Today we have a trio of figures that were actually painted awhile back – these were done for Orctober after the batch of Uruk-Hai Berserkers, but they were actually left inside the sealed tub of static grass/flock when I completed them …and then it appears that I entirely forgot about them! “Feral” Uruk-Hai appear to be a GW invention from their post-RotK series of releases, where they basically started making up a whole lot of different shit, vaguely based on the aesthetic of the films.
The palette for these Ferals is pretty much the same as the Berserkers. As with their brethren, there’s a lot of Uruk-flesh, accentuated by dark metal for their armour pieces and swords with a bit of chain and leather/cloth – and (once again) done! I also added some sexy Isengard handprints, and some Blood for the Blood God (aka Clear Red) to finish after varnishing. I only have the three of these, and with them not currently available (and AU prices!) I’m probably not likely to try chasing them down on eBay. They can fit in with the Berserkers as additional models, or in the instance that I want to run some Ferals, I’ll simply fill out the unit with some Berserkers.
Convoluted enough post title for you? It should actually be worse, since the character of Shagrat should really be called Gorbag if we were going by their actions in the books, and then they should both be Black Uruks of Mordor, and – you know what? Never mind all that for now. Let’s just talk about the toy soldiers instead.
So, Shagrat is the one with the heavy armour, shield and sword. He’s also the one pointing, with Frodo’s Mithril shirt. Waitwat? Well, when GW initially released Gorbag and Shagrat (that sounds so dodgy, doesn’t it?) they were doing figures based very much off the films, and so Shagrat got the coat and a pointing pose – probably telling his underlings to kill Gorbag, come to think of it. Later on, when GW changed their focus from being more about the films to being more about selling wargames figures for wargaming, they decided that Shagrat didn’t look war-ish enough, and kitted him out with what they decided was Black Uruk Captain’s gear. No idea why their painted version of him is blonde, though. That’s just weird.
The other model here is a regular Black Uruk, which I had too many dupes of and so converted into a banner bearer using one of the spare plastic banners from either the Chaos Beastmen or Marauders (I’ve got both in the same storage tub). The skulls are pretty oversized, but then I’d say they’re clearly not from humans, and must be from …Half-Trolls. Or something. Not human, though, right?
These three were painted pretty much alongside the rest of the Black Uruks for the most part, just separated out a little at the end and completed last so they could have their little extra bits picked out nicely enough. Two commanders and a banner is probably command overkill, and while I’d like to get that last figure from “Mordor Uruk-Hai 2” blister, I don’t know if I can face painting any more of these guys. Even though they’d be a good idea, thematically…