I was going through my photos from the War of the Ring battle I played earlier this month–the one that spurred a battle report post (not to mention two slightly-over-the- top opinion write ups!); I found a couple decent pictures of some of my painted models that haven’t appeared in any of my other posts (well, close up, anyways).
So I thought I’d post the extra pictures I had of my Angmar army today for posterity’ sake!
I’m generally pleased with the paint jobs of these models but have found they tend not to “pop” when you see them on the board. As seen with the Orc command and Siege Battery crew models, I’ve begun (barely) reworking the orcs’ clothes to fix this. My idea behind how I’m re-working their paint scheme revolves around the fortress the Witch King commands the legions of Angmar from.
At the northern edge of Angmar lies Carn Dûm, the Witch King’s fortress. Carn Dûm was originally constructed by Dwarves, with many mines leading from the fortress further back into the mountain range. For many generations Dwarves resided there, until the increase of evil throughout the land culminated in the Witch King’s assault on the fortress which was subsequently abandoned by Durin’s Folk.
The fortress itself is made of dull red stones–and it is these stones that give the fortress its name–itself an amalgamation of the Elven and Dwarven tongues: Carn, the Elven word for Red and Dûm, the Dwarven word for fortress. Every bit of writing and picture I’ve managed to find suggest the “red” of Carn Dûm’s masonry is more of a dull rust colour, so I’ve decided to emulate that colour into the garb of my orcs–the orange of the Siege Battery crews’ tunics is the colour I want present on my orcs in some sort of way: the shields of the sword-and-shield arcs will be a dull orange and the “uniforms” of my command models, for example.
I don’t want the colour to be everywhere, as I think the hordes of orcs should always maintain at least a bit of a ramshackle appearance; I’m just trying to make the army more fun to look at (I’m not sure if the photos accurately convey how striking the orange looks when mixed in amongst all the orc models .