Green Iz Best – Part 11

The moment has finally arrived! I fell under the sway of the Orks over a decade ago and the love affair has yet to end. Back then I came across two, entirely separate pieces of information which over time combined into one of the largest hobby projects I’ve ever undertaken. The first was a White Dwarf article (don’t ask me which issue now, I haven’t the foggiest) in which someone described how they had made every Orc boy in their WHFB army unique, swapping heads and so on to create the appearance of a truly ramshackle barbarian horde. I loved the idea, and the aesthetic it created, and was determined to do the same with my own 40k Orks.

At around the same time a friend gave me a copy of the rulebook for the first edition of Apocalypse. I’ve often joked that my preferred scales for 40k is Kill Team or Apocalypse, if it’s not a case of a small band of heroes undertaking a dangerous mission then it should be warfare on a truly grand scale. Not that I’ve ever played either, as regular readers will know I’m not really much of a gamer, but when it comes to a visual image it’s hard to beat huge armies of models carpeting the landscape.


My friend, incidentally, got the copy of Apocalypse from his brother who’d ordered a load of miniatures and received it by mistake. When he phoned GW to complain they sent out his correct order and told him to hang on to the book, which then made its way to me. If you happen to have ordered Apocalypse back then and ended up with a load of Imperial Guard instead, and have been wondering ever since what happened to your book – I have it. And no, you’re not getting it back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, getting back on topic, in some of the Apocalypse rules released around that time there was a formation called “The Green Tide” in which at least one hundred Ork boys swarmed across the battlefield. Here’s what the accompanying text had to say about it.

Green Tide

Again the image spoke to me, partly because it captured the sea of angry green flesh that the background describes as an Ork invasion and partly because it sounded so ludicrously out of reach. After all we were in the middle of a recession and jobs for newly graduated students were like hen’s teeth. The thought of having the money to spend on buying all those Orks was simply ludicrous, not to mention the time it would take to paint them all.

Time, however, tears down all barriers. Recruiting an ork here, and a couple more there, the army has grown until, earlier this year, I released that I was within reach of victory, that long aspired to goal hovering mirage-like on the horizon. At that point various readers of this blog got involved, generally cheering and cajoling me into action and, as of a few weeks ago, I had only five boyz still to go.

First things first I turned my attention to my squad of shoota boyz. I’ve added the odd model here and there over the last few months, with the aim of completing a nice round twenty of them, and this next finishes off the squad nicely.

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With him done here we have them, twenty boyz ready to unleash a raucous hail of bullets at anyone unfortunate enough to wander into range.

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After that it was the turn of the slugga boyz. I already had two squads of these completed, each one thirty strong (this being the maximum size for a squad of ork boyz). By way of a reminder here’s the first squad…

…and here’s the second…

Meanwhile the third squad has grown to sixteen boys strong so four more would not only give me a round twenty (which sounds very organised for the Orks but there you go) but would also complete the hundred to boot.

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This one was a real nightmare to photograph, the way he’s holding his weapons meant that his face was almost constantly in shadow. He actually has a lot in common with the ork on the cover of the current codex, both in appearance and pose, not something which was a conscious decision. The artist has also clearly struggled, rather more successfully than I, to avoid the subject’s face being in shadow – something for which I now feel a huge amount of sympathy!

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The squad also needed a boss-nob, otherwise the boys would spend the whole time fighting each other trying to work out who’s in charge.

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Here he is next to his peers, the boss nobs of the other two slugga squads. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned the names I gave the leaders of my three squads – but if I have I’m not above telling you again. When Warhammer Total War was first released I played a lot of it (by my standards at least, I don’t usually play computer games very much but this one hooked me entirely). Whilst playing as the Orcs I recruited three warbosses in quick succession, each of which the game gives an automatically generated name. Unfortunately it named all three of them Krugga, which soon became exactly as confusing as you’d imagine. Luckily the game allows you to rename your characters so I changed them to be called “Krugga”, “Da Uvva Krugga” and “Da Uvva Krugga’s Bruva” – names which I then recycled for these three brutes.

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Anyway, here’s the third squad of slugga boyz, now twenty strong and probably feeling mighty pleased with themselves.

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Which means of course that it’s time to discover, at long last, what one hundred ork boys actually looks like…

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Of course having gathered them all together and stood around admiring them and generally feeling smug and self-satisfied, I thought “why stop there” and broke out the rest of the army as well. The horde has now reached the point where it only just fits into my photography area, I’ll need to make some adjustments before I take next year’s group shot (in fact I may need to make some adjustments before I photograph the completed Skaven army at the end of the month…). I would have liked to showcase the army a bit more, rather than just cramming everything together into one mass, but in the end there really wasn’t space for anything else.

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Out of interest I ran the numbers and was pleased to discover that this little lot comes to 2336 points (or 171 power in new money) overall, although of course there’s a lot more I’d like to add in the future.

So there we have it, one hundred entirely unique ork boys and a long-standing hobby ambition achieved. Finally I’d like to say thank you to everyone who commented on this project and generally prodded me into action, if you hadn’t it might well have been a few years yet before I finally got myself into gear to finish it. A special shout-out is owed to Azazelwho’s been painting his own set of twenty-five orks alongside me – I highly recommend you take a look at them, especially if you enjoy an old-school greenskin.

