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Deserter02 Feb 2017 5:45 a.m. PST

Ok generally orcs are green, but are there other colours, for different races? Would like to know, thank you in advance

John Treadaway02 Feb 2017 6:24 a.m. PST

What terrement said. Unless doing GW types, anything but green.

John T

skinkmasterreturns02 Feb 2017 6:36 a.m. PST

Well,some green is ok,isnt it? I liked the depiction in the LOTR movies,which was about 50 shades of everything.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian02 Feb 2017 6:52 a.m. PST

yellow ochre

Wretched Peasant Scum02 Feb 2017 7:31 a.m. PST

The green is just the aloe-based sunscreen in which they slather themselves (it builds up over time). One good thunderstorm and they revert back to their original coloring.

nickinsomerset02 Feb 2017 7:34 a.m. PST

I have a variety from green to light flesh to ochre and grey. It is fantasy after all,

Tally Ho!

smolders02 Feb 2017 8:19 a.m. PST

I can't recall for sure, but I think the orcs of middle earth (the books not the movies) are described as having black skin and grey skin for some of the different races.

JimDuncanUK02 Feb 2017 8:23 a.m. PST

I paint my orcs as brownskins unless it is for a commission.

Pictors Studio02 Feb 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

If they aren't GW ones I usually do them in a rusty orange colour.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut02 Feb 2017 11:23 a.m. PST

Yellow ochre like Sabre6, and sometimes panzer yellow. And grey. And medium brown…

Garand02 Feb 2017 11:34 a.m. PST

The old 1e AD&D Monster Manual described one skin shade as being Olive green, so it dates back to at least 1978. I've been painting some of my pig-snout Otherworlds orcs olive drab as a skintone…


Chgowiz02 Feb 2017 1:16 p.m. PST

I base my orcs on the 1960s/70s Planet of the Apes, so I go for dark browns, chocolates and black. Here's what one looks like:



Rubber Suit Theatre02 Feb 2017 1:18 p.m. PST


From 1977. Anyone know a manufacturer making anything vaguely reminiscent of these guys?

Chgowiz02 Feb 2017 1:37 p.m. PST

@Rubber Suit – if you don't get an answer here, go check out the "Old School Miniatures" group on Facebook, they might be able to help. I wouldn't mind having a few of those myself, if they're made like that.

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2017 4:55 p.m. PST

Rubber Suit, the goblins from the Bakshi movie look somewhat like the Der Kriegsplieler "Snaga" Lesser Orcs:


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2017 5:28 p.m. PST

But the really pressing question is, "Do Dwarf women have beards?"

These discussions have been going on since the 70s! Amusing.

Paint whatever you like and that looks good to you. (me, my Orcs are heavily Tolkien-oriented, and Elf-opposites, so black skin and burning red eyes.)

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2017 9:18 a.m. PST

Love he old Smiling Snagas.

mrwigglesworth03 Feb 2017 2:16 p.m. PST

Mine are black skin with gray highlights. Off while teeth and fangs. Red eyes.
Like this.

tkdguy14 Feb 2017 2:55 a.m. PST

I have pre-painted orc miniatures with brown skin. I painted one green to see if it looked better.

I think the green-skinned orcs with snouts came from the Hildebrandt brothers.


The Monster Manual in 1st Edition AD&D describes orcs' coloration as "brown or brownish green with bluish sheen – highlights their pinkish snouts and ears. Their bristly hair is brown or black, wometimes with tan patches."

MERP describes orc coloring as "Black or grey hair, black or reddish brown eyes, and deep grey or black hides."

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