Greetings Terrans, how are we all? Following on from the 1st Teknishun Swad last week, we logically follow on with Skwad 2 :-) As I mentioned last time, the 2nd Tech squad show up in scenario 2, and these guys are packing some serious heat… Plasma guns, Conversion Fields, Bolt Pistols and Swords to be exact! Dat’s some seriously snazzy guns, so I went with a suitably snazzy colour for these wannabe flash gitz:
*edit – spotted that I had missed the teeth as soon as I had posted! I’ll get that sorted out :-)
Ok, so I know some of these minis are actually packing flamers, and I know that I’m supposed to be doing this project with as much accuracy as possible, but the foot is going down and I’m reinterpreting the minis & calling them plasma… Because Orks… So there.
Speaking of minis, how funny is it that the actual plasma boys appear to be resting their chins on the plasma coils? Clearly they were sculpted in the days before plasma ‘got hot’ and tried to fuck you over far more frequently than the one-in-six frequency that the laws of statistics demand… In fact, keeping in mind that Space Orks have the same ballistic skill as Space Marines in Rogue Trader, this squad is going to be a real handful…
Here’s another angle showing off their swords & pistols:
While I was painting these guys, I realised that I got the base rims wrong for my first Teknishun skwad, so I quickly fished them out of the display case and corrected that oversight… Seemed a shame not to take advantage of the situation and do a quick group shot of the whole Techy crew together:
This little lot represents a bit of a milestone in the whole project so far, in that I’m around half way through the Orks. I’m also done with all the boys that I had built and undercoated, so it’s going to be a bit of a building phase for the next few weeks I’m afraid… I have the power armoured Guards to work through, and I also have a whole bunch of ‘Skumbos’ to get sorted out… Now, I like converting minis, so this bit is going to be great fun for me, but it might be pretty boring for you guys! I hope you can all bear with me though, because I think this is going to be the really interesting bit of the project.
The Skumbos should be particularly good fun. In the fluff, the poor old Skumbos are described as being ‘lower caste’ Orcs, and they are lightly armed with Bolt Pistols & Swords… Unsurprisingly, there aren’t too many pistol/sword minis of that era, so I knew I needed to think outside of the box for this little lot! I decided to play on the whole ‘lower caste’ thing, and picked up a few fantasy Orc Archers of the correct vintage. After a bit of chopping & some putty work, I ended up with these:
Whaddaya think? They aren’t finished yet, but hopefully you get the idea… I’m planning four of these per unit, plus a legit pistol/sword Space Ork to represent the unit leader, (who, bizarrely, gets Mesh armour). I need six such units, so maths tells me that I now need to finish these four, add another twenty, and round up six proper Space Orks to lead them… should keep me busy for a while! :-)
Until next time dudes, be awesome out there!
Pete S/ SP said:
They look great. Enough to make one rather nostalgic.
The conversions are very nicely realised too.
Cheers Pete, I think this project is all about the nostalgia :-)
Definitely lookin’ good! Converting the archers was a good move and they look spot on!
Cheers dude, glad you like the archers! I think it’s going to get tougher to be creative with the posing, but I reckon they’ll look great as a mob :-)
Dude these are ball’n! Love the glow effect! Really sets them off.
Cheers Bro-beans! They do look rather snazzy, don’t they :-)
If you don’t put your chin to the plasma coil how do you know when it’s hot enough to fire?
Great work on this crew. Interesting choice of green coils with the Orks being green to. Looking good though.
Precisely! Only a weedy ‘Umie needs to worry about der gunz geddin’ ‘ot ;-)
Funny you mention the choice of green – I did ponder this at length! Blue was my first thought, but I’m glad I went green in the end, and I do think it looks good with the yellow :-)
Mr Papafakis said:
I love those conversions Alex. Really inspirational choice of minis to mod up for RT. Your project keeps getting better and better with each post.
Keep on truckin mate :)
Cheers dude – glad you’re enjoying the project! We have some ways to go yet mate, but we’re getting there ;-)
Looking swell! Good luck pushing through with the rest of the project.
Thanks Mikko, glad you like ’em mate – time is the big enemy, but my will is strong :-)
You are on a roll with these Space orks mate. Good work and your patience and dedication is commendable. I would have floated off with the grey plastic fairies by now. Ha ha :) Keep up the great work.
Cheers dude, it’s good have some momentum, but to be honest, it is just so much fun that it really is no bother :-)
Great stuff mate and very much looking forward to seeing the rest in due course.
Cheers TIM – me too mate! :-)
I’m so in love with each bit of this!
Cheers dude ;-)
Fantastic yet again! Yellow is my favourite colour on orks. Did you make all the backpacks and their gear? I like the ramshackle eclectic nature of them all.
Where did you get the pistols on the skumbos from? They’re funky!
Cheers dude, glad you like ’em, and yeah, there is something about yellow on Orks that is very pleasing :-)
The backpacks are mostly original, though a few of the boys had pistols sculpted on, and the sword scabbards are kitbashed with sculpted straps/ropes to hold them. The pistols on the skumbos are sculpted as well – using Brownstuff rather than green, as recommended by a wise friend :-)
Sculpted pistols? Very cool! John Pickford (who’s sculpted the last two BOYL figures) uses a mix of greenstuff and brownstuff for his sculpts, varying the proportion depending on what he’s sculpting – more green for organic, more brown for harder edges. I haven’t given it a go, but it looks like a promising technique.
Brilliant. Great stuff, mate :)
Cheers dude :-)
Once again these are great, like what you’ve done with the yellow on the wannabe gitz and the skumbos are looking excellent. Fear not, if things are going to be predominated by converting rather than painting for the next little while I’ll still be watching with interest! :-)
Aw, cheers dude – I got started on a pile of 20 soon-to-be ex-archers last night… it’s a big heap of lead mate, it’ll take some doing! Your patience & continued interest is appreciated ;-)
Great man!! They’re so full of character. All the best getting through the rest.
Cheers dude – I’m pretty fired up about it, so should be fine :-)
Actually I must admit that your blog is only one about RT which I read frequently. Love style of your painting A. Is very inspiring. Because of tone of skin of your Space Orks, I have changed color of skin of my fantasy orcs and goblins. Keep going and promise I will read more. Best wishes buddy
I’m very flattered – thanks dude! I’m delighted to have you following, and that you’re digging the skin – it did take me a few squads to settle on my recipe, but I’m very happy with it now :-)
Very nice! Your output is still amazing, considering the quality and conversion work. Looking forward to the Skumbos, I always had a soft spot for medieval style Space Orks. I will probably limit myself to throwing in a unit of Fantasy Orcs in with the Space Orks though.
Cheers matey – it’ll slow down a bit from here on in, but it should be the most interesting part from a conversion perspective. The fantasy/medieval Space Orks should be great fun!
Mark A. Morin said:
Very nice group of Space Orks – love the yellow Alex, always a tough color but rewarding. Good luck with the rest of the project!
Cheers Mark – I’ve learned to love yellow over the years ;-)
Dese boyz look ded ‘ard. Even if ‘alf of dem is wearin’ yella.
You iz makin’ me wanna break out some of dem boyz of me own and get da gitz painted!
Ya zoggin git!
And that’s how the Waaagh spreads :-)