Sunday 15 May 2011

Back in Mordor (IV)

Took me a while but the orcs are finally finished. I've already mentioned in my earlier posts that I'm not a big fan of these sculpts but I tried to put some life into them nevertheless.

I did some minor conversions, a few headswaps and I also used different types of bases for minis that have identical pose. Another thing I did to aviod the 'army of clones' look was using different colors on twins while maintaining a coherent color scheme throughout the whole unit. While painting, I'm all about smooth highlights and avoid big contrasts. You can see it on the skins in particuar, though they might look a bit flatter than in real life in the pictures.
Initially I wanted to use only scorched grass for the bases but in the end I decided to use another one. I think it worked out well in the end and made everything look a bit brighter. Scorched grass on its own seemed barely visible with the dark colors of the orcs and rocks on the bases.

To finish things off I used Vallejo's dry pigments for rust effect and fixed them with MIG pigment fixer before giving everything two solid layers of purity seal matt varnish.
I took one pic of the whole group and a few more of some random orcs to give a better idea of how the details look like. I will take more pictures once I've finished the captains and other special characters and put them in themed movement trays.


  1. I like it! :)

  2. These look amazing! I especially like the one with the Warg Riders head.

  3. Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated!


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