Orkheim Ultraz: New signings

Now I don’t know about you, but getting back into the swing of things in a new year always takes me a while, and this holds doubly true for the activity of painting models. So I spent quite some time in the last weeks hemming and hawing and choosing which model(s) to paint next. I am now in full swing again, I am happy to say, but it’s always a messy start. What helped me, in the end, was to have a bit of fun with the lighter, more comedic side of our hobby, as I added some models to my bumbling team of Blood Bowl players, the Orkheim Ultraz. So let’s take a look at the latest additions to the team:

The first two models have actually already made a small appearance on this blog, as part of my 2018 recap, as they were the very last models I painted last year. But I think they deserve their fifteen minutes of fame, so here they are: Two Goblins with a mean streak and a chip on their shoulder:

Both models were built after I played a round of Blood Bowl 2 on the Playstation 4: I really liked the endearingly mean look of the Goblins in the game, so I decided I needed some more of those evil little guys. The model on the left was very much inspired by the fact that the armour on some of those old WFB Goblins already perfectly looks like some kind of old-timey sports gear — I just had to swap in some Kroot shoulder pads, and the look was all there. His buddy is daring you to kick that ball, and he’s definitely not going to pull it away — grot’s honour ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously, though, I think I owe the Charles M. Schultz estate some royalty fees for the character concept…

All in all, this brings me up to four Goblin players for my team:

The first two were built as Night Goblins, back in the day, mostly because I still had a lot of bitz for those knocking about. I rather like the added variety, though — and my troll now has more playfellows to chuck at the opposing team. Sounds like WIN-WIN to me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh, and for the sake of completeness, let’s not forget the Goblin Medic, of course, another 2018 addition:

While the two goblins were the last models of 2018, I’ve also managed to complete some more members for the team in the new year — two Orc players originally converted back in 2017:

These are actually a part of my plan to round out the various player types in order to give me enough flexibility in every given situation. On the left is a thrower, on the right a fourth (and likelyfinal) Orc Lineman.

The thrower was basically a fun attempt at creating a model that suitably resembled my previous thrower to instantly communicate the fact that these two share the same role:

At the same time, I also wanted him to be his own man, err, Orc, so I thought it would be fun if he were in the process of lobbing a squig — either at a waiting teammate or at member of the opposing team…

In any case, the squig seems less than thrilled at the prospect…

I really like painting squigs, by the way, and think they are one of the best parts of GW’s greenskins — I may need some of those brilliant new plastic squigs, come to think of it…

My Orc Linemen all have a very dynamic, if bumbling look — as though they were desperately trying to catch the ball. By comparison, the new guy seems just a tad more focused:

I am rather pleased with the action-filled pose, to be honest.

So with four new models, that leaves me with only two Black Orc Blockers left to paint, and then my Orkheim Ultraz should be completed:

I still have a couple of ideas for accompanying models, hangers-on and small terrain pieces, however — it’s always great fun to explore the somewhat more humorous side of our hobby, and like I said, a Blood Bowl Orc team is the perfect occasion of doing just that!

So three cheers for our latest transfers! I would love to hear what you think about the models, so please leave a comment! And, as always, thanks for looking and stay tuned for more! ๐Ÿ™‚

22 Responses to “Orkheim Ultraz: New signings”

  1. Mr. House Says:

    Great article! Love the lucy goblin. The pose is so well done for a plastic model. Keep up the good work!

  2. Usually I find it a little difficult to wind up into the new year but 2019 was different. I threw myself into painting. Iโ€™m a converter at heart so that move was a bit odd for me but Iโ€™ve been enjoying the painting a lot.
    I love those nasty little goblins and the look on the one holding the ball screams MISCHIEVOUS hehe. Iโ€™ve never played BB or owned any minis but Iโ€™m becoming more and more curious by the minute. Keep up the great work. I always enjoy your posts.

    • Oh, I am already hard at work again, so this was only a short slump. It did take some doing to motivate myself, though, I’ll admit that ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think what’s great about Blood Bowl, apart from it being a great way to explore the lighter side of Warhammer, is that one can use both the great new plastic models as well as a wealth of old and new plastic bitz to cobble together your own teams — quite a cool creative challenge, really!

  3. You’ve made a good start to the year with these, well done! Thanks to Azazel’s challenge I started off well with scenery, although I don’t have a lot to show for it!

  4. Great stuff – that goblin with the ball just has the perfect, malevolent facial expression. Seeing these has also reminded me that it was most likely you who I saw putting Night Goblin heads on BB goblin players and inspired me to follow suit, probably not the first (or last time) you’ll inspire me to do something and then I’ll forget the idea wasn’t my originally and won’t give credit where it’s due!

    Good work on those Black Orcs too – I think I’ve said this before but it always impresses me to see someone continuing to kitbash their own Blood Bowl players for a team which has a plastic kit available, and doing so with such style as well. I really think your team is at least as good as the official one (and that’s definitely a compliment – I love those official orcs!)

    • Thanks, man! Going with kitbashed models was really the most practical choice, given the fact that the biggest part of the team was already finished when the new models were released, but it has also become a fun challenge: For instance, seeing the new special Goblin characters with wings, chainsaws and what have you, I immediately thought: Yeah, I can kitbash those ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Very cool – love those Gobbos!

  6. This is good! Funny how Iโ€™ve done quite the same project a few years ago. Conversions rules!

    • Cheers, Ad! The coincidence doesn’t stop there: When I checked out your blog just now, the very first post had some content that is very relevant for a current, still top secret project of mine… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. These guys look great – the unique posing is the extra thing that makes them especially great!

  8. Love the gobbos, they just express malice like no other model!

    • Haha, they do, don’t they?

      That’s what these old Gobbo models, clunkiness aside, really got right. The next round of (Night) Goblins seemed angry, rather than mischievous — although the new Gloomspite Gitz are definitely a return to form!

  9. I love these guys! They’ve got so much character to them. Those linemen are particularly great. The colour scheme’s very striking too. Great work, dude!

  10. […] I started these back in 2013 and have kept adding a few models here and there ever since. After my latest bit of working on the team, I was basically down to two last missing players: These Black Orc blockers […]

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