Posts Tagged ‘Orcs and Goblins’

Showcase: Night Goblin Warboss with Wizarding Hat

Posted on February 27th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

I painted this guy up to make a WYSIWYG Wizarding Hat Warboss for my US Masters list. He is one of my favorite Warboss models and I wouldn’t have made the alterations to the hat if I didn’t now have an extra to paint normally.
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Back to the Brushes 101

Posted on February 24th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

A brief update on the progress of several different projects that are in different stages. Sadly no pictures as the camera hadn’t charged properly. Hopefully just operator error there.The next three “cats” for the WW2 Germans are nearing completion wit…

Laois Masters

Posted on February 10th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

I mentioned last week that I am attending a tournament at the end of the year called the Laois Masters. This will be its third year to be run. I can’t guess what effect ninth edition will have on the format but the current composition rules are interes…

More Savages

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Here is the progress on my bunch of Savage Orcs. These are slow to paint and it is going to be at least two more months to get them done. The flesh is the problem and a complete lack of time to paint. I am getting an hour late in the evening maybe two …

Back to the Brushes 100

Posted on January 31st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Below are some working progress pictures of a few of the miniatures on the painting table at present. Firstly, another Chaos Warrior from Citadel in the mid eighties who will hopefully be completed this evening.Next are two of the nine Uruk Hai that ar…

Couple of wips

Posted on January 27th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Hey again,This time it’ssomething slightly different: wip only post.I would like to focus painting on these so I can see at least one group finished by the end of the year. It’s no painting masterplan, schedule or anything similar for sure: every time …

Savage Orcs: old vs. new

Posted on January 26th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

I thought I might show you my previous painting attempts on these Savage Orcs. Guess which one is the old one? I painted them fairly simply over ten years ago. The skin was something like a Scorpion Green(GW) base coat, then an ink wash and finally a d…

Back to the Brushes 99

Posted on January 21st, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

A quick update on the painting progress at present – apologies for the lousy pictures. As has been the norm over the last couple of months a couple of different periods and scales have been getting worked on at the same time.First up is another retro C…

Showcase: 2000pt Orc Army

Posted on January 21st, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Remember this? It’s my winning Armies on Parade army, yep you guessed it. Just like my Night Goblins I’ve listed this army on eBay as well. More quality pictures after the jump.
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First Pair of Savage Orcs

Posted on January 19th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Savage Orcs are next on the list to get painted. I bought these when I lived in England many years ago. There was a good second hand shop for miniatures where you could get some really great deals. A lot of my students paltry income was spent there on …

Showcase: 2000pt Night Goblin Army

Posted on January 19th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

I spent most of my Sunday photographing and uploading images to eBay. One of the auctions is my huge Night Goblin Army. Because I had all these brand new photos I thought I’d compile them into a new Showcase thread. More after the jump.
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All FAQs in one .pdf!

Posted on January 16th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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Night Goblins finished?

Posted on January 15th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Finally these sixty models are done. It was quite a slog towards the end but I managed to push through. I have refrained from finishing the bases as I may have to put them on round ones all too soon. Hopefully that doesn’t come to pass, it would just f…

Kasual’s Winter Wars Round 2

Posted on January 13th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

My Daemons of Chaos vs. Orcs and Goblins!

The Canvas of War- Converting Grimgor Ironhide

Posted on January 13th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by



Grimgor Ironhide is the most bloodthirsty, violent and destructive of all the Black Orcs. If a single day went by without a battle, Grimgor was known to start camp-decimating arguments, his one good eye blazing with eagerness to find fault and start a good scrap. Two days without a battle and Grimgor would smite anything he could reach. No one knows for sure what would happen after three days, but even scarred veterans tremble just thinking about it. It is this unquenchable thirst for battle that has marked Grimgor as one of the most feared Orcs of all time – he is the harbinger of Gork and the destroyer of all that stands before him.

While the stock Grimgor model is ok, I wanted something which matched his artwork, and really conveyed him as the psychopath he is!

Back in 2014, I attended the “After The Storm” event, a narrative campaign set after Archaon’s invasion of the Old World known as the “Storm of Chaos”. A number of well-known special characters popped up over the weekend, painted by the organisers, and were controlled by different players depending on the narrative at that point. Knowing this would be the case, I volunteered myself to paint Grimgor Ironhide in anticipation of the event.
While the standard GW model is good, I realised as I was painting that it didn’t convey the personality of Grimgor anywhere near as well as the black and white artwork featured in the Orcs and Goblins army book. The stock GW model is standing tall, waving a severed head in one hand, and raising his axe to point towards the enemy with the other hand. The pose suggests he may be taunting the enemy and directing his troops forward to attack. From the background about Grimgor, I can’t imagine this being his leadership style! I can much more easily imagine him tearing towards the enemy as fast as possible, regardless of whether the rest of his army bothered to follow him or not, to begin hacking and rending his way through his opponents. His artwork conveys exactly this image- not another Orc in sight, but Grimgor alone surrounded by dead or dying Dwarfs, hacking with his axe while simultaneously punching a Dwarf and (I imagine) stamping on anything left over!

Inspired- I decided to have a go at converting the existing model to match this iconic bit of artwork! It was vital that I get hold of a Finecast version of Grimgor for this conversion, as the sheer amount of cutting would have been impossible on a metal mini- not to mention that Finecast is fantastic for conversions as it can be heated and bent! I carefully cut him down to his component parts- removing the severed head from the right hand, cutting both shoulders away from the body, and removing the feet from the pile of shields and the base tag (he would be pinned onto a base anyway so he didn’t need the slotta tag).

