Monday 26 January 2015

Half Orcs (Dark Alliance Set 2)

4 sprues each with 11 bods. The poses give some conversion possibilities, unlike set 3, but more about that lot in another post.
The Inspiration for these is definately taken from a certain film..but I can´t quite remember which one, a really Long film and something about wizards, a Castle and a seige.
I´ve gone for a "classic" Hollywood colour scheme with this lot, reddish material and humanoid Skin colour.
As ever, the molded flag had to go. Why most manufacturers even bother to  mold a flag or Standard I don´t know, worse still when the dammned Thing is draped in folds around the bods shoulders making it virtually impossible to paint anything decent looking and trying, particually with historic bods, a bloody nightmare!! My Suggestion to the makers, don´t bother, just leave the thick heavy waste of plastic off please. 
The Standard was made in the same way as my Roman Vexillia except the fancy tassles have been left off.
The Standard bearer´s Sword had to be replaced as well, the original one looked like a cricket bat.

And now the conversions. Seeing as the Half Orc set 1 (Pikemen) has only 8 poses per sprue (and two of those look like repeats) and I like the bods on a stand to look slightly different, even if it´s only a head swop, more pikemen are needed. This set gives 6 possible conversions. Set 3, which is more of a film based "theme"set,  has a couple of possible candidates for converting to pikemen, so with These that makes around  16 bods for the pike block, which seems ok. These will make a decent front row.
Ok, Holding a heavy pike in one Hand and a shield in the other is virtually impossible for a Person but These guys are big and strong (although that doesn´t Seem to help them much in that film..they get cut down like straw and the good guys don´t even break into a sweat)