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Kropotkin30301 Jun 2017 5:06 a.m. PST

Hi All,

I have just finished painting my new homecast Mordor Orcs. They are about 25mm and are meant to represent the Grunts of the Dark Lord. They were made with 50% Greenstuff and 50% Milliput and the moulds were made with RTV silicone-rubber. They were drop-cast in the very fires of Mount Doom and I'm very pleased how they turned out.



I wanted to get a kind of Angus McBride / Rodney Matthews kind of look and also to try to get the proportions right. Sharp faces, bandy legs and longish arms to mark them out as orcs and not humans.

I hope you all like them. Comments and crits welcome.

See more on the blog.

Dark Fable01 Jun 2017 5:17 a.m. PST

Well done on your orc project! They have a definite old-school look to them. If someone had shown me these I would assume they were old Heritage models from Der Kriegspieler Fantastiques. Very refreshing to see a not GW interpretation of orcs – GREAT JOB!

Perris070701 Jun 2017 5:25 a.m. PST

They look exactly like I pictured them from reading the books. AWESOME job!

Gone Fishing01 Jun 2017 6:27 a.m. PST

It's a funny thing, but sometimes sculpts like these look more how I picture Orcs than those done by the "big names." Very well done, indeed!

Mick the Metalsmith01 Jun 2017 8:44 a.m. PST

Excellent. They fit my minds eye of orcs very well. Want to sell any?

PrivateSnafu01 Jun 2017 9:25 a.m. PST

Its so cool you own this through and through. Great job.

The only comment/criticism is that on the painting if you could develop a bit more contrast they would pop even more.

I like the dirty dark armor. Maybe more grey skin tones? Just a thought I don't know what you are going for exactly. They do look like they came from an ash filled hellish land.

Thanks for sharing.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2017 9:53 a.m. PST

they very much remind me of Heritage figures from back in the day.

Kropotkin30302 Jun 2017 4:27 a.m. PST

Thanks very much for all the great comments. I love old Heritage figures so it is fantastic that you guys think mine look like them. That's why I wanted to give them scabbards and bags to mimic the old style figures. I kind of rushed the paint-job on these, but my Mordor crew have always been a bit Goth-as in dressed in black. Mick, one of these days I might sell some of these on here or e-bay, but by the time I've cast these up there is a lot of time involved, but thanks for even thinking they might be sellable. It's a great compliment. Thanks

Chgowiz02 Jun 2017 7:37 a.m. PST

Neat, I love the look!

I'd love to know more about home-casting. Did you follow a particular tutorial? Where did you learn this?

Mithmee02 Jun 2017 12:51 p.m. PST

Where is the one with the whip.

Like from that Lord of the Rings movie?

Kropotkin30302 Jun 2017 2:08 p.m. PST

Thanks Mithmee…Knew there was something missing.

Chgowiz, there's a lot of tutorials around, quite often linked to miniatures sites.

I got into the idea of sculpting and casting when I started casting Prince August figures and that is what made me think I could do it myself.



Then I found out about RTV silicone rubber and I used Lego as a former and plasticene to push the master figures into.

This is who I buy my RTV rubber from:


Please go back on my blog to early attempts. I try to talk through the process I hope. Please let me know what you would like to know.

Of course go to the Sculpting and Mouldmaking and Casting pages on TMP where much is discussed.

Start by making a figure. It's really great to see your own figures on the table.

Thanks for asking.

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