A while back I started the project of painting Gor herds. I have not been keeping up with the goal of the blog, which was to provide a step by step update and something of a ‘how to’ for WH enthusiasts and those just curious.
First off, the Gor models are easy to get lost in. As the core unit of any army, they will be numerous and almost everywhere on the battlefield. With 8th edition & it’s emphasis on larger formations and blocks of infantry/units to make ‘hordes’ these relativley cheap units will be the ‘anvil’ of many beastman armies.
(anvil: a solid block on the battle field meant to hold an opponent while the harder striking ‘hammer’ hits the unit engaged with the ‘hammer’)
Getting lost in the gor units was far too easy. Before I knew it, i had assembled about 30+ of these amazing miniatures. Seeing that many assembled and primed was rather daunting, but like many good projects, they get taken down one step at a time. Below are some of the steps.
Assembled and Primed.
Here is an image of some of the models primed and assembled. I knew that this would take some time, seeing that there were so many. My best approach was to treat these as an assembly line. Please note that this image is just a few of the larger herd.
Next step was the assembly line painting. The idea was to do one step on each gor and move along to the next gor, thus ideally plowing through a larger number in a small amount of time.
This is where things stalled out. Having only a limited amount of time (painting after a long day and work out/ dinner etc) there was not much I could get done. However, I was satisfied doing just 1-2 steps a night. Even that was time consuming on 30+ gors! The paint would dry quickly and I’d have to hurry on each and every step, less I waste paint.
My steps and goals were as following.
- Base coats
Not too bad for core units, esp ones that are pretty much fodder. I want them to look good, but I’m not going to put as much time into them as the Lords, Heros, champions, rare units etc etc. Below is a good image of the Gor herd at the 3/4 point. before detailing and much dry brushing. The Gouge-horn (front) is an example of a more detailed model and they should look somewhat comparable to him.
Honestly, I don’t recommend painting so many at one time. I tried to tackle the Gor Herd(s) by making one group of 10 with shields and the 20+ with additional hand weapons (AHW). For the AHW herd, I gave them a red theme. Lots of ‘scab red’, ‘red gore’ and ‘red blood’ overlapped and thinly painted on their cloth, bracers and bits of armor.
The second I wanted to have a more sickly appearance, something vile and almost ichor like. Their legs where a lighter color and so was the dry brushing, and their cloth and bracers were ‘ivanden darksun’ mixed with bleached bone. I went with shields to give them a different feel as well as make them seem like a small detachment all on their own.
I’m quite happy with the results. These guys are not going to win any awards, but do look quite keen and will look better on the battlefield.