This post is in fact to celebrate another little mile stone to warm the cold and ever hungry collector that lurks somewhere in my psyche - Ugezod's Death Commandos.
I've had Ugezod and Guzrog Dogchild for some time now - they were originally part of the Severed Hand Tribe in my Orc's Drift project.
I decided to go with a severed hand (in various amusing poses) as a themed shield design for the unit.
|How better to say "Up yours!" when you've got your hands full.|
|The Mighty Ugezod is certainly a big hulking brute of an Orc!|
|I think Guzrog is supposed to be a Black Orc so is possibly a bit too green but never mind.|
Ever since I realised that I had the beginnings of the Death Commandos I wanted to get out there and catch 'em all. Now, some two years later I have finally tracked them all down, cleaned them up and painted them up!
The delightfully named Shylob Carcassbreath proved one of the more elusive of the bunch. I don't think he's particularly rare - just took me a while to track him down.
He will of course make an appearance in my Hobgoblin army I hope to have ready for BOYL 2015, but for now (and to have him ready for BOYL 2014) I painted a similar design to the Severed Hand theme on Ugezod and Dogchild. Bit of a rush job to be honest so I may well revisit it with a more Eastern design later.
Kudra Stuntysmasher represents the Goblins in this most inclusive of Goblnoid units - I think the only race not included apart from Snotlings are Half Orcs.
|Kudra certainly looks well equipped to live up to his name!|
Actually Mormo would probably make quite a good, if outstandingly ugly, human witch!
I like to think of Gnar the mutant Goblin as the comic, animalistic kind of character that crops up as an archetype in loads of kid's cartoons. Of course he can't speak a word of English/Orcish and exhibits many dog-like mannerisms such as panting, wagging his tail and licking everything in sight.
Comic or not, looks like he knows how to use that pick-axe!
Ushtug the Gut is a fine figure of an Orc - I think he definitely deserves an extra point of toughness thanks to his great bulk. I'd be interested to know if any background or stats were ever published for the Death Commandos.
Mind you making them all up would be quite fun in itself - I must say they were partly the inspiration behind the characters in my Engines of Avalone scenario. I reckon a small hero/character heavy skirmish game with these guys would be great fun.
I gave him a face instead of a severed hand - bit wrinkly though! Again this was a bit of a rush job in order to be ready for BOYL 2014 and I may go back to tidy it up at some point...
Sileth Frothlip is the second Hobgoblin in the unit and like Shylob will be appearing in my Hobgoblin army for BOYL 2015.
Great miniature this one and you certainly wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that massive two handed spiked mace!
I still find myself afflicted with the Nick Lund bug and harbor a long term ambition to make up another Orc army made up only of his sculpts. Mirliton will come in handy here with all their old Grenadier minis, as will EM4 with those fantastic value plastic Orcs!
Of course that's all just an elaborate excuse to get hold of the amazing Grenadier Goblin War Giant!