Ork Reinforcements Arrive!

Well here we are, the clock ticking inexorably down towards midnight on the 31st of Orctober and the end of the annual Orktober Wudugast vs IRO greenskin showdown. You might think I’m on the ropes, with IRO having pulled out an unassailable lead. You might think I’m as good as beaten already. You might be right. But this is the moment in any good high-stakes action thriller when, just as you think the hero might be defeated, that help arrives from an unexpected quarter. The villain (in this case a certain nefarious Australian) hesitates mid-way through his triumphant speech. The hero, paint-splattered and exhausted but still defiant smiles grimly. The audience shifts to the edge of their seats, watching events unfold with baited breath…

Alright, maybe I’m over-egging things a little, but I’ve got something really cool to show you today. I do have a load of Orks painted (not enough to defeat IRO yet but enough to make my defeat less humiliating) and I was going to talk about them today but instead I’m going to save them for tomorrow (by which time who knows, I might even have painted some more). Instead we’re going to look at an Ork painted by someone else – and no, it doesn’t count towards the contest because that would be cheating and if I’m going to be beaten by IRO I’m going to do it fair and square. (The orks painted by my production-line of slave minions locked in the basement do count, of course, but we don’t talk about them in case they start plotting to escape again).

A few days ago I was contacted by fellow blogger and all round top bloke John from Just Needs Varnish (seriously, if you’re not already familiar with him do yourself a favour, go and check him out and give his blog a follow). Those of you who are familiar with him will know Orks aren’t the kind of thing he usually paints but as it happens he did paint one recently and he sent it to me as a gift. What a guy eh!

Flash Git Ork Warhammer 40k (3)Flash Git Ork Warhammer 40k (2)Flash Git Ork Warhammer 40k (1)

Now funnily enough this is a Flash Git and I’d been planning to paint some of them this month but, for various reasons, I’ve not got around to them and I really don’t see it happening now. So having resigned myself to not adding any to the army for a little while it was a particularly nice touch to have one arrive out of the blue. The story of how the Ork came to John, and why he then decided to paint it and send it to me is for him to tell if he wants, suffice to say I’m chuffed to bits to have this classy-looking guy in my collection.

Edit: If this has whet your appetite for Gits of a flash variety and you want to read John’s side of the story, he’s now written a post about it which you can find here.

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30 responses to “Ork Reinforcements Arrive!

  • Dave Stone

    What an awesome surprise from John, especially has he recently told me on my blog, when showing my meagre Orktober entry, that I’d painted more than him ! LOL Your not wrong on his blog or the person either, top guy.

    • John@justneedsvarnish

      I chose my words carefully, Dave, so as not to give anything away! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      He’s a true gent isn’t he! Funnily enough I was looking at your orks earlier (I’m not technologically astute enough to comment on blogspot most of the time but I do read regularly). Top work on both of them, the purple works really well with the green skin, I’ll have to give that a try at some point.

      • Dave Stone

        Thank you Wudugast, I know what you mean, as I can’t like your comments on your blog ! LOL
        The purple is fun to do, but it’s a mind bender, when you have the purple base colour, before applying the green, and trying to find the right place for the orange, really messes with your head ! LOL

  • mcmattila

    Wow, that’s awesome! It’s cool reading stories like this, that’s a proper community thing! It’s a shame we don’t see Warhammer figs from John more often..

    • John@justneedsvarnish

      I think I’ve moved the level of respect I have for people who paint fantasy and sci-fi minis up quite a bit after painting this guy! So my first painted ork is probably also my last painted ork and I’ll leave it up to you guys! 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Isn’t it! I’m not a big gamer and so it’s easy for the hobby to become something of a solo affair, things like this really help to remind me that the community side of things is the hobby at its best. 🙂

  • Alex

    Nice! He is a very flashy flash git 😊👍

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Glad you like him, Wudugast! 🙂 Be interesting to see if IRO counts the three ork minis that I sent him into his challenge total! 😉

