When I was home a few weeks back, Jason, one of my best mates GAVE me his Games Workshop 40K collection. Jason and I played against eachother for HOURS as kids. (OK highschool). I always used my RT Space marines or Nids and Jason always used his guard or Orks or Eldar (or all together). It was heaps of fun. Rogue Trader 40K (1st Edition) was almost unplayble by today's standards and yet... We loved it!
I brought the orks with me back to Australia and I am pondering evil things. Anyway here are the models...
Now you have to keep in mind that we didn't have anyone to help us learn how to paint. The Internet didn't exist in any reality. White Dwarf didn't have painting articles... It was pure trial and error. We were kids... That being said.
DAMN! I remember the orks looking really good and looking at them now... some 20 years later... Some of the free hand my mate painted on those orks is beyond my skill now. Further proof that you should just give it a go and sometimes you will be surprised at what comes out on the other end.
This free hand was painted by what I would consider a HUGE brush now.
The basic painting was base coats and controlled dry brushing but the free hand is nice...
And size wise I am shocked at how the orks' size holds up to todays models...
and of course some things didn't hold up size wise...
Here is the Army: My favourite models of the era... Madboyz!
More Nobs and some command models:
The Green Ogryn that is the Warboss... Still WIP...
I know the models are goofy and not super serious and that there is some serious biker leather envy going on on lots of these models but I don't care. Orks will always look like this is my mind's eye (at least a little). Don't get me wrong I love the "mean" orks of today but these are the orks of my youth. I have nothing but fond memories of these guys.
I am very excited that I get to give these boyz a good home and a 2nd lease on life on 40K battlefields.
If you are reading this... Thanks Jason I will be using these for no good sooner rather than later.