Friday, 27 May 2011

Orcs on the painting table

Part of my task this weekend, apart from making progress with the book, is to get my Vile Rune Orcs painted up for Kachas Pass, the first battle in the Bloodbath At Orc's Drift campaign. I've decided to go with Citadel plastic Middle Earth orcs for this battle, and here's why: they're actually quite good.

1. They're cheap, and you can quickly build up a large force of orcs.

2. They are very dynamic, in terms of pose. Okay, they're still on the painting table, but Sebastian and I have used their armoured cousins in a skirmish before (and they've also done service in a Pathfinder game defending their lair in a ruined castle), and seeing them in action so to speak, they do look like they're running and fighting, rather than just standing growling like so many of the GW Warhammer plastics.

3. They are actually fairly realistically proportioned, with no chunky limbs and out-sized heads. Citadel have done their best with the Middle Earth metals too, but plastic gives the sculptor just that more of an edge in terms of getting proportions right.

I'd strongly recommend anyone needing to beef up their orc horde, either for roleplaying games or wargames, to give these guys a look. They are from the Uruk-hai Scouts boxed set, and you get 24 to a box. Shop around, and you'll find them for £15-18, which is not bad. You can buy 10 Mantic orcs for about £7.50. The new Wargames Factory orcs also look exceedingly fine, but I'm building a unit of WF Zulus at the moment (off to the left of the picture), and have not been impressed with these, to be honest.

On the right of the pic you can catch a glimpse of my Undead army for Warmaster, which is making very slow progress, and at the back you might be able to make out some WW2 Germans which a friend of mine kindly donated to me, as he's focusing on 15mm Dark Ages these days.

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