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.
Following on from the last post I have completed another 4 Stormstealers to bring the unit up to 5 models.
They took a wee bit longer to paint than you might think due to the large surface area covered by the models, all those extra arms don’t help one bit either. In hindsight I would paint the jump packs off the model and glue when both the ork and jump pack were painted fully. It’s a bit like painting a unit of cavalry due to the different approach on the two main elements.
Some well used jump packs
I envisioned these guys screaming in like barrage of claws from a blue sky so I figured it apt to base the colour scheme loosely WWII Luftwaffe Stuka dive bombers.
I decided to go for lots of weathering on the more armoured and vehicular elements of the models with a fair bit of rusting on the weapons. I don’t see Hyborks as being the most keen on weapon maintenance, more likely they would just fire out the magazine and then hit you with the empty gun I expect.
The boots on these guys are quite fun being designed for landing on panzee ‘Oomanz and the like. They got a bit of stirland mud on them to give the impression of messy landings as they erratically jump their way across the battlefield.
So that’s one more unit down, this battleforce is starting to shape up now. I want to get enough units done now to field a force for The Men Who Would be Kings. I would like to get moving on adding a unit of Wildboyz to this lot along with some Nobz and a Wierdboss Psychic character to lead them.
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!
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:
Test model for a future force of Orks…Da Red Shadowz.
Red Shadow Ork
The Red Shadows were the main bad guys in the Action Force comics when I were a lad, and the uniform always made an impression.
The Red Shadows toys
The toys were made from the same moulds as for Wermacht infantry with a change of head and thus they are relatively easy to convert from any german uniformed model. Luckily enough Games Workshop used to make an ork stormboy dressed in a Wermacht uniform, I doubt they will ever make models like these ever again.
To my knowledge I am the first one to attempt to marry the GW model with the Red Shadows conversion idea. Here are a couple of more angles.
Side view showing green stuff work to make sleeves with cuffs from 2nd Editon GW Ork arms
I have avoided to use of hilights here, just a simple ink wash for some definition, as I want to carry over the look from the toys.
The face mask is flat and devoid of detail, the eyes are simply painted on, just like the toys
I just painted the attachment point for the jump pack black like a backpack. I could add a skull and crossbones to this later…perhaps.
Rear view showing the attachment point for a jump pack
I will do at least another 4 of these fellows, and a halftrack. I will use the Nob from the stormboyz above to represent the Black Major. No doubt I will inevitably get around to doing the other toys from the range.