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  • #59337
    Angel Barracks
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    Had orangey brown skin?
    Would that still be an Orc?

    What if they were 10′ tall?
    Would that still be an Orc?

    What if they were not thick as pig shit, but as clever as humans?
    Would that still be an Orc?

    What if I made these in 6mm?
    would that be…

    #59338
    Steelonsand
    Participant

    Wouldn’t it make them an Ogre?

    #59340
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    I thought ogres were dumb as too?

    #59341
    Steelonsand
    Participant

    Hey, that’s Ogre-ist! ……. Actually, probably fair comment…….

    #59342
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Had green skin?
    Would that still be an Orc?

    What if they were 10′ tall?
    Would that still be an Orc?

    What if they were not thick as pig shit, but as clever as humans?
    Would that still be an Orc?

    What if I made these in 6mm?
    would that be…

    #59347
    Victoria Dickson
    Participant

    What if they were 10′ tall?
    Would that still be an Orc?

    What if I made these in 6mm?
    would that be…

    A 10mm Orc?

    #59348
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    The 10′ tall thing does sound a tad un-orcish to me, but the non-green skin and the human-equivalent intelligence do not. Then again, there’s pig-faced orcs. Then again again, there’s nothing stopping me referring to thri-kreen, goat-form beastmen, lizardmen or even Neanderthals as orcs, but that would hardly be helping anyone.

    It’s also interesting to me when archetypal “orcs” are termed as something entirely different in some settings. I’m mainly thinking of the giaks in Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf / Magnamund setting, and some of the varieties of trolls in the Trudvang setting.

    #59352
    PatG
    Participant

    The goblinoid races come in many sizes and “classical” portrayals depict bigger than average members of the species, and reference purposeful breeding. I could see big orcs as shock troops, commanders or as a protection squadron for evil overlords.

    Personally, I have never liked the depiction of orcs as stupid.  They are known for their cunning and their ability to build crude but effective weapons.

    #59355
    Stroezie
    Participant

    So something a bit like a Halo Brute?
    A big and powerfull sentient race that can actually compete with humans.
    Finally a good exuse for power armor/small mecha 😉
    Yes I would be interested, just so long as they are not goofball spiky whaaaggh green fungusses.

    If you like small scale skirmish, check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #59359
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    So something a bit like a Halo Brute?

    Had to Google that, yeah kind of.
    I have 2 ideas for my aliens.
    A definite re-take on the classic orc and something a bit different.
    I will try and paint one of each and get a photo on here later.

    #59369
    Patrice
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    I’m rather traditionalist regarding the definitions of fantasy species,  for me an Orc is man-sized or a bit larger and stronger; and not very cunning (I prefer the little Goblins to be the cunning elements of a goblinoid group, and Orcs the strong ones); but skin colour is not a problem (I think Tolkien didnt’t say that they are green?)

    However, in a Sci-Fi context, humans who meet a new alien species could call them “Orcs” just because they don’t like them, they’ll know the name because they will read the LOTR in the future too; and so this species will be known as “Orcs”. They are lots of examples in history of nicknames being given to nations or ethnic groups.

    …And later, when peace will come after the end of the terrible future wars between the humans and these “Orcs”, they will probably ask to be given their real name in their own language instead of this pejorative name inspired by old human fantasy literature… 

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    https://www.anargader.net/

    #59378
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Something is being escorted across my desk…

    Not an Orc…

    #59379
    PatG
    Participant

    Not an Orc…

    So a Nork then?

    #59380
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Nork….  are you aware what that means?

     

    #59381
    PatG
    Participant

    Fire teams of 2 right?

    #59385
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    I would say it all depended upon your primary vision of an ork, whether it were a Wh green skin, a D&D pigsnout (which were orangish), a mordor dark skinned creature, or a germanic folkloric monster that was more a twisted human cannibal than a different species.

     

    I am sure that when humanity reaches far planets with strange lifeforms we will name these creatures based on what we already know.  Bugs, birds, snakes, whatever these new beasties remind us of.  So, if you want to call it an Orc, call it an Orc!  (though I think you can do better than that!)

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #59386
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Totes.  Their background is pretty much done.

    Just wondering if I could pass them off as Orcs to the GW crowd.

    #59406
    William Jones
    Participant

    I would discard the express ‘Orc’ idea.  Too GW-y.  I think Planet of the Apes is a better concept, or something along the genetic tinkering found in Clone Republic.  The Navy combat clones are some seriously vicious bastards.

    The super-trooper modified ‘thing’ in space is a great concept, but I’d cut it loose from Middle Earth, or any of it’s imitators.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clone_Republic

     

    #59538
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    If one of the races in the Tanya Huff Confederation series can be mistaken for “Fukking Elves” initially than a group of confrontational sentients could be labeled “Orcs” or “Goblins” I think.

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