Huzzah! The family have been packed of to the Abyss for the weekend (Mersea Island...) and so I think it's high time I actually got around to painting my Orc army for Mantic's Clash of Kings tournament which is coming up in February.
Now, let me start by saying this: The tournament requires a fully-painted 1800pt army. I currently own around a hundred and fifty un-painted plastic orcs (unassembled in some cases!) and this will take me to about 1200pts. Not a problem though because Mantic's minis are, despite being fantastic, some of the most inexpensive wargaming miniatures on the market. I thoroughly plan on buying lots of Gore Riders soon to bulk up the rest of the force, but at the moment I only have foot troops.
But anyway, the point I'm trying to make is that this will be a big job to get them all done.
Now, the orc Flagger you see above took about two weeks to paint, but there is no way I can spend that much time painting rank and file to this standard. Instead, I will be trying out The Army Painter's dipping method. Obviously, for a gamer whose first love is painting, this may seem anathema to their hobby principles, and it is. But this isn't an exercise in fine painting, it's an exercise in army painting.
My plan is to basecoat and dip the entire army (excluding characters, which will be painted to somewhere resembling the Flagger's standards) and then, should I have the time before February, I'll go back and improve on the detail, beautify the front ranks, add weathering to the metallics etc.
I'm going to dedicate pretty much 100% of my hobby time to this project from here on in, and the plan is as follows:
Today I hope to finish assembling the troops I currently have, and gravel the bases. From tomorrow, I will basecoat all of the miniatures (testing the first few with the dip to see how they look). If I can basecoat ten orcs a day, then in theory my current horde will be ready to dip in less than three weeks. Hopefully, having a full day to paint tomorrow, I'll be able to make a significant dent in the numbers. After that, I'll finish the bases on all of them before buying the remainder of my force.
So, onwards and upwards and all that...
Wish me luck!