“Roll of the die” time again, so out with the coins of fate, and a double head result meant that this week’s figures again came from “Lancelots” list. The old D30 then came up seventeen and this meant that this week’s winners are…
Box 17– (3x 28mm Games Workshop Orks)
Yes that’s right three more of Matthews (my youngest, though at seventeen not that young really) Ork collection. A root around the tin I keep the remaining unpainted “greenskins” in turned up these chaps (Jumpboyz? or something, I’m not sure of the name as I had already based them so had covered the “slotta” (spit, spit) tags on them. They were however missing a few arms, so these were glued on and as I wanted to add a little variation to them one chaps arms were positioned holding his gun across his chest. This meant that I had to fill the back of his shoulders with a little greenstuff, so while it was out I added a skull to his right shoulder and some sergeant stripes to the left. Then it was out for a coat of matt black and the painting could begin.
As usual this began with a dry-brushing of chainmail, but as these are scruffy “Orks” this was then followed with a second dry-brushing of rust (they just don’t look after their equipment, you know). I decided to go with the “Germanic” feel they had to them so their helmets and trousers were base coated in dark grey, which were then highlighted in light grey. I thought for their jackets I do a bit of “camo” (why do I do this to myself!), so a base of earth brown was applied then “splodges” of sap green and then sand (my darker sand colour this is) were put over the top of this. Finally I added some “dots” in light green to add a little highlight (should you have highlights in camouflage? Oh well they’re there now). Flesh next and a base of deep bronze green was applied to their faces and arms, then after their eyes were added in red and cream, they were highlighted in goblin green (yes I still have some). Then the teeth were painted in using coffee and cream. Their gators, pouches and belts were then added in chocolate brown with leather highlights. I decided their backpacks looked a little plain, so the tops of the “rockets” were first painted dark red then highlighted in bright red (it seems a little silly wearing camouflage when you have a bright red thing on your back, but on one ever accused Ork’s of being bright did they?). These then needed the chainmail and rust dry-brushing doing again. My sergeants stripes were then painted in using an undercoat of citrus orange with lemon yellow lined in over the top. Their boots I left black and just highlighted them with a little dark grey. Then just to finish them off I added a couple of the pipes on the backpacks in royal blue with porcelain blue highlights, some light green “LED”s here and there and some “graffiti” again on their backpacks and they were just about done.
All three were then treated to a slapping with a Quickshade loaded brush and after this the bases were painted in scenic brown before being dry-brushed in scenic green, but no flocking was applied because that’s how Matthew likes them (I personally don’t but there you go), lastly they were spray coated with matt varnish. I have now rolled the die for this week, and it’s something (well some thing’s) a little smaller and more down to earth.
Now before I go, following a comment I made over on Jez’s excellent blog, “Carrion Crows Buffet”, I have promised to show a picture of my own “Proxy Doctor” Dr Who figure, this was made using a Denizen Miniatures figure of “Arthur Dent” of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” fame painted with the fifth Doctors jacket and the Sixth’s Trousers. Also shown are my selection of Tardis’s, so from right to left we have a HO scale Hornby police box, then my own scratch built version followed by to lovely “Ainsty castings” versions (one solid and one in the process of dematerializing, and in front of them another Hornby version this time in N scale. Jez has recently begun his own take on the good Doctor’s adventures, you can check out his progress so far here….
Till next week, cheers Roger.