With the release of Shadow War Armageddon I thought I'd finally take the plunge into the hobby since I can do so relatively inexpensively.
However, my idea for my Ork Kill Team is a little bit...non-traditional. I was thinking of using alternate heads to make my boyz a little unique, namely giving them hair. Now, I know that Orks don't actually grow hair at all, but they do have Hair Squigs and I wanted to run with that idea a bit.
The hobby seems to be about putting your own unique touch on things whether through, painting, conversions, or fun ideas, and since I don't have a lot of painting experience nor money and a stockpile of parts to do conversions, I thought a fun idea, namely a squad of hair-obsessed madboyz, would be a good way to "make my mark" and hopefully give my opponent a good laugh. They might not think "That's a particularly well-painted or converted Kill Team" but they might think, "That guy was a nice guy and I really liked the idea behind his Kill Team."
I need you guys help with a few issues:
1) Suitable Heads
I'm looking for Ork heads with hair on them. I know there are a few "top-knot" heads available as part of the regular line, but I want to see what else is out there. So far I've found these two:
Both of those are Ork Mohawks. I'm looking for other styles of hair as well. Ork Afros, Ork Pompadours, whatever I can find. Is there anything else available? Thanks.
I made a post on DakkaDakka, but haven't gotten any bites so far. I'm hoping there are other types of heads. I figured you guys would know best.
While Researching Ork Heads with Hair, I came across this old model:
I managed to find one on Ebay and I'm going to use this model as my Nob. It doesn't lead so much as is trailed by a mob of Madboyz whom all think it's a sign from Gork'n'Mork, but mechanically it'd be the same. I'd just equip it with Melee weapons to represent it's teeth and claws.
I'm worried what will happen if it dies during the course of the Campaign, though. Maybe the boyz seek revenge on whomever did it in? I am thinking of focusing, at least partially, on the Guerrilla Skill tree to represent it inspiring the boyz and to make it tough.
Newer squigs are all portrayed as being a red color, but I was thinking of doing all my Ork hair in red since it stands out so well against the green. I don't know if Red on Red would look good. What color should I paint the squig then?
3) I'd like to Paint my models with the Quickshade method.
I don't have much painting experience and I know with my schedule that I won't have an abundance of free time to devote to painting. I'd like something I can get upto a tabletop standard quickly and play. From taking a look at things on the internet, I can basically paint the boyz a basecoat, shade everything with a brushed on Army Painter quick shade, and once that dries spray on a dull coat. That's basically it.
Should I basecoat with really bright colors so that when the shade goes on I get a brighter result or should I just use the regular base colors? I've read guides on dipping, but does anybody have any other tips from doing it themselves that might be helpful? I'm definitely going to brush it on as opposed to actually dipping them and shaking it off. It seems much more manageable that way.
As for what the color scheme will be, I have narrowed it down to these:
I am not sure which one to go with. I'm leaning toward red because that takes care of hard-to-reach areas like the eyes and inside of the mouths. The red one assumes I'd be using Mephiston Red Spray and they Brown one Zandri Dust Spray. I am thinking the straps and shoes are Mournfang Brown. I'd like to do all the Ork Hair in red because I think it would stand out. Which scheme do you guys think would look best? I was thinking of going with the Army Painter Strong Tone for the Red, but would that also work for the Zandri Dust Brown?
Sorry for the wall of text and the four billion questions. Any help you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated.