Greetings Terrans, how goes it? As promised, I have an update for my new Realm of Warcry warband for you – October was the month to paint up the first of the followers rolls, and seeing as it is Orctober, it made sense to get the six Orcs done!
Before we get into that I just want to give a shout out to Argentbadger for his feedback on the Champion’s colours all looking a bit similar… It was bothering me, but it took someone pointing it out to really get me to think about it. As a result, I went back to the mini, (something I very rarely do!), and I brightened up his beard. Hopefully this serves to break the model up a bit visually – I know that I’m happier with him now, but please drop a comment & let me know what you think:
Right, on to the followers… So, when I rolled up my warband, there was one thing that I really, really wanted to have an excuse to paint, and that was Kruelboyz. I absolutely loved these when they came out – the vibe is just perfect for me, being a big departure from the more cartoony iterations of Orc/Ork that GW have traditionally peddled. Not that the more comedic Orcs are not good – they are amazing, and fun, and characterful, and all that good stuff… it’s just that they don’t really do it for me is all. However, these Kruelboyz are the kind of Orcs I like – rangy, malevolent, vicious, and with a really strong look that goes beyond ‘big green brute with a massive chopper and/or ott armour’. Seeing the excellent paitjob that the mighty Wudugast put on them only reinforced this opinion – these were Orcs I could believe in!
Anyway, Nurgle saw fit to guide my dice, and I did manage to roll up 6 Orcs as part of my Nurgle warband… No brainer, I went straight for the Kruelboyz Gutrippa kit. Here are the results, with apologies in advance for the out-of-focusness of some of these – they are a pain to photograph:
I used a drill to poke some open sores into their skin in places, but otherwise these are made as intended. I had loads of painterly fun playing with the pale green skin, and the faded rags & leathers. The metals all got a goodly amount of gunk, and I shamelessly stole Wudugast’s idea for the yellow shields. Here they are as a group, and with their Chaos Champion:
That’s all for now folks, have a good one & catch you all soon.
Dave Stone said:
Great choice on the figures Alex, the look they have fit perfectly for Nurgle, and the colour choices really sell the whole idea.
I didn’t mind the colours on the champion to begin with, but the bright orange really does bring the eye in.
Cheers mate, that was my thought too – perfect Nurgle-bois 🤢
Glad you like the touch-up on the champ too… being so short, I really want him to stand out!
I like em! Will these be your Orktober entry? If so, smashing! Those shields look damn near alive, which would be a pretty crazy thing to face on the battlefield!
Forgot to mention that I also liked that rib cage on the base too. Not that I’m hungry right now or anything!
Cheers mate – it would be rude not to, eh? 😊
Nicely done as always mate and they make a fine group indeed. 🙂
Cheers mate, it’s fun to see Orcs & Dwarfs getting along so well… I bet they want to kill each other really 😂
Awesome work Alex but I’m the opposite to you when it comes to Orc(K) preferences haha. I find the Kruelboyz tooooo skinny. You’ve really brought the nasty little Greenskins to life though.
Each to their own mate 😊
Looking good mate – and cheers for the shout out! Funnily enough I’ve been thinking along similar lines myself lately – that these guys would be great as Chaos Orcs, they certainly look the part here. :-)
Cheers mate, and thank you for the inspiration! They really are minis 😊
Not a big fan of Nurgle stuff but your painting has really lifted that model, The Kruel Boyz have come out very nicely.
Cheers mate, I know what you mean, but I’m honestly enjoying it 😊
Fantastic stuff, I think that the Champion really stands out more with his brightly coloured beard. Those Kruelboyz are excellent, I’m a big fan of the way you’ve done their shields.
Cheers mate, and thanks for the nudge 😊
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Great work on the Orcs mate! Dave Stone pointed me to your blog when discussing Chaos Orcs.
I agree, the Kruleboyz work perfectly as followers of the dark gods, their styles match very well. Given that their ranks also include Hobgoblins, it’s not too far off that the Orcs align themselves with Chaos Dwarfs too. Reminds me of the old Chaos Marauders card game, it also featured Chaos Orcs. If you haven’t already, check out the artwork, I’m sure it can be inspiring for your projects.
Keep up the good work, I’ll definitely keep an eye on your blog!
Thanks mate, and welcome! They really are quite chaotic aren’t they? One of my favourite things about the older editions is the less ridged approach to who allies with who. Chaos Orcs (and Orcoids) make perfect sense to me 😊