[WIP] Semi-scrap-built Gorkanaut part 1

Front (belly of Gork?) section of the Gorkanaut currently being worked on, loosely following the same look as the original GW kit.

Well, this was a thing. I’ve now started my own project on building a Gorkanaut from scratch(ish), using plastic card for the model form, resin studs and GW plastic bitz for decoration. I couldn’t afford to get the official kit because I’ve got other plans for October (Orktober!) and onwards. The only way I was ever going to get my shooty heavy support was by using my creativity to build my own!

So far, I’ve built the main body which is about 65% to 75% completed, there’s just the back of the body to glue and the hood above the head. I’ll then try and find a reasonable circle base to glue the Gorkanaut on (with arms and legs included as well).

I know it looks pretty derpy and silly at the moment, however, once the whole model is constructed and basecoated, fingers crossed it might look more convincing as an Ork built machine. This is my first attempt at constructing something using plastic card with no instructions, so I’ll be very rusty on this attempt.

Anyways, here’s my current progress in photos, enjoy!

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

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Ork Commandos, scratch building plans and a short ramble about Forge World and GW

Ork Commandos, scratch building plans and a short ramble about Forge World and GW

Just a short post today as I’m feeling under the weather at the minute as I’ve caught a nasty cold, strangely. Anyways, today’s post I have four kitbashed Ork Boys who I’ve made into Commandos, using spare bitz to make them look more sneaky and more better equipped as veterans of jungle warfare.

These Ork Boyz were included in the Build+Paint Space Ork Trukk kit, which I was going to added to a second unit of Orks as a unit of 15. However, instead I went and kitbashed then as an elite unit, saves me money compared to buying the resin kits from GW.

My next step is to finish painting my Big Mek on Warbike by tomorrow or the day after, as that model is nearly completed. Then I’ll be doing the final phase of the project by painting an extra x10 Gretchins to my existing unit of x20, followed by a second unit of x30 Gretchins.

After that, I’m gong to wait for the new Codex to be released, as well as seeing if any of the new kits will be worth getting (if the price is justified). Crossing my fingers GW WONT scrap rules for the Big Mek on Bike, but it’s going to happen anyway.

I might start making my own Battlewagon or Ork Stompa from scratch once my Gretchins are done, although that will take some time to plan out as well as materials needed to build these machines. I’ve been reading old WD issues lately which has inspired me to try and do more scratch built models to save more money.

I’m really not interested in buying the official models as they’re too expensive (considering the Stompa used to cost £60 back during its release in 2009). Lately I’ve been very sceptical about GW’s pricing on kits, especially now that most new AoS factions battling units are £30 a box. I’ll elaborate more on my thoughts for another time.

Also I’m not impressed with GW’s *oversea pricing Changes on FW products, after watching MFTOC and Leeky Cheese’s videos on the subject, I feel that GW (Warhammer Community) has yet again been terrible with it’s communication to the consumers. Unless things change for the better for overseas hobbyists, I doubt the community will be forgiving to GW and FW anytime soon.

(*this doesn’t affect me as I live in the U.K., however, I’m not happy with these price increases as I now the hobby has grown to be a world wide community).

Anyways, that’s it for me for today. I’ll be back soon with a new post once I’m feeling better. Until next time!

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Another Big Mek, but this time on a Warbike

A new Mek has arrived on his warbike to join my Bad Moons Collection, and he’s got a pretty cool kustom bike to show off too! (Fancy git!)

I bloody love this model! I used a Build+paint Space Ork on Warbike and a Ork Nob, converted into a Big Mek with kustom decorations and improvements to the old kit. Either that or the tiny Ork riding the bike is a no brainier!

I wanted my Big Mek to have a look of motion on the bike, so I positioned him at an angle as if he was aiming at his enemy. Adding the flying bullet casings and a Dark Elf Warriors flag on the back helps to create still motion.

I hope GW will keep the rules for this variant of the Big Mek in the Ork Codex, however, since there aren’t any official models, they’ll likely scrap it’s rules. I’ll be sad if that is the case. But maybe GW will release one along with the new Cult of Speed range in October!

