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Orktober 2021 – Da Big Round Up

So having announced just yesterday that I’m embarking on another painting challenge I thought it was high time I padded my post count took a look back at the last one. Last month was Orktober (sometimes spelled Orctober – but never, ever spelled October because that’s for wimps!). I had a plan for the month; to paint as many of my unpainted greenskins as I possibly could. Then I discovered that my fellow warboss and blogger, the legendary IRO had the same plan and from this a contest was born (more on that below).

Now as the dust settles I find myself looking at 37 newly painted Orks. Want to see what they look like as a group? Of course you do! (As usual don’t do your eyes a mischief by peering at the pictures, click on them for a proper look).

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Quite the mob isn’t it, but with so many green bodies crammed together it’s hard to make out what’s going on so let’s take a closer look at some individual groups. My Ork army for Warhammer 40k is my longest-standing collection (that I still have anyway). It was the Orks that first got me into Warhammer 40k back in 4th Edition when I stepped from being a casual observer of the 41st Millennium to being a full-blown addict. Back then the Ork warlord Ghazghkull and the Second and Third Wars for Armageddon were intrinsic to 40k (nobody talks about the First War for Armageddon on pain of being taken away by the Inquisition…). The struggle to control that planet remains one of my favourite 40k storylines and so it was a real pleasure to add Ghazghkull to my collection at last, alongside a whole bunch of other boyz.

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It wasn’t all about the grim darkness of the far future however, I worked on a warband of Savage Orcs (or Bonesplitter Orruks if you prefer) to run riot in games of Warcry.

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I also added a couple of models to my Kruelboy collection, enough to turn them into a Warcry warband as well. These two very different greenskin philosophies will have to determine which is best soon in the only way they know how – by battering each other silly on the tabletop.

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I already have a small collection of Ironjaw Orcs, the bigger, more heavily armoured breed of Orc living in the Mortal Realms (although even a paper bag is more heavily armoured than the Bonesplitters, many of whom forget to even wear clothes). Three more joined the ranks this month, including a pair of Brutes and a hulking Warchanter.

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Long before Orcs started looting tanks in the 41st Millennium or sneaking around in the swamps of the Mortal Realms they were indulging in a spot of hobbit-bothering and ransacking the civilisations of Middle Earth in Tolkien’s masterpiece The Lord of the Rings. As I’ve commented many times the LotR miniatures range (or the Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game as it’s known currently) never really hooked me in, but I do have a few Orcs to paint from that range too and this seemed like a fine moment to be working on them.

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 Sport has been described as war by other means as nations prove their superiority over one another through teams of athletes rather than armies of soldiers. Of course, if you’re a Black Orc playing Blood Bowl there probably isn’t much difference. This month I motivated myself to get the Orc half of the team painted, and I’ll aim to work on the goblins that accompany them soon.

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Of course a team needs a few cheerleaders to keep the fans on side, and no-one in the crowd is going to dare to misbehave with this lady keeping an eye on them!

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It wasn’t just about greenskins either, I even managed to sneak in a few other models of a distinctly un-orky persuasion.

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And there we have it – 37 greenskins, and 4 other miniatures, not bad for a month’s effort. Of course I didn’t do this alone. A good adversary is vital to an Ork, giving them someone against whom they can test themselves. The more an Ork fights the bigger, tougher and meaner he becomes. Faced with a good enough enemy an Ork who might otherwise have been just a weedy little yoof can grow into a warboss whose tread shakes the galaxy itself. The Commissar Yarrick to my Ghazghkull Thraka was that mightiest of warbosses, the mean, green antipodean, the Imperial Rebel Ork himself. We set out at the start of the month to see which of us could paint the most Orks in a single month and against all odds battled each other to a draw. Really there’s only one thing to do in a situation like that and that’s come back for another go next year!


Orktober – The Final Nobs

The final hours of Orktober are ticking away and it’s time for me to down my brushes, or at least paint something that isn’t green for a change. I wasn’t sure if I would get these three finished in time but the impending deadline inspired me to make one final effort, faint heart having never won fair Ork maiden and all that. 

I couldn’t resist painting up this brutal looking git, an Ork who’s clearly been on the receiving end of many a battering over the years but can still give as good as he gets with that massive axe. 

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Then we have this mean individual, kitbashed with spares from the Flash Gits kit. As it happens I intended to paint some Flash Gits this month (and various other things as well) but never got around to it – their time will come however…

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Lastly this Nob was inspired by my co-conspirator and fellow Waaagh-lord IRO who painted a similar looking Ork earlier in the month. Is he a sneaky Blood Axe sent to infiltrate my collection on behalf of my rival, or is he just an Ork who knows fashion when he sees it and has copied the iconic look sported by IRO’s miniature? 

