Green Iz Best – Part 6

For a long time I’ve harboured an ambition to own at least one hundred ork boys. I remember seeing the datasheet for the “Green Tide” in Apocalypse years ago and it’s description of “wave upon wave” of ork boys had me captivated. At the time I couldn’t imagine ever owning so many greenskins but the idea of commanding such a mighty horde snuck into my heart and never left. Over the last decade I’ve added more boys to the army in dribs and drabs, sometimes allowing these most violent of space fungi to sit idle for years at a time, sometimes getting caught up in a full scale Waaagh! of enthusiastic energy. Recently it struck me that, although the long-dreamed of horde might not have reached full strength quite yet, triumph might not be quite as unachievably distant as I’d once thought. The boys now take up a sizeable chunk of shelf-space and, having already completed more than a hundred clanrats, completing such a mighty force no longer seemed quite so intimidating.

As it’s Army April I decided to take the opportunity to do a quick inventory the collection. Although the number of boys has been slowly growing even I was no longer sure exactly how many I’d painted so I dug them all out and arranged them into squads. First of all and, nicely straightforward, I separated out the fifteen shoota boyz.

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That done I counted out the first squad of 30 slugga boyz.

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That left me with twenty-five boyz left over, five short of another full squad. Time to do some recruiting!

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Just as important as the numbers is making sure each ork has its own personality. I’ve often suggested that I want to give each ork a unique head but really this is a crude way to describe my aspiration. Really I want each of the boys to be an individual, with its own distinct character, not just another rank filler.

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To do this I’ve been raiding all kinds of bits from other ork, orc and orruk kits, including the savage orcs and the old boar boys (sadly now discontinued – a shame as it was one of those kits I always aspired to but never quite found the time or money to get until it became too late).

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The barbaric, low-tech aesthetic of the orks means that these bits from the fantasy ranges fit in nicely here.

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And given the ork’s love of destruction it really was about time I gave one of the boys a rocket launcher, for those moments when an even bigger, louder explosion is called for!

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So there we have it, five new recruits ready to join the rest of the lads!

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Which means, of course, that the second squad of slugga boys is now complete.

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Time to find out what seventy-five rampaging orks looks like…

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Of course this does mean I’m only twenty-five boys short of that long-aspired to milestone. Could this year be the one I finally complete it? I commit to nothing, but let’s see how I get on…


30 responses to “Green Iz Best – Part 6

  • Alex

    That is an impressive mob mate! I really dig how each is a character in their own right – sadly not possible with my older vintage boyz, but great to see this done well in plastic 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Thanks man 🙂 Yeah, they’re actually very different projects (despite both starring huge mobs of Orks!) but seeing what you’ve been doing with your oldhammer boys has still been a big source of inspiration and motivation for these. Now I just need to maintain that for the next 25!

  • patmcf

    Yep ,that’s is an impressive crowd !!! ,lovely paint work, and very well done .

  • imperialrebelork

    Really bloody cool mate. Good to see them all. I think the approach you’ve gone with of giving each of them their own character really speaks to me. Even my imperial guard troops all have names. Mostly names like Kevin, Gary, Steve and Wayne haha. The mix of bits from kits works perfectly too man

    • Wudugast

      Cheers dude! Yeah, for me it’s very important that every model is a character, regardless of how many of them are in any given army. I remember reading in White Dwarf, many years ago before I started my Orks, someone talking about their Orc army and saying “They’re not professional soldiers but an army of individuals” and that line really stuck with me and defined what I’m trying to do with these. Of course, even with the likes of Imperial Guard I still want to make them all personalities – after all you never saw a good war movie about a bunch of nameless guys who all looked exactly the same did you? I draw the line at things like Skaven or skeleton warriors of course, those are just faceless goons, but even then I couldn’t bring myself to paint the exact same model over and over again.

      I don’t name things as much as I ought to, but I do if I think they might actually get used in a game (e.g. my Necromunda gangs). After all, once something has a name you care about it more – and you can’t forge a legend if you don’t have a name!

  • Jon

    Good luck with it! This may be the only way to approach the mega-units; by accident, chipping away at what remains in production for long enough. I remember trying to paint ten Chaos Spawn for Apocalypse and getting nowhere. It’s just a job if you come to it like that…

    • Wudugast

      Absolutely agree, I salute people that sit down and say “I’m going to paint this army now” and just bash on with it but they’ve got something I don’t. Sometimes I can use a burst of enthusiasm to really attack a project (my Night Gobbos last year for instance) but generally it’s an accidental accretion of models I feel like painting, that over time turns into an army. I can be a bit of a hobby butterfly at times but I’d far rather that than turn this into a chore.

