The pose is very similar to Harboth (he of orc archers' Renown):
|Harboth, listed as "officer", is smack in the middle|
which made me think he was a variant of the Regiment's leader, but I now think that my fellow came first (i.e. Harboth is a variant of him, rather than the other way round) as he is shown in the consistently excellent 1987 Spring Citadel Journal release from Kev Adams:
So, the orc I've painted was released as "Mannik", and a third variant also exists, further up the same page from Harboth in the 1988 catalogue:
Now, where was I? Oh yes, like I said, I'm pretty pleased with the way Mannik turned out, especially his trousers, but you'll notice a problem - no shield! I had a go at painting up the "dwarf-face" shield from Crooked Claw miniatures (which regular readers will know is one of my favourite manufacturers), but I wasn't at all happy with the way it turned out. Here's the shield from their website:
I chose it because I was concerned that a big vicious painted face, in true 80s style like the one I did for a member of this chap's unit, would be too much, would make it too busy:
I didn't want the overall effect to be confused or, honestly, to hide the patterns I's painstakingly already painted on his trousers and armour. Drew Williams suggested on the FB page that I go for a dirty and battered kite shield, the point of it echoing the pointiness of his helmet. I rather like that idea but am still torn over the pattern. A "face"? More red/b&w like the stomach plate and pauldron? Another pattern entirely?
Obi Wan loyal readers, you're my only hope!