A belated post to cover off my progress over Orktober this year. Despite having been off the Games Workshop bandwagon for quite some time, I still maintain my love for the Orks and their various tribes in 40k and have a large backlog of models I’ve been gradually working through as the mood strikes.
I decided to make a concerted effort this ORKtober to get through a few projects that I’d started and stopped at various points to get them done and have something to show for the most glorious of months.
Random Ork and Gretchin
I had this model sitting in a box primed and ready to paint so thought this would be the best way to kick off ORKtober, as it would let me mess around with skin tone and colour choices in a low pressure way. Whilst the model and it’s gretchin standard bearer are cool, they must have been an impulse or opportunistic buy at some point in the past as I don’t recall where they came from.
I’ve had these three old GW models for quite some time and absolutely love them, however that desire was demotivating me as I felt I wouldn’t do them justice. So I figured I’d just go massive with the project…
I used my 3D printer liberally to create the drum kit, stage trusses, amps and speakers, whilst kit bashing the drummer from leftover warbiker bits and a Kromlech mohawk head. I wanted the drum kit to have a ridiculousness to it which I think I achieved, however were I to do it again, I think I’d spend more time building it out even more.
The stage is just a box built out of foamcore, noting that I didn’t really plan this out in great detail, just printed a ton of stuff out then built the trusses, put the speakers and lights on them and used that as a guide for the stage itself. If I were to do it again, I would probably scale down the stage a bit as it’s too large to store in my display cases and expect it’s going to be a nightmare to store and move. AS a concession to this, I did not glue the models down, so I can pull them off and store them in a figure case if needed.
For those interested, here are some links and notes on the 3D printed bits I used:
Stage truss, speakers, etc – I believe I scaled each of these pieces to 70% to get the size I used in the final
Drum Kit – I bought this drum kit STL and printed out a ton of each piece, however there are free versions that could be used to save money if desired but I wanted a more detailed and modular final product
Free options for the drum kit:
I’ll also note that in my explorations, I also found the following which are rad models I’ll one day get around to as well…
Rokker with speakers, just cool
Thought this guy would make an excellent vocalist
When the new Beast Snagga range came out I was very excited, so ran out and bought a bunch of boxes of new models which promptly went into one of my cupboards and were mostly forgotten about… After completing the painting of my Massive Darkness 2 set, I was hunting around for a smaller project to cleanse my palate, as it were, and so started building the basic squig riders and the bigger “white squig” model (forgive my lack of knowledge of their exact name…). This petered out after priming as I got distracted by other projects, but found them again near the start of ORKtober, so pulled them out and got painting.
I wanted to paint all the squigs red (as they go faster), but the great white squig seemed like a cool idea and the idea of doing “white” flesh seemed an appropriate challenge. That being said, I can’t entirely remember what the painting process for it was, but likely I used transparent purple and magenta paints then built up from this using a mix of light Caucasian flesh tones and white or pink.
I’m really happy with these models, they are very cool and an appropriate upgrade to the old Rogue Trader or second edition cyboar riders I have from back in the day.
Oh man, this was a cool call back to my initial ork army, as well as the main revision I completed in the late 2010’s, and had a lot of fun painting this guy in a dirtier, more grimdark style than my prior effort. This contrasts with my Ghazakull experience where I effectively painted all four generations of his model one after the other (as I lost my original second edition Ghaz model, disappointingly) but that’s a story for another time.
Of course, now I have a named Runtherd, I needed some gretchin for him to boss around, so I knocked out the three pictured quickly as they had been hanging around my desk for some time. These are 3D printed and I think they are from the MyMiniFactory store or Patreon of Sculptork (although looks like the Patreon is on hiatus) who is definitely worth checking out if you like that old school greenskin vibe.
It was a lot of fun getting back to my first hobby love and painting a bunch of mad orky ladz, especially completing a cool (and large and loud…) project that’s been hanging around for quite some time. Next on the list, something other than greenskinz to clease my palette…