It’s been thirty-two years since I last painted an Ork! My teenage self rather enjoyed painting Orks ... with blue/grey flesh! But as time passed, and Games Workshop developed a distinct identity and style for their Orks, I found other models (mostly Chaos and Elves) more appealing. I didn’t particularly buy into GW’s vision of, to my mind, big chunky Orks. Professor Tolkien had gotten to me first and, in my mind, Orcs were mostly lean and wiry creatures much as they eventually appeared on screen in Sir Peter Jackson’s films.
So when the new Ironjaws Orruks, as we must now call them, came out I should have hated them on sight. These are the biggest and chunkiest
Of course, it’s a different sort of green flesh; so I’ve been trying out a new combination of colour to those I would use for Plaguebearers. I’m starting with a base colour of Death World Forest. This gives me a slightly desaturated yellow/green tone that works well in combination with my old favourites Rackarth Flesh and Dark Sea Blue.
I’ve got some fairly ambitious plans to paint free hand decoration on the armour, but more on that later. In the first instance I decided it would be best to start painting the flesh before all the armour is glued together. There are some very hard areas to reach on this mini. I’ll be partly covering up some of my early work, once all the armour is on, but at the least I’ll know it’s there.