While Hobbitcon may be over in this instalment of Ratbags rubble, Ill be presenting the paint work and conversions I have been doing among the force. At this stage I hoped to present another blog post or two, however between starting this army and a new job Ive leave it for later.
Just a recap, in my last post I said I had created 25 but only showed 15 of my orc conversions. This time you will get to see 24 of the 25 painted
Orc shields (10)
Orc spears (11)
Orc two handed weapons (3)
Orc Banner (1)
Earlier in the week I received my orc trackers and begun to work on them. For one I simple repositioned the hand, cut off the knife and replaced it with an arrow. For the other I drilled a hole into its shoulder pad, placed a pin and mounted a skull on it. These were then given a simply coat of paint.
As I’m using the Gorbag model I will be keeping him pretty simple. The note able change are the spikes/teeth protruding from Ratbag back. This have been achieved by using the bones/forks from a goblin town weapon and plasticard. The shield is one from a gundibad upgrade kit.
A little more complex than the other characters, I begun by changing the ogres nose to suit an oolg one. To do this I cut the human like nose and begun to greenstuff a pig like snout to the model.
As Ranger has a bit of armour I have begun to construct armour and straps using a mix of plastacard and greenstuff. The knife has been taken from a aos orge bull and glued on. While I’m not entirely happy with the result, it will do for a couple of days.
Morannon Orc Captain
As teased earlier, my morannon orc captain is the bottom half of a Minas Tirith Archer and the top half a of a hex wraith. To get the look I simply removed the fire and chains from the scythe, and swapped the head with a hunter orcs (removing the hair). The bottom half to them tie into the heck knight/grim reaper feel has been greenstuffed into layers of robes.
My warg captain has been made using a fell warg model with some changes. The body itself has been take from a wood elf wild rider with a hunter orc head. The axe itself is a grave guard champion head on a paperclip. To finish off the model I have created a sash and fur using greenstuff.
For those unaware Talion is the main protagonist of the game and you follow his journey as he and Celebrimbor seek to remove Sauron from Mordor.
To keep Talion easy, I had decided to pass him off the Captured by Gondor Faramir model released during the two tower era. This model I felt represent Talion more in a ranger and commander fill as depicted in the Shadow of War part of the story.
So there you have it. While I’m not 100%happy with the result, I do plan to revisit and expand on this force.
In the next installment I will writing some brief battle reports about my games.