Kromlech: Orc Juggernaut Mecha-Armour Squad – Polish Resin #4

A few weeks ago I saw some previews of some new items from Kromlech, a polish outfit who do resin conversion parts that happen to fit popular heroic 32mm Orcs and Armoured Space Warriors. I’ve gotten stuff from them on occaision, but when I saw these, I knew I had to order them right away, as I knew they would fit outstandingly into my Ork army. No pics of the painted elements of that army unfortunately, as they got attacked by a dragon from the warp a couple of years ago (or possibly a cat) and there was critical falling damage and then some foot-crushing damage when I next entered that particular room. Then I had to move. Twice. So they’re still “in the shop” until I get properly set up here.

Anyway, when I saw these, I had to own them. So I made that happen. By sending them money.

The casts, as you can see are absolutely brilliant. No flash. No bubbles. Every bit of detail is crisp and visible. The resin is not the type that makes you itchy. They’re literally a pleasure to look at and handle. I haven’t been this impressed by a new figure in quite some time. Why? The details and the casting. You can really tell the thought and care that went into these models by looking at all of the little things.  The scavenged weapons bolted onto the arms are filled with detail, right down to the wires and tiny hydraulics that are jury-rigged up to pull their triggers.

The set also comes with 5 heads so you’ve got a fair bit of choice for the three, or if you purchase more for a bigger unit, it’s that much easier to individualise them. I also got a set of their Orc Gas Mask heads that I may or may not use on these – or perhaps on some infantry.

They’re also huge. Stacking up as bigger than Ghazkull in mega-armour and pretty solidly to Killer Kans. Regular Mega-Armoured Nobs won’t stand a chance. So they’re also completely suitable for use as a Warboss. I also included a Terminator and a power-armoured marine, who both just look weedy in comparison.

Enough talk. Time for the pictures – they’re all clickable for larger versions:

Orky Size Comparison. Note the Kromlech Base is slightly shorter than the GW ones.

Size – Compared to Marines.

Overall Size Comparisons

Armoured heads on top. Gas Mask heads below (purchased seperately).

Torso Left

Torso Front.

Torso Right

Legs Front.

Legs Rear.

Right Arm Outer.

Right Arm Inner.

Left Arm Outer.

Left Arm Innner.

So basically, I was impressed by how they looked online, and having them in hand, I’m even more impressed, and a little surprised at how good they are (a lot of the little details just aren’t visible in the preview photos I saw) and how well they’re cast. I should point out that I’ve got no affiliation with Kromlech and I bought these for full price from their eBay store.

If you’re interested in checking out more by Kromlech, look up the Kromlech.EU Facebook Page or these figures can be bought directly from the Kromlech eBay Store.

Basically, if you play Orks in Warhammer 40k, are looking for an impressive and imposing model for your games of Deathwatch or Rogue Trader RPG, or just want a big cool model to paint up, I can easily give these my highest recommendation.

Polish Resin #1 – Maxmini Orc Pirate Heads

This week I was lucky enough to take delivery of several sets of resin conversion parts from a trio of Polish sculpting studios. Since I know I’m always keen to see “in hand” and decent quality pictures of these things (as opposed to the website pics which can be small or not so great or even “too perfect” 3D renders – and they usually can’t show you comparison pics with other manufacturers’ models, so I’ll do some of that as well.

First up is some stuff from Maxmini.

I have the Maxminis Pirate Orc heads. Just right for any group (crew?) of freebooting Orcs, Orks or even Orx that one may want to put together. I picked up both sets – the larger Nob-sized Pirate Orc Heads as well as the smaller Pirate Orc Boys Heads.

Maxmini Orc Pirate Heads

Comparison shot with some Black Reach Orc Nob heads, and also a couple of pics of a couple of the Nob heads blu-tac’ed onto some Black Reach Ork bodies.

Maxmini Orc Pirate Heads

Maxmini Orc Pirate Heads

Brilliant sculpting. Easily on a par with or better than GW (better than their plastics, equal at least to their metals and I haven’t checked out finecast yet). The resin is good quality – not the kind that makes your hands itch after touching it, and as can clearly be seen by these pictures, there are no miscast parts, no bits of the mould stuck in the detail, and not even any bubbles in the resin. Cleanup would take about 40 seconds-1minute per head – just trimming any tiny pits of chin flash (not all of them have any) and flattening the base of the neck. Top quality!

I’ve also got some of their Steam Knight stuff I’ll put up shortly – probably tomorrow if I get time. That’s also extremely well done. I’ll definitely buy more of these guys’ Orc resin pieces in the future.

Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP #2

Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP

Here I have added more basecoating to the face, arms and bangles as well as some drybrushing of the sand around the rocks. Painting the base rim always makes a figure look neater.

Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP

Blurry pic – work done on the face, teeth, bangles, hair. At this point I wasn’t sure if I’d use the existing warpaint (in the end I didn’t).
Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP
The rest of the skin re-base coated, base coats on the hammerheads. More work on fingernails, bangles, other little details.
Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP
Shading of flesh. Lots of other stuff close to finished.
Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP
A final bit of shading and highlighting, some static flock to add some colour to the base, and we’re Finished! So that’s the process of painting an orc. Exciting, eh?

FIRST POST!! – Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP #1

So anyway, what inspired me to start this thing specifically was a thread on f13 about miniatures, specifically IainC’s posts of his Daemon army with links to his blog for the piccies.

To start with, a series of WIP shots showing the progression of a figure. It was only the second figure I’d painted in a couple of years, for a charity auction at work for the Victorian Bushfire Relief, for the fires of Feb 2009.

Anyway, the process of painting this figure was enjoyable, and got me interested in painting again, so I’ll be posting more stuff over time.

The figure itself is a Savage Orc Champion, from Games Workshop. The figure is about 10 years old, which I aquired from a friend when he sold off his Orc army to me, which I then never got around to doing anything with.
Jared had started to paint the flesh, but I preferred to do a complete repaint in my own style. Since this was to be a display figure, I mounted it on a 40mm round resin display base from Back To Base-IX.

Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP

To start with, I just removed the tab from the Orc and mounted him to the base with some brass rod.
Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP
A mix of black and very dark grey onto the rocky section of the base.
Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP
A couple of layers of drybrushing on the rocks.
Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP
And a basecoat for the sand around the rocks.
Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP
A wash on the sand…
Warhammer Citadel Savage Orc Hero WIP
Basecoat for some of the skin and the rosewood-style club handles.