WAAAAGH! Pt.24: 40k Rogue Trader Space Orks (1988-ish)

Oldhammer 40k, Rogue Trader 44202/3 Space Orks (1988), Kev Adams

For something a little different from what’s been posted lately, we have two more Oldhammer Space Orks. These two were the last of the contingent of 20 Oldhammer 40k Orks I planned to get painted with my challenge alongside Wudugast last year, but I fizzled out from painting before the finish line. Of course, the challenge was for 25 Orks in total, and the final five were assembled, based and primed last year so I will be getting them into active painting soon – I just need to finish a dozen or so other models first…

Oldhammer 40k, Rogue Trader 44202/3 Space Orks (1988), Kev Adams

The Ork with the cutoff vest has partially skipped the military theme, going instead for something more “traditional”, at least in terms of what I’d see around the area as a teen. This was actually much more legible before I tried adding in the red text inside the white. (And apparently my photography is hot garbage!) Now it merely gives the appearance of what it’s supposed to say – hopefully at least the people who know what it is will be able to recognise it, so I’ll call this one a learning experience and only a partial win at best.

Oldhammer 40k Space Orks, Kev Adams, Iron Maiden

Due to the rather sharp and twisted angles on the figure in the source material, it was a lot trickier to paint Eddie than expected. ‘cos, you know, the back patch space on an original, small hunched-over ork model is pretty tiny! But still, I’m disappointed that it didn’t come out as clean as I’d pictured it in my mind’s eye – which just means I have to keep at it and get better!

I’d originally taken a group photo of all of the Oldhammer 40k Orks together, but then noticed later that I’d missed two of them – and I haven’t had a chance to retake the photos since then, so I’ll have to get ’em done later in a subsequent post.

Oh, and these two also count towards Ann’s “Paint the Crap You Already Own!” challenge. I’ll try to get my last post(s) for that up tomorrow. I think I can stretch it until early the day after, because here in Australia we’re living in the future.

31 thoughts on “WAAAAGH! Pt.24: 40k Rogue Trader Space Orks (1988-ish)

  1. Excellent work mate, the extra details you put into these old models give them a real character, instantly recognised the Iron Maiden cover, so it can’t be all bad

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  2. That was a very brave move trying to fit 10 letters in that tiny space but then making the letters two tones borders on evil genius! >:) I’d say the patch came out great and I love the character of these old orcs too. Job well done and I will look forward to the group shot as I imagine it will look seriously impressive!

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  3. Super. I love these miniatures; for me they still represent the definitive Space Ork sculpts. That Iron Maiden picture is truly incredible. I’m amazed that you can get such a result on such a tiny surface.

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    • Cheers, AB. I’ve just maanged my greatest feat yet… semi-legible text painted on the knuckles of a 28mm model. My wife could kind-of make them out, though not entirely. Need to finish thta modelk and get him posted up asap… and work out which of my next models could justify another go at a back patch.. 😉

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  4. As others have said, the Iron Maiden logo and trooper Eddie are instantly recognizable! Wow! I’ve actually had this idea/dream of an ork biker gang with heavy metal album back patches, but thought it not feasible, at least with more complex art. But you’ve just gone and done it, and with even smaller space then the current 40k orks! Looks like I’m going to have to start looking for ork torsos with vests..

    Your 3-color desert camo is also spot-on!

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