So if last year was my Year of the Dwarf, this was supposed to be the Year of the Greenskinz. Yet it's only in June that I've finally started painting them, but oh well. I've got a decent sized collection of Orcs & Goblins that I'd like to make an effort to get painted up over the next few months. I don't envisage achieving what I did with my Dwarves, and getting the whole lot done (until I bought more) but I'd like to get a good amount completed.
To give me something to work towards, I'm intending to take this list (or something very similar) to Riotville next year (March-ish):
Savage Orc Shaman (general), level 4, Wyvern, Fencer's Blades, Talisman of Preservation (445)
Savage Orc Big Boss, BSB, great weapon (104)
30 Savage Orc Big 'Uns, AHW, full command, Big Stabbas (385)
5 Forest Goblin Spider Riders, short bows (70)
18 Black Orcs, full command (251)
5 Orc Boar Boyz, shields and spears, full command (135)
Arachnarok Spider, Flinger (320)
Snotling Pumpwagon, every upgrade! (90)
It fits in most my favourite O&G units, particularly the ones that made me start the army - forest gobbos/spiders, black orcs and savage orcs. Plus the gigantic Mierce wyvern, and my converted Pumpwagon.
Anyhow, I've finally made a start and here's 20 of the Savage Orc Big 'Uns (all I have for now) plus the Savage Orc Big Boss:
I've finished the Black Orc unit, plus a couple of BO characters who aren't in the Riotville list - it just made sense to do them at the same time.
I think my models usually photo better than they actually look, but this time around the photos are quite dark and I don't think look quite as good as they should. It's still a rough and ready paint job, but I'm content with how the models have come out.
The Shadespire Black Orcs are class models - they fit in really well, and have great character. I changed a couple of heads over, as I only wanted my characters to have bare heads. The one on the right oozes menace.
This one is a great Black Orc Boss - should've been released for 8th.
This is the old BO Boss - I used to really like the model, but it now feels a little underwhelming (though the shield and mask are cool). It's a bit small compared to the regular Black Orcs, and doesn't look so intimidating when lined up next to them.
The shadespire boss IS a great model. I think I had breezed over it initially due to the horrible yellow paint scheme GW gave it but seeing it in your post has me thinking, can you have enough Orc bosses?
Loving that Shadespire boss on the square base. How does he compare size wise with the old Black Orc big boss?
He compares favourably:
He does have one foot (the back right one) raised on a mound, and there may be a half millimeter extra plastic under his other foot from round base I didn't clip away. Even so, he's definitely bigger and bulkier - which is what Orc Bosses should be.