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Hey all! I recently had an idea, and decided to write some rules for it, rather than just let it sit in the back of my mind to waste away, and turn into a nurgling. SO! Time for the rules!
Fluff: "Get those basalisks ready! The Orks are getting through the perimiter!" Commisar Stafford Shouted into his radio.
"roger that" came the affirmative reply, always exactly the same. It disgusted Stafford. He just wanted to get the battle overwith.
"WAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!" came the deafening uproar as the Orks managed to break the perimiter defences. the green tide started to trample across the courtyard with the rumble of stampedeing footsteps.
"Fire!" Stafford screamed Into his radio. The explosive sound of the basalisk cannon resonated in the chest of Stafford, and every other guardsman present at the battle. The Orks responded to the noise, seen as a challenge screamed at the top of their lungs, started to shoot, into the air and at the defending gaurdsmen loud 'twang's were heard, but largely ignored, as this was not as important as the charging Orks fast closing in.
"Alright men." Stafford said into his radio, invading the ears of all under his command, "on my mark, fire. One... Two... Three... FI- AAARRGGHH! GET IT OFF M-" And just like that, the decorated commisar's career ended with the sounds of bones snapping, and flesh tearing in the earpeice of every gaurdsman involved.
Note: A squig fired from a katapult killed Stafford, if you didn't catch that.
Unit size: 1 model
Unit type: Heavy support, 1-2 katapults can count as one heavy support choice.
Description (I will take some pictures of the drawings i have, as I haven't yet converted one): The ork katapult is a aimple machine capable of extreme devastation, as long as the crew uses the right projectile. it is a bent piece of pipe, shaped in a 'U'. attached to the two straight parts of the U is a band of elastic squig skin (how else do they bounce around so well?), attached to a large leather pouch. two orks hold the U while one pulls back the paouch, and fires.
Crew: The katapult is crewed by 3 orks. If one is killed, the surviving crew mwmbers will spen one turn trying to figure out how to man the katapult with only one ork holding it. If two orks are killed, the remaining ork will spend the rest of the game trying to figure out how to operate the katapult by himself. Remove him as a casualty. The crew have normal ork stats and are armed with sluggas and choppas.
Ovver Dere!: If any friendly ork unit has Line of sight on an enemy unit that the katapult cannot see, the katapult can still fire on that unit, but adding 1" to the scatter roll (excluding direct hits)
What do we uze boss?: After nominating a target, roll a D6 to find out what kind of projectile is used.
1: Scrap metal The crew grabs some nearby scrap metal and fills the pouch up. Use a small template to determine hits. all models completely or partially under the template take a single S2 hit.
2-3: Stikk bomms: After much rummaging is done, a few stikk bomms that were dropped by other orks are found. roll a D3 to find how many. Each seperate stikk bomm scatters seperately. each hit causes 2 S3 hits on any model within 1 inch.
4-5: Tank bomm: After a bit of looking around, the crew find a tank bomm lying on the ground. If this hits, use a small template. all models under the template take a single S4 hit, all models pertially under the template take a single S3 hit.
6: Squig: The opprotunistic crew nab a nearby squig. The launcher may lose a finger or two, but those can be sewn back on. If this shot scatters within 3" of any unit, friend or foe, the squig causes D6 S4 hits.
Portable: The Katapult can move half of its maximum range and still fire. It can also board trukks and battlewagons, and fire on the move and stationary at a penalty of adding 1" to the scatter roll (including direct hits). A maximum of 2 katapults can be mounted on a single trukk or battlewagon.
Misfire chart and backstory to be added. I also need a bit of help deciding the points cost.
EDIT: Put in the fluff. Put in a range.
Last edited by Hemogoblin; July 24th, 2008 at 04:16.
Man I'm disappointed.
I thought it was a catapult that fired Orks!
Roll to hit s normal. If you miss scatter 2d6" and place an ork boy where it lands.
If it lands on a non vehicle unit, the unit takes D3 S4 hits and is now engaged with the Ork. The ork counts as charging and has Initiative 10 for this round only.
If the Ork hits a vehicle, it takes one strength 8 hit and the Ork is killed by the force of the impact.
If the Ork does not land in combat, remove him as a casualty.
Arch Overfiend & Grand Despot
I currently play:
Doom Eagle Space Marines
Hive Fleet Omega Tyranids
Goff Ork Boyz(dead)
Tau of O'me
Inquisitorial Xeno Hunters
and my attempted foray into fantasy
'Dark Angel Green' Dark Elves in need of fluff
ummm... next time comment rather than threadjack me. Thanks.
omegoku, please dont hijack other peoples threads. thats not polite forum ettiquette on any forum.
I'm basically confused as to how to attack it. is it a vehicle or an infantry model? is it simply an ork carrying it or is it some form of weapon upgrade like eldar heavy weapons platforms? this is the type of stuff that helps decide how much it will cost.
also, how big is the "impact"? essentially if you have a single point that you just point to, its very hard to decide where it actually hit when it scatters. just simply suggesting a blast marker be used gives a finish to the appearance of the rules many people find highly desirable.
I actually entered this topic expecting to be dissapointed. After all, with lobbas, which can be represented by catapults, what would be the point of having an Ork Katapult as another Heavy Support unit? I am glad to say that my initial expectation was wrong. You made the Katapult suitably unique to warrent it actually being a viable alternative. The randomness adds a truly Orky touch to the unit. Well done. I couldn't see this unit having a place in a Goff, Evil Sun, or Bad Moon army, but it fits perfectly with the fluff of Blood Axes and Snake Bites. I may even try out this idea of yours when I get around to making my Snake Bite army (one of the many armies on my to-do list).
Last edited by Zarak; July 21st, 2008 at 16:33.
Increasing the diversity of the 40k universe through the destruction of Space Marines, one army at a time...
Nice idea! I'm thinking this might work well as a special weapon used in ork boy or other units. This would clear up some of the complexities. Just have it available as a special weapon (unit cannot take big shootas or rokkits if they purchase a catapult). This would also make sense as the ork carrying the device is assisted by his mates on firing it. It would also make sense as the unit moves around the battlefield finding more stuff to fire, or taking random stikk bombs, choppas, etc. from the unit to fire. It also couldn't fire if there are fewer than three orks in the unit.
The idea of firing an ork, though perhaps poorly presented, isn't a bad one. On a roll of a 6 for what shoots you could have it fire an ork boy (remove one from the unit). I sure wouldn't make it a strength 8 hit against a vehicle, perhaps a strength 6 hit but no more. Then you could have 5 be the squig, etc.
I think you might want to clear up some of the issues with templates, scattering, etc. to simplify and conform more to 5th edition. For instance, there are no partial hits any more, so that rule should probably go. With custom rules, sometimes simplifying a bit is better, though the rolling to see what is used is excellent!
Good work, I'd love to see this continue to develop- and the models will be interesting as well!
thanks for the comments guys!, on the note of 5th edition rule compatability, I don't own it yet, nor do i have 4th edition. My rules are purely from what i've learned here at LO and the fantasy rules. About heavy/troop special weapon choices, I see what you're saying. Sort of like IG? one Katapult in a mob, or have a few as a heavy support choice? still need help on the pints value.
I just realised... there isnt a range.
It's truly Orky.. its range is as long as you beleive it is
I'd say G48"?
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rigth guys, I got in the fluff, and the range. (g36)