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It's spring break, and I've resolved to finally get down and dirty and make all the troops I've been putting off. I've been busy the past few days but where I had time I dug through my bitz boxes, collected some boyz parts, and started assembling. I probably have enough bitz for 60 boyz easy to go through!
Let me explain what you'll see on a lot of these boyz - as of recent, I have taken to pinning everything together instead of just gluing. This is partly because my old Trukk Boy squads, with their conversions, are a pain in the hindquarters to keep intact - I have lost track of the number of times I've gotten to the game and found an arm has fallen off or something. So, I pin everything but the waist joints and heads (whose ball sockets are too much of a pain to bother). I figure the waist and the back of the head have enough surface area that a decent gluing will hold them, anyway - I've yet to have an unpinned one come apart in those places.
Because of this new fetish for pinning, I have started using it as a base for repositioning a lot of arms. You'll see on many of these models that I have cut down a new flat surface to be flush with the torso, drilled the hole at an angle, and left a wide open gap between the arm and body. This sort of thing will eventually be plugged with a bit of greenstuff sculpted into the shape of the missing arm - where I botch that sculpting will be where you will end up seeing shoulderpads and such.
Lots of pictures coming up!
To begin with, I had what I thought was a clever (though surely not original) idea. I wanted to make some more orks that could stand in as both Trukk Boyz for my Kult of Speed and regular sluggas for the rest of the time. I got to thinking that one of the things a Trukk Boy might find particularly practical would be an extra-long and extra-reachy choppa for running enemies down while driving by. Though I know that there's nothing in the rules that would allow that sort of thing, I thought it would be a cool converting idea that would unify a group together. Besides, I can definitely picture a boy just leaning over the side of a trukk to get a hit or two in! They've also all got helmets, as any proppa trukk boy should. Plus, it finally gave me an excuse to use those dang annoying spear arms from when I bought a box of fantasy boyz!
I am awfully short on Nob choppa arms - at least, until I receive the bitz I am waiting for in the mail - but I had the top parts of some Nob Choppas instead that I tried to put to good use. Don't ask me how I have only the top parts. I don't even know. Still, I never knew what to do with that banner arm, as I have that big glyph he hoists reserved for something else, so instead I pinned the axe head onto the top of it. The boy over to the left also has a nob choppa axe at the top of his spear. The look of reverence he's got towards it was totally accidental but considerably appropriate. The nob'z got the kommando head on him because it comes with goggles and I am putting goggles on at least this squad of 10 once it's done. I am also out of spear arms after this, having traded the rest off, so I am trying to think of other 'extra-reachy' choppa ideas that would fit in with this squad - I am thinking a ball-and-chain or variants thereof might be a good start.
To compensate for all of the helmeted trukk boyz, I also started assembling some unhelmeted slugga boyz on the side. I haven't quite decided what their special.. feature.. is going to be yet. I think I am going to make them all adorned in chains - wrapped around the waist, the upper arms, that sort of thing - to show how 'ard they might be. One guy with a helmet snuck in there while I wasn't paying attention, but I'll fix that soon enough.
Their nob also suffers from the lack of nob-choppa-arms I mentioned earlier, so he's stuck looking a bit silly at the moment. I threw a termie power fist and chainsword on him and I'm working on orking it out a bit at the moment. I may actually end up bioniking his other arm out anyway just so that he doesn't look mismatched - if I had a right arm termie powerfist, I'd probably chop it at the elbow and attach a proppa klaw to it, but I don't.
Please keep in mind while you look these over that I have a lot more converting yet to be done - small details and sculpting and such.
These orks looks awesome. I like the halberlds and the spears. Great job, now just finish your boss Good job with the terminator powerfist. It looks very cool.
Originally Posted by The Paint Monkey
A great start indeed. You got some real Orky ideas going on so this will be awsome when they are done
Keep it up.
Looking very good indeed - the long-handled choppas are a great idea; are you going to have a couple of them on a trukk leaning over the side?
A little update.
Here's some of the regular ol' Boyz - 20, to be precise. Nothing really special out of the lot save for slightly reposed arms and the fact that everything is pinned. Looking back at these photos, I can actually spot one or two guns I forgot to drill out. I'll be adding extra bitz to them as I go - I'm particularly waiting to see some of the new Black Ork stuff be released before I paint everything up, as there are some bitz on there I am fond of. In general, my generic boyz are unhelmeted, save for a couple that slipped in there anyway, but a bit of variation is good for Orks anyway so they'll probably end up staying.
The Trukk Boyz squad now numbers 10 as well, though they are nowhere near done, either. I plan on taking some of the 'regular' spears and converting them still - one into a streetsign, and the other into probably a chunk of concrete on the end of a very large pole, as though he ripped it out of the ground. Some tweaks will be eventually done here and there to the weapons as well.
Lastly, I started working on some Flash Gitz that are going to be hanging out with a Big Mek on the back of my squiggoth. There's going to be 8 total - four to man the Bolt-On Big Shootas, 4 with their own Big Shootas, and the eventual Big Mek will end up firing the 5th on the Squiggoth while providing a KFF save. I'm having trouble coming up with what I could do to make them particularly 'flashy' - I'm giving them all hair as I imagine Flash Gitz would be the orks in my warband that would buy hair squigs for themselves in such a fashion (and I don't really like the heads mixed into my normal squads). I think they're going to get the goggle treatment, as well, and maybe shoulder pads if I can find styrene tubing large enough to suit my needs. These are the 4 without Big Shootas.
On a slightly related note - my god, those shoota arms are a pain to get lined up properly! When they're holding the gun, either their head gets in the way, or their legs block the guns. I've got a couple small gaps in the arms I'm going to have to greenstuff later.
Those look nice. My oe issue is with the first one with a halberd in one of the first pictures, it looks like he's holding it way too high up- it would e pretty heavy, and doing that makes it hard to carry. Oh well.
And do you use polystyrene cement on plastics or superglue? I have never, ever seen a plastic model bonded with polystyrene cement break. It melts the plastic and then welds it.
If you think Mathammer doesn't work and dice cannot be predicted, there's a whole field of mathematics called probability that would like to disagree.
Dude, it's an Ork. He could probably carry the Marine stuck on the end of it at the end of CC.
Anyways, all Boyz looking awesome, especially ther Trukkboyz. That's the first I've ever seen halbreds used with Orks, and I kinda' want to start Orks now. But that happens with me and any good looking models, so hey....
Only complaint: Why didn't I think of the chainfist first?!
Yeah Orks are a lot stronger than any humans, but not as strong as a marine.
Cool models. I like that you are putting effort in making all units unique and distinquishable (spelling?). Keep it up.
Everything you do is awesomeness! Dont stop!
Love the ork boyz. I especially love the kommando ( even though its really simple) with the halberd stick choppa thing, will he be the nob for the unit?. Im doing a swamp themed ork army so i hpe you dont ming me using the great idea of sticking the choppas on the end of sticks , i just love them
WIP tau project coming soon.