Monday, 21 April 2014

037. Inquisition, Ordos......WAAAAGH!!! ...

Small update over the Easter break.  I've scored 10 days off work over the Easter and ANZAC day public holidays period and rather than locking myself away and slaving on minis I have been spending time with the 10 month old whirlwind of destruction that is my daughter and generally bombing around with the friends and family.

Having said that, the other night I was looking in my cabinets and spied these chaps - my Deathwatch Kill Team I had built when I was going to dabble in the Deathwatch RPG.  I built a Marine from 5 of the First Founding Legions/Chapters - the Ultramarines, the Blood Angels, the Space Wolves, the Dark Angels and the Imperial Fists.
Deathwatch Kill Team
Looking at the date on the bases this was around 2011.  For the age of them, I'm quite chuffed with the painting, though the highlights needed some work.  I pulled them off the shelf and updated the red casings on the weapons and shoulder trim, and redid the Ultramarines pad in my current recipe.  I also pulled him of his base and re-based him on a spare Tech Deck themed base with the intention of having him join the Inquisitors Warband.

As well as re-basing him, I also reapplied the black armour using a mix of blue and black, and then re-highlighted him.  Quite pleased with the touch up job.
Deathwatch Marine Alexo, of the Ultramarine Chapter
What has this chap got to do with the post title though.  Nothing.  Nothing at all.
Instead, the title refers to the other miniatures I also spied and pulled down.  Some Orks - those who have followed this blog for a while, or who recognise some of my models from an older defunct blog (Rogue Pom - now I'm reliably informed, a porn hosting site - yay the internet) will know that I am something of a hobby butterfly.  In this case though with good reason.

Colonel Ackland, Dale and James will be descending on my gaming shed in a little over a week and we have agreed to try out some Kill Team, and some smaller 500 point a side games.  Now on the Kill Team front I was struggling to design a force within the 200 point allowed limits for my Space Marines whilst maintaining a healthy body count.

While looking at my backlog of minis I spied a shelf with more than the average number of models painted sat upon it - the shelf that contained my small Ork force. Zing went the light bulb.  I knocked up a small list containing a mix of Nobs (3 with various load outs) and 'Ard Boys (8) and went rummaging through my models.  All I needed to was 4 more models and I had enough of the right type painted - I will be able to field a fully painted force (assuming I can get those 4 done in time) - Huzzah!
The four models needing some paint - 2 Nobs and 2 Boys - plus 'Arry the photogenic Ork
'Arrys cousin - Holler - on account of all the hollering he does - badum tish
I have a secret love affair with my Orks.  I tend to go back and work on one or two models whenever I get bored.  What this means is that they are likely to be the force I finish first out of all the various bits and pieces sat on the shelves of shame.  I just love the Ork Nob plastic kit, and if I ever scrape some spare dosh together, I can see me adding some Kans and a Dread to the force, plus some Trucks, and if rumours are true some Buggies, and maybe a Stompa, and one of those Dakka Dakka jets...Yep - I do love the Ork range.

Cheers all and here's hoping you've had a nice Easter break if you got one.



  1. These look bloody lovely, and that's a huge understatement. The Deathwatch chaps all look suitably individual and characterful, but are still cohesive - impressive work. I'm loving the armour on all of those Orks, very photogenic indeed. And what's this Easter break?!

    1. Cheers Kieran. I was quite proud at the time of those Deathwatchers. It was good to use various bits from the bits box to try and convey a sense of the individual chapters. It would be even easier now with the different ranges available in plastic.

      The Ork sculpts respond well to a quick and dirty style of painting I find.

      Over the ten days I have five days worth of public holidays and two days of standard weekend and the days rec leave. There's sometimes benefits to being a public servant.

  2. Really beautiful work. I always love that rusty, faded red armour your Orks have, looks really impressive. Glad you managed to score some time off!

    1. Cheers Colonel. I've gone on tonight and added some fresher layers to the armour to try and simulate further the worn and torn look. As I mentioned above, I like the right look my Orks sport and it's dead quick to pull off.

      Cheers for popping by and leaving a few words.

  3. Those deathwatch marines are gorgeous - great work, man! loving the dinged-up red armor on the orks as well. Looking forward to seeing more!

    1. Thanks Mordian. I should have a WIP or a finished model post later this week.

  4. Love the deathwatch.

    And you used to be rouge pom ? hummm.....

    1. Ha. Cheers Z.

      Yep. My prior blogging career was as Rogue Pom. I shut the blog down a while back and then stupidly deleted it one night. Now some porn blog has the domain.

  5. Thought I should actually comment, given you're patient enough to come check in on us! I like what you've done with the marines, Simple scheme, but executed well, I love the darker tones, they aren't shiny GW deathwatch. The battle damage on the Orks is a real go, with the rusty red armour contrasting the beautiful tones of green flesh. Love it all, please finish up so I can have a look at it all!