Monday, July 28, 2014

Warhammer 40K: The Orkys (Bright Pink = Good Fortune in Waaagh!)

The backstory we created goes like this....

After a very big party, the Okys were asleep.  A rival group or tribe snuck up and painted all of their gear BRIGHT PINK.  Angered by the "not quite red" coloring, the Orkys fought with extra abandon and ferocity the following day -- and won a decisive battle. 

Now, in the aftermath of that battle, the Okys maintain their bright pink armor with pride, figuring that it brings good luck.

That was the idea....

Turns out it is quite hard to paint things bright pink.

For our first attempt we used some pink acrylic paint we got from Michael's.  It didn't go very well.  Hardly coated.  Now and then we need to consult our very patient Artist Expert.  (Sometimes we need to remember advice we've already gotten from Artist Expert.  At least one of us admits to having a thick skull.)  This was one of those times:  "There are different grades of paint."  Guess what - we had purchased a really big tube of bright pink low grade paint....

Then, there was our second attempt -- this time using high grade model pink (thanks to help from the Gator Games team to pick out the brightest).

Warhammer 40K pink orks bright pink paint orkys

As the pink dried - again and again, the coating on top of our black primed models looked red.  Darn!!  Check out the "red" on our Gretchens :(  That's how our super pink looks going over the black primer ???

Warhammer 40K pink orks hard to make pink

Luckily Artist Expert helped here as well.  "Mix in some white."  OK - we tried it.  Wham!  :)  Instant big difference.  The combination coated.  We painted on some pink+white -- then let that dry and came back with a coat of the pink.

Here's how the Orkys are shaping up these days.

Warhammer 40K pink orks Orkys

By the way, we've decided that the Orkys don't have very stable DNA.  Two heads, backward arms.  More weapons, more bettah.  Orks are fun!

Warhammer 40K orkys pink orks reversed arms

Warhammer 40K pink orks two heads Orkys

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