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Gone Fishing07 Oct 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

The very wordy (but alliterative!) title says it in a nutshell. Does anybody have any photos of painted examples of the old Minifig Orcs? I've found a few through Google image searches, and Caliver has some passable photos of unpainted specimens, but what I'm really looking for is what a talented painter can do with them.

I realize the sculpts are old and lumpy, but that's part of their charm. At least in my mind. There is also the nostalgia factor, of course.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Ammianus07 Oct 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

Just received the first volume of John Hussey's Waterloo: The Campaign of 1815. Volume I covers from Elba to Ligny and Quatre Bras. Be warned, it's massive.

Gone Fishing07 Oct 2017 8:13 a.m. PST

And the bug strikes again. Should be an interesting discussion!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2017 8:21 a.m. PST

So ideally, we now need either a picture of a pig-faced Minifigs French Guard Grenadier of 1815, or a discussion of the role of Orcs in the Waterloo Campaign?

Go for the picture. Orcs are notoriously bad at correspondence and record-keeping, which limits the source material available. (I've worked with a few.) But I remember early Minifigs, and that pig-faced grenadier is a distinct possibility.

wrgmr107 Oct 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

Good one Robert!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2017 9:16 a.m. PST

I strongly suspect we will now read much detailed and entirely contradictory information about which Orc sent what message to the DoW, how long it took to get there and how every subsequent record is inconsistent about the timing of receipt.

Ever been Humbugged by an Orc?

wrgmr107 Oct 2017 10:21 a.m. PST

I say those Dwarves or Orcs on the left flank?

Peachy rex07 Oct 2017 10:28 a.m. PST

Well, Tolkien *was* a fan of the "unexpected late-arriving reinforcements save the day" trope…

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2017 11:18 a.m. PST

Yeah, the Prussian Army marching across country through the mud and arriving just in time to bail out the British is pure fantasy!

Though it's not really as bad as that preposterous SF business in which a biplane torpedo bomber starts Bismark on a downward spiral. That sort of thing might be OK in Star Wars, but real life should have higher standards.

While we're on the subject, what script writer came up with the notion of discovering the enemy's plan wrapped around some cigars at an old camp site?

And I have been Humbugged by multiple Orcs, but I think they're all retired now too, so bygones.

dragon607 Oct 2017 1:45 p.m. PST

And I have been Humbugged by multiple Orcs

huh? That must have hurt

Arteis0207 Oct 2017 3:37 p.m. PST


Watership Down meets its Waterloo.

Arteis0207 Oct 2017 3:38 p.m. PST


Waterloo meets Jurassic Park.

saltflats192907 Oct 2017 8:12 p.m. PST

Isn't Waterloo meets orcs Slaughterloo?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2017 7:25 a.m. PST

Impressed by the carabinier in blue coat, not white. Nice attention to detail, but the pistol holsters for a trooper naw. Square portmanteau some do argue.

Cannot help but wonder if a T Rex would choose to close with a well formed square, indeed whether he would survive the impact of a 6/9pdr ball through his skull as he ascended the ridge. Let alone breathe the atmosphere of the Earth now, so different from 65 million years ago.

Another thought, how useless is the rider? No sword will reach any enemy and the chances of any pistol doing any harm to anyone……….

Marc at work10 Oct 2017 6:06 a.m. PST

The sword is for pointing, as the rider has read the wargamer law that decrees all officers must point with a sword (unless WW2, in which case they do the same, but with a pistol). Hence the pistol holders Liam…

More worrying for me is the lack of reins. If this was 1/72 scale, by now someone would be moaning about their lack…

But I reckon the local toy shop will have some t-rex models, so off to find a set of rules – +1 for Brits, +2 for T-rex…

And people get upset if we call them Naps, or Nappies…

Mardaddy12 Oct 2017 2:52 p.m. PST

Hitting a T-Rex in the skull w/6 or 9 pounder…

How? Accuracy vs a moving target like that would be…?

I'll stick to my bear-riding dwarven cavalry, thank you very much!

KaweWeissiZadeh12 Oct 2017 4:51 p.m. PST

I like this thread a lot.

langobard Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 6:01 a.m. PST

This thread has a lot to answer for! I just ordered the book mentioned by Ammianus, and if it isn't filled with references to pig-faced orcs, dwarfs, and T-Rex's I'll never read another book by John Hussey!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

I know what KaweWZ means.

It led me to read up more on this book;

"This riveting alt history reimagines the 1815 Battle of Waterloo as something other than a crushing defeat for the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, when he unleashes a terrible secret weapon--giant carnivorous survivors from pre-history--on his unsuspecting British and Prussian adversaries. In this world, smaller "saurs" are an everyday danger in the forests of Europe, and the Americas are a forbidden zone roamed by the largest and most deadly animals ever to walk the earth. But in his quest for power, Napoleon has found a way to turn these giant dinosaurs into nineteenth-century weapons of mass destruction. Only Willem Verheyen, an outsider living in hiding in the tiny village of Gaillemarde, has the power to ruin the tyrant's plans. And Napoleon will stop at nothing to find him.
War is coming, and young Willem is no longer safe, for Gaillemarde is just a stone's throw from the fields of Waterloo--fields which will soon run red with blood."

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 11:23 a.m. PST

Apologies. Mid posting I was summoned for supper, in a tone that did not suggest discussion as to timing or the possibility of a postponement.

This sounds great. (I stress this is about the book featuring Dinosaurs, Triassic not Jurassic, at Waterloo and relates to the second book mentioned. Once the Bug strikes one must expect such confusion). It is aimed at kids and sounds like high class fantasy stuff.

Why not? If it gets a few more kids to even know that Waterloo is not just a bridge or a station…why not?

Velociraptors de la Jeune Garde, Ankylosaurs in square with their tails sticking out, Dimetrodons d'Elite, pourquois non?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2017 9:01 a.m. PST

Turns out that the British get a go with Triassic Dinosaurs too. Snag is Triceratops was a herbivore and not an aggressive carnivore!


JC Lira09 Dec 2017 7:50 p.m. PST

If you can train a grazing animal to be a destrier, you can train a triceratops to do battle.

dibble10 Dec 2017 12:29 a.m. PST

If Elephants can do battle, why not the Triceratops?

Marc at work14 Jan 2018 11:38 p.m. PST

What I had missed first time ride was the attractive young filly atop said beast. Who makes a suitable range of female dinosaur riders in "toy shop Dino" sizing ?

Is she Sharpe's sister?

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