Which interpretation of orcs across all media comes closest to your mental picture as your read Tolkien’s books?
I’m not a fan of Peter Jackson’s orcs and Uruk-hai, especially the Moria scenes in which orcs are climbing down columns and walls like so many spiders. Researching SPI’s board game, War of the Ring, I came across another old favorite, Gondor which was marketed as a companion game. On Boardgamegeek someone took a photo of the rule book with Tim Kirk’s cover art. Upon seeing this forgotten picture I realized why Jackson’s orcs never resonated with me as they never came close to projecting the same level of menace.
Here is Tim Kirk’s original:
When it comes to fantasy miniatures I wouldn’t mind owning some well painted Grenadier orcs, with the old Monster Manual pig snouts. Just like Jackson’s orcs, the pig snouts do not fit my mental image of orcs but the early D&D nostalgia is too strong.
In you go to this thread and scroll down until you see the pig faced orc picture from the 4th Edition and prior Monster Manuals Squirrelloid’s post compares different orc interpretations. Disclaimer: I have no clue on what WYSIWYG is!