Greetings Terrans, I have another unit of ‘Ork Warriors’ finished for the Wolf Time campaign, (35 down, 67ish to go). This is another ‘Bolters and Bolt Pistols’ Warrior skwad, and will defend Gov’ner Kulo in the final scenario of the Wolf Time campaign. As with all the squads so far, I wanted a clear spot colour to help with tabletop identification… I’ve already used purple, blue, green, yellow, red and orange… I’m reserving white for the final Ork Warriors unit, grey for the two ‘teknishun skwads’, keeping black for the power-armoured guards, and brown for all ‘Scumbos’… Basically, I’m running low on options here, so this skwad gets a slightly unusual choice of spot colour:
Now, I know that this is a pretty unconventional choice, but pink is lovely with the green skin tone, and I really like it! I imagine that the skwad adopted it because it’s the same colour as humie skin, so it’s bound to be terrifying to the enemy :-)
Also, this unit is notable for the inclusion of LE1 – the original and firstest ever GW Space Orc! He’s the chap in the middle with the bigger base, and is the leader of this skwad. I really like the aesthetics of this mini – he has a more simian, hunched appearance than his successors, and this really helps to make this Ork look a lot more alien and bestial than later RT Ork minis. I believe that Bob Naismith sculpted this chap, before Kev Adams took on the range and cemented the more cartoony look that we all know and (mostly) love – a look that arguably still defines the range to this day. However, I really, really like the aesthetic of LE1 – in fact, I prefer it to Kev’s interpretation, (*gasp!!*), and I can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened if Naismith had been kept working on the range…
In other news, the excellent Mark of Heresyofus fame came to visit me over the weekend for a few games of Stylites, and to show me the development of a new (and very clever) board system that he’s been working on! Keep an eye out for a proper post on the subject from me later in the week, with loads of cool photos & info from the weekend, but here’s a little teaser for you in the meantime :-)
Have a good one folks!
As oi seez it, dat is sum roight kunnin finkin’ der. Humies are pink and we are green, but if we wear pink we can sneak up on ’em – get ’em wiv a bit of da old taktiks init?
Just realised that we’re both working towards 100 ork boys. Reckon you’ll get there first though, I’ve been chipping away for about a decade and still only have 60 odd. Great work on these – the pink may be unusual but it’s certainly effective :-)
Kunnin is dead right mate ;-) I think your Gobbo’n’Skaven mountain might just give me the edge mate, but to be honest, I’ve really got the bit between my teeth on this project – RT Orks are just so much fun to paint!
I cannot tell a lie – I do have an unhealthy obsession with mighty hordes. :-D
I can see those would be really nice models to paint (a must when you have so many to do). That Naismith model is very nice and like you, much as I love the Kev Adams style, it’s interesting to imagine how modern orks would look if they were descended from the Naismith style instead.
Yeah, I’d like to visit some parallel universe with more ape-like Orks! It’s funny how certain sculptors came to define a whole faction… Kev for Orks, Jes Goodwin for Eldar… crazy to think what might’ve been!
I wonder how feasible a Naismith-inspired Space Orc Kickstarter might be… Hmmm…
Looks like it’s going to be quite some army when you get it done.
That’s the plan mate – and not just any old army either, but a very specific match for the list in an ancient (1980s) campaign written at the dawn of Warhammer 40k! Quite the challenge :-)
nothing wrong with pink as a spot colour for orks. they love bold colours and don’t have silly human ideas about what colours mean!
My thoughts exactly, and pink & green are such a great pairing, so it would be rude not to! :-)
What snazzy brutes they are. I reckon they do dance off’s and moon walk up and down on humie corpses followed by the crotch grab and bolter shot combo. Waaagh with style!
Loadsa pizzaz darlin’ :-)
Sadly, I zoomed the picture up to have a look in more detail, and the pink does work well with the squad! So good choice! And not being into GW stuff (I know, heresy, but such people do exist) I’d like to say I really do like LE1 – he’s got quite a presence!
Haha, cheers mate, and yeah, LE1 is a far more interesting concept imo
Well, they look like really tough machos in that colour, you shouldn’t worry :P
I know what you say about that elongated face, that ape-like pose… I think some Paul Bonner artwork depicts this kind of stuff pretty accurately and wow, they are beautiful.
I’m also intrgued about the Stylites, looking forward to learning more!
Hey, thanks Suber-man! Good shout on Paul’s renditions of Orks – he presents a far more simian take on them, which I really do like. Glad you’re excited about Stylites too mate, it’s a really cool little project! More will be revealed ;-)
Nice work mate–I didn’t even think anything of the pink until I read the text, so it must work ok! Good camo too :)
Cheers mate, it does manage to look ‘right’ somehow, doesn’t it?
Love it! As you know from my own blog, I do love a bit of pink on a miniature. In this case, it really works well with the green skin. Keep up the good work.
Thanks mate – a very rarely used colour for me, but I may well change that when a suitable subject comes along :-)
Love the hats!
I can’t believe how far behind I am in your posts. Some of them I’ve checked out on my phone, where it can be hard to comment, but I didn’t think I’d missed this many. Going through an hour or so of them at a time (working backwards) in the WP reader obviously hasn’t applied evenly across my favourite bloggers. :(
I’m not too sure about the pink, but then I see that you’ve given it to a bunch of Orks with …NSDAP-ish hats, so I think I can see a deliberate irony there. :)
I’m flattered that you took the time dude! Oh, and the irony is all intentional mate ;-)
I thought it might be.. my versions of those models will be closer to Erwin’s boys. Which to me is a lot more palatable than the usual SS-look.