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  1. Pig Faced Orcs: A Simple Conversion

    I have no idea what caused Gary Gygax, in the first edition Monster Manual, to decide that orcs had pig faces. Perhaps, like the infamous Punkin Headed Bugbear, he didn't INTEND for orcs to resemble the Bacon People, but rather to simply look porcine, and then miscommunicated it to the artist. I dunno. But when I began playing the game, orcs looked like pigs. It didn't last; the British brought us green orcs, other Americans brought us hairy gray orcs, and Ralph Bakshi brought us clips from Zulu Dawn with the Zulus painted black and red eyes and fangs added. But for some of us, our first orcs were pig faced orcs. Some companies make pig faced orcs for us old grognards. Mostly British companies, for some reason. Darksword makes a very fine pig faced orc, based on the splendid artwork of Tony DiTerlizzi... but he's just one orc. Recently, I noted that this one company (British, of course. What is it about those Brits?) had gone so far as to make pig faced orc HEADS, a whole resin sprue, ready for conversions and add ons to existing brutal monster warrior figures in 28mm. They were indeed vurra fine heads, and at not too high a price. I just hate ordering from overseas due to the hassle factor and time involved. And then it hit me. I still had quite a few Tre Manor Bones orcs left over from the Bones 1 Orcpocalypse. All I really needed was HEADS. And so I ducked out and got some farm animals. And threw together a few prototypes. Strictly tabletop quality, because I needed to know how much effort this was going to take, and whether the little rubber pig heads would work in the place of Tre Manor's brutish orc heads... and yeesh, the pigs all look alike... and if they're going to look remotely threatening, they need TUSKS... ...and... hm. Perhaps the project could benefit from further study...
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