and misshapen. It looks like the sculptor was in a rush and forgot about adding details to these minis.The only thing that in my opinion doesn't look bad are the shields. The have two main advantages. First of all, they are well sculpted (the eye thing is a nice touch). And secondly, once glued, they cover most of the model.

As always when working with metal minis, I started by removing the mold lines and metal tags, remaining from the forging process (awful lot of them). The bases are also prepared, so all that is left is giving them some solid coat of black. I prefer the Army Painter black primer as it seems to have the perfect consistency and flows well into recesses. But that's the next step, here's how they look like at the moment.

I'm not very enthusiastic about painting these minis but I'm going to use the official colour scheme (mostly dark metallics and black/grey with green skin) so I should be able to finish them quickly. You don't always get to choose what you paint for commissions but I'm not complaining as it pays quite well.

All right, that's it for today. Make sure to check out in a couple of days, pics of painted orcs should be here.


  1. I've not been taken with these models, but I do look forward to seeing how these buggers come out with one of your wonderful paint jobs on them.

  2. I actually love these guys, they are a tough nut to crack on the tabletop

    1. That's what I'd imagine as far as their use in game goes. I'm glad that people are still playing good old LotR/Hobbit. Cheers and thanks for the comment!


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