Thursday, 12 February 2015

Oldhammer: Orcs and Goblins

In preparation for a replay of the Ziggurat of Doom, the initial WFB1 scenario, I decided to bring out and clean up my Oldhammer Orcs&Goblins. I didn't repaint the figures, but redid the bases in an 80s style - grey flock and some simple tufts of grass and small rocks.

Note that the Orcs and Goblins are not painted green, but Orcs a brownish flesh, and the Goblins a fleshy orange ;-) Sacrilege to some, creativity to others.

Identification of some of the miniatures I have labeled as "Ral Partha" is still uncertain, but I am working on it. Any help appreciated.

All Orcs & Goblins around the Ziggurat of Doom.
Goblin Wolf Riders by Alternative Armies. See this page on Lostminiswiki.
Goblin warriors - all Citadel Miniatures
Goblin Fanatics - Citadel.
Various Orcs - Ral Partha 11-409.
The one in front looks suspiciously like the Ral Partha Bunny of Doom.
The one front left probably from the Orc Legion of Death 02-083
Orc Warriors - all Citadel. Some Alternative Armies goblins in the foreground.
More Ral Partha Orcs.

Catapult (including crew) is from Prince August.
Bolt Thrower Citadel, crew Bolt Thrower probably Ral Partha
Grenadier (Classic Fantasy Blister #327) Orc General, Citadel goblin.
Citadel Orc Archers.
Citadel Goblin Archers


  1. I love the skin tones! I'll have to start mixing more browns and oranges into my own Orcs and Goblins.

    The one catapult and crew looks like it came from one of the self pore molds.

    1. It looks remarkably similar :-) Point is, I bought these figures 2nd hand, so I am not sure about their origins, but Prince August is a surprise to me. Thanks for the link!

  2. I think there were quite a few examples of Orcs being painted in these skin tones back in the day. Some of my favourites in the 'Heroes for Wargames' book that I have on my list to recreate! Love it, and I personally find the more creative people get with colour schemes, the more interesting the mini's are to look at.

  3. Phil,
    I think your wolf riders are made by Alternative Armies, the same guys who later invented the Napoleonic fantasy game Flintloque.

    I like the flesh tones of your Orcs & Goblins. My (very) old Orc and Goblins aren't green either. I think the green skintone was an invention of GW in the days when WFB 1st was the newest fantasy game.

    1. Wim,
      Thanks for the info! I will follow the Alternative Armies lead ...

    2. Alternative Armies indeed ... I found them here: