From the very depths of page 9, I bring you more of my mediocre painting skills, only for this thread to sink back into the abyss for another month.
As promised, a month ago, Here's some pictures of my new Orc Boy with looted shield. I'm really proud of him, and obviously, he's the best thing I've painted so far. I wish I could take better pictures.
The first picture is of his choppa and the glyph I free-handed on it. It took maybe 4 layers of extremely thinned-down paint to make sure it didn't look clumpy. That was probably the hardest thing I've ever had to paint; if I messed up even a little bit I'd have to redo the entire choppa because I don't know how I did the blade.
The second picture (aptly named Orc Boy 2.jpg) shows the Dark Elf shield I looted. I painted the entire thing black, then mixed some white into the black to draw the basic outline of the DE glyph. Then more white. Then more white. Then more white. Then more white. After the fourth coat, when I realized this was going nowhere, I just drew a thin line of white for the glyph, then a thicker one over it because I wasn't happy with the first line. After that dried, I made a Hawk Turquoise glaze and painted it over the glyph to give it a magical look. Again, after about 4 coats and realizing it wasn't working, I made a Hawk Turquoise wash and painted the glyph with that. The whole process probably took 2 to 3 hours. Then the next day I painted WAAAGH!!! over it. That took about 5 minutes.
The third picture is of the Orc Boy's face. (He still needs a name, so if anyone has any ideas) His head is the one with the stupid top knot-pony tail thing. I cut that off immediately and filed it down smooth. Orcs shouldn't have hair. I started with Dark Angels Green and through maybe 10 layers I got up to a Goblin Green-Scorpion Green mix for the highlights. The problem with 10 layers is I didn't realize it at the time, but I was painting over entire layers with the next one. so on his right arm you can see where there's a jump from DA Green to the rest of his skin color. I'm a little unhappy with that, but he's just a rank and file test subject, so its not a big deal. His mouth and gums were basecoated Mechrite Red and for his tongue I worked up to a Blood Red. His teeth were basecoated Iyanden Darksun (I had just purchased it and wanted to know if it would work) which I coated with Dark Flesh, then Snakebite, then Bleached Bone, then Leviathan Purple wash (I had also just purchased it). This didn't turn out so well, so I just highlighted it with Skull White.
Picture number 4 is of his armor and pants. What I originally wanted to do was what the 'Eavy Metal team does and do a Chaos Black vest with grey highlights. But my water dropper (a re-purposed mouth hole cleaner from when I got my wisdom teeth removed) is a bit touchy and I accidentally squirted too much water into the paint. So I decided to build up from black to Codex Grey making as realistic highlights as I could. Same principle with his pants. I think I added too much water to the blue on purpose so I could get a realistic look. Except I don't think orcs would have blue pants. I'm a little reluctant to paint more Orc Boy pants like that in the future; I'm not too keen on highlighting ass cheeks.
The shield is a bit I bought off Bitzbarn.com (I suggest going there, fast shipping with a flat S&H rate, very reliable, and gave me a refund for a bit they couldn't give me). It's the 'Empire General Skull Heraldry Shield'. I'm going to put some Space Marine purity seals on it, and the orc that's using it. I just don't know how to paint it, because I can't find any pictures of it on GW's site. So if anyone has any tips on how to do that, I'd be greatful.
The next pic is of the 'Empire wounded Orc'. I'm going to be painting it up for Silversword, another friend that got dragged into our painting parties. I really like the idea of the wounded model, and am thinking of getting one myself so I can paint it up and put it in front of my chariott whenever I get around to buying a base for it. Make it look like the Chariot's about to take out the orc for being too slow. I just wish GW had placed the hand in a better place. I just don't want to think about an orc with his hand on his crotch in a reclining position. I'm thinking of starting with Snot Green, and highlighting up through Rotting Flesh to make him look like he's got an unhealthy palor, then use a Leviathan Purple wash to exaggerate his condition. I wish they gave a less angry head for the model though; to me it looks unrealistic that an Orc dying from an arrow wound would still have his war-face on.
The final picture is of a Tyranid I painted up. Silversword bought the Assault on McCragge Reach 4th ed starter set and wants to start Space Marines. The Tyranids are for Godfiend, who likes Tyranids. The scheme isn't Team Kraken exactly, but I tried copying what I saw on DoW II without knowing that it was really the scheme Hivefleet Kraken uses. Godfiend's idea is green armor on grey flesh, which is pretty cool. I know it's not Fantasy, but I'd rather put one picture in here to show what I've been working on since I last updated, than to start a whole thread about one picture of one badly-painted model. If I ever start 40k (next year at the very very earliest) I'd play Orks. Obviously.
I've been thinking of doing all my new Blorcs in NMM armor, but I'm either going to have to get very good at it very fast, or shelve that idea for a loooooong time. I think it'd look cool if I can manage it. Then we can finally see whether or not I make my Pump Wagon or die in a fire.
@Warlord Ghazak Gazhkull: Yeah the new Blorcs look amazing; I'm glad I found the box of plastics before I bought the metal ones (and payed about $20 more). I'm envious of your drive to paint 10,000 points of O&G, and a little frightened by it. If there's anyone to ask, it'd probably be you; Have you ever seen plastic Arrer Boyz, or plastic anything Squigs? Because I'd love to have those in my army, but I don't want to buy the metal ones off GW's site, 3 for $16 (Arrer Boyz) or the set of 5 Squig hoppers for $30. Keep up the good work.
@mdiscala: I looked at the hobby store by my house and they have Ballast for trains, which I think should work for basing; plus, for the same amount of money as GF9 basing stuff I can get like 5x more. So I'll look into that for my horde. Thanks for the idea!
As always, C&C are more than welcome and you really should vote, because I swear I'm going to do my Blorcs. One of these days.
Edit: I think I've decided on a scheme for my blorc skin, so next time I make a post I'll show the scheme and the results.