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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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July 14 at 10:41am · Ok slight changes in the composition of the Dvergr Kickstarter. Right now ready to go to produciton I have;
male Elder Wizard
Modular man at arms
Modular man at arms
Female barbarian with battle axe
Male barbarian with wrahammer
Male barabarian with two handed sword
Male pack mule
Female man at arms
Female man at arms B
Not quite ready;
Male treasure hunter
i am working on getting the pics edited and the page ready and finishing up these last few items over the weekend. I am hoping to launch sometime late next week but I will let you guys know more definitely as it gets closer.
OK Gang!! Sculpting for the Warbands of the Cold North IV is done and the figures are off to Valiant for molding.....Now it is time for the next RBg project...... DWARVES!!!!! This will be another Warbands project and will expand the current range of RBG dwarves with a new set of semi modular dwarven fighters3 fitted for right and left hand options, and one fitted for right hand options and one fitted for two handed weapon options and all having interchangeable heads. Along with those I will have a new dwarven elder and his apprentice 4 new female dwarves as well. The warriors and the females are already finished. The elder is almost finished and the Apprentice is underway, and I also intend to make a new set of armoured semi modulars as well. This campaign will be launching before delivery on the last warbands campaign is complete. I just simply cannot afford to wait to complete delivery on WBCN IV before launching a new project.
Good evening all,
so I finished these two this morning, that come from an old Ral Partha set called I think Dwarven Steam Cannon, that was resurrected in a recent Ral Partha Kickstarter. I don't have the actual steam cannon, but I do have two of the three dwarves that operate the contraption, which are here:
I made them pretty much the same color of uniform, because they are running the same big machine, just varying essentially their hair color. They do both have eyes and they are painted, but they are under those furrowed hairy brows.
Here they are together:
There is a third engineer, who is actually working, he's got a shovel and he's picking up coal, but that's a figure I just don't happen to be the proud owner of. I'll have to pick that one up one of these days to complete my little trio of dwarves.
Remember that these are old school Partha, so they are pretty small sized figures. They probably take up about 1/3 to 1/4 the lead of a modern dwarf these days and are probably about 20 mm tall. I really do like these figures, as they are some of the few non-bellicose figures from that time, no weapons, just working (even though they are running a cannon). Anyhow, simple paint jobs, and I hope you enjoy them!
By Rob Dean
I had some painting time at lunch this week, and didn't take anything special to the office to work on, so this is what I pulled out of what I already had stashed there. These are old Ral Partha orcs, as recently put back into production as part of their 2015 Chaos Wars Kickstarter. I'm trying to make a bit of a push to get those units on the table for demo games; my Ral Earth collection includes quite a few vintage units that are out of production, so I don't like to use them in rules demos...I feel like they ought be be done with available figures.
I used the same white/black/red colors on all the shields, hoping that gives a unified feel to the group, even though everyone gets his own unique shield.
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