Anyways, I’m gonna head back to working on this chap for the next couple of days.

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Big Mek in Mega armour (Bad Moons top Mek boy)

This model was converted using a spare old model from Warmachine and plethora of spare bitz, mostly from the Orks range. Since I would’ve had to spend a lot of money just to get the official Big Mek from GW, I decided to try and kit bash anything I could find that would look ‘big’.

Whilst I won’t be able to play this big chap at any GW stores, I can at least be proud that I used my imagination to create my own Mek.

My ever growing horse of Orks is gaining a lot of attention now with forty Gretchins, four Ork Commandos and a Big Mek on a Warbike to paint, I’ve still got plenty to do with 40k stuff.

Lately I’ve been feeling off-put from typing blog posts this month, not because I don’t like blogging anymore, but I just feel uninspired to do much. I think it’s down to two things 1) the whole AoS series I’m currently working on that’s making me less enthusiastic, from doing the same thing over and over, especially the SE models. 2) I need to take more breaks off painting, as I’m burning myself out with the amount of stuff I’m doing atm. I’ve got quite a few models ready for photography, but I don’t want to use up all of my photography backlog.

I don’t dislike SE, I think their amazing currently with the Sacrosanct Chamber released, however, the models get boring to paint for long period of time as they look nearly identical. The Nifhthaunt on the other hand were so much more appealing to paint, since every unit looks slightly different in design and form.

So I’m taking a break from painting AoS stuff whilst I get back into painting more Orks. With the announcement that Orktober will be a thing, I’m trying to paint as many Orks as I can to be ready for the Codex release.

So expect to see some more greenskins from me for the next couple of *weeks! 🙂

*- Also I’ll be featuring other stuff including a stand-alone Bloodbowl post, some Nighthaunt models and more!

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

A tale of one Warlord: month 3 (Final!)

A tale of one Warlord: month 3 (Final!)

Alas, after a total of three months of painting all da greenskins I can muster for this collection, today marks the end of this collection. Whilst it’s half of the traditional six month challenge, I took on the task of getting at least one unit done per month (first month was the hardest challenge).

This project at first was a challenge to see if I can build a patrol formation in three months, using a colour scheme that I’ve never used before that would prove challenging. However, back in May, my long time friend, Leo (my pet dog) was put to sleep after suffering from neural disease. I decided that I would dedicate this collection in his memory of passing, as this was the last project he would have seen before leaving this world.

Today I have one sweat Trukk that’s a kitbash based on the old Trukk model. I’ve made sure to make this model look as Orky as a scrap kan on wheels.

This Trukk will carry my Ork Boyz with shootas around to drop them off at a safe area to get closer into shooting range. Since I have ten Ork Boyz, they can fit into the Trukk (not practicals though, only four can fit into the back).

So will this be the last ever Ork kit? Nope, as if you’ve seen my previous post from last Sunday, I’ve found some classic Grots from a car boot sale. I didn’t have time to paint them due to time constraints and running low on yellow paint to cover them all. I’ll be painting them at some point in the near future along with some Ork Boyz (the four models I got with the Trukk) to completely finish this collection off.

Whilst I would like to continue adding more Orks to the project, I feel that this three month task should end today and nothing else should be added. Luckily I got those Grots and four Ork Boyz before the deadline, so they still count. I might paint them as a bonus challenge maybe?

Anyways, that about wrap things up here. I hope you have enjoyed this blog post series challenge, and if your keen to start your own three month challenge (or six if your crazy), I’d say go for it!

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

Mercenary for hire!

Meet Sgotsnitz, a Gretchin mercenary who can put a round or two with his bulky bolter.

This was my sample painting of a Gretchin using my colour scheme of the Bad Moons, which I’ve used across my Ork army. I wanted to see how the model will look once painted, so I have a visual guide for painting the rest of the unit in batch’s.

I really like the sculpt of the model, there’s a look of glee on the little greenskins face, as if he’s really keen to cause mayhem. I was lucky to have found the unit to be relatively intact with details still visible, the old paint job by the previous owner was hardly much layers of paint.

Anyways, one down, twenty four more Gretchins to go!

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn