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Orc Warfare Cover Art
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Published: February 10, 2015
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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. >> ospreypublishing.com/blog/the_…
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mathieuvartProfessional Traditional Artist
Really beautiful!
Kantorock's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
great detail and thought put into design.
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88buckarooHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm likin' it.
Zeonista's avatar
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.
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momentspauseHobbyist Photographer
Congrats! I loved Osprey's work and this is a worthy addition :) 
WolfwithGlasses's avatar
His equipment and weaponry reminds me a little bit of ancient Thracian, Illyrian and Dacian Warriors.
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