    • Wudugast

      Oh I think he counts all the orks he’s sent by his adoring fanbase as his own – it’s a well known fact that he’s not painted a model in years!
      Thanks again for the Flash Git, and if that does indeed turn out to be the last ork you paint then that’s the orks’ loss. If you change your mind and decide to paint some more I’ll be happy to house them for you. 😉 There’s always next Orktober after all…

  • lordcommandereloth

    That is really rather epic, and just shows how amazing blogging is!
    And John that is a very nicely painted orc!
    Also that so counts, got to be worth at least 3 points 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Oh at least 3 I’d say!
      Yup, I completely agree – it’s great the way blogging brings people together and gets people from all over the world talking about something we all have a passion for. 🙂

  • imperialrebelork

    If it wasn’t for my Aussie stoicism I would have almost started to get a little worried there. Aww what a lovely gesture from JNV. He’s a great bloke. The Ork looks great and is a worthy addition to your green tide mate. Now back to the competitive nastiness… With only a few days left and being in the lead some might think I’d start to relax but ohhhhh nooooo. As I say to anyone with ears, I’ll relax when I’m dead.

  • Kuribo

    Wow, way to go, John! I would have never thought he’d be painting up a 40k Ork and it is very kind of him to send it your way. It looks great and fits your painting style well too. This is such an accomplishment that it has to be worth some points in the competition. +10 points for Wudu (and John) I say! 😉

    • Wudugast

      You’ve touched on something that’s easy to overlook but bears acknowledging actually, John’s done a really nice job of capturing my style – the new ork fits in really well with the rest of the lads, rather than looking like an outsider in the collection – and that’s not an easy thing to achieve.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Excellent. Such a nice thing to do in a world that’s gone mad. Great Post and a class act by JNV. 🙂

    • Wudugast

      Wasn’t it just a really decent thing to do? You’re not wrong that the world seems madder by the day but seeing people take the time to do nice things like this really helps to remind us that there are still lots of good people out there – and the fact that most of them read this blog helps as well!

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    I can’t always like comments on Wudu’s blog for some reason (something technical, rather than the fact that I might just be being grumpy), but I’d just like to thank him for featuring this mini and for all the kind comments from everyone! 🙂

  • Faust

    I’m still catching up on the posts, but this indeed was a very cool one. Great intro leading to a heart warming gift by an all around great guy! So awesome!

  • Pete S/ SP

    That is great- nice one John.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

  • Total Waaagh! – Part 6 | Convert or Die

    […] There are a fair number of things I didn’t get done of course, but then my eyes have always been bigger than my stomach when it comes to painting miniatures. I’d have like to get the Warboss finished, and the aforementioned squad of bikers. Vehicles are another thing my Ork army is a bit short on; IRO actually has an awesome fleet of ork vehicles (seriously, don’t tell him but I’m a bit jealous – you should go to his blog and check them out if you haven’t already). I do have various unassembled ork buggies sitting around, plus a whole heap of ideas I’ve done nothing with, and part of me did dream that I’d so something about that this month – alas it was not to be. I also planned to add a squad of Flash Gits but that too fell by the wayside, although the balance was redressed somewhat when John of Just Needs Varnish! sent me this awesome git. […]

  • Total Waaagh! – Part 6 | Convert or Die

    […] There are a fair number of things I didn’t get done of course, but then my eyes have always been bigger than my stomach when it comes to painting miniatures. I’d have like to get the Warboss finished, and the aforementioned squad of bikers. Vehicles are another thing my Ork army is a bit short on; IRO actually has an awesome fleet of ork vehicles (seriously, don’t tell him but I’m a bit jealous – you should go to his blog and check them out if you haven’t already). I do have various unassembled ork buggies sitting around, plus a whole heap of ideas I’ve done nothing with, and part of me did dream that I’d so something about that this month – alas it was not to be. I also planned to add a squad of Flash Gits but that too fell by the wayside, although the balance was redressed somewhat when John of Just Needs Varnish! sent me this awesome git. […]

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