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And speaking of IRO I’d like to end by giving him a massive shout-out for being a fantastic sport and a great rival in our month-long Ork painting extravaganza. For those who’re only just encountering this for the first time blogger, kitbasher and Ork enthusiast extraordinaire IRO and myself have been spending the whole of this month painting as many greenskins as we could manage. IRO has produced some truly amazing pieces so do go and check out his work if you’re not already familiar with it. For myself this brings my total number of Orcs painted this month to 37 (a quite ridiculous number of models to paint in a month, especially by my standards). I think that deserves a group shot don’t you? I’ll try to get a round-up posted in the next few days. 


Ghazghkull Thraka

He’s the biggest, the toughest, the meanest and quite possibly the greenest. He’s the Beast of Armageddon, the Prophet of the Ork gods, the warboss’s warboss, the bringer of the Great Waaaagh! He’s a force of nature, a figure of legend, and one of the most important characters to stride the galaxy in the 41st Millennium. No I’m not talking about my fellow Ork enthusiast IRO, although many of these things are true of him as well. Instead I’m talking about Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka, undoubtedly the most famous Ork to have been (allegedly) named after a British Prime Minister.

Ever since I was a yoof Ghazghkull has been my hero, his struggle to unite the warring Ork tribes of his backwater planet and unleash them upon the galaxy at large reflected in my own struggle to paint a mighty greenskin horde of my very own. Sadly the model for old Ghazghkull really wasn’t all that, it appeared to be showing its age even when I discovered the Orks all those years ago (although in fact it hadn’t actually been released that long ago) and time didn’t really do much to put a gloss of nostalgia on it. Thus it wasn’t until early in 2020 that I seriously considered adding Ghazghkull to my own army. That was when a new model was released for him (stalled slightly by the outbreak of good old Covid but even Nurgle can’t halt our boy for long).

Ghazghkull, you see, is hard to kill. Shot through the head by a space marine when was just a young Ork he came back swinging, inspired by the voices of the Ork gods (that only he could hear) to spread the word; it was time for the boys to stop messin’ about and get on with the job of stompin’ the universe flat! During the Psychic Awakening series of books Ghaz went up against the legendary Ragnar Blackmane of the Space Wolves in a fight so ludicrously over-egged and heavy on hyperbole that both characters needed new miniatures afterwards. This time Ghazghkull ended up decapitated entirely and even that wasn’t enough to slow him down for long, soon his head was found and sewn back on and he was ready to roll up his (heavily armoured) sleeves and get back in business.

One of the main things I wanted to do this Orktober was add the big man to my army, even going to far as to paint up his little sidekick Makari in advance. Now, with the month almost over, the big man himself is finished at last. He’s a big lad so the pictures are a little larger than normal, give them a click to see him at his full, imposing, size.

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Did I mention that he’s a big lad? Here he is towering over one of the ordinary boyz.

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And of course, here he is next to his little buddy and personal flag-waver Makari.

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I wanted to give this one my best efforts so although I was keen to get him finished this month I didn’t want to rush him. In the end I’m very pleased with the results, there were some tricky moments (the less said the better about the night spent painting stripes on all the cables only to realise in the morning that it looked terrible) but I got there in the end, and just in time for the end of the month.

Incidentally, if that’s still not enough Ghazghkull for one day I highly recommend you check out this version painted by Mcmattilaminis, it’s a real thing of beauty and was a big inspiration as I tried to get the big man finished myself.

Is he the last of the Orks on my painting desk? Not even close! That said he may well be the last one I paint this Orktober, although the month isn’t quite over yet so who knows…


Nob on Smasha Squig

So far this month I’ve painted a whole heap of ork infantry of all different shapes, sizes and styles. Now it’s time to turn my attention to something even bigger and uglier, with an even bigger, uglier steed. Even the boar boy I worked on earlier in the week would hesitate before climbing onto the back of this beast!

One of the newer models in my collection is this Nob, who – as the title suggests – rides into battle on a Smasha Squig, and has only been waiting a mere few weeks for paint. He’s not quite as mighty as some of the stuff my Ork painting rival IRO has been producing lately but he’s still big enough to loom over pretty much everything else I’ve painted over the past few weeks. 

