These Ork Fighter Bommerz were on display at Warhammer World in Nottingham.
The Fighta-Bommer is the Orks’ primary tactical and strategic bombing aircraft. The Fighta-Bommer is capable of both void and atmospheric flight. It is used to bomb enemy bases and to assault enemy starships, or even in some cases to dogfight with enemy aircraft.
Constructed with typical Orkish crudeness, these rickety, gravity-defying contraptions are often surprisingly effective and dangerous to friend and foe alike, as is common with most Ork technology. Fighta-Bommerz are often deployed as air support during large Ork planetary invasions, or to serve as point defence for Ork starships.
Fighta-Bommerz are created by the few Meks who are interested in aircraft. As with all Ork vehicles, Fighta-Bommerz are kit-bashed affairs that usually defy the laws of aerodynamics, and fly despite their ungainly, brutish construction.
So one of my Christmas presents was an Ork Megatrakk Scrapjet. I haven’t really had a chance to paint or look at my Ork forces, but when Games Workshop announced their new plastic Ork vehicles and Speed Freeks, I really liked the look of them.
So it was nice for Christmas to receive the Megatrakk Scrapjet.
A favourite amongst Speed Freeks and grounded Flyboyz alike, Megatrakk Scrapjets provide rocket-propelled acceleration, impressive firepower and the hilarity of ramming into enemy lines at the helm of what is effectively a gigantic, thrust-driven drill. These vehicles allow former Ork pilots to revel in the dimly-remembered joy of mowing down enemies at point-blank range – a joy which, of course, often caused the Flyboy to crash in the first place. Explosions blossom amidst the enemy as rokkits and missiles collide with their targets, while Grot tail-gunners blaze away with chattering big shootas – the array of weaponry welded, bolted, riveted and lashed onto a Megatrakk Scrapjet is fearsome.
The box contains a single sprue. There is a lot of detail on the model, but there is only really one way to put this kit together. I think I like the potential for variety with Ork vehicles, but there is very little included with the kit that would allow you to make a second model that was similar to the original, but different enough to look Orkish. I don’t see Orks having factory production lines producing identical vehicles and even if that was the case, I don’t think that the similarity would survive contact with the enemy. Even the back story to the Scrapjet implies that this is a converted Ork aircraft.
The instructions are very clear and easy to follow, and the part numbering means that you can quickly put the model together.
Having put the model together the next stage was to undercoat it with a white paint undercoat.
I did consider giving the model a black undercoat, but if the main body will be either yellow or polished metal then a white undercoat will work better than a black one.
I really like the model and am looking forward to painting it.
Once it’s painted I think I might go with the Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy to accompany it.
There are some gaming things I buy which I later think, why on earth did I buy that! Then there are gaming things I buy which I now wish I had bought at least five times rather than just the once!
One of those things is the Urban Basing Kit which was released as part of Cities of Death. The box set contains 2 pots of slate, 2 pots of resin details and 1 pot of razorwire that can be used to decorate the bases of your miniatures or cityfight buildings. It was a limited edition and though since then Games Workshop have released a Warhammer 40k Basing Kit, personally I don’t think it is as good as the original urban basing kit.
I would have bought five, but they were very difficult to get hold of, and when I did find them, the shop only had one left…
I have used the kit with various models, but for a workbench feature on my website I have been photographing a 60mm and a 40mm base. Having added some resin and slate, I added modelling sand to change and vary the texture of the base.
Tomorrow (17th January) sees the release of new plastic Ork Stormboyz.
Stormboyz, the shock troops of many successful warbands, dedicate their lives to the time honoured martial disciplines of drilling, marching and hurtling through the air. To this end they go to war strapped to rokkit packs that, when activated propel their wearers forward on great tongues of oily black flame.
I do like the new models which seem very Orky. Not sure if I am going to get any as I already have a mob of the old sort.
My Ork Burna Boyz advance through the Ash Wastes from a recent game.
They are traversing over one of the new plastic craters (unpainted).
The new Ork Codex changed the Burna Boyz rules quite a bit. One change I did find useful was the ability to have some Meks on board. And as Meks can try and fix broken Ork vehicles, my Ork Burna Boyz are now more like a team whose main job is to fix Ork vehicles on the battlefield.
In the past few games they have done a good job and fixed a couple of vehicles including my Gunwagon.