Squeaking in at the last minute is a final Orctober offering: three Giant Black Orcs by Bob Olley. Yes, that's right... they're not just Orcs, they're not just Giant Orcs... they're Giant Black Orcs. That phrase should strike fear into your heart. It's like hearing your doctor say, it's not just herpes, it's not just antibiotic-resistant herpes... it's antibiotic-resistant genital herpes.
One of my arsenal of personality defects is that I am an obsessive completionist. Once I start collecting something, I have to collect it all. So last year, I was proud of myself when I finished collecting and painting all 12 of Bob Olley's Iron Claw Black Orcs (sculpted in 1988). I was proud of myself. I stopped being proud when someone on the Oldhammer Forum helpfully/unhelpfully pointed out that Olley sculpted three more Black Orcs in 1989. These three additions were grouped with the Iron Claw originals in the 1991 Catalogue as "Giant Black Orcs".
|An Iron Claw Black Orc|
I've written before about how much I love Olley's sculpting style. The original Iron Claw Black Orcs are like no other orc: hairy, big-lipped and wrinkled. Sadly, these three later specimens are not so odd. They replicate the conventional features of orcs in the age of Kev Adams: lots of muscles, a comic under-bite and a bald, triangular skull with deep-set eyes. That being said, these are quality models with strong dynamic poses. As with all Olley miniatures, the faces are full of character.
To mark the end of another Orctober, I'm adding a new Miniature Gallery to those gathered on the right of this page: the complete Bob Olley Giant Black Orcs. At least, I hope it's complete...
|Citadel "Giant Black Orc Axe 2"|
|Citadel "Giant Black Orc Mace 2"|
|Citadel "Giant Black Orc Axe 1"|
And a Happy Orctober to you, Matthew! Oi, I am still chuckling with the combo of "anti-biotic resistant genital herpes" combined with beautiful images of Olley-sculpted Orcs!! Grand stuff!! Makes me smile and scratch at the same time! And I share that wonderful personality defect too! Makes for great collections though!ReplyDelete
Yet another range of minis I regret not collecting in my youth. You really did a fine job on these ugly brutes.ReplyDelete
Well done Matthew :)
I have it so bad I take satisfaction in YOU completing the collection...the itch is scratched.ReplyDelete
You've really brought the olley sculpts to life, they look killer, and will be a fine addition to Krapfang's bandits; the bastard!ReplyDelete
Excellent additions to the collection. You can sleep easy now, knowing you have a complete collection.ReplyDelete
I probably shouldn't mention the Reaper Orcs. Or the Folio Works, or the Olley's Armies ones... :P
Well, Axiom, I should dedicate this post to you, since you were the one who started it all for me back on the Oldhammer forum.Delete
Lovely work again. I've been tempted to collect these but the cost and difficulty scared me off. I did collect all of the ogryns/ogres Olley did for citadel and have even managed to paint a few of them. The ogryns really are quite different which makes they fun to paint.ReplyDelete
I have only about six of these with some doubles. Very jealous in the right sort of way. I love how you've painted them in your usual rocking style and bet they will make minced meat out of 24's skaven next time you play him. Hope you ignore the armies book that only allows you ten in an unit.ReplyDelete
Damn straight. Holding an orc army to only 10 Black Orcs is like holding a night out to only 10 pints. Wait, did I say that out loud?Delete
Anyway, fortunately for me, 24 has just the right approach to the rules. The only thing that makes me sad about playing him is that he's got almost 4000 points of skaven, and I have about 1200 points of orc. He needs three or four of me.
Maybe you could get him to led you some clanrats as allies, I don't see why a rival clan wouldn't team up with orcs to bash their rivals about a bit.Delete
Stunning mate, well done indeed :)ReplyDelete
Hope that story about the Doctor isn't drawn from personal experience. Great minis and great painting. Love 'em!ReplyDelete