When considering the minions of the evil wizard Zargon (or Morcar, depending on your nationality), it is not their strength that is most daunting, but their numbers. This is no more true than when discussing – or painting – the Orcs.
Overall, the process of painting these miniatures was relatively straightforward. I do find that I get into a groove by the ninth or tenth miniature in a group, so I think this set is a little more polished than the previous four.
There was one hiccup that I encountered, however. After finishing the skin and cloaks on the third and fourth Orc, I made the mistake of leaving them on the dining room table when I went to work (this is not unusual, and had not caused issue in the past). I came back to find the paint on the faces, cloaks, and legs to be scraped and peeled, requiring a good bit of touching up. Apparently, my four year-old daughter had been stabbing one orc in the crotch with the other’s sword, only to get them hooked together. She really did quite the number on that poor fellow’s groin… These imperfections are still noticeable to me when I look closely, but the damage was repaired well enough (there was NO WAY I was going to repaint them from scratch!)
Once again, I took great pleasure in trying some new techniques, specifically with his leather boots and belt. Vallejo makes several themed box-sets of paint, each including a brief instructional pamphlet detailing their use. This style of leather was from the “Wood and Leather” (70.182) set, and I have long used their “Non-Metallic Metal” (72.212). I cannot recommend these sets enough. I am a huge fan of Vallejo paints, in general, but these boxes are not only a great deal (usually I get them for about 15% less than they would cost separately) but also excellent introductions to more complex skills. I must say, I am incredibly pleased with my non-metallic work on these swords, and feel that I have come a long way from the first work I did on the Goblins’ weapons.
Like their white-cloaked compatriots (White Shirts), these sword-wielding foot soldiers were not so much difficult as they were exhausting. But, six more monsters are completed, and the ranks of the Dungeon Master have expanded again. I have now crossed the half-way mark on the Orcs and hope to power through the other two sets (flails and notched-swords) soon.
The base coat consisted of an approximately 1:1 mix of Vallejo Nocturna (VN) Deep Forest Green (74.009) and Vallejo Model Color (VMC) Green Grey (70.971). Layers were added with the incremental increase of Green Grey. Highlights were done with a mix of about 1:4 Deep Forest Green and Green Grey, with final point highlights of pure Green Grey.
The base color was a 1:1 mix of VMC Leather Brown (70.871) and VMC Khaki (70.988). Shading was accomplished with a mix containing more Leather Brown. Highlights were built up progressively with increasing amounts of Khaki to the original mix, eventually reaching pure Khaki. Some small point highlights were added with a mix of Khaki and a small amount of VMC Buff (70.976).
The dark leather for the belt, boots, and bracer was base coated with VMC Chocolate Brown (70.872). A splotchy layer of VMC Flat Earth was applied next, with some highlights of VMC Dark Sand (70.847). These colors were blended with an overall wash of VMC Smoke (70.939). Scratches were then added with thin lines of VMC Black (70.950) underlined with a 3:1 mix of Dark Sand and Chocolate Brown.
A standard non-metallic metal application was performed using VGC Black (72.051), VGC Cold Grey (72.050), and VGC Dead White (72.001).
Base coated with VGC Heavy Brown (72.153), layered with VGC Heavy Goldbrown (72.151), highlighted with mixes of Heavy Goldbrown and VGC Dead White (72.001).