A gallery of the 192 miniatures that I painted this year. 192 is a record annual total for me.
When playing Gorkamorka a couple of years ago, I noted that it would be convenient and kinda funny to have a dedicated model to represent “Da Captive” that crops up in a few of the scenarios. After the days gaming was done, while we sat in the man-cave having a couple of drinks and shooting-the-shit, I dug around and found an old Heroclix “Beast” miniature that had a scampering, tail-between-its-legs look that seemed fit for the purpose.
The model was missing its left foot as it had been used to convert this figure, but the scampering pose looked amusing and appropriate for an ork captive. I added a choppa handle to make a peg leg (a common appendage on GorkaMorka) and a standard ork head. I also hastily scraped a butt-flap (I dont know what they call those things, but thats what George of the Jungle calls them) into the arse region and added a couple of “buttons”. And that was where work on Da Captive ceased for two and a half years.
Last December I started working on my ork miniatures again and decided that Da Captive needed to be part of the current wave of ork enthiusiasm. I painted the unitard that Beast had worn like a pair of long-johns, with the red used in my Bigdogz ork forces appropriate for making the model look like its wearing dirty, somewhat somewhat Western themed undergarments.
It has since been suggested that a prison jumpsuit orange might have been a fun approach too, but I didnt think of that at the time for some reason. Sticking to the palette meant that the figure got painted faster and as part of a batch anyway, plus the Wild West look of the red long-johns is just as appropriate I think. An ork in a prison jumpsuit does sound like fun too though.
A speed painted addition to the Alien Flora & Fauna project today, with these Reaper Bones Oxidation Beasts standing in for Rogue Trader Ferro Beasts. Continue reading
Work is proceeding on various sci-fi greenskins at the moment. My current painting goal is to complete my Deadzone Marauder faction, but I have been using the opportunity to work on some of my other orkoids. I find that working on a variety of miniature styles while using the same palette helps to delay burnout.
I really like these plastic goblin miniatures. There are hobbyists out there that dont enjoy the oversized faces on Games Workshops orks and goblins, but I really enjoy painting them.
I painted this figure yesterday evening. I have owned this slightly creepy classic Citadel miniature for about twenty years and have wanted to get around to painting one since well before that, so getting it finished was satisfying. I will use the figure as some sort of unsettling sidekick to a Chaos type in a future Inquisitorial game.
If you are unfamiliar with the sculpt then it might not be immediately apparent from the image above that the miniature is about half the size of a modern 28mm.