This article describes painting Orc Infantry 28mm fantasy figures. These orcs are the first orcs from North Star Military Figures and are intended for use with Oathmark Fantasy Battles rules by Osprey Publishing.
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Although there are enough bits to make 30 spears OR 30 bows OR 30 hand weapons, I have made 10 spears, 10 bows, and 10 hand weapons for this group. The hand weapons consist of swords, maces, and axes.
Typical miniatures games include building up an army, setting up a scenario, and forcing the other team to flee or die. Movement is conducted with defined distances for each type of figure. The battles are conducted with dice rolls to simulate the attack and defense values for the figures. Bonuses are added or subtracted for special leaders, weapons, or formations.
I have used steel washers for these figures, but the price of washers is starting to exceed the value of similarly sized coins. For example, when a steel washer exceeds the price of a penny or nickel, people are going to use the nickel for a base.
The figures are epoxied to the base, and some textured acrylic, scenic gravel, and grass are added to make it look natural.
The figures are all painted with Army Painter Speedpaints. Speedpaints are a type of water based ink that shows mostly clear on the highlights and mostly opaque in the crevasses. The contrast wash on the model is then augmented with standard acrylics for details such as the armor and the eyes.
Other products such as Citadel Contrast Paints and Vallejo Xpress are new offerings of the same sort of model paints. They take much less time than the typical shadow/block/highlight and wash/dip methods of getting high contrast miniatures. Here in a previous article of Goblin infantry the Goblins have a noticeably more drab and dull appearance. The Orcs in this article show very vibrant cloth.
These minatures are photographed with a digital camera and lots of light. One give-away that a photo is a miniature and not a life-size model is the depth of field is too shallow. For minis, camera apertures of f16 or smaller are needed to resemble life-size. So this requires lots of light or extremely long exposure times. This photo exposure time is likely around 1 to 2 seconds.
Luckily, there are many modern lights that are great for photography. You can have large, cool studio lights which have intensity and color controls. Or you can have some of the fantastic computer controlled flashes. At least with minis, there is no movement which can show up as a blur with longer exposure times.
Thanks for reading about my latest miniature figures. I hope you enjoyed seeing the details and some of the methods used to create these figures.