Archive for the ‘Orks’ Category

And so the biggest wargames show (in the UK) has been and gone.

Did I go this year? Nope, Making it the 2nd year in a row that I have not been. As with last year I had seen nothing advertised that grabbed my attention. Instead I spent most of Saturday (and a bit of Sunday) working on a small force of Orks for 40K.  The orks all came about after a conversation in my  local store about painting yellow!

Now I only went in to buy a box of Ogryns for my Imperial Guard, but In the window they had a very nice Horus Heresy Imperial fists army. Now yellow has always been one of the colours that I hate painting, as it has a very weak pigment to it. Don`t get me wrong I have used yellow before, by using a cream colour (I used the old bleached bone from GW) and then layering on thin coats (1 or 2) of the chosen colour. When GW released the foundation paints (base paints under the new set) one of the colours was a yellow, however it is a darker shade and I have found it needs quite a few coats to get it to a “bright” yellow.

Now I had to ask the question of how did they get that colour? and I was surprised to find out that it was from a spray can of daemonic yellow from the army painter. Now I have always liked the orks and over the years I have had about 3 armies of green skins and they have all been either Goffs or Evil sunz with the other clanz mixed in except the Bad Moons! Now I picked up 2 cans of Daemonic yellow some years back, and when I returned home I had a look for any painting guides for Bad Moon orks. I found a few but the one that caught my eye was this one over on Dakka Dakka

Having put together some models Grukk face-rippa and 5 Nobz, I under-coated them up

I used Biel-tan Green (2 or 3 coats) shade for the skin, and Seraphim Sepia for the yellow areas. Now normally I would pick the darkest green I have and then highlight it up however this is a new approach for me. I have cleaned up and assemabled 12 Ork boyz, 10 Grotz and a Runtherder. As well as digging out a Deff Dread, a Mek Gun, Mekboy and a Painboy!

Back to the Ogryns I am using them as “test” pieces for my Cadian Imperial Guard (I stripped most of them last year)

DSCN0918I`ve gone with a base of Mechanicus Standard Grey spray as a base with the trousers given a (thined) Nuln Oil wash and then highlighted with Dawnstone, and Administratum Grey. The flesh was based with Bugmans glow and shaded with Reikland Flesh. Then highlighted with Cadian and Kislev Flesh.

The other week I was gripped by by a nasty cold, which has knocked me back a few days. But I have still been able to do some painting (it has just taken me a little bit longer) But in the end I did manage to get the 13 ruined buildings painted up to a “gaming Standard”, weathering the ruins will have to wait until the weather warms up!

I have also started to add to my Ork army in the form of some new (plastic) Grotz and Runtherds (to replace my battered old metal models), as well as the new (plastic) Painboy and Mekboy, some (plastic) stormboyz (again to replace my metal models) and Grukk Face Ripper (from the Stormclaw boxed set).

I have also received from Secret Weapon/ Mantic games my “damaged” urban streets, that I purchased from the left over stock that Mantic had in the UK. Hopefully I will be able to set them up later in the week and get some pictures posted.

Speaking of Mantic last Friday they started their new Kick-starter project Deadzone: Infestation. After a roaring start $154.803 was raised in the first day, however the past few days have been rather stagnant with the total now sitting at $170.106. This may be due to the rather boring stretch goals, 5 extra pathfinders, 5 extra veer myn, the pathfinder D.O.G unit, some extra plastic scenery accessories, and Blaine on a jet bike. I have backed it only because I like the Veer-myn, but unless things pick up I shall be backing out of the project!

Also on the Kick-starter front

Zombicide S3: Has landed at the distribution hub in Germany, and should be with me in the next few weeks!

Incursion: Has landed in the USA and is being sorted and sent to West Wind in the UK. Hopefully the wait is nearly over!

Shadows Of Brimstone: No news.

Aliens vs Predator: Things seem to be moving along slowly.

All Quite On The Martian Front: No real news.

Afterlife: Things are progressing well, with some of the smaller pledges going out (mine is one of the largest, along with 51 others!) The anvil guys are offering pick up at Salute 2015, but this year I am giving it a miss. It ends up costing me nearly £70 (me and the wife) to go, and last year I picked up next to nothing!

So last week I said I would try to get a review and some photos of the Tablescapes tiles, So over the weekend I managed to grab a few hours to set up the tiles with some terrain and miniatures.

Here are my thoughts on the Urban Tiles.

Firstly this is the only part of my order that was right (well nearly) Rather than repeat what I have already posted see this post

So I went with the 16 tile “Urban” set with a 8 tile “Damaged Urban” set. However somewhere along the lines  everything got cocked up and I ended with an 8 tile “Mixed Urban” set! (4 “damaged” and 4 “clean” tiles).

