Sunday, 30 March 2014

Chico's Challenge - Ork Week - Day 05/06

Hey everyone, I'm still on my original target to finish the Shokk Attakk Unit by the end of Day 07.
Just had a big speed bump with  the family emergency I mentioned before, so for the last couple of days I got some more stripping and a bit of painting in while I could.

Here are the fruits of my stripping labour:

Day 05/06:
More stripping:

I've now finished all the stripping of my classic Orks that I currently have.
I do still have a few bits and bobs to arrive but that's prety much it.

A small Kult of Speed, 5 Warbikes, 1 Nobz Bike and 2 Wartrakks.
I'm considering these as high on the list to add to the Warband I'm working on.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Chico's Challenge - Ork Week - Day 03/04

Hello again folks, this is going to be quite a short one. we had a bit of a family emergency to deal with yesterday and today so I didn't have much free time.

I managed to get a little work done though... Oh well, a small amount of progress is still progress I suppose.

Day 03/04:

I decided to go with a Plasma gun for the Runtherd for a handful of reasons:

1 - Runtherdz have special weapons available to them in the 2nd ed Codex.
2 - A plasma gun gives a decent amount of high strength fire if anything gets close to the unit.
3 - I had a load of them lying around.

I think the Plasma gun goes well with the pose of the miniature.

I added a strap using a thin strip of Green-stuff folding it at both ends and
glueing two beads from a water filter on to look like rivets holding it in place.

So now he's undercoated and sat by the Mekboy ready to paint.
At least the main colour is done, being the Goff clan and all ;)

Told you it'd be a short one. I'll get back to the painting tomorrow. I'll be happy even if I only get this one unit done this week.
But I do have plans for adding something else that kind of ties to this unit, but we shall wait and see.

On that note. Take care everyone,

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Chico's Challenge - Ork Week - Day 02

Hi everybody, I'm uploading yesterdays work. I'm probably going to stick to this format
of uploading the previous days' work, it just seems to be happening that way anyway.

So, without further ado...

Day 02:

First things first, the figures that went back into strip from Day 01:

Some more power armoured Orks, the 3 Shokk Attakk Meks, Mekboy with Kustom Shoota, various Ork Boyz and more Snakebites. I have more Snakebites than I realised, I may have to find a place for them in this force :)

I had a couple of parcels arrive from Ebay, the figures from which are in stripping now.

I decided that since I had gotten so excited about the Shokk Attakk Gunz that I would start with that to kick things off. (an aside... A mixed lot from Ebay arrive today... There's a 4th Shokk Attakk Gun... Seriously, I don't have a problem... Probably not going to need them all.)

Shokk Attakk Gun Mekboy:

So to start, I wanted to personalise the Mek a little, so I used Green-stuff to add a new chin, a nose ring and some ear-rings. Goffs don't go in for all that warpaint lark that other clans do, but they do love their piercings :) .

The plastic arms from 2nd ed look a bit weedy on this model compared to the right arm cast on the miniature so I decided to sculpt an arm at rest on his hip.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Chico's Challenge - Ork Week - Day 01

Just a quick note about the post title, today is actually Day 02. But yesterday I was having problems uploading the images...
What does this mean?       Hopefully Day 02's post will go up tonight :)

So, first a little background (I'm gonna keep this as short as I can):
I first discovered the Warhammer hobby around '89 when Rogue Trader was still kicking about, but I didn't start collecting my own miniatures to build an army until just before the release of Warhammer 40,000 2nd edition.

I was so excited by the background and imagery of the Rogue Trader Space Orks they became my first army and first love in 40k. I especially loved the characterful art work of Paul Bonner, it's how I still like to imagine Orks even today.

As with many things, as I grew older, my hobby life waxed and waned and most of my original Ork army was either lost, traded or given away.

Recently I started to rummage through my collection of bits and I made a few purchases here and there on Ebay. Just getting together some Rogue Trader and 2nd edition Ork figures. There was no plan to it, I was just going to paint them "someday".

Well "someday" is here, over the last couple of days I had this happened:

Over at The Lead Pile, Whiskey Priest posted a great little article with several points about why Orks are fun to play. Well my Nostalgia gland was well and truly tickled.

Ant then the very next morn I came across an article from another blog I follow Oldhammer on a Budget.
Where the resident blog writer ChicoDaSatanic wrote that he had not painted any 40k figures for a while, so he declared this week Ork Week and issued an open challenge to his readers to join in.

Well... How could I not :)

So this week I'm joining in Ork Week, I'm stripping and painting some good old classic Orky figures just for the joy of it and to see if this burst of creativity can snowball and keep me going on to other projects when the week is over. They both happen to be doing the Blood-Axe Ork clan, I'll probably be steering heavily toward my favourite clan the Goffs. :)

Ork Week - Day 01:

Today (yesterday) was mostly gathering all the pieces I could find around my hobby collection and getting them stripped ready for the challenge.
Here's what I ended up with after a 5 hour bout scrubbing (well I took cig breaks and ate dinner, but it was quite a slog):

Quite a fair bit done, but some had to go back to strip because the paint was old and tenacious.