40k Buying Guide: Kaptin Orc 4th of July Edition

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Kromlech has sent Blood of Kittens products for review and like any good wargamer we sent them off to someone better at painting and hobbing than me, here is a review by one of my favorite players and painters Jody Pez Man. Jody is available for commissions for characters and squads only contact him at pez5767@hotmail.com for pricing and details.

Included with my latest batch goodies from Kromlech, was their first 54mm scale figurine, Kaptin Orc. Given that the 4th of July is just around the corner, I couldn’t wait to dig into this figure and see what he was all about.

This model is quite large by comparison to our usual tabletop figures. As you can see, the model comes in 4 resin parts and when assembled is about 95mm tall and 70mm wide including the wall. Given the size of the model and complexity of detail, I would have been shocked if this model hadn’t needed at least a little prep-work before painting. To my great pleasure, other than minor holes in the chin and boot, it was simply a matter of cleaning some very minimal mold lines and flashing. One nice thing about this model, and many other Kromlech models, is the careful placement of gates (pour points for resin) and mold lines as not to obscure the detail of the figure.
Like so many other Kromlech kits, this model absolutely exudes character. The attention to detail, without being overdone, really made the sculpt a joy to paint and work with. The care and detail in Kaptin Orc’s dynamic pose, battle-worn shield, and uniform each presented a new and varied texture to explore. There are a few details that might not be immediately noticeable, but I think really capture how excellently Kromlech makes use of detail on their figures. Some of the rivets on the boots, and chest actually have the indent for the flat of the screw. The belt pouches are each distinct and different. The battle damage on the shield shows a variety of types of damage and angles of impact. The finger nails and cuticles are split and battered. The bottom of each boot has an icon imprinted in the tread.

For most Orc models, I do my best to try and get a quality paintjob in a minimal amount of time; however, for Kaptin Orc, that just wouldn’t do. As you can see, I went with a color scheme more familiar and befitting the 4th of July holiday. I genuinely enjoyed spending the better part of a day working on the various textures and details presented by this model. At some point, I may very well go back and continue to refine some of the blends and sharpen some of the details. Most of the battle damage you see on the model is actually sculpted as opposed to freehand, which allows painters who are more comfortable with a traditional base-coat, wash, highlight approach to get a very pleasing result on this figurine. For any painter who has ever considered picking up a larger scale figure to practice with, I think her or she could do much worse than to start with Kaptin Orc.

If you are reading this at its time of publication in the U.S., then allow me to wish you a happy Forth of July. If not, then I hope you’ve found this review helpful in some way. Until next time, thank you for reading and happy hobby!