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So I have a bunch of old school mega-armored nobz and the old 2nd edition Ghazghkull Thraka that I plan on busting out at the 'Ard Boyz tournament. Thing is, they're all on the small 25mm bases when the new models are on the 40mm bases. Since they're pretty small, they would look funny on the 40mm bases although base size does effect game play somewhat? What's an Ork to do? I'm thinking perhaps a clear 40mm plastic circle glued to the bottom of the base so that measuring/templates can be used from that but I don't have to remove my carefully painted and flocked bases, buy new bases, paint and flock them, and then have the end result look sort of funny with the combination of huge basese and small figures.
Also, am I the only one who thinks the new painboyz look a little weedy compared to the nobz? They have the same stat line as a nob so I would think they should be the same size and stature as a nob. I don't have any of the new ones (got a few 2nd edition ones) but I'm thinking I'm going to convert some of my AoBR and plastic boxed set nobs into Painboyz for my nobz and Flashgitz...
That's a tricky subject in regards to Ghaz. As for meganobz, I've used the older models on terminator sized bases without any trouble. Even if the model is a little small for a terminator sized base, I don't think it'll look that odd. Are you sure they're actually old meganobz? They could be an old cybork model instead. The surefire way of telling is the powerklaw. If they have a powerklaw, even if it's a smallish one, then it's a meganob.
The old Ghaz model, on the other hand, would look ridiculous standing in the middle of a large base, considering how small he originally was. Ironically, I don't think the old Ghaz model can really accurately represent Ghaz anymore. It's just not large enough. That was Ghazghkull before he had all the mechanical upgrades, who now can only really pass for a warboss.
I think you'll have to just use him as a regular warboss. Think of it as young Ghaz and old Ghaz, kind of the same way we have young Elvis and old Elvis. One can definitely not pass for the other. ^_^
"Any job worth doing, is worth doing with a powerklaw."
They're definitely the old Bad Moon Mega Nobz. They wouldn't look terrible on new bases, but there's all the work/cost involved in converting them, especially with time running out. Plus they would loose a lot of their 'classic' feel to them.
Same thing with Ghazghkull. I also won the Youngbloodz competition with him back in the mid-90s so it would break my heart to rip him apart and put him on one of those new fangled large bases.
I understand where you're coming from with regards to old vs new Ghazghkull and I've debated that as well. However, technically he is a Ghazghkull model. I mean, the old Mega Nobz are somewhere in between the size of a new ork boy and an ork nob so they aren't incredibly accurate with regards to the new figures either. I'm also planning on using the old small trukks from the Gorka Morka game... I also do not have the new Ghazghkull and if I did purchase him, I wouldn't have time to paint him to a decent standard in time for 'Ard Boyz. As it is now, my Mega Nobz and Ghazgkull will be my nicest painted unit on the board, considering most of my boyz are now going to be new models and will either only be primed or have a few base colors on them... I might as well have some nicely painted figures to show off that yes, I do care about painting, and yes, my painting skills are better than what's represented with the rest of my force!
Eventually, I would like to have an 'old' Ork army and a 'new' Ork army that I'll use separetely most of the time and combined only for large games. For now, with no new Ghazghkull, and 3 unpainted new Meganobz, I'd like to use my old figures...
I personally have found that this is a tricky topic and is really dependent upon the attitude of the local tourney organizers.
I own a group of older ork models, dated '87 by the castings on the slotted base, I think they are great and use them for a hard boy unit with shootas that I throw in an old style truck.
These have gotten me mixed reactions. Mostly from the folks that are younger than the models themselves. With true-line-of-sight in the new edition, these older models have some interesting advantages. They are 25mm as opposed to the 28mm+ that the current models are which makes even a unit of 12 relatively easy to hide from opposing forces.
On the other side of the coin, by the letter of the law, if they are an official GW model on a base that is at least the same size as the one it was sold with it is legal.
My opinion, there is no problem with it, But as I said I use them myself.
Happy hunting, and good luck.