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About the Project

A middle aged man attempts to relive his youth via the means of going back to his 2nd edition Orks, cheaper than a sports car!

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Grot, Grot, Grots....

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This week camp Duck has been beavering away on yet more (you guessed it), mono-pose Grots – n.b. one chap has lost his Spikey Hat. This successfully brings me up to the 40 Grots from the original 2nd edition starter box.

I also found 2 metal Rogue Trader Grots, so painted these up as well, as a slight relief from the monotony.

Grot, Grot, Grots....
Grot, Grot, Grots....

And here is the Grot of the hour!

Grot, Grot, Grots....

The eagle eyed among you will notice that I have changed the basing style on this batch. I wasn’t a massive fan of the green sand and while strictly speaking that was the 90’s style, I personally prefer the newer urban basing, so will be going with that from now on. Just not 100% sure if I should rebase all the original stuff – what do you think, is it worth it or not?

Finally here is a group shot of all my Grots. Next up a Warboss and possibly an elite unit. Still managing to get time to hobby and will keep updating as progress is made. My aim is for a game post Lockdown 2.0. Here’s hoping!

 

Grot, Grot, Grots....
Grot, Grot, Grots....

30 Years in the making (Part III)

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So that is it. It’s taken me 30 years, but this project has finally gotten the Ork Gobsmasha completed and I’ve certainly learned a few things about weathering and free hand painting. I hope that you have enjoyed these updates and here are the final finshed product photos.

30 Years in the making (Part III)
30 Years in the making (Part III)
30 Years in the making (Part III)
30 Years in the making (Part III)
30 Years in the making (Part III)

I hope that you guys like the work and as always I look forward to reading your comments and getting your feedback. Next up I have a Rogue Trader Warboss to add to the force and I need to brave the next batch of 40 mono-pose Gretchin (aaargh!).

Stay safe and many thanks for looking!!!

30 Years in the making (Part II)

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So by the time that I got around to trying to weather the paintwork that I had so carefully applied with the airbrush, probably around 12 hours had passed and I was a little apprehensive that the hairspray would not reactivate, but it was fine. I simply applied some clean water and dabbed at it with a cocktail stick and the surface paint I had applied (both by airbrush and normal brush) came right off revealing the chocolate Brown below.

For next time, this would probably work better with a lighter paint colour, the red is very close to the brown and so the effect isn’t obvious, but I do like it none the less, as it leaves paint build up near the rust, which I think looks better than painting the rust over the base coat, which is what I would probably normally do.

Anyhow, the left hand picture is before scraping, the right is after.

30 Years in the making (Part II)

I then spent the rest of the evening applying recess shades, classic Ork chequer board patterns and detailing the wagon and was pretty happy with the result. I hit it with a coat of matt varnish to seal everything in and then only one task remained…… the banner.

Now I have never really painted a banner before. I’ve certainly never made a banner from scratch, but after a bit of internet searching and YouTube watching I decided to opt for Gerry’s suggested approach of win bottle tin film.

This involves taking the thin tin film found around the lid of a winebottle and re-purposing it for a banner. It’s a really good material as it can be bent easily and cut with scissors or a hobby knife.

I also had to decide on a pattern and opted for a simple Orky skull with some more chequerboard glyphs.

This montage shows you how I went about turning the wine bottle tin into my Orky flag……

30 Years in the making (Part II)

In 3, I have primed the banner black and then started by boxing in the 4 corner quadrants for my glyphs. I figured this would help me keep the forthcoming freehand design in the centre of the banner.

In 3 and 4 you can see how I tried to put this together. I made numerous mistakes and just went back in with black to adjust until I got the lower jaw the way I liked it.

30 Years in the making (Part II)

As you can see in 5, I went back and forward a few times until I got the eyes the right size and in the correct position to give the right feel that I was looking for.

After that I worked in the horns (6) and the shoota’s at the bottom (7). I then added a stark highlight in (8).

30 Years in the making (Part II)

I then applied a couple of targeted red glazes (9) to blend the transition and smooth everything out before tidying up (again) with black. Finally I added Wraithbone borders and more chequerboards (10) and some Orky glyphs (11).

Building and painting the banner took nearly as long as the tank itself to be honest with you, but it was the first time that I have really challenged myself with freehand and I expect something that will be required again with these 2nd edition Orks as everyone seems to have a banner!

30 Years in the making

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30 Years in the making

Following my serach of the ‘Loft of Shame’ I discovered a project that I started back in the early ’90s. I remember getting one of the original Ork Battlewagon kits, but being somewhat disappointed by it’s lack of firepower when compared to my friends exciting Space Marine Land Raiders and Predators. Following receipt of WD 131, my opinion of the humble Battlewagon kit was redefined by the legend, Tony Cottrell’s epic Gobsmasha conversion. This adds a Battlecannon (Yes that is a school Berol pen lid) and protection, while trading off Ork transport capacity (they can walk!)