Now their are 8 designs to the set, 2 x different “straights”, 1 x “T” section, 1 x “X” section, 1 x Grav plate, 1 x security barrier, 2 x different foundation (plain) tiles. My set contained the following, 4 x “straights”, 2 x “T” section, 2 x “X” section, 1 x Grav plate, 1 x security barrier, 6 x  foundation (plain) tiles.


First up we have the 2 “straight” sections, As you can see both tiles have cracks in them much like a real road would, the details are very “generic” meaning they can be used from the modern day setting right up to the far flung future. One thing that does jump out is the surface texture of the road, the one on the left has a very “fine” surface texture. As opposed to the one on the right which is “smooth”.

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Next we have “X” and “T” sections, and as with the straight tiles.The details are “generic”, the roads are cracked with a slight texture. and the pavements are cracked but “smooth”.

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Next we have the “Grav” plate (left) and Security gate (right). Now the “Grav” plate is more of a “sci-fi” piece. The tile itself could have been made as a “dead end” road section (which is something I am considering doing). The security gate however is vary “generic”. It does however pose a problem, when down  flat it leaves a large “lump” in the road!

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Next we have the “foundation” (plain) tiles. As you can see both tiles are  are covered in cracks, both are smooth enough to place “based” buildings. Each square is 37 x 37mm sq (about 1 and a 1/2 inches sq) they have a very “faint” texture to them that should take paint well.

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Finally we have the 4 “damaged” tiles from the expansion pack. I ended up with 1 x “straight”, 1 x “X” and 2 x “foundation” tiles (the other 4 were “clean” tiles from the above). Both the “straight” and “X” tiles are oozing details, both are covered with craters and small piles of rubble. Their are also lots more cracks than the “clean” versions.

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The 2 “foundation” tiles again ooze details. The one on the left has large piles of rubble as well as a few small “depressions”. The one on the right is however more flatter with only a few piles of rubble but lots of cracks!

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Now having gone through all the tiles, I just had to have a go at putting it all together. Using my dinning room table I put together a 5ft x 3ft table (which over hung the table 4 inches all-round) As you can see each tile fits nice and snug to the next one, and both the “clean” and “damaged” mix well together.

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Their are two types of clip that hold everything together, they fit into the slot on the bottom of the tiles nice and tight (much better than the GW Realm Of Battle board clips!)The left clip is for joining 4 tiles together and the one on the right is an “edge” clip.

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I set up some terrain and my Blood Angels and Orks on the table. Most of the buildings are in a state of “repair” being a mix of my old terrain from the gaming club and new wall tiles sections. Its been a while since the blood angels, orks or terrain have seen the light of day (April time last year). And in that time both the orks and Blood Angels have received new army codex’s, dare I tread this path again?

DSCN0465 DSCN0464 DSCN0463I have to say it has been a long hard struggle to get these tiles, however they were worth the wait. The urban tiles are fantastic and I can see them getting lots of use in the future! One of the things that I like is the size 300 x 300mm (12 x 12 inches) it means that I can set up a 3ft x 5ft table on my dinning table with no problem. With the GW Realm Of Battle (RoB) tiles which are 610mm sq (24 inches sq) I am stuck for table size (2×4 or 6×4). The clips in this set are also much better than the RoB set.

Next time I will take a look at the Forgotten City/Ruined Temple tiles………………………


So the the Hardback 40k rule book is no longer available on the GW website.

Are we getting a 7th edition?

Or as many are saying a 6.1 edition?

The Dark Vengeance set is still available for now, but then their are rumours of a Blood Angles vs Orks starter set. (for once I may well paint both forces in a set, rather than just one force)

And a new Ork codex following on the heels of the new rulebook!

After a 4 day bank holiday weekend (2 of which I was battling with my Blood Angels) the other 2 days were spent working in or around the flat.

We had some great games over the 2 days, and managed to get in 5 games. I managed  2 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw, I had took some photos of the action but this old laptop is playing up (both USB ports don`t want to work today) so I cannot upload any pictures!

Out of the 5 games may favourite has to be  Blood Angels  Vs Orks which ended in a draw, All I had to do was defend 4 bunkers for 6 turns easy right?

Well to start with I started off very, badly my shooting was off by miles with the dice not in my favour. And by the end of turn 2 I had lost 1 bunker (Pesky Deff Dread) with dice rolls for reserves being as good as my shooting and orks bearing down on my (very) thin red line, I saw this as being a total defeat.

Turn 3 saw my heavy bolter’s and missile launchers hitting their targets and wiping out a mob of Boyz and immobilising the Deff Dread, I on the other hand only lost 2 Marines! But now the Orks were getting to close for comfort.

