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I am getting ready to add 20 lootas to my fledgling army, but I'm a little confused about the box contents. Looking at the sprue online it appears that you can only construct four lootas and a mek. Does this mean I need five boxes to make my 20 lootas?
Yep, box only has 4 deffgunz, off course you can look through you bitzbox and make some yourself.
I'm afraid so. The reason the loota/burna boxes are popular is because as long as you have extra ork legs and torsos, there's enough parts to make 4 lootas, 4 burnas, 1 mek w/KMB, 1 boy w/rokkit, and 1 boy w/big shoota. 11 special troops out of one box isn't bad.
Unfortunately, if you didn't intend to use burnas, this leaves you a little high and dry. Since the burnas have backpacks, you could clip a few parts here, add some bits/lengths of sprue there, and turn the 4 burnas, kustom mega blasta and the big shoota into lootas as well.
This way, you could get 20 lootas out of 2 boxes of lootas/burnas and a box of regular boyz.
Otherwise, yeah, it's 5 boxes, but I wouldn't do that. I'd either convert some or use less lootas.
"Any job worth doing, is worth doing with a powerklaw."
Sisters or IG backpacks work well for lootas, just glue on some gubbins and you're good to go. Ask a guard or SoB player for them, the guys i know give them to me for free because they're lazy.
And as far as that extra gun goes, to make the 5th Loota, take the big shoota in the pack, glue two regular shootas and some gubbins/rokkits/trophies etc and it looks nice.
And, if you have the extra pieces, Grot Lootaz make for some hillarious conversions, even though they might not be legal in relatively strict tourney play.
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It just so happens I've been helping a friend with his IG army and I have a giant freezer bag full of IG bits right here.
"I don't know where all those backpacks, autocannons, and mortor bits went."
Thanks for the tip.
Sif! just make the orks yourself man, stick guns together in totally random patterns, think flashgitz but worse, It could even double as a flash gits squad that way, but yeah you'd need 4 boxes, damn GW!
ork kommandos have backpacks filled with great stuff but may be a little too expensive, as above, backpacks of other races work well, but just as easily could some plasticard work, cut yourself up a little box and simply make some straps to attach it to the orks armor or their other straps.
Hows your board coming along john? Haven't seen it in a while.