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By Rob Dean
A few years ago (hmmm…2015), Iron Wind Metals did a Kickstarter for a Chaos Wars revival. The first two armies featured were orcs and elves. I got most of my compact orcish army painted a while back, but was looking at a new set of rules last week (Fantastic Battles). I needed at least one more leader stand to use my Chaos Wars orcs, and I knew that I had a few orc leaders from that Kickstarter I hadn’t finished. Happily, I was even able to find them among my boxes of primed figures on sticks.
A friend asked me to do some conversions to make some Space Marine TM Drop Pods TM he had laying around into Chaos Drop Pods, aka Dread Claws TM. Naturally I was flattered.
I have three distinct ideas but any and all feedback is very welcome.
Drop Pod plus a couple of these kits(lucky Prime Day find!):
The tricky bit is that I have 4 of quite a few parts and the drop pod has a 5 fold symmetry!
Drop Pod plus this guy (who surely comes from a long lost GW chaos mold):
Tricky bit is that I could probably use some cheap plastic sea creatures for some more texture but haven't found the right ones at the right price.
Finally something with this:
To make something Halloween Horror themed.
Another 7 days KS by Medusa Minis. I have been quite happy with their previous campaigns. 9 pounds for the whole set or 25 if you missed the previous orc sets.
I'm a little late in posting these, but this year I made a concentrated effort to try to paint orcs and only orcs for October, both to participate in the loose ceremony of "Orctober" and because I really need to finally paint some Orcs for the table. I started out trying some contrast paint for the first time and I didn't really like how the skin tone came out on the first model so I started experimenting. I tried many combinations of basecoat colors, thinning the contrast paint, inks, highlighting and glazing, and different washes. Not all of these even look that different, but I enjoy the subtle variations going on in the theory that, like humans, not all orcs are going to look exactly the same. It was fun experimenting, and I'm looking forward to painting the rest of the Orc crew next year.
Individual pics with the different skin tone recipes I tried below:
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