Finally have all of the basic colors neatly applied and the bases painted brown. Why paint the bases brown when I’m going to texture and flock them later anyways? In case there are any thin spots in the texturing no one will notice a brown patch but a black patch will be fairly obvious. I also prefer the look of the base edges in brown as I feel it blends into the tabletop better than a harsh black edge. Next step is the dip;
I also added a 60mm base to my 2nd generation Ork Dredd, he looked naked without a base, and redid the bases for some old GorkaMorka boyz that had really tiny bases;
I also consider this Mantic Grot cannon complete;
Tonight the bikes get dipped and tomorrow I start on all 11 of the riders.
I love that box cover art. 🙂 I went looking for information on my old GorkaMorka Ork Prospector and was pleasantly surprised to find that there are still some very active groups and sites dedicated to this game. Here’s a few to get you started if you are interested;
GorkaMorka 1d4chan This page is part of a gaming wiki and gives a nice summary of the game and some good links to other fun things, like this page;
GorkaMorka.co.uk/ This has lots of scenarios and gang rosters to download and links to;
GorkaMorka Facebook Which is active and users are sharing their pictures of modelling works in progress. I still had one unfinished trukk from the box and this page has given me some good ideas on how to mod it up and kit it out. 🙂
Anyways, what started the search, it turns out the Prospector is a Wyrdboy/Weirdboy, which explains his solitary nature. I’ll have some progress pics of the warbike horde project up tomorrow.
Back in 1988 this was a lead mini set to get the Space Orks started and it only cost $20! Times, scales, and prices, have changed a great deal since then. For instance, here is an Ork Nob from that set, painted by Clint Wight in 1988, next to the 2015 version of the Ork Warboss Ghazghkull Thraka in Mega- Armor;
That big fella retails now for $41 (!) But what price victory? I’ll paint him soon, should be easy fun since he’s so big. The Mantic Marauders are all done and ready for their bath;
In all of my digging around in old projects I came across another GorkaMorka bit, still in his blister-pack;The old Ork Prospector! He’s finally been assembled and added to the build queue, I have no idea what his special abilities were in the game, I need to track down the old GM rules. Next up though will be my Ork war-bike swarm, I have eleven bikes that need some paint and the new rules really encourage bringing large vehicle units. Progress picture on them tomorrow.
I was writing about GorkaMorka yesterday, and the Ork projects in my house are continuing, and I found I had an unbuilt sprue of a Trukk, hurray! Here is what a basic plastic Trukk looks like;
The bed is kind of small and it’s difficult to pile minis with 25mm bases into it, so in GorkaMorka they made the mini bases smaller, but then the minis ended up being top heavy and falling down a lot. Hrm…Originally GW produced, about 1990 I think Ork Battlewagon kits;
The fighting compartment on these was also really small and the Orky transport rules said that it could carry as many Ork minis as you could physically pile on the model. If the troop minis fell off while the Battlewagon was being moved then they were wounded or dead. They carried the same silly rule over to the GorkaMorka game so I modded my Trukks to have bigger fighting compartments;
This Ork army project has motivated my son to clean part of his room and make a nice little, well-lit and tidy, workspace for his painting projects.
It’s his first big model project and he’s quite excited about it, I’m sure it will get very messy soon. I’m still working through older than old projects alongside new projects. Once upon a time Games Workshop produced a very fun boxed game called GorkaMorka about a planet filled with Ork tribes who drove around all day having car chases and gun fights. I, as an Ork player, thought it was great fun. It was only in production for a couple of years though, GW is fickle sometimes. One of the last models they produced for it was the DeffKopta;
I’ve had this model sitting around built and unpainted forever and I noticed in the new rules that you can have a swarm of these silly birds. Here it is with base colors done;
The little fellow chasing it is a plastic Mantic Marauder (Space Ork) from their Deadzone game and he’s going to be painted up to match my other Space Ork Kommandos. I hadn’t worked with Mantic’s plastics before and I found it a bit troublesome to clean up the figure and some of the detail, particularly in the facial features, was a bit soft. I’ve wanted to give their miniatures a try for some time though and I can use more Kommandos. Here’s the Deffkopta draining and drying after a nice dip in a can of polyurethane stain;
I’ll let the Kopta and the Kommando sit overnight and see how they look in the morning.