Turn 4 saw the orks prepare to assault my line. The Deff Dread took a pot shot and and damaged another bunker, and in return the squad inside opened fire! this time destroying it. A mob of Grotz were shot to pieces, and did a runner. I finally got some reinforcements from 2 drop pods!  the first was my death company and the second was my death company dreadnought! but with my luck they both scatted away from their target (Ork warboss and his Nobz).

Turn 5 saw the warboss and his nobz make it to the damaged bunker and destroy it with power claws and tank buster bombz! bothe the death company and the dreadnought got bogged down with a Boyz mob! As turn 5 ended I had lost two bunkers things were looking very grim.

Turn 6 was the final round and lucky for me I got some reinforcement my terminators teleported on to target bang on the warboss and nobs and promptly chopped/smashed them to pieces with the lighting claws and thunder hammers. The remains of the death company and the dreadnought finished off the boyz mob.

Points wise I had won by 1 point, but as I had lost 2 (of 4) bunkers we called it a draw!

When I first started wargaming way back in the mists of time, I always had in my mind battles fought over battle scared wastes lands covered with trenches and razor wire or battling through a ruined city. Now nearly 25 years later I have battled through ruined cities but never over a table covered in trenches, but that is about to change………………

In the time that I have not been following the “GW” hobby they have released a set of plastic trench fortifications. Now I know some people do not rate the GW scenery range because they are covered in skulls and bones. But at the end of the day their products are released for their own “brand” games. Now as I seem to be battling my way through the 40k universe once again and with the release of the “wall of Martyrs” range sometime ago, it seemed rude not to buy them.

My first port of call were the on-line retailers, all of which had the boxed set releases at various prices. The next place I tried was eBay, now eBay can be both a blessing and a curse. In my case it turned out to be a blessing, I managed to pick up the Wall Of Martyrs “splash release” boxed set for £67.50 and £7.00 p+p. when it was released it RRP was £100.00 (the whole lot costs £131.00 from GW now). So I saved £25.50 on the RRP (or £56.50 buying direct from GW).

With high hopes I set about looking for the Xmas “splash” release of Tempestus Firebase which has a RRP of £150.00 (and a value of £198.00). Now I had very little hope of getting hold of the set, but when the page loaded their were two results one for the RRP and free p+p. And one for £115.00 and £10.00 p+p but they were open to “best offers”. Now I was bought up with the saying “don’t ask, don’t get.” so I took a gamble (as had 4 other people who had their offers declined) I placed my offer, and turn the laptop off. That was at 12.30 some time later (about 21.30) I receive an email from eBay I’ve won the auction for £105.00 and £10.00 p+p.

So in one day I picked up two big boxed sets worth £250.00 RRP  for  172.50 + 17.00 p+p.


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The Tempestus Firebase covers a 4ft area according to the GW site and i guess that the Wall Of Martyrs set covers a similar area. As both sets can be used together I can see these getting quite a bit of use. From Ork Kommandos raiding the base trying to destroy the Aquila Strongpoint or the Blood Angels trying to breach the Ork lines.

In fact one of my favourite games of 4ok was the 2nd edition mission which had two bunkers in it…………….

Last Week saw me doing some more work on my Tyranids. Which involved stripping some paint from some old metal models, and painting some details on the models that I primed up in purple.

I also spent some time working on the dinning room in the flat, which involved some re-plastering after the removal of the old skirting boards. This all came about after I had been out and purchased two book cases, I have a rather large collection of Games Workshop publications which have been stored away in boxes for many years. And as we had very little furniture in the room it seemed like a good idea in total, in spent £175.00 on five cases (two tall and three smaller ones). Having removed the skirting boards and patching up the damage, the cases were pushed back to the wall and filled up with books.

It took me 3 days to sort everything out the first day was spent making 2 of the cases and repairing  the wall, the second day was spent getting  the other 3 cases and putting them together, and finally the third day was spent sorting out all my books and magazines into order. I have also managed to gain 4 shelves with which I can display my models on, now at last I can get my Blood Angles and Orks on display. Now to my surprise both the Blood Angles and Orks have survived  with out to much damaged (with the Deff Dread and Killa kans being the worst  with a few broken arms).

I had, earlier in the week agreed to go to the local club this weekend to play some games of 40k with the 2 brothers (Michael and David) I had met the other week. But on Saturday morning I had a message telling me that the club was cancelled due to damage caused by the bad weather we have had in the UK. Now where I live it has not been hit as bad as other parts of the UK but being by the coast we have had some very strong winds. Now it is going to be a few weeks till I can get some games in due to work commitments.