So I love blood-axes! All the mayhem of orks mixed with real excuses to use non-orky tactics and strategy - not to mention really cool painting themes!
If you read my previous post on ork skin you know that I prefer realism over cartoon-ism. Too many ork armies IMHO
look like a colour wheel rather than a dirty, grimy, alien hoard that could actually exist and really be coming to dakka your silly 'umans ta bitz!
So when it comes to camo, I borrow from imperial guard patterns, but I simplify them/ make the pieces bigger (like they've been painted with one of those orky hairpieces)/ and generally less neat - so it looks like the ork painted it themselves rather than some imperial sweat shop on Terra.
I go for a 'sense' of uniform - so I only camo trousers, shoulder-pads, and helmets and I put them in mobz of the same general colours. After the 'sense' is achieved I vary the patterns, colours used, heaviness of ink etc. and add in lots of checkz and jaggz so they still look a wee bit chaotic & orky!
I'm going to put a few examples on here of what I do. By no means do I think this is the best paint job - but its so hard to find good orky camo tutorials out there, I thought I'd at least put something up - maybe it will inspire some better ones or some more effective tips! Do post pictures if you have more examples!
I'll put the separate schemes up in replies - so do scroll down to see all of them:
[p.s. I'm working on some new stuff comprised of Lightning bolts on my ard boyz - if it worx, i'll put them up.... if it doesn't, then you'll never see them mwahaa!]
Scheme 1 - Dark jungle
- Paint the pants in graveyard earth.
- Then add scorched brown horizontal fine lines with tapered edges. Next repeat this with bleached bone, running alongside the first lines.
- Finally add three little dots of chaos black over or near the lines (these are the leaves on the branches)
- Add a fine (50.50 mix with water - don’t overload brush) coat over the pants with devlan mud. - I do this over the whole model so usually wait until I’ve painted most of the skin, straps etc. before I do this.
[n.b. all paints with 50.50 water - you may need two coats to get even coverage when painting the whole pants.)
(small tip - its good to not paint too much camo over obvious highlighting areas... so you can highlight...
(another small tip - be careful to taper the edges, stray hairs/solid edges just look rubbish)