A quick and dirty post today – Just something fun to show off all of the Orks that I’ve recently painted in a group shot. Da Boyz are certainly back in town! By the time their codex comes out, I’m hoping that I should be well on my way to a small (points-wise) but playable force. I’m quite pleased how well the Orks from such different eras work together as a group. Consistent basing and an overall shared palette/theme really make a difference!
And yep, another three Orks today. I figured that I could have shown all six in one post on a 2-day turnaround, or just post them three at a time over two days. So I’m doing the latter to give them all a bit more space. Besides, they took me long enough to get finished, so I’m good with giving them a bit more individual showcase. It’s not like it’ll happen for these models again as any new posts with them will either be much larger group shots or battle reports, so I’ll give the hours of work these guys took their moment in the spotlight. 😛
As with yesterday’s camo schemes, we’ve got British Desert DPM and three variations on that Yugoslav “puzzle” pattern, all with different palettes. The idea is that when these Orks are all mixed together, they’ll all be unique yet unified by their camo gear. Besides, even with Blood Axes, I can’t see Orks being better at wearing unified camo than, say Russian troops. 😉
Three more Slugga Boyz again today. I literally finished these off yesterday, so I bumped them up in the blog post queue so I could “Orktober” them. (I’ve gone from having not much to show to a backlog of stuff to show again.) Not much to write here that I haven’t already said before. A mix of 40k and Fantasy bits used again, as well as muted palette and camo schemes.
Our leftmost Ork wears UK Desert DPM, the middle one wears an AUSCAM top with a made-up camo on his pants, and the third Ork has that same made-up camo on his top and a different made-up camo for his pants. Both of the “made-up” camo schemes are (loosely) based on the Yugoslav variant of the “puzzle” pattern of camouflage – though both with 3-colours and my own arid-themed palettes.
Another three Slugga Boyz today. I’d have potentially had something different to show but I ended up spending most of yesterday Spring Cleaning the house, so these three are all I have finished at the moment. The Ork on our left is fully kitted in Coffee Stain (DCU) camo, while both of his comrades wear Auscam (DPCU) on their lower half. The Boy with the chainsaw above his head has a British 2-Colour Desert DPM vest while the third Ork wears Australian “Desert Auscam” (DPDU) (v.3).
Once again, there are some fantasy Orc bits mixed in, but that’s par for the course at this stage.
Here are the Orks I’ve finished so far. Not too many (at all!) by Ork standards, being a horde army – but I’m happy with each of the models, and like the Vikings before them, each model is an individual. I’m really pleased with the way they’re turning out, especially since they were pretty much a forgotten, long-shelved project for literally over a decade. The sort of thing that you’d like to get back to but don’t think you necessarily ever will.
Finally, with everything happening in the world in the last little while, I’d just like to give my best wishes to everyone to stay safe and look after one another. We as individuals can’t do anything about NK, but having seen Harvey, Katia, Chiapas and Irma devastate so many places in the last few days, with Irma far from finished and Jose still on the way there’s been an awful lot so far but still a lot to come, so stay as safe as you can.
Here’s the next few of Da Boyz that I’ve gotten onto recently. Only four this time rather than the seven shown a week or so ago, but getting finished models posted and the feedback that it entails helps a great deal to keep me motivated to keep painting. And besides, there’s well over 20 more Orks from this little initial foray to paint yet, so I need every bit of motivation I can get to get through them!
The first pair are the Slugga Boyz. Nothing too detailed to write about here. One Ork is fully outfitted with Auscam (Australian DPCU) while the other wears Choc-Chip (U.S. DBDU) pants and a camo loosely based on a variation on US M81 Woodland. Once again a few Fantasy Orc parts are mixed in, giving a bit more variety to the 40k plastics.
The Big Shoota Orks also wear a mixture of Auscam, Choc Chip and Coffee Stain (U.S. DCU) and feature a few fantasy bits mixed in. The ork head with the Bionik Eye is a metal piece, which I think came from a metal Big Shoota model. Both of these Big Shootas are simple conversions from regular shootas – back when I got my first 40k Boyz, there were no plastic Big Shootaz, Rokkits, Nobz… you get the idea. Later they became available in metal, and I’ve got a pair of metal Big Shootaz and Nobz coming up in the same big batch of Orks that I’m working my way through.
The “conversions” here are a pretty simple kitbashes. Simply taking a pair of shootaz for each, chopping the muzzles from one set and the whole barrels from the other two, then gluing them in an appropriate looking pair. I did also extend the ammo belt with some spare rounds. Not that it’s any kind of automatic’s worth of rounds, but it’s Warhammer, after all, so…
I actually started these models back in 2005, using a mixture of Fantasy and 40k Brian Nelson Ork components. I was originally making up one of those “Combat Patrol” forces (which is also how the DA and IW started life), though the entire Ork project was derailed hard due to a family tragedy which really hit me very hard. I’ve been eyeing the Orks I’d started back then a bit in recent months to get out and finish, and now I’ve started on them again. It’s been one of the reasons I’ve been getting back into painting the odd fantasy Orc and Goblin this year. Kind of “warming up” my greenskin painting skills. This army is going to be a tribute of sorts, so I want to do it justice.
The CP force originally had 2 mobs of 10 (or 12ish?) Boyz. One mob of sluggas and one of shootas, with ‘heavy shootas and rokkits as the support weapons, along with metal Nobz, led by a Warboss and with some grotz and a slaver on the side. While they were all (mostly) built, none were actually completed in terms of paint, so I’m getting onto that now – along with making some additions. I don’t want to get carried away though – if I’m working on too many forces, none will get done to any satisfaction, so the Greenskins will be a nice side, palette-cleanser project for the time being, and I can take a serious look at them when their codex comes out. If I can get them to around PL30+ or so while painting them in this way, then so much the better and they can hit the table before the book comes out.
I went with camo (or “kamo”) for their scheme because I enjoy painting it. It’s a lot more work than painting them in more basic browns and greys and blues and reds or whatever, but this way painting them manages to keep me interested. I won’t be doing too much with heavily green-based camo, since their skin is green and I don’t want them to blend into one another. Also, being Orks, I can vary the patterns and colouration as much as I like, since uniform isn’t exactly a strong concept to them.
While I guess painting them in camo makes them nominally Blood Axes when it comes to having to choose a Clan for rules purposes, I have to admit I never liked the Ork Clans or many of the background changes when it was introduced during late-RT and early 2e. The whole “fungus men” thing has never sat with me, so I simply ignore that aspect in my own head-canon. (Similar to how I ignore “Mon’Keigh – and may Gav Thorpe forever burn in hell for that one!) Some of the Clans were conceptually okay (Snakebites – the semi-feral Orks, for example) but too many of the examples and paint schemes went way too far down a ridiculous and garish road, reducing Orks to a silly sideshow of the comedy joke army of the 40k universe. I can handle a few jokey things, like squigs and the way gretchin are portrayed (and the Goff Rokk Band), but generally speaking, I like my Orks guttural, angry and brutal, and want to reflect that with my force. Much more original RT-Rulebook (and ironically, 3rd ed Rulebook) than ‘Ere We Go.
Anyway, these are the first of what may never be a huge army (horde armies have a LOT of models to paint), but what should be a cool looking, brutal force. 🙂
I’m glad to have these guys back on the painting desk after so long.