Saturday, 24 November 2018

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: New Buggies

Well, the codex has arrived at last (seriously, who renames a whole month after the codex and then releases it three days after the end of that month?) bringing with it some new toys for the orks. I'm a bit miffed that things like Warbosses in Mega Armour are now relegated to index only status, but can GW make up for it with new toys?
Yes and no. While I relish the opportunity to build new things, I think GW's offical models are over priced and I don't really like the fact that they completely lack customisation options. I also think some of them feel like they were designed with Speed Freaks in mind first and 40K second - they have rules that feel right in a racing game, but don't sit well in a battle game.
But my biggest gripe lies with the Megatrakk Scrapjet (no strike that - I biggest gripe is with the terrible names which I can never remember...). GW have made some big mistakes on the model:

  • Orks would never take a jet engined vehicle and then use the jet to drive the wheels instead of generating thrust
  • If it was thrust based, tracks would make no sense because they don't free-wheel
So I decided to have a go at fixing all of this, and save a flipping great wodge of cash by scratch building one. (Non Australian readers note - the Scrapjet and all the other machines cost $77 here, while in the UK they cost 27 pounds. 27 pounds is roughly speaking $50 in Australia...)

Anyway, enough bitter waffling, time for pics! There will be a video soon when I have also completed a Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy (a name even odder than the Scrapjet since it means the vehicle is both a truck and a buggy...)
Behold it's mighty body, wrought from a Target Fighta (actually, I have three of these now - two I bought from Target last year at $14ea, and one I found at an op shop for a few bucks a few months ago - this is the op shop one)

Mighty wheels are from an op shop monster truck. And I just noticed that the rear axel is a bit out of alignment so the right rear wheel is cocked in the air... I swear this was okay when I glued it all together... sigh...

The mighty jet intake is made from plasticard wedges glued to a large washer to get the shape right. The drill bit is the tip of a pen with plastic strip spiraled round it and a whole bunch of little teeth things.

The rokkit cannon. It's hard to make it obviously rokkit-y, so I added a belt feed of rokkits.

The mighty jet exhaust is, as always, a hose clamp. I love those things. Note that I have built the vehicle the way any Ork mek would - THRUST POWERED! Okay, so the rules say it's one of the slower buggies, but that's just because it's so heavy. Clearly.

The turret is half a kinder surprise egg. I added green stuff welds to fill the gaps.

The driver is just a normal boy. I was going to give him goggles, but I could not find my spare Stormboy bits. Oh well.
Come back soon for the Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy (it's probably 50% complete...) and video of them both!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Video for Hippos: Orky Coaches

Behold the fruits of MFH 26 (and not 25, as the video says...) I will try to get some still pics and detail shots soon, along with the gunners once they are painted.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Modelling for Hippos Ishoo Twenty-Six: Orky Coaches

Last week I was a t a bit of a lose end - I'd just finished painting the Morkanaut, Big Mek on Meky Squig and four Meganobs, and I felt like building something. A bit of thought lead me to the inescapable conclusion that what I needed to build was a trukk. Or two. Or in fact, a vintage seaside touring coach to go with the vintage seaside splendour of Orkness. Or two. Certainly two.
Here's Grot to show you how to build one of them. Because two would be greedy, and the second one's basically the same anyway.

And there you have it Hippo Fans! An Ork Trukk which looks like it could actually cary twelve orks at a time. Now if you will excuse me, I must finish installing ladders on the second one and get to painting.
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