Warhammer Underworlds is more of a board game than a classic tabletop wargame. However, the opportunity to paint up the handful of miniatures that each "team" consists of is a nice idea, and great for when you want a break in a big project.
Greenskins were my first army in any tabletop wargame, as I formed up ranks upon ranks of identical goblin spearmen from the 4th edition starter box for Warhammer Fantasy Battles. So it was hardly a surprise that I picked up the Orc warband of Ironskull's Boyz as my first purchase.
I wanted to paint a pretty classic colour scheme, and went with a mostly red one. The camera is acting up on me so the pictures look slightly more orangey than they are in real life. Reds and greens generally work well together, and I decided to use white to break up the two colours on the henchmen, and black and blue on their leader. That means that they still look uniform while the main honcho still stands out.
Initially I tried using golds and steel colours instead on various henchmen's armour plates to differentiate them, but that looked really bad. It was a reminder for me that you should not be afraid to go back and adjust your paint scheme if you are not satisfied. With so few models as these you can experiment quite a lot before committing to your colours and do the fine details.
I wanted the leader to stand out from the rest, so instead of a plain cape I gave him a ragged flag, taken from some unfortunate victim of his crew. This was a reminder of how little I practice freehand! The phone camera also acted up a lot for me, so I ended up getting a grey sheet of cardboard for a background instead of the black I used before. It helped a lot.
Hakka, Basha and Bonecutta
These three gentlemen got similar painting schemes, but with some different details to keep them interesting.
On Basha here I tried a slightly different skin colour, toning from green to an almost human flesh. It worked OK I guess? Still not sure if I prefer it to an all green look or not.
Even though I haven't been able to get a first game in yet, I picked up a new warband at my local game store this week. This time it will be a hunting ogre and his cat companion, as well as some tiny greenskins that might be assistants, might be bait, or maybe just portable snacks? Who knows! I can totally see these warbands becoming addictive.