Another double-set from the Wrath of Ashardalon today – we have the Orc Hero model – a Storm Shaman as well as three archers.
Painting was pretty simple, as with the Orc Smashers before them, I went with a Uruk-Hai-inspired paint scheme based around a reddish-brown skin rather than a GW-style “greenskin” look. I figure that when the models diverge wildly in style, Orcs (and a lot of creatures) work better in a colour scheme that fits the setting a bit more. Despite being painted last, the Archers are the models that actually inspired the Uruk-style scheme first seen on these D&D models 5 years ago when I finished painting the Smashers. as they were much more reminiscent (to me) of the Uruk look than anything approaching GW’s Orcs. Besides, the ruddy skin tone fits in well with Ashardalon, being a Red Dragon and all.
The Shaman got a little bit of extra love, but I wanted to keep the palette used on him restricted to earthy tones, with the exception of the magical glow coming from his talisman. He was pretty quick to paint as well, as the model isn’t too busy, and thankfully half of the model is cloaked in a wolfskin, making it much easier to complete!
To finish up, what better than a group shot alongside the Orc Smashers, who have been waiting patiently over the past five years for their brethren to catch up with them and finally get painted!