The past saturday was celebrated the annual painting contest in Quimera Miniatures. I didn´t have time to finish the ork for the contest. It needed more work, more contrast, more colour work, highlights, more outlines, but anyway, I wanted to compete with this figure. This was a mistake and a precious lesson for the future. Never compete with an unfinished figure. In the last three days, I´ve applied these corrections.

Orks + armours + weathering effects = the perfect plan for me. I had in mind this idea for months, a big scale Warhammer 40000 ork, but obviously, it´s impossible to buy one. If you want to paint one, you need sculpting skills or use a previous sculpt and make a conversion. I chose this last option.

I used as a base for the conversion the superb ork sculpted by my italian friend Carmine "thor" Giugliano, based on the Paul Bonner´s artwork. In the moment that I saw for the first time, I imagined a Warhammer 40000 ork with a big armor like Ghazghkull Thraka, so I drew some sketches and I started to work in the conversion. I used plasticard and some bits and as you can see, a very little amount of putty. I need to start to learn some sculpting techniques because the work with the plasticard is too slowly, tedious and difficult.

The ork is very very big. For your reference, the war staff is 18 cm. (7 in.) tall. The size of the figure have complicated the painting, and I didn´t feel comfortable with the painting in any moment.
  • Peter "Baphomet" TothPLUS

    Well, even if you´re writing that you did not feel comfortable while painting it, it´s a great paintjob! I like the idea of a quite “empty base” and an orc with a armour, which is not overloaden by details… I love it and hopefully I will once have the chance to learn some of your skills :)

  • Andy Gillaspy

    This is a lovely piece of work!

  • Enrique Velasco - emuse

    Thanks!. The idea of the empty base is only due to the lack of time. I have to retouch, add some branches, maybe some scenography element like a skull, a space marine helmet, a weapon….I don´t know!

  • Cristina Piras "Violet"

    Incredibile work!

  • Alfonso Giraldes_BansheePLUS

    la vi en mano hace unos dias… muy buena la pintura, me encanto en general.