I did a Throwback Thursday post a while back about 1980’s-era T.S.R. fantasy miniatures — the kind you’d use in a game of Dungeons & Dragons. “Orcus” here subsequently popped up in a Google image search. (God only knows what I was looking for at the time.)
I had this guy in my collection as a kid. The paint job I gave him left him looking quite inferior to the one pictured. You can love a hobby without being good at it, and, I swear to you, my miniatures were not skillfully painted. (My Dad and my older brother were just too kind to tell me.) My Orcus looked like he’d been hand-painted by an epileptic child on a dangerously racing, rickety train with an idiot conductor that was about to fly right off the tracks. (Like the “Trump Train,” for example.) I wanted to paint him a fiery, blood-colored red, but he kinda just turned out with a bright, happy, flashy red, like maybe one of the Village People went trick-or-treating as the devil one year.
The Interwebs tell me that Orcus was a longstanding Big Bad in the D&D universe. But he had no particular connection to the orcs. He was the god of the undead, and he was named after the classical “Orcus,” one of the gods of the Roman underworld.
See how cool he looks below, when he’s properly painted? Oh, well.