Greetings Terrans, I hope you are all well, and that you are enjoying getting back to normal after the festive season! After a slightly disjointed Christmas, I am back into the groove with my Wolf Time project – as a result, I have a new skwad of Scumbos to share with you:
As with almost all of my Scumbos, these guys are converted from various fantasy Orcs, with lots of bits sculpted on by yours truly. I’ve given them all a weathered & scruffy look, with plenty of rust & gunk… even the red spot colour is quite subdued – almost an oxblood brown rather than a true red. I hope that the overall effect is one of a mob of lower caste of Ork, (as described in the scenario), when compared to the better equipped and presented warrior skwads. Im pleased with them, and I hope you like ‘em too :-)
In other news, my buddy Ross and I have kicked off a little side project, based on the AoS skirmish rules presented in this month’s White Dwarf. We’ve both drifted away from AoS a bit recently, but this skirmish system has rekindled a bit of interest. In addition, Ross has precious little time for painting & modelling these days, while I’ll be fitting this in around the rather demanding Wolf Time project… Long story short, the small scale of the project suits us both well.
The ‘rules’ of the project are as follows:
- Build & paint 100ish ‘renown’ points in Feb (to include our Generals), and 25ish renown per month thereafter, up to 250 pts. This should equate to a manageable 3ish minis per month.
- The warband must be from a faction we don’t currently collect. Ross and I chose the faction for each other, with me getting Daughters of Khaine, and Ross getting Sylvaneth
- Set in a common realm, (realm tbd), based & modelled accordingly
- Push the modelling & painting – AoS28 style, crazy conversions, grim-dark, etc.
- Lowest cost possible – beg/borrow/steal, freebees, scratch build, re-use, etc.
- Narrative rather than competitive warbands – named characters, backstories, etc.
Should be a fun little distraction for Ross and I, and of course, we’ll be pitching our warbands against each other as we go. Furthermore, you can expect a growing background & narrative from me as the project progresses – I already have some cool ideas in that direction which I hope will make for a good read!
That’s all pretty exciting, (for me at least), but I would like to share that excitement with YOU! I therefore encourage you to take part & share your progress on your blog if you’ve got a hankering to do something a bit different this year. Simply choose a faction & follow the guidelines above – simples! Looking forward to seeing who signs up & what you come up with :-)
Anyhow, that’s all from me for now – catch you all soon!
They came out good; I like them. If the milieu you are playing in has the theme of orks getting bigger as they increase in caste (and confidence) they perhaps the smaller size of these orks, compared with some of the newer miniatures is easily explained … not that explanation is necessary of course … by their smaller size. Like that over-sized falchion-looking thing one of them has.
Thanks Ann, glad you like ‘em. Scale is a bit arbitrary with these old minis, but the fantasy ones do seem a bit smaller & scrawnier than contemporary Space Orks, which works well I think. I’m certainly going to make the named characters a bit bigger again, so yeah, size will definitely be part of the overall narrative.
Interestingly, the boy with the falchion is actually a metal version of the Heroquest Orc, so I’m especially chuffed to have him included :-)
I thought it was the hero quest model. I never realised they produced a metal version. Cheers for the insight!
Tbh, neither did I mate – I got him in a job lot from ebay & didn’t even think about it until I started painting! :-D
Sounds like a fantastic little project you got planned. I cannot wait to see what you got installed.
I just got my hands on the big Cauldron of Blood kit for another project so if you need odd bits from the kit just let me know. Some bits are spoken for but most are not.
Cheers mate, should be good I hope! That’s a kind offer bro, I’ll have a look at the sprues & let you know, but it’ll be the figures that I need most, so probably spoken for :-)
I think I can spare one of the girls.
👍 I’ll email you
You already know it, but I love every step you take on this project.
I’m not really into AoS, but the basis of what you are planning look ace to me, I’ll be looking forward to progress :)
Cheers Suber, it’s all comming together nicely :-)
Mark A. Morin said:
absolutely loving every aspect of these. Bring on more Alex!
Cheers dude, plenty more to follow – I’m only at 60% painted!
Love the name Scumbos and the figures too. Very nice work. Good luck with the project and I for one will look forward to your progress reports.
Thanks TIM – we can thank Rick Priestly the campaign writer for the names! :-)
Loving the sound of the project man.
Cheers dude – tempted?
Pete S/ SP said:
They look great. Love the conversions you have done.
Thanks Pete, glad you like ‘em :-)
These teenage scumbo dirtbags (baby) look fantastic! You’ll also be pleased to know that I’ve started using the term to refer to people in the street (to Marouda) that we’re best off avoiding (druggie types) as we do our daily rounds – as in “look out, scumbo to the left, 9 o clock.”
The AoS project seems pretty cool as well. I’ll have to find where I left January’s White Dwarf and actually look inside the thing!
Cheers mate :-) Funnily enough, I can imagine that working well in an Aussie accent… ‘ya flamin’ skumbo’ has a certain charm :-)
First of all, love the skumbos (especially that one with the hook for a hand, he looks like a right bad ‘un). There’s something almost goblin-y about them, perfect for low-ranking, down-and-out orks.
Secondly, the AoS skirmish project sounds great. Very much looking forward to seeing what you come up with here (will we see Ross’s work also – or does he have a blog of his own?) and yes, I’d be up for taking a swing at it. I’ve been planning to make an AoS skirmish warband for ages, even more so since I saw the rules in this month’s White Dwarf so this sounds like the push I need to get me to actually do something about it.
Thanks mate, I’m glad you approve – I like Scumbo Hook too, he’s a seeky little bugger I reckon :-)
Chuffed to have you onboard with the AoS Warband mate – Ross does have a blog, (link above), and you never know, we might all even meet for a game one day! Stranger things have happened :-)
Good looking Skumbos. Are you nearly finished for the Wolf Time scenarios by now? You’ve put in a lot of work on them.
Looking forward to seeing some Daughters of Khaine from you too. I also caved in and bought some a while ago which I’m very gradually working my way through. The dynamism of the miniatures really works for me.
Cheers mate, I’m about 70% painted on the Ork side, so getting closer… still got 100% of the Marines to paint, plus all the terrain though, so ‘closer’ is very relative in this case…
I’m fired up about the DoK too man! I’ve got all sorts of weird & wonderful ideas fizzing around in my head – can’t wait to get stuck in :-)
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