Don’t get me wrong. I almost respect Ratbag. Who else has gone so far with so little?”
– Brûz the Chopper
Welcome back to part two of my Shadow of Mordor posts in preparation of HobbitCon. For those unaware, HobbitCon is one of the two day events that works on an escalation system, bringing 400 points and then an addition 300 (700 total). Since my last post, I’ve been roped in to playing two days…. So I’ll have to look at another 300 points down the track.
It’s been quite a busy couple of weeks with real life, painting and my new toys (may have got involved with A Song of Ice and Fire tabletop game and some 3d printing.) but I have made some progress on the Middle Earth front.
When I first started this project I had expected to grow tiresome and frustrated in converting up unique Orcs after the first few. Instead It has motivated me in creating, reimaginating, and finishing this army….. However I currently have the problem…. I can’t seem to stop converting Orc .
So to begin I gathered up a heap of parts and bits from my bits box (well places) of games workshop models. However as AoS or 40k tend to be a little big for middle earth, I did manage to find a few bits and bobs. The parts include:
~ A mixture of warriors of Middle earth – for this project I have used Hardrim, Gondor and Mordor Orcs. These models were a mixture of broken, poorly painted and dating back to the original release sets.
~ Hunter Orc Riders – generous in spare heads and parts
~ Gundabad Orc upgrade kit from Forgeworld
~Age of sigmar/fantasy undead – A range of parts from the skeleton,black guard, and mainly hex wraith sprues
~ Spare parts and tools- general things found around including easterlings, greenstuff and paper clips.
~ Some additional Aos parts, mainly from beast men, and goblins.
As of typing I have created 25 unique Orcs for this force, giving me a few reinforcements to add later or just to nit pick at what weapons I want. To make things easier I’ll display them in groups and comment about each section.
Put some muscle into it!
When creating a rabble of Orcs, I wanted to include a variety, so in doing so I wanted some two handed weapons. So without further adieu, I present 3/4 of them.
From left to right-
1) A standard Orc spear with a swap from a gundibad berserker weapon.
2) Normal crewman off the Mordor siege bow.
3) Two handed/spear model with a weapon head swap to an Easterling halberd.
Just poke them with the pointy end!
Any good Mordor army needs a few spearmen, and with rerolling 1s when outnumbering the enemy force there even better.
L to R:
1) Haradrim warrior with a hunter Orc head swap and Mordor orc spear tip. A little green stuff fur to keep it together.
2) A simple Mordor Orc with a borrowed Gondor spear.
3) Another Haradrim with a Mordor Orc head swap and Easterling halberd
4) A Mordor Orc with an Easterling cavalry arm.
5) A standard Mordor Orc . Possibly my favourite Orc model.
Swords and shields lads!
Need something to charge the enemy.
L to R:
1) A Minas Tirith Archer with a leg swap from a Mordor Orc spearman, Mordor Orc sword arm and a spare gundibad Orc arm.
2) A Mordor Orc with a head swap. The face has been carefully trimmed above the nose. Both parts have been flattened out before glueing. Green stuff as required.
3) A Gondor Warrior with a head (Hunter Orc) and Gundabad weapon swap.
L to R:
1 and 2) Mordor Orc with a Hunter Orc hand swap
3) Orc with a Gundabad weapon and a hex wraith arm
4) A Mordor archer with a hunter weapon arm, and minas tirith shield arm and some random goodies in his backpack.
Let lose the Caragors!
For those unaware Caragors are a much larger versions of Wargs, and live exclusively in Mordor.
For this project I wanted to create the war riders and their dismount together so they would look similar in appearance.
1) The model has been created using a simple Hunter Orc with a Gundabad back banner. The foot version was a little more involved as there is no furry chieftain like top on the foot models. Instead I have had to cut a Hunter Orc in half, glue the chest and then add arms from both sprue.
2) A simple Hunter Orc with a Gundabad head swap.
3) Much like my head swap before., I’ve simply cut a hunter Orc head above the nose, thinned it and the helmet out and glued it on.
What’s to come?
Well for the keen eyed, you will notice I’ve only posted 15 or so Orcs up. That leaves another 10 unique Orc to display for the next blog. At the moment I’ve begun to paint, and started some minor things on my characters. So finish off, I’ll see you next week and enjoy the post credit pics.