I started with the Orc boxed I bought for something like 1/2 price at last year's Black Friday sale. With their more human proportions, I liked the look of these orcs far more than the lantern-jawed goons of Games Workshop, and looking over both the weapons offered by the kit and the soldier list in the Frostgrave book, I began to put together an army list.
Or should I say, multiple army lists, built for a couple different styles of play; because I don't have scenery yet, I imagine the first couple play-tests of the rules for me will take place on a more open table than the game recommends, so I have an archery-heavy list, for example, and a two-handed weapon wielding list for if I want to really wade in and chop some metaphorical heads.
And so, I built enough figures to accommodate the different lists I'd come up with. Eighteen orcs in all, built over the course of Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. I had to take a couple more breaks than I'd intended because my eyes began to really bother me and not want to focus - I'm not used to holding things two inches from my face while working on them any more.
I won't be able to begin painting these fine fellows until December 20th, because I intend to make them a good-sized part of my entry into the Analogue Hobbies Annual Painting Challenge, but for the meantime, here they are in their assembled glory:
|Group shot. The group in the foreground right is my "core" army composition, 5x thugs, 2x archers, 1x barbarian|
|The Barbarian, coming in on a lunging down-stroke with his two-handed axe.|
|Three thugs. The one on the right has a sword and scabbard from the Wargames Factory Amazons box.|
|The other two thugs. The one on the left has a shield on his back for visual interest, and a spear clipped from a Persian sprue.|
|All six archers. The arms holding bows outstretched were taken from the Persian sprues.|
|Six Infantrymen, with polearms of various types.|
|I really like how this fellow turned out - I used the archery arms from the Orc sprue to create a "salute/shading eyes from the sun" pose.|
|A better shot of the Persian archer arms on the Orc body. Also, that head has an eyepatch, which I think makes for a very amusing archer.|
|Another shot of the orc with the Amazon sword and scabbard. I was going for a "just drawing the sword" pose. The left arm is the archer arm from the Orc sprue.|