Not Orcs, just the way GW has, over the years convinced us the Orcs have green skin. And the exact shade across multiple orcs. Humans don't have the same color skin, why should Orcs? Which got me thinking. In the recent past, when I have painted Orcs I gave them different shades of green skin.
"Orcs vary widely in appearance as a result of frequent crossbreeding
with other species. In general, they resemble primitive humans with
grey-green to brownish skin covered with coarse hair. Orcs have a slightly stooped
posture, a low jutting forehead, and a snout instead of a nose. Orcs
have well-developed canine teeth for eating meat and short pointed ears
that resemble those of a wolf. Orcish snouts and ears have a slightly
pink tinge. Their eyes are human, with a reddish tint that sometimes
makes them appear to glow red when they reflect dim light sources in
near darkness. This is actually part of their optical system, a pigment
which gives them infravision. "..." Orcs prefer to wear colors that most humans think
unpleasant: blood red, rust red, mustard yellow, yellow green, moss
green, greenish purple, and blackish brown. Their armor is unattractive
besides—dirty and often a bit rusty."
So I went about painting a new orc using one of the many plastic GW orcs lying around the plastic pile.
I really like the results.