Thursday, 8 January 2015
From Millsy - Yet More Blumin' Savage Orcs (225 points)
You'll be please to know this is close to the last of the Savage Orcs, so those who are starting to feel ill at the sight of little green men will get some respite. :-)
First up we have my fourth units of Savage Boyz with hand weapons, in this instance "Da Deff Kaps" after their icky yellow face-paint. They were to be "Da Blak Deff" but black face-paint over green skin looks awful and my test minis convinced me to go with Curt's favourite yellow.
In total I now have 96 infantry with hand weapons which is more than enough to see off most things. They are tough, resilient and completely unpredictable. Half the time I play them I'm merely there to move the miniatures around while they merrily go about their business completely uncaring of my wants or desires.
All that infantry left me in need of a change so I threw the first of two units of Boar Boyz onto the painting table. These chaps are "Da Purpul Porkas" and hopefully will do the business for me on the table top.
I had enough shields for these by scavenging left-overs from my skellies and I rather like the designs as they seem suitably savage, The motifs match up with the skullz and severed heads that adorn pretty much everything including the leader's cloak. That's also covered in feathers, rocks and other crap and has been nicknamed his "cloak of many dead things".
There's a design flaw in the early model boars where the tails are shockingly fragile and I had to make 5 up from wire, curled about and then glued in place. I then broke the leader's tail when finishing the painting so I had to glue that back on for the photos.
Cue bad language pour moi which then elicited the usual "Are you sure you enjoy this?" from Mrs Millsy. It'll have to be replaced and I might as well do the other two at the same time as it will inevitably happen again.
I've only got enough boars for half the remaining unit at present so if anyone has another four they have no use for I'm happy to trade or buy them from you.
I also managed to squeeze in a few Flames of War German trucks this week as I had promised my mate Evan I'd finish off any outstanding stuff from an army he bought. The paint job is pretty basic by my standards but it matches the rest of the force which is the key thing. The Kubelwagen with the roof down became known in our group as "Das Kubelwagen der Schande" after the original owner constantly appeared with only one unpainted item in the whole force.
And lastly, here's a pic of the usual type of chaos which goes on during painting. I have so many projects on the go at any one time that I use the lids from icecream containers to move them about. Empty tea cups are also a typical adornment. The wooden blocks are a major tool in enabling me to paint quickly, giving me a good grip on the mini and preventing touching the paint work, plus a solid base when not in hand.
So that's 24 x infantry and 8 x mounted figs in 28mm for a total of 200 points. Throw in another 24 for the 4 x 15mm vehicles plus whatever Curt deems a pigtail or three and some swearing to be worth and I'm back in pole position...
PS. I just did a quick bit of math and my total so far for the Challenge is 464 miniatures and vehicles.
464 minis! Holly smokes, that is A-Mazing!! The hobby industry needs to give me some sort of promotional kick-back for the hobby frenzy the Challenge creates. You know, something like a Ducati. No? Okay, how about a bicycle? Roller skates? A free coffee mug full of paint water..?
This is an awesome entry Millsy. Even though the yellow is fabulous (again, my favourite colour) I have to say that the bright purply shields are completely ace, love 'em.
Yeah, I remember those freakin' faulty boar tails, for sure. I don't think I have a single one of those old school hogs in my cabinet that doesn't have its original rump ornament snapped off. I'll have to check 'Shed A' to see if I have any of those blighters left. If I gots one I'll sends it.
Love the pic of your hobby space. The ice cream lid organizer idea is genius - especially the square-shaped lids, very space-saving and efficient (twitches in an OCD spasm of delight).