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Orc Warfare Cover Art by wraithdt Orc Warfare Cover Art by wraithdt
An orc itching for a fight:)

Military history book publisher, Osprey Publishing is venturing into the realm of fantasy and they got me to do a cover for what I believe is their first book in the genre. If you ever wanted to know how to fight and make war like an Orc then this may be the book for you.

As you can tell this has more LOTR vibe to it than Warhammer or WOW but I also wanted to add my own spin to it. As always I take my inspiration from history so my Orcs wield blade weapons that curve outwards like a falx, which has a more fearsome appearance in my opinion, rather than inwards like a scimitar and they're armed like the ancient Thracian warriors with crescent shaped shields, Thracian caps and javelins.

The book was recently announced with a June release date. >>…
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mathieuvart Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Really beautiful!
Kantorock Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017
I, for one, never thought of orcs as being all that organized when it came to combat. After all, most media just depicts them as savage, raging beasts. I am glad the book at least put some organization, strategy, and tactics to their warbands. Shame they're rarely disciplined enough to really employ them, or they could be a force to be reckoned with...
CiaranS Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
As with the dwarf, this is a great take at a realistic depiction of a fantasy warrior.

And thanks for the info that Osprey is giving fantasy races their treatment, that might be interesting.
Velocinyx Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
Very cool but... that orc has a perfectly good shield on his back -- why not use it? In mass warfare, your shield is a saving grace against enemy attacks, especially arrows!
corvidcorax Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
great detail and thought put into design.
88buckaroo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm likin' it.
Zeonista Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Boy, he's ready for a rumble, isn't he? The Dacian-Thracian image looks real good. I'm not surprised Osprey is getting into "speculative wargaming", there's money in it, and it's a new market.
JackDrask Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
momentspause Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats! I loved Osprey's work and this is a worthy addition :) 
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
WolfwithGlasses Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
His equipment and weaponry reminds me a little bit of ancient Thracian, Illyrian and Dacian Warriors.
Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Looks great!
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