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Big though he is he’s not the biggest, or scariest, Ork that’s on my painting desk at the moment although I’m really going to have to crack on if I’m going to get him finished by the end of the month…


First Snag Your Beast…

A lot of the Orks I’m planning to tackle this Orktober are models that I’ve acquired over the years but never got around to painting up (bad me!). However there’s also quite a lot of new models that have only recently been added to the range and you know what – I’ve got a fair number of them too! Amongst the recent additions we have the Beast Snagga boys – primitive Orks who live for the thrill of the hunt. To old timers like me these are essentially Skarboys from the Snakebites clan. I couldn’t resist getting a few of them painted so here we have thump gun boy…

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…shootin’ boy…

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…and runnin’ boy…

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What’s more Games Workshop also recently released a set of new Ork Boyz, something I’ve previously discussed at length. Needless to say I’ve painted up one of them as well.

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He’ll be the first recruit to my fifth squad of Ork boys, a squad to be lead by the notorious Gorzag Gitstompa. They’re even striking the same pose!

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Are these all the greenskins I have to show you this week? Nah – of course they’re not!


Gorzag Gitstompa

When Gorzag Gitstompa went on sale around Christmas 2020 as a limited run, commemorative series miniature I told myself firmly I wasn’t going to be buying him. No, I would not be tricked by the siren song of nostalgia that recalled (dimly) the original Games Day exclusive version of Gorzag, and the classic artwork (below) from Gorkamorka. Nor would I allow FOMO to cloud my judgement and lure me into foolish purchases. Well, we all know how this is going to end up don’t we..?

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Yes, somehow, despite my best intentions, Gorzag found his way into my shopping basket and onto my painting desk anyway and you know what? He was worth it! In the end he was an absolute joy to paint. Just a pity he’s no longer available or I’d be recommending him to everyone.

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As many readers will have guessed, Nikkit, who I finished last week, is Gorzag’s sidekick and personal ammo runt.

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What’s more I have another Orc also finished and ready to unleash, but I’ll save him for tomorrow…


Nikkit and Makari

Rarely is the question asked “How many Orks can Wudugast paint in a month?”. In part this is because I usually forget that Orktober is a thing and months, then years go by with my lovely greenskins gathering dust. This year however I’ve actually remembered about this annual celebration of all things Orky and am determined to use the time as a spur towards making inroads to my backlog of greenskins. It’s been a fantastic year for fans of the Orks/Orcs, with new Kruelboyz appearing in Age of Sigmar and a mighty host of warlike ladz stomping around on the 40k side of the fence, and as a result my already significant heap of unpainted Orks (and Orcs) has only grown.

Now as it happens a couple of the Orks I’d like to tackle this month come with little grotty, gobliny gretchin as sidekicks and we wouldn’t want them messin’ about, getting underfoot when we’re supposed to be concentrating on proppa boys now would we? Best to get them out of the way whilst we were still in September so we can spend next month laying about as many Orks as my paintbrush will reach. Readers familiar with the Ork range will recognise these two diminutive little gits and by extension guess which Orks I’m hoping to paint up – the rest of you will just have to wait and see.

First off here’s a sneaky little so-and-so called Nikkit.

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Then we have Makari, arguably the most famous gretchin in the 40st Millennium (with the possible exception only of the Red Gobbo). Makari vanished for a number of years there, having allegedly been sat upon by his boss, but he’s back now with a new miniature and he’s as mean and stabby as ever. For those who’re wondering, the glyphs on his banner read “Boss” “Waaagh” (War) and “Goffs” (one of the Ork tribes). So that’s the Warboss of the Goffs then – I wonder who that could be..?

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Right, now with those two little gits out of the way let’s get ready for a whole load of Orks! Waaagh!


Green Iz Best – Part 8

Waaagh! and all that! Yes, it’s Orktober and I have twenty ork boyz to paint if I’m going to meet my goal of having a hoard one hundred strong by the end of the year. Time to get a wiggle on then!

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Naturally I’m counting these towards Azazel’s Orky challenge, as well as to our shared commitment to adding 25 greenskins to our respective collections by New Year. When I agreed to this I had seven months to play with and 25 orks to paint, now I have three months to play with and 15 orks still to go so I’ll need to get painting! Hopefully therefore these five will just be the start. I’ve got a lot of angry green geezers waiting for some attention and my aim is to use this month to make some progress with getting them finished. I don’t really imagine I’ll get all of the remaining boys painted but progress is progress so let’s see how I get on.


October Challenge Round Up

You’ve seen most of this stuff before so feel free to skip on but I really couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some self congratulatory back patting. (I could pretend that it’s just to make Azazel’s life easier when he comes to writing his community challenge round up but really it’s all about the backpatting!) Most hobbyists will be aware of Azazel’s Bitz Box and the monthly challenges he’s been running throughout 2018 (and if you’re not, make yourself aware and in short order!). October’s challenge called for the completion of a squad or squads, whether that be building and painting them from scratch or adding the last few layers to the final model that you’ve just never found the time for. As it turns out I managed to complete quite a few. Let’s take a look at them all.

