Well, technically they have been renamed to “Big Uns”. But screw that noise. Since I started the game, they were called Black Orc Blockers, the waterslide decal says Black Orc Blockers, and so they shall remain. *
Just like with the Blitzers, there are up to 4 Black Orc Blockers on an Orc team. And you’re going to want them all. Unfortunately, they are all the same sculpt. So, it was time to mod. Also, like the Blitzers, there isn’t a whole lot you can do given the pose you’re given.
So, in some ways they look different enough to me. Yet still a bit of the same. I tried my best to work with what I had. Mainly swapping out and repositioning the arms. Swapping out the heads. Some green stuff to make it look okay.
Man, this guy. I raised his arm. Thought it looked close enough. Then in the midst of painting, chopped it off again to reposition yet again. In the end, it ended up looking better, but took some effort. Should follow my gut feeling a little more closely sometimes. With more experience, I’ll hopefully get better.
While in the midst of these guys, the entire BB2020 rules book was leaked. I saw the new “Black Orc Team”, and frankly was a little dismayed. Had I known, I would have opted to wait and paint up the 6 Black Orcs from the new team box and combine them with the rest of the team. Then I could have the option to play as the traditional Orc team or the new Black Orc team. Well, I’d need more Goblins too, but you probably get the picture.
As is, I’m still on the fence about adding two more of these guys so that I could field a Black Orc team. (Plus some additional Goblins). I went ahead and numbered them so that I could still fit in the other players if I ever decide to.
It’s a tough decision though, because I spent a lot of time on these guys. I’d either have to replace them with the newer (better) models, or make 2 more of these and skip the newer (better) models. I guess I could Ebay this lot, if I go that route, but ugh. I think I’ll just wait until I actually get the new box in hand, piece together the new minis and see if I really have a preference.
The other potential downside, is that I would have to keep the uniform colors from this team and apply it the to newer models. I’m not crazy about this color scheme and I’m really not sure if it would transfer well to the other models. Again, will have to wait and see. Tough decisions in Hobby Land sometimes!
*Ok, after typing this quite awhile ago, I’ve started to soften on the name. The Black Orcs on this team were renamed to “Big Uns” (a name that sounds kind of dumb to me), because they have different stats and skills than the Black Orcs on the new Black Orc team. So they want to make sure to differentiate the two. The minis also look pretty different. So yea, I got it, but not totally sold on the whole thing. I also have the new box at this point, but haven’t been able to assemble the new Black Orcs and make a decision on whether I want to replace the old minis or no.
Up Next: the Team shot!