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Before I ask this question I have a little story to tell.
When I started my orks a couple months ago, I began by buying 2 Black Reach sets (warboss, 20 boyz, 5 nobz) and traded both of the marine halves for more orks from other people with AoBR. So thats 4 Warbosses, 80 boyz, and 20 nobz. I knew I was set on nobz and warbosses for the rest of my life, but I planned to run a pure infantry footslogging army, so I needed more boyz. A lot more boyz. 100 more boyz to be exact (max troops for orks is 6 30man mobs of boyz, 180 ). So I ordered a Green Tide from the GW website. I had them deliver it to my local GW store, and had them call me when it arrived. Well I got down to the store and none of us knew exactly how the green tide was organized. All it is, is 10 boxes of Boyz (which has parts for 10 boyz AND a nob, plus parts for one big shoota and one rokkit launcha). So I decided to open one up and put a few together in the store. I wanted to put the Nob together first, and the power klaw was missing on the sprue. It just wasn't there. I showed the manager, who is a good friend of mine, and he suggested we check the other 9 boxes. He opened each one himself, still in the shrink wrap, and found 8 more of the remaining 9 were also missing just a single piece, the power klaw. So 9 out of the 10 were missing one of the most important pieces of wargear that Orks have. So he called GW customer service and they sent me 9 more boxes, PLUS I got to keep the faulty ones missing the piece. When those 2 arrived, one of them was ALSO missing one power klaw, so they sent for one more!! And I got to keep the faulty one again! I paid for 10 boxes of boyz and ended up with 21!!! I have 290 boyz and 31 nobz now!
Now for the question. I obviously have big shootas in piles, and saw in the codex that Lootas can be upgraded to a Mekboy for free. And then the Mekboy can change out his Kustom Megablasta for a Big Shoota for free also. You are effectively switching deffguns to big shootas, and I was wondering what the ork community thought about losing 2 strength and a foot of range for the maximum amount of shots every turn? With 3 full squads thats 135 STR5 shots a turn at 36inch range, plus I can move, shoot, and assault instead of standing completely still. I think it might be worth it.
Last edited by slobulous; October 30th, 2008 at 21:44.
I WANNA GET STUCK IN WIT DA BOYZ
Wow, I think I hate you
You can only have 3 Meks, but they are nice filler for the squad. 9 shots even if moving is nothing to scoff at. For the rest of the Lootas, simply convert from all those dakka bits you've got now.
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Lets go massacre something
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I wish I was as unlucky as you...
Well thats some luck you have there. If it was me I would be converting lootas with your big shootas, taking 2 per loota should make them look the part quite nicely. The deffguns are way better than big shootas, the extra 12" means a lot when thats the only (ordinary) gun orks have that go that far.
Seems like you were destined to play orks! Good luck to you sir, I believe you have painting to do.
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Wow, nice grab. I'm definately in the camp of converting those extra big shootas into deffguns. I'm just starting so I'm using the big shootas to fill out my loota squad - I glued on extra gubbins and stuff to convert them best I could with the few bits I had. Since I'm not using big shootas anywhere else, it'll be pretty obvious what they are to my opponent.
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Seriously though big shootas with lootas is a fine combo. They allow you 3-9 extra shots when you reposition them, so they arn't completly wasted that turn. With all your extra big shoota bitz you can easily make a squad or two of lootas no problem. I'm guessing your bitz box has expanded like 500%. Just make the big shoota more freaky looking by adding extra barrels and any bitz you might have lying around from other armies.
Oh yeah, have fun painting the 200+ orks.
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