30 Years in the making

Unfortunately 12 year old me, wasn’t quite up to his skillz and 30 years of neglect had left my ‘smasha feeling a little the worse for wear. When I tried to strip the 30 year old brushed on primer off the model, the cardboard perished and the whole thing fell apart!

30 Years in the making

This left me with the task of rebuilding the basis of the model, which was surprisingly simple, plasticard construction, turrets made from 3 slotta bases, exhaust made from the 30 year old bendy drinking straw and as per the original box art, the addition of a Massive banner, as everything and everyone in 2nd edition seems to have a banner!

30 Years in the making

For painting, I wanted to stick to something that closely resembled Tony’s original paint job, but I also wanted to try out the hairspray technique as I’ve never really tried that sort of thing before. So I started with a light prime in Grey, followed by airbrushing a chocolate Brown all over the tank, leaving it looking a bit like a large Dairy Milk Ork vehicle.

30 Years in the making

Next up I sprayed the whole thing with two coats of matt varnish to seal in the Brown and then 2 heavy coats of the cheapest hairspray that money can buy. After leaving that to dry for a bit I hit the tank with three thin coats of Vallejo Model Air dark red and then a gently highlight of VMA light red for a gentle panel highlight. I didn’t want to airbrush too light a colour as I wanted a more subtle highlighting effect on the tank. I then brushed painted on a tin bitz colour to the mechanics and engine part of the tank at the back. I wanted to see how the hairspray technique worked on both airbrushed and hand painted acrylics.

At this point I’d sunk a good few hours into getting the tank basic paint done and it looked like this.

30 Years in the making

The Boyz swell

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So a quick update for you. As mentioned last time, a few more Orks were required in order to bring the number of Boyz up to a reasonable sized squad, so I decided to try and put together the number of models that were in the original 2nd edition boxed starter. Unfortunately I was missing a large number of Shoota arms, as they obviously never got glued on back in the 90’s.

Luckily @midlifewarhammer gifted me a large collection of retro Ork figures, which I proceeded to uncerimonously proceeded to “de-arm”. These got a quick strip (for more information on the process I use see my LoTR ‘stripping’ project).

They then got the same paint job as the previous batch, but that now gives me 20 mono-pose Goff Ork Boyz, so I can hopefully play through the starter missions that come with the 2nd edition starter mini-campaign.

 

The Boyz swell

And for the Lloyd shot…..

The Boyz swell

Squads Done!

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First squad is now finished. Of note is the Rogue Trader plastic Space Ork, who I added to the squad mainly to help me break up the painting a bit. I’m really pleased with how he came out, so I will start with him.

Skin tone done as per the tutorial below.

Plasma blue effect is simply Contrast Aethermic Blue over my trusty Halfords white primer.

Yellow is Averland Sunset base with a wash of Serpahim Sepia, layered with Yriel Yellow and a final edge highlight of Flash Gitz Yellow.

Squads Done!

So here they are in all their finished glory. Having sat in my loft for over 25 years, they have finally gotten the paint job that they so richly deserve!

Squads Done!

And just for Lloyd

Squads Done!

I hope that you like the updates and I always love to read you comments. I’m not quite sure what is up next, I might have a stab at the next 20 Grots (when I am feeling braver), I also have a special project in the loft but probably need a few more models in the basic force before starting that one.

I’ve been searching for more 1st and 2nd edition models to add to my collection however the eBay prices are pretty steep, so any advice on where to pick up similar style models would be apprecaited.

Thanks for reading!

Orks, Orks, Orks!!!!

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After the “excitement” of 20 monopose Grots, I wasn’t quite sure that I could cope with the next batch of another 20 identical models <’nuff said>. So I decided to treat myself to starting on ‘da Orks. The eagle eyed among you will notice from my first post that although retaining 18 of the original 20 Space Orks (I suspect the other 2 got lost in the Warp), unfortunately I only had 9 of the original arms. I guess that 12 year old me may have been wayward with the arms.

So I started with the 9 (Nazgul pun intended) and I am sure that I will come up with something for the rest later on in this project. To spice things up – yes I know how to live. I threw in 2 old metal Gretchin as well as an old plastic Rogue Trader Ork with a very large Plasma Cannon.

Orks, Orks, Orks!!!!

