Well, that was a tough few days - I realised that a ‘join’ that I had made way back had created a huge amount of extra faces (I decided to make my boots part of the Orc, but it left his feet inside) and they caused absolute bedlam when it came to baking. I ended up chopping the feet off my high-poly, filling the ends and completely redoing the low-poly model. However, second time round it was significantly better even starting from the same high-poly. I quickly knocked up a pair of comfy Orc slippers, but kept them as 2 separate objects.
The baking process absolutely drove me mad until I had got the object selection down (once I actually listened to the instructions ) then it’s been great.
Really, really enjoying this - tough, but not insurmountable and great direction from Grant. Screenshot of low-poly baked and high-poly sculpted as below
Cannot wait to start painting!