    • Alexis West

      Yeah, it’s funny. Painting 10 Chaos Spawn in one go seems like a nightmare workload, but I have something like 15 or 20 of them at this point, because I just keep having ideas for them (or running across Models that will work nicely) and knocking out a couple here and a couple there.

  • Steve

    That’s an awesome horde, the green tide indeed! Love the level of customisation on each model, it really makes for a savage-looking rabble of greenskins

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Yeah, just a little bit of individualising on each model really helps to turn them into a ramshackle barbarian horde – plus thinking up new ways to customise each one helps to keep me enthused, and keeps the number of bodies creeping up…

      • Steve

        Absolutely, it makes the horde look really crazed and hectic. Using the fantasy bits is a great touch too! Looking forward to seeing the final twenty-five come stomping in

  • Pete S/ SP

    Very cool- looks like a proper Ork army should. Another 25 in 8 months is do able so I say go for it….

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • Wudugast

      You say that, but it’s taken me 10 years to get this far! 😉 Hmmm… You are right enough though, 25 models in 8 months doesn’t sound too onerous. Let’s see how I get on then, even if I try and fail I’ll still end up nearer to the target than if I don’t try at all.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Very impressive mate, quite some army. Good luck with the 100. You have to do it now you are so close!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! I know I can do it sooner or later but yeah, the end is in sight now, maybe I should aim to knuckle down and get it done by the end of the year. It wouldn’t take much after all – as Pete pointed out, I’ve got 8 months to paint 25 models. That’s only just over 3 models a month, or – as it may well prove to be – just 25 models to paint in the month of December…

  • Alexis West

    Very impressive! And even more so with keeping them all unique! Definitely within striking range of your final goal there.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, the more I think about it the more I realise that I can, and should, just get this one finished this year. Should be well within the bounds of possibility if I just get on with it. Hope the move is going well by the way 🙂

      • Alexis West

        It’s mostly done. Unfortunately, the one thing that’s taking way longer than expected is the craft/hobby area. Turns out it was rather smaller than we thought, or, more accurately, all our shelving takes up rather more of it than we thought, and we’re kind of struggling to figure out how to get enough table space in there without having to crawl underneath it to get to the shelves.

  • Azazel

    Fantastic! And I commend you for sticking to yer shootaz in terms of making each of da boyz an individual – something I’ve been doing myself on my far more meagre horde.

    Make you a deal – if you paint 25 Boyz this year, I’ll do the same?

  • Kralgor

    Wow, that is an awesome horde of green! I have honestly never really thought about collecting infantry to that level before, but after seeing this, I’m have to say I am not only impressed I’m very inspired! I think I am going to aspire to get to at least 100 Khorne berzerkers… that said, I have an shamefully embarrassing amount of painting to get to before I can reasonably add on to my collection any more lol

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Go for it, it really is a lot of fun as a way to build up a huge horde of infantry. It probably wouldn’t work for someone who wanted the latest cool thing to take to a tournament and wanted it ready to go ASAP but if you want a living, breathing army that you’re going to stick with for years then it’s great. As for having a shamefully embarrassing amount to paint – I know that feeling all too well… Fingers crossed by the time you’ve got that backlog cleared some new Khorne models might be on their way 🙂

      • Kralgor

        Haha right? We can all only hope for new models! In the meantime I’m going to have fun doing loads of kitbashing to make the berzerkers look better!

      • Wudugast

        I’m confident they’ll come sooner or later. After doing Thousand Sons, Death Guard and Undivided Chaos Marines I think it’s as safe a bet as you can make that they’ll do World Eaters and Emperor’s Children at some stage, it’s just a question of when. In the meantime I reckon there’s a lot of milage in mixing parts from the AoS Khorne range with the new Chaos Marines. And whilst we’re on the subject may I humbly and/or arrogantly point you at my own (long unpainted) experiments with making some truescale berserkers; https://convertordie.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/our-rage-wont-die-part-1/

      • Kralgor

        I’ll gladly take a look at that! I’m always looking for new ideas and inspiration!

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