Naturally this isn’t the end for the Orks, I still have plenty more greenskins and their wonderfully ramshackle death-dealing contraptions to work on. Plus I can hardly leave Slugga Squad 3 at ten boys short of the others can I – they’re bound to be picked on as weedy by the others if I do. I just need to dig around in my bits box to manufacture some more unique ork heads…

29 responses to “Green Iz Best – Part 11

  • Pete S/ SP

    Wow – well done, that is a fantastic achievement. Seeing them all massed together looks amazing.



  • CCEN

    Fantastic work! I love the rusty aesthetic. Now I need to get working on mine!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you very much! Yeah, orky gear should be nice and rusty, time spent cleanin’ your kit is time you could be clobberin’ some git ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck with your own boyz.

  • Alex

    Brilliant job mate! Great to see you achieving this goal, and boy, does it look good!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, a real feeling of achievement there. And of course you deserve an extra “thank you” because your Wolf Time ork army really inspired me to crack on with these ๐Ÿ™‚

  • lordcommandereloth

    Amazing work! Well done thats a great achievement.

  • Mikko

    Epic achievement Wudugast, job well done and looks great!

  • Plague Gardener

    This is wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a big soft spot for Orks and appreciate this on all sorts of levels. I know that this sort of personalisation would mean that I’d never get my army finished, I just can’t work quickly enough, but I wish that I could. Great stuff.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Well, if it’s any consolation it took me over a decade to get them done. I really enjoy personalising everything in an army but I’d be the first to admit it slows everything down a lot.

  • mcmattila

    Now that’s an Ork horde! What a glorious sight! Huge congrats for accomplishing your longtime goal. Heh, my Ork force right now consists of two boyz and a grot, but who knows, maybe they’re a hundred in a couple of decades ๐Ÿ˜€

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Great post mate and what a fantastic achievement. Never doubted you would get them all done! Wondeful group photo’s and pleased to learn you have more Ork bits and bobs ro do. I do hope you have them on display somewhere and not just kept in a box. I think you should take them on tour. You could start with Salute ๐Ÿค—

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! Yes, fear not, plenty more orks await the paint brush. At the moment they’re all out on display and I’d like to keep them that way but we’ll be moving house sometime in the next couple of months so it depends how much space we’ve got at the new place (although of course “space for orks” will be a key factor in choosing where to live).

      • theimperfectmodeller

        Kitchen’s, bathrooms and more than one bedroom are luxuries, an enormous hobby room on the other hand is a must. Your partner might have an alternative view though.

      • Wudugast

        Completely agree! My partner might feel differently it’s true, to begin with at least, but once she realises that if there isn’t a suitable hobby room I’ll just end up taking over a corner of her studio space and painting there she’ll come round to my way of thinking ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Argentbadger

    Wow, that is great! You must feel proud to have seen this long-term project through so far. If my recollection of Apocalypse is accurate, you probably only need another 3 or 4 such groups to field an actual army…

    • Wudugast

      Cheers – I’m over the moon about it actually! Aye, too true! This comes to a bit over 2000 points and if I recall correctly Apocalypse starts at 3000 as a bare minimum. Once I’ve painted the rest of the backlog I should be closer to the mark – not that I imagine I’ll actually play it even then but at least I’ll be able to stand triumphant before my mighty host which is the main aim of the exercise really ๐Ÿ™‚

  • imperialrebelork

    A mammoth effort mate and one to be very proud of indeed. I have no end in mind when it comes to my own Ork horde. More the merrier I say and Iโ€™m glad youโ€™ll be adding more too.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! (Dunno how I missed this comment for so long – probably just being an airhead). Yeah, none of my projects have a set end, unless I run out of things to paint (as with the Skaven) – and even then if they release more stuff I’ll just go back to them. There’s certainly a lot more Orks in the future, you can never have too many of them!

  • stevebArt

    nice paint job there, and i can sympathise with the photo taking, it can be a nightmare, just finished my death guard and i struggled to photograph them..

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! Yeah, photographing miniatures is a whole skillset in itself, and the cause of plenty of headaches. Lack of ambient light in the middle of winter is a real hassle, especially as it’s otherwise such a good time to stay indoors and paint!

      • stevebArt

        yes it is, i am sat today painting space marines for my blog page, just started painting again after quite a layoff, but i must admit, i love it, i am going to follow your progress if that

  • Azazel

    Brilliant stuff mate – and a huge-but-belated congratulations on the milestone. Your 100 boyz look bloody amazing together, and the assembled army all the more so! Very inspiraitonal!
    Apologies for falling down at the final hurdle, but rest assured I do have the final 5 of my 25 Orks based and staring at me accusingly from just over a metre away. They’ll be getting done in one of the next two trays, and as with the 20 that did get compled so far – credit to you for the motivation there!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate – nothing to apologise for, you inspired me to get them painted up at long last and all your challenges from the last couple of years pushed a lot of other models over the line as well. I’ll look forward to seeing the rest of your greenskins as and when you get around to them. I seem to be leaning more towards fantasy orcs at the moment but I’ve still got a few orks to tackle so I’ll come back to this army sooner or later.

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