Let’s be honest, some miniatures are just a bit duff. Take the Bonesplitters Wardokk for instance (which used to be a Savage Orc shaman of some description). Let’s not beat about the bush, it’s past its best. In fact, it’s hard to say exactly when it’s best was…
For those unfamiliar the Wardokk is essentially an assistant shaman amongst the Bonesplitters. This faction of Orcs are lead by cabals of savage mystics, with a Wurrgog Prophet (the model for which, confusingly, used to be the special character Wurrzag, Da Great Green Prophet – something I still find takes a little getting used to). Each Wurrgog Prophet has a few acolytes around to assist in imposing his orders (however mad they may sound) on the recalcitrant boyz, to whip the clan up ready for battle and to perform the secret dances by which they channel the power of the greenskin god. One of these so-called Wardokks will go on to become the Wurrgog’s successor, to quote the army book, “should the Prophet fall in battle or accidentally blow himself up”.
At first I found myself wondering why GW continue to give the Wardokk miniature a place in the ranks of the Orc (or should I say Orruk) Warclans range. There’s no denying it’s letting the side down a little, when compared with some of the brilliant models that march alongside it. However after giving it some thought I came to realise that actually they made a smart move here. Keeping the Wardokk around adds another option to the range, and kitbashing your own version from the Bonesplitters set, plus a few odds and ends, is actually pretty straightforward and a lot of fun.
The key elements to capture were the skull mask (taken from the Ironjaws Brutes), the dancing pose and the bone-fetish rattle (made from bits and bobs in the savage orcs kit, rather than wire wool as the original appears to have been). The army book describes how the Wardokk will do whatever is required to get the boys in a fighting mood (surely not that hard) including, but not limited to, a quick punch in the face – something I thought the clenched fist on his free hand conveyed rather well. I might raise him up on something to make him stand out a little amongst any future boyz but otherwise I’m pretty pleased with him (although as ever I’m open to any and all feedback). In fact he was so straightforward to build that I’m now feeling tempted to make a couple more – the book does describe multiple Wardokks in each clan after all. Not sure when I’ll get around to painting him but he was great fun to make, and he’s certainly given me the itch to tackle some more green boys soon.
May 12th, 2020 at 7:13 am
Nicely done mate 😎
May 13th, 2020 at 7:16 am
May 12th, 2020 at 2:40 pm
Interesting. The first image does nothing for me and I get where you are coming from. Doesn’t look like your usual fare at all. Then we have images of the kit bash which really are you and which really ought to be the figure you can buy. Hope you get it painted as it looks great.
May 13th, 2020 at 7:54 am
Thank you! Well, I’m feeling quite enthusiastic about him , I’ve managed to get him base-coated already so hopefully I’ll be able to ride that wave and get him painted up soon.
May 13th, 2020 at 9:14 am
May 12th, 2020 at 4:55 pm
I always thought that model looked like an over sized Nurgling with an elaborate rattle. Love the kit bash of yours though mate. That’s more like it!
May 13th, 2020 at 8:08 am
Ha! Aye, that about sums the official one up. It would help if the studio paintjob was a bit better but honestly I think it’d look rough no matter who painted it. Glad you like the kitbashed version, I’ve got a bit of a greenskins buzz on at the moment so maybe I’ll turn him round relatively quickly (rather than leaving him to gather dust as has been known to happen before on occasion…).
May 13th, 2020 at 8:25 am
I hear ya mate! I’ve been working through the back log of dust gathering projects. Really enjoying it! It’s liberating!
May 13th, 2020 at 9:25 am
It’s great isn’t it? I’m trying to do the same but it turns out I’ve got a hell of a lot of them! I need to catch up with what you’ve been doing actually, I’m waaay behind on reading several blogs including yours, need to find myself some time for a proper reading session.
May 13th, 2020 at 9:45 am
Yep! Love it! It’s been great for blogging as well, really getting back into it.
May 14th, 2020 at 1:25 am
Well done post, though the painting really steals the show
May 14th, 2020 at 7:17 am
Haha! Aye, there’s no overlooking that “thing” is there? 😀
June 28th, 2020 at 1:53 am
Awww… that’s not entirely fair to the metal model. Sure, the totem is a bit naff – but that’s just the result of trying to sculpy mystic flames on a metal model. Still, yours does kick its arse pretty convincingly. To the point that when I get up to my plastics, I’m goiong to try and have to remember this post so I can steal your build idea and parts list…
July 1st, 2020 at 2:36 pm
Yeah, I think if they hadn’t tried to do the mystic flames (which I just typo’d as “mistake flames” – says it all really) and it was a bit better painted then it would be easier to love. The nice thing is pretty much everything on my version comes from the feral orcs kit, and with a decent bits box you’ll be able to come up with plenty of other things to decorate him with – I reckon you’ll have no bother doing your own version (and of course I’m looking forward to seeing it when you get to that stage).
July 2nd, 2020 at 12:30 am
Haha love that typo! And yeah – your blog is like a conversion reference folder..