Working on some Blood Axe boyz recently I couldn’t resist using some of the classic Space Ork plastic heads.
These are literally some of the first models I bought at the beginning of the 1990’s when getting into all this jazz.
It’s great value, giving the budding modeler and painter 36 test subjects to paint to a PRO-PAINTED standard. It was great as you got lots of weapons and shoulder pads and equipment to personalize them.
And here they are in all their glory with the studio paint jobs, and they looked pretty damn cool to the eyes of 13 year old me!
So I took some of those old heads and the shoulder pads and so we have…..
They are part of a larger unit of 10 Blood Axe boyz, which will feature in the army I plan to play some new 40k with later in the year.
Recently I have been filled with desire to work on an old bucket list project of mine, a nicely painted Epic 40,000 force of orks.
I intend to play some games with them using the open source NetEpic rules (with some house rules tweaks to it to get rid of the templates as they tend to slow up the game and effectively reduce the available table space).
Working on some scenic items to build up the battlezone thematically alongside the army would be ideal also.
To begin with, I decided that I would work on a Snakebite Clan as I have never in all my time painted a single Snakebite, and now I would paint 105 of them at 6/7mm (Epic scale is in fact a bit wobbly with sizes often dramatically different for infantry models – your average person would probably never notice it anyway).
As the Snakebites are supposed to be staunch traditionalists, I wanted them to have a lot of browns, green and metal with a smattering of primary spot colours – like classic fantasy orcs really.
The banners were done by carefully cutting out GW Ork transfer sheets to fit. The Nobz got a bit more attention than the boyz. I converted the Epic Ork Warlord to carry a power klaw cut from an Ork dreadnought. In game terms you have 4 identical stands but to my mind the whole Ork Clan should have the Warboss as the focal point, so there he is!
As there are not a huge variety of models available, I decided that I would make my Snakebites unique by sculpting a special Ork to represent them.
I did a quick and dirty casting in lead from this – the detail is not quite as crisp as the original but more than adequate to express the idea in miniature.
While I was working on him, I started working on an Ork for when I get around to doing the Goff Clan. I think he is adorable so far <3.
So that’s a solid 600 points of stuff to begin with. I am looking to add some Squiggoths to this lot and perhaps some Stompas (as they move at about the same speed as the infantry).
The latest addition to my growing force of Hyborks. When I designed the Hybork bits this was one of the things I had in mind by way of applications.
The base kit is the Stormboyz from GW. It is probably my favorite kit of all the plastic ork kits available and is full of interesting bits that fit with the daredevil nature of the Stormboy trope. The jump packs are very customisable and allow for a lot of variation in the look.
All I needed to do was to attach my Hybork arms (with the hands chopped off and replaced with some fun GW weapons) and my favorite Hybork head to achieve this model. The Stormboyz ship with 25mm round bases, but these are on the small side so I have mounted him on a 30mm, which is sufficient to keep him balanced for gaming.
The colour scheme was inspired by the famous Stuka WWII German aircraft. I am working on another 4 of them to bring it up to a game ready unit of 5.
Thanks for looking, until next time…..suk da vapourz ov mi contrails stoopid oomanz!
Here we have another Hybork, this time armed with a powerklaw from the GW Ork Nobz plastic set as well as a missile pod from the GW Ork Lootaz set.
I currently am in the process of ordering another run of these Hybork 32 piece sets, so if you are interested in getting yourself a set let me know soon and I should be able to sort you out. You can find out more here: Project Hybork on Facebook.
I have retained the classic colour scheme for this one with little use of green colour. The Iron Jaw serves as a cyber replacement, so I took the opportunity to cover it in some blood.
I have been experimenting using Army Painter Purple Tone and Blue Tone to smooth out the contrasting highlights, using it mixed with Air Caste Thinner to dilute the glaze. I find them to be fantastic products that give a nice streak free finish.
Lots of use of Army Painter Dark Tone and Green Tone especially on the powerklaw. The copper areas also got some Citadel Verdigris on it as well as Ryza Rust and Flesh Wash.
I plan to bring a force of Red Shadowz to BOYL 2014 to take part in some GorkaMorka. “Da Red Ferret” is a scratch built shadowtrakk taken from my regular ork forces and given a good pimping up for the event.
Da Red Ferret
It now features reinforced armour, reinforced ram, a new engine, a pintle mounted big shoota and a shiny new red paint job. The red paint was immediately given a large amount or weathering using my newly acquired rust and corrosion Games Workshop technical paints.
If the orks with the leather fetish don’t kill you the tetanus might!
The Red Ferret is inspired by the Action Force Hyena. I was certainly torn between going for a cleaner toy like style of painting and weathering the shit out of it using my new technical paints…needless to say the new paints won out.
Hyena + Red Jackal
The pintle mounted gun has been magnetised for easy transport and interchangeability with other weapons if the whimsy takes me to make a rocket launcher option. There is plenty of space to fit a couple of models into this vehicle which while not necessary, is a useful feature for immersive GorkaMorka play.
Zardork and the Black Major crewing Da Ferret
Decals are all hand painted and then ruined with overzealous weathering for that authentic orky feel.
Zardoz (1974) is one of those movies that burned itself into my mind as a kid and it is not difficult to imagine why with imagery like this…
…Sean Connery in a wedding dress, yes indeed.
Expurgation of something like this from my mind calls for my calls for some Warhammer 40,000 catharsis.
Zardork has been built using the Savage Orc plastics from Games Workshop. The base is a (edit, thanks Cheetor)30mm round base from EM4 miniatures and was kindly donated by Cheetor over at Sho3box, cheers dude! The 30mm is a good fit for the wide stances of some of the models from the kit. I hacked off any extraneous details from the model, reposed it and then did some green stuff sculpting to get him to look like Sean Connery in one of the most bizzare costumes in cinema history. The gun is from the plastic Necromunda Goliath gangers in case you were wondering.
He is wearing a big ass ring which although not in the image above is from the movie none the less. You will just have to watch the bugger if you want to know what that is about, perhaps more than once! The ring is real plastic, just like the movie.
A WIP of the build:
He took me a fair while to make, but I think he was worth the effort. Naturally now I feel the need to make an orky version of one of these for him to ride around in: