@Shadespyre I've never seen yellow goblins, but red wouldn't be a bad choice. I actually considered painting my O&G in a browny-red skin tone before starting the army but eventually just opted for the typical green.
Looks like the brown orc tribe is going to be a thing, then:
I may cut down on the brightness of some of the colours, but I think I'm about happy with the skin tone. The highlights are now a 50-50 pink-brown blend and I think are more subtle (maybe too subtle, but I'll just keep leaving this to natural variation I think.
I now have some fluffy ideas in mind for the orcs, I think they are going to have a broadly Dark Ages culture and probably live in a remote hill fort style village in some craggy hills, and live by a mixture of basic agriculture, trading with each other and other races, and of course a bit of the old raiding and pillaging (they are EVIL and ORCS, after all!)
Thanks @Farmer7574 - just for you I've ploughed on and finished some sword-and-shield orcs and some archers in the same style - my latest addition is a trio of trolls...
I still need to decide what to do with the bases, but I'm not going to let that get in the way of the painting for now. I've got about 1250 points of Orcs underway (3rd ed) and about double that sketched out
Coming out of a months long hibernation, I'm just taking some stock. I didn't paint much last year, mostly just the three characters in the middle there. This year I want to focus on getting a playable army painted to go with them, however small. 40 skittles (10 are already painted, 10 are half painted, 20 are barely more than primed) and 10 doggos brings this up to a pretty decent feeling 1,000 points in age of sigmar, if I drop the knight of shrouds, so I guess that's the goal. For, like, the entire year. Have some commission stuff to finish before I actually start working on these guys for real, though.
Looking forward to seeing that completed! I painted more orcs and more trolls, and assembled some more orcs. More importantly I have started on my "Deathly Chill" models for our painting contest! Have YOU decided what to enter, yet? Deadline February 2nd I think...
@Borgnine Thanks, trying to get that early 80s D&D vibe going. It's amazing how soon brown orcs feel "normal"! I'm basing them for Warhammer and loosely following the 3rd Edition army list (which is about 5 years newer than the models I'm using, so it will be a very loose fit)
Actually got some progress in today, mostly on the 30k raven guard commission unit on the right there, but also got some undercoat done on what will be the green bits of the wolves & remaining skeletons from the 1000 point target, plus on some grave guard, since they were also sitting around, and there's not all that much bone on them. Mostly I just wasnt quite ready to stop after the skityles, but didnt quite have the juice in me to start the green wash, or do anything more on the commission unit.
I also found, but didnt work on, the cage of my partially painted mortis engine. I really should get that painted, so I can glue it to the rest of the model before I lose it for good. Since a mortis engine plus 20 grave guard is exactly 500 points, maybe I should just push my target up to 1500? Eh, that might be pushing it.
(almost) finished two Mortarchs, both with Arkhan as rider. Some shading and basework still missing, but one week of free time due to a sick note was really busy with painting stuff. Actually I'm super pumped with monster work atm, a friend 3d printed me a circus tent that will fit on the arachnarok spider, I built a long-laying Necrosphinx and primed it. Following work could be a bone giant, or some goblin clown infantry
Making some modifications to the spirit tower part of my mortis engine. Ye, it's a distraction from the core skittles & wolves i need to get painted for a playable army, but I want to get the mortis cage attached to the tower, and any adjustments to the tower really should be done first.
Mostly adding some variets via the darker clothy/wraithy bits. A bunch more to do to properly highlight and blend those bits back in, a few other changes planned, mostly just in further differentiated greens.
Already thought about and decided against. Either the parts were a bit warped, or I glued them together a bit wrong, but regardless the cage doesn't quite fit snugly on the swarm, and magnets wouldn't be enough to hold it together properly. And even if that wasn't the case, I'd still be concerned about paint chipping or pieces breaking from attaching and removing the pieces repeatedly.
As is, for transportation the base is magnetized to stick to the bottom of a tall plastic carry bin so that the whole thing remains upright and unhassled. It wouldn't work for shipping or air travel, but for car/train it works great. Travels in the same case as Nagash, arkhan, and other tall models. Not the most space efficient, but convenient & works well. Carry case situation also contributed to decision against trying to magnetize the cage separately, as even just the swarm itself was tall enough to have to go in the tall case anyway.