After some thought I decided to stick with the same skin tone approach I described earlier however, I went a bit heavier with the wash and less heavy with the final stage highlights on the Orks, so they are slightly darker of tone than the Grots, which seemed right to me. I made use of a few GW Contrast paints, in particular Snakebite Leather was used to great effect on the ‘boyz axe handles and I was really pleased with the finish directly over my cheap White Halfords primer.

Orks, Orks, Orks!!!!

This is my half way basecoat shot. Here you can see the Contrast Basilicanum Grey basecoat on the Shoota and Axe, Black Templar on the body armour, Blood Angels Red on the trim and Steel Legion Drab on the trousers. The horns on the helemets got a coat of Skeleton Horde with a second one applied to the base of the horns, to darken them where the meet the ‘boys helmet.

After the Gobbo’s there was a surprising amount of detail on the ‘boyz. GW went to town a bit with the ‘ladz. They have quilted armour, pauldrons with sculpted details and belts and buckels that show how much ‘bigga and more important they are than the Grots. Anyway after a week of sold evenings work I got one test model done.

Orks, Orks, Orks!!!!

I had a lot of fun doing checks and Dags, as I felt that the model was worth the effort. I really wanted to try and do these models justice. I know by modern standards the models aren’t the greatest, but they have a nostalgia value that I feel, to me makes it worth going that little bit further than I would for my regular foot slogging Boyz. So I added Dags and a small amount of weathering . I wanted to stick with the 90’s style basing, although by modern standards it is pretty twee. I was very happy with how he came out.

Next up the rest of his Gang and my two custom Gobbo’s!!!

We're Da Gobbo's

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Hello all,

Things have been busy with me, both with work and family, but I have made some good progress these past 3 weeks and have finally got around to updating the blog. To break up the sheer monotony of painting 20 identically posed Gretchin I went with a few different paint schemes. The first was a pretty standard Goff Red & Black scheme which I mixed up with some Gold and Silver highlight details. I also wanted to try something a little different with some of them:

We're Da Gobbo's

After a bit of experimenting I went with a basecoat of Rakarth Flesh, which is one of my favourite additions to the GW range – I say additions, but it’s been in the “new” range for probably getting on for 10 years now – anyway, on this I put a wash of Seraphim Sepia and then I layer back on the Rakarth Flesh and add a final highlight of Pallid Witch Flesh. After all that you get a Grot who’s outfit looks like this.

We're Da Gobbo's

The rest of the 20 grots came together pretty simply after that. There is a certain beauty to these models to my eye, they have a wonderful simple-ness which is almost a pleasure to paint. You can make quick progress as there is only a few small details to each figure, painting them reminds me of being 12 and I can almost smell the Humbrol enamels.

We're Da Gobbo's

It starts.....

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I recently watched a cool cross-over video by ZorpaZorpand GeekGaming where they went back and revisited their ‘dream armies’ from their youths. This got me thinking and when a very old friend of mine posted pictures of his 2nd edition Eldar taking shape I thought “Why not give it a go myself, how hard can it be”?

So a trip up to the ‘loft of opportunity’ yielded a pile of my old Orks. These were the first army I ever collected and helped develop my love of wargaming. I love the idea of these battle crazy loons hurtling into battle and I love the 2nd edition Ork ‘Cultcha’ with their tiered society and clanz. The loft as always yielded an opportunity, which upon further examination looked a bit like this:

It starts.....
It starts.....

This being a second edition challenge I thought it best to start with the old plastics that came in the 2nd edition boxed set. Luckily most of these seem to have survived their 27 year wait quite well I have however lost quite a few Ork Boy arms.

It starts.....

Deciding to just take the bull by the horns (Goff pun), I charged straight in with the first 20 Gobbos/Gretchin. The thought of 20 identical static mono-pose Gobbos did not (surprisingly) fill me with Dredd. I always base my models with adhesive magnetic material for ease of transport and after cleaning up the mold lines, I decided to go with a classic green sand base, no rocks, not grass, just good, old fashioned sand painted green. That was how we rolled in the early 90’s.

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Next up was priming and I went with a grey primer (Halfords) with a zenith of white sprayed directly from above. I had a bit of a challenge with the skin as it has been a long time since I painted Orks, but I wanted the skin tones to get progressively lighter as the Orks get smaller from Nobz being darker skinned down to light snotlings. So my Gretchin needed to be quite bright. I went with the following combo:

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So here you can see the steps, the first highlight is using just the warboss green and the final is using just the moot green. The good thing about hte Citadel Layer paints used in this example is that they have a good level of transparency. I thin them a bit with water to increase this and was really happy with the result. It’s quick and good for the level of quality I want to achieve, given that I have 40 of these guys to paint.

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