In the grim darkness of the far future humanity won’t be left entirely undefended as my space marine squad grew to ten men.

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When I posted the squad’s sergeant last week Alex, of Leadballoony fame, suggested that I’d forgotten to drill out the barrel, although in fact I thought I’d forgotten to paint in the lens. This led to an interesting discussion on how plasma weaponry actually works in the 41st Millennium. In the end I’m holding to my theory that the gun ends in a lens but, in the interest of keeping it from getting cracked and chipped, it should be recessed a little way inside the barrel.

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Lest this new strength on the part of the Imperium go to humanity’s collective heads I recruited a few more Ork Nobs as well. As I’ve yet to see the Ork codex (which is fair enough, it’s not even officially released until tomorrow) I don’t know if this is still a full unit or not (it was in Index Xenos) but I’m going to count it for this month anyway. More Nobs will be forthcoming from me at some point, but for now I’m calling this squad done.

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Meanwhile over in the old world of Warhammer my goblin spearmen unit grew to its full size…

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As did the Archers…

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…whilst the Squigs may not be a full “official” unit (8th Edition Warhammer rules called for at least ten) I’ve painted all the models I own so I’ll be calling it at that for now as well.

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The underground arms race between the goblins and the Skaven means it was vital that the ratmen brought in reinforcements to deal with all these extra greenies, so I also completed my squad of rat ogres. When I posted him the other day I forgot to include a group shot of the squad but not to worry, here’s one now!

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Add in the various other things I’ve painted this month and it comes to a not insignificant 69 models. Suffice to say I’m rather proud of this progress but fear not, I won’t be resting on my laurels, there’s plenty more to come. Next on the list will be building my House Cawdor Stig-Shambler for Necromunda. The half of him that hits things still needs a little more work before he’s ready to show off but the half that does the thinking has been ready for action for a while, so here’s a little sneak peak of the brains behind the operation.

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You’ll have to wait a few more days before the rest of him is finished but, all being well, I’ll crack on with him over the weekend. Watch this space!


Green Iz Best – Part 3

Orktober is rolling to a close and its almost time to hang up the greenskins for another year but before it’s gone completely there’s still time for one last update. First off here’s another new nob, bringing the squad up to ten.

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I also finished rebasing the older models in the squad. As mentioned last time this is for aesthetic reasons and not to exploit some clever gameplay shenanigans, although since last time we discussed this GW themselves have announced that Nobs, and indeed Boys, will now be released on 32mm bases. Now for the Nobs I think this is great news but the sword of ” aesthetic reasons only” cuts both ways, I certainly won’t be rebasing all those boys any time soon!

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That does leave the one with the Waaagh! banner needing to be rebased but as he breaks every time I look at him I’ll leave him alone for now in the interests of efficiency and sort it out next time I’m repairing him anyway.

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Of course any ork army could always use more boys so I’ve not been idle on that front either. Here’s the latest additions to the mob.

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I’ve no idea how many ork boys will make a unit in the new codex but, with 70 of them now painted, there is undoubtedly room for another boss nob. For some reason I always find painting boss nobs a bit of a chore. Aesthetically I’ve no idea why this might be but somehow I always find myself a little less enthusiastic about them than I would a normal ork boy. That said I’m still pleased with the end result. Do you have any models in your own collections which you like the look of but find yourself struggling to muster the enthusiasm to paint?

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Here he is posing with his colleagues, the other two boss nobs in the army.

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And given the new recruits a proper bossin’…

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With it looking unlikely that I’ll get the chance to finish any more orks by the end of the month (but fear not I’ll have plenty of other models to show you over the next couple of days) here’s a roundup of all the models I painted for Orktober. Not masses I’ll admit but solid progress nonetheless and considerably bolstered by that Deff Dread.

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As I mentioned in a previous post, the orks were the first of the 40k factions to really grab me. I’ve been adding units to it for over a decade so, in celebration of our new buggies and codex (not to mention to round out Orktober in style) here’s the whole army gathered together.

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For those who count points I’ve no idea how many that comes to, although I’ll probably tot it up at some point just for fun once I’ve seen the new Codex. In the meantime however I need to put the finishing touches on a few other, smaller, greenskins and hopefully by tomorrow I should have a post finished showcasing progress on my goblins. Just don’t tell the Orks about my affiliation to their smaller kin, they might start thinking I’m a weedy git…