I purchased this Ork Squiggoth back in 2007 at Gamesday Chicago. I got it out as soon as I got back home to start modeling and playing with it for the casual games with friends. I even picked up the imperial armour update that it was included in at something like $25 for a book for the rules for a single model. Needless to say I was in love with the model, or at least the idea of owning a painted ork squiggoth. Then reality set in and I realized what a beast of a time I was going to have getting the sucker painted up for playing with, so back in the box she went; for six and a half long years.
With the Warhammer 40,000 escalation league starting up, I’ve been working on getting some of my existing minis ready for the league that I anticipate using. The most recent batch you see here are the ork nobz that I assembed some years ago but otherwise have been shelved collecting dust. But the league has given me some motivation to get some orks painted since that will be my primary army for the league, with some imperial guard allies (since they are mostly painted already). I’m going with a deff skull paint theme, which you can see with all the blue cloth. I’m not big on the blue face paint and tattoos since a big part of these models is the green skin, I don’t want to cover it up since that’s what makes an ork. I also like the metal bits to look used and old, which is why I start with a base of warplock bronze followed by a thin layer of ironbreaker, then a wash of the agrax earthshade. The skin I’m still working with establishing a good way to quickly and cleanly get the effect I want, and I’m still resorting to drybrushing on the last layer which I don’t like doing but will stick with for now until I can get a better method that doesn’t involve blending, since I’ve got tons of these boys to get painted for the footslogging army I want.