I've wanted a Orc and Goblins army for a very long time. I had a very small one, back when 6th Ed came out, but it only ever comprised of the contents of the main box. So wasn't very big or effective. I remember always looking at my old White Dwarfs, back when they first became 'fat', and seeing the bright and bold banners they had, and all the craziness inherent in such an army.
Well, late last year I thought I'd give em a go again. I remember a friend of mine who used to play, might have had some of my old orc's so I gave him a msg to see if he still had them. Alas no, but he did get back into the hobby though, which was quite nice. That and he picked Night Goblins (and has done a fantastic job at it too). This is when I went full swing into my Dwarfs, but I had bought some things prior to that call, namely an Gorbad Ironclaw that was metal (I like the weight), and a model I could use as a battle standard and a shaman plus 30 Orc's.
I always intended to do them, but wanted to focus on the Dwarfs so I could play with pretty much painted stuff. Well, since I'm ahead at the moment till our next game, I thought I'd have a go at assembling some Orc's. The idea behind this army is to be Orc centric. Don't know why, but that just appeals to me.
Now with any new project, I always do the general first. This is because the general represents you on the table top, and if its good enough and unique, then I'll stay with the project longer and comit. So I decided to use the cool model of Gorbad Ironclaw. I wanted to have the same model as my general both on foot and mounted in case I wanted that and I dislike when they are different.At first I decided to magnetise Gorbad, and find some feet so I could switch. Turns out that was a lot harder than I thought.
Ultimately I decided to bugger it and just make him on foot and to make a mounted model later on. I gave him some (finecast) Black Orc boss legs (which to be honest took me a long time to find a pair of legs that I thought would be good enough!), and pinned the body on. I changed the position of the axe as I thought this would be more menacing. Finally he found a heroic rock to stand upon. Here is the journey.
Greenstuffed some chainmail over the gap in the axe arm.
Not letting anything go to waste, I'm using the remaining bits of the Black Orc big boss, as the boss for my Big Un unit, as I feel such a powerful orc brings his best to the field.
Colour scheme wise, I'm either thinking red and white on amrour and cloth or red and yellow on armour and cloth. Not decided yet. We shall see.
Let me know what you think!