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Gitsnik (Grimgor’s trusty axe) was removed from his left hand so that it could be bent into a fist to match the punching action from the art. I also completely removed the right shoulder pad from the arm, and cut away the bicep entirely, as this would need to be re-sculpted. Getting the pose right was extremely important to make the model look dynamic enough- Grimgor needed to be leaning further forward and slightly to his left to give the impression of him driving forward, and hefting the axe at the same time. His legs also required reposing and repositioning so that he would be pushing forward, almost like a rugby player, rather than standing still like the original. For this, I used a combination of hot water and a hairdryer to gradually warm and bend the model into the desired position! Once I was happy, he was dipped in some ice cold water to set his new pose. At this point, he was ready to be pinned to a scenic base (leaving room for a Dwarf victim at the front). Re-attaching the arms was the next hurdle. A significant amount of material on the chest near his left arm needed to be removed so that the shoulder could be reattached punching across his body. The other arm (or, the forearm that was left), was pinned and positioned on the right arm, bending where I required the elbow to be, and carefully measured to make sure the resulting arm would be the perfect length. This pin would then form the skeleton of the right bicep onto which I could re-sculpt the details once the superglue was dry.

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More bending of the left (punching) arm was needed using the hot water/hair dryer technique. This arm needed to be almost perfectly straight, with only a slightly bent wrist, to convey the impression of real power having gone into the punch- too bent and it would look weak and pathetic. The dynamics of the Dwarf victim would also add to this but it was important to get the arm correct initially for the overall effect to work. With the arms attached, the head could also be pinned in place (slightly off the body, elongating the neck, to give the desired angle and slightly less stooped posture). Grimgor’s trinkets were carefully removed with a very sharp knife, and reattached swinging off the body to match Grimgor’s motion. This further adds to the appearance of movement in the model, and was complimented by the addition of chains on the body and axe, again matching the overall motion. The trinkets had to be supported at the back by a small amount of greenstuff to avoid being knocked off- after all this model would be for gaming, not Golden Demon! Then began the sculpting- re-sculpting of both biceps (taking care to get the required smooth finish), the rebuilding of any damaged armour plates (these were trimmed with a very sharp knife once cured to give the sharpest possible edge) and the addition of a few trinkets such as pouches around the waist, to cover any details removed at earlier stages, or “teef” attached to the swinging chains etc. At the same time- work was ongoing on the Dwarf victim himself. The challenge was to make the Dwarf as dynamic as possible, despite being based on the extremely static “Skull Pass” dwarfs. I chose a dwarf with the shield down, as if he had dropped his guard after Grimgor’s strike, and removed his weapon arm at the shoulder and wrist so that the hand could be reattached with a long pin to be outstretched, as if falling, and the sleeve re-sculpted over the skeleton. The head of the dwarf was completely removed, leaving only the collar and the lower half of the beard. This allowed me to attach a VC Ghoul head, with a suitable goofy “I’ve just been punched!” face. Since ghouls have no nose, this had to be carefully re-sculpted, before fleshing out the cheeks (Dwarfs are rather chubbier than Ghouls!) and sculpting the beard to blend in with the existing lower half.

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Finally the helmet was re-sculpted including details such as horns and banding using some of the other Skull Pass models as reference. Once again, the final details such as trinkets on the belt were added and the victim was finished!

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I’m extremely happy with the final result! Everything from the repose, Dwarf victim, blood spattering from the dwarf’s face, to the checked freehand worked out exactly as I’d hoped.

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Cheers,
Jon Kerr @Jon_Kerr_T4G

Kasual’s Round One OTB Christmas Tournament!

Posted on December 26th, 2014 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

Bretonnia vs. Orcs and Goblins, Enjoy.

Boarboy conversions

Posted on December 17th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

I have loads of Boars and hopefully a load of riders for them. I haven’t dug through the bits box to see exactly what I have yet but there should be some. I don’t really like the old Boars that much so I have decided to make a few changes. As the heads…

Belated Spider Riders

Posted on December 11th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

I finished these models a while ago but I forgot to post them here. I am really glad I got them finished as I was not enjoying painting them. I can’t say that they were particularly hard to do but they just took so long I got bored. I had intended doin…

A third of the way done

Posted on December 2nd, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

There would seem to be a lot more Night Goblins in my army in comparison to Orcs. I have brough sixty spearmen with me and now I am almost a third of the way through the regiment. Not bad going for ten days painting. I have absolutely no basing materia…

Showcase: Garfy’s Orc Armies on Parade Board

Posted on October 26th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

As promised, I'm pleased to premiere my Armies on Parade showcase video. This is my first video that I've made for the blog. I hope you like it, if you do like it, let me know. It might lead to more in the future. The more traditional format of…

Parade of Banners – Orcs and Goblins

Posted on October 25th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

WIP: Garfy’s Orc Armies on Parade Board #13

Posted on October 24th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Tomorrow is deadline day and I'm adding details to my Orctress. Shields, banners, weapons and lots more which you can see after the jump. More after the jump »

Grimgorz Grimy Ladz, Da Finish!

Posted on October 24th, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

So, I’m done. It’s 2 days before Northstar and I’m done. It was a ton of stuff to do, and I needed some help in the end, but it’s all done. Let’s take a final look, shall we? Characters: Grimgor, NG Warboss, NG BSB, NG Shaman (The version of the list I…

WIP: Garfy’s Orc Armies on Parade Board #12

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

I’m so pleased I didn’t have to buy paint for this project. I also had plenty of spare flock so I didn’t have to buy that either. So far this project has cost me nearly £70. The paint and flock would have pushed it closer to £100. This doesn’t even i…

WIP: Garfy’s Orc Armies on Parade Board #11

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 under , , , . Posted by

Lots of paint on this update. I dug out my old Vallejo paint (I’m a Citadel paint fan nowadays) so I used up all my old browns. I bought some large synthetic water colour brushes to speed up painting the fort. It’s a combination of painting, dry b…