Sunday, 7 March 2010

Orks: Third Time Lucky

Over the last couple of years (since Black Reach to be precise), I've begun painting and then flogged two 1.5k Space Ork armies. I always start with the best of intentions, but somewhere during the process of painting up 180 boyz, I give up and then flog the lot on ebay.
On recent trip to the wargame store, I saw that they were flogging the Ork Megaforce at a 20% discount, and was thereby lured back into all thinks green.

Learning from past mistakes, though, this army will differ from past attempts in several ways, I am:

*only going to paint up 1k.

*going for a fast attack-based army, with only 40 or so boyz.

*going to go for a brighter colour-scheme than in the past, when I would literally douse them in badab black wash. This time I'm going for a lighter skin tone with a thraka green wash, lots of browns, and, pushing the boat out, lots of reds and yellows (for speed freaks).

(I'm also going to try and sell the stuff I don't want from the Megaforce - 9 of the bikes and the lootas - and reinvest the cash in the minis that I do want)

I've painted up one troop choice and a trukk and am happy with how they have turned out:

The first troop choice (11 Slugga Boyz with a power klaw-wielding Nob in a Trukk) and the now-infamous patio

My plan for the initial list is going to be:

Warboss (cybork body, bosspole, 'eavy armour, power klaw)
Big Mek (Kustom Force Field)

11 Slugga Boyz (& Nob w power klaw & bosspole)
Trukk (red paintjob)

11 Slugga Boyz (& Nob w power klaw & bosspole)
Trukk (red paintjob)

18 Slugga Boyz

Fast Attack
3 warbikers (plus Nob w power klaw & red paintjob)
3 warbuggies (w T/L rokkit launcher)

Heavy Support
Battlewagon (big shoota, armour plating, deff rolla, grot riggers, red paintjob)

Meanwhile my Guard army is still in progress - only 1 more troop choice, a PCS, Vendetta, & a Chimera to go and then I reach the 1.2k milestone.


  1. I like the colours you went with, particularly with the brightness it adds to the normally duller colours that most people give Boyz (myself included). Nice burnt effects on the engine exhaust pipes too.

  2. I've been a fan of the brighter style orks since 2nd edition.

    The good news for you is that the units you don't want (bikers) are really quite popular, so should sell well on ebay, so you'll have plenty of cash leftover to buy the rest of the stuff you want. If those are AoBR basic orks or deffkoptas, you'll have them coming out your ears!

  3. yeah, ive tried to flog AoBR orks before! Nah, these will all be from the magaforce

  4. Come on, go the extra step and drill out those gun barrels!

    Looking pretty good though. The skin in particular has a nice green throughout, without a lot of the heavy black recesses a lot of Ork armies have, so I'd say the switch to the Thraka wash went well.

  5. drill the barrels?! I have a drill but i would be worried about damaging the mini too much.
    give me a few days to pluck up the courage!!

  6. You need to use a pin drill with a small bit. That will actually cut in pretty easily and will make a good sized hole for most weapons. For larger caliper stuff, I usually cut in with the pin drill and then carefully scrape away at the hole by rotating an x-acto blade inside it, enlarging it.

    With a small pin drill you can actually pretty quickly drill out both the barrel and the exhaust vent on a bolter without deforming the plastic. Done well it's pretty noticeable when you really look at the mini. For larger stuff like Heavy Bolters I then scrape it out to make it larger.

    Pin drills are kind of hard to find at hobby shops these days, so I just got the GW one. It's pretty well designed and works well.

  7. ok - i may try a spare first though...