Working on the Ork barricades and scrap piles

All Mekboyz can perform battlefield repairs using no more than a weighty wrench-hammer, a sack of nails and a healthy dose of gumption, but most do their best work in the comfortably anarchic surrounds of their own workshop. Meks are more than capable of cobbling together a workspace from whatever is lying about, with rudimentary workshops springing up from battlefield wreckage even while the bullets are still flying. Greenskin vehicles roar toward such teetering structures, their crews throwing sacks of teef at the resident Mek – he and his crew get to work immediately, sending the Ork customers on their way with snazzier guns, souped-up engines and extra armour plates.

I had been thinking about getting this kit for a while. So on a shopping trip to my local games shop I decided to make an impulse purchase and buy the box. Well it was nearly 30% cheaper than on the GW site.

Having cleaned the plastic parts I gave them a Corax White undercoat.

I then started painting the basecoat across the scrap piles and barricades using a combination of Base and Contrast Citadel paints.

I continued to paint the different barricades, using, as before, Base and Contrast paints.

See the workbench feature on all parts of the Ork Mekboy Workshop.

Found the Ork Warbike Rider

Ork Warbikes are ramshackle devices created from as many parts as possible, designed and maintained by the Mekboyz to fulfill two important Ork urges: to move as fast as possible and to make as much noise while doing so.

This model is an original Ork Warbike from Gorkamorka, so has a fair few of metal parts. Originally after sticking the model together I gave it a white undercoat. I then painted the metal parts black. Having recovered the Warbike from storage I painted part of the bike with Snakebite Leather constrast paint. For the bodywork of the Warbike I used Blood Angels Red contrast paint.

I found the rider, whose driving arm had fallen off. After cleaning the join of old glue I glued the rider back together.

Ork Warbike

I had given the rider a black undercoat, thinking do I keep this, or respray with a white undercoat.

Ork Warbike

The workbench feature on the Ork Warbike.

Getting those turrets right

There are Orks who have looted Imperial weaponry. Not only can they use Space Marine weapons they can also borrow the transport. I wrote about my Ork Looted Rhino and where I was in progressing it.

When I was constructing the Ork Battlewagon I decided against using the included turret. So I decided to have a go at seeing how it and some smaller turrets looked on my Ork Looted Rhino. I attempted to paint them to match the existing paintwork using a wash of Agrax Earthshade. This didn’t work. I then tried using Snakebite Leather contrast paint.

I was really pleased with the end result. So I did the same for the other turrets.

Here is the larger turret.

I am pleased with how well this process matches my existing process.

I then attached two glyphs to the big turret on my Ork Looted Rhino.

Ork Glyphs

I was looking through a box of sprues when I found some Ork glyphs. I thought these would be useful for attaching to vehicles. I also thought it would be easier to paint them on the sprue rather than attaching them to the Ork vehicles whilst constructing them, and then painting them in situ.

I also found some Orc Warrior shields and motifs, which again I thought would work on my Ork vehicles.

The glyphs here are from the Ork Trukk plastic kit, whilst the shields are from the fantasy Orc Warriors set, which I have been using to model some Feral Ork Warriors. 

I decided to leave them on the sprues to make them easier to paint and to then affix them to the final model.

I gave the sprues a white undercoat.

Here are the shields.

I then used a range of paints to for the base coats, using mainly contrast paints.

The Ork “teef” were painted with Ushabti Bone and then highlighted with White Scar.

The Evil Sunz symbols were painted with Blood Angels Red and Imperial Fist.

I did find some more glyphs, so started to paint them in the same way.

I used slightly different colours.

Here are the glyphs attached various Wartrakks and my Ork Looted Rhino.

Here is the Ork Aircraft Traktor.

For this Grot Bomb Launcha vehicle I added a glyph to the front and the back.

I attached my other green glyph to a Wartrakk.

I attached two to the big turret on my Ork Looted Rhino.

I will do some more of these for other vehicles I have.

Painting the Ork Warbike

Ork Warbikes are ramshackle devices created from as many parts as possible, designed and maintained by the Mekboyz to fulfill two important Ork urges: to move as fast as possible and to make as much noise while doing so.

This model is an original Ork Warbike from Gorkamorka, so has a fair few of metal parts. Originally after sticking the model together I gave it a white undercoat. I then painted the metal parts black. Having recovered the Warbike from storage I painted part of the bike with Snakebite Leather constrast paint.

For the bodywork of the Warbike I used Blood Angels Red contrast paint.

I used Leadbelcher on the front forks and the rear exhausts.

Still more to do.

Continuing the Forgeworld Grot Bomb Launcha

The Forgeworld Grot Bomb Launcha is probably one of my all time favourite models.  I have three of these, one is finished, the other two are a work in progress. Having painted the chassis with a spray of Citadel Zandri Dust. I painted the exhausts and the rear deck with Leadbelcher. I then gave the model a wash using Citadel Shade Agrax Earthshade. I drybrushed the model. I gave the tracks a heavy drybrush of Gorthor Brown, followed by a lighter drybrush of Leadbelcher.

I used some Agrax Earthshade on the fuel tank and the leather seat.

I then drybrushed the launcha with Leadbelcher. This is the right one for this Grot Bomb Launcha and is slightly warped. I also used some Seraphim Sepia to add some rust style effects.

This is the launcha on the Wartrakk.

Now to find the rider.

 

Shading the Heavy Bolter Cupola

There are Orks who have looted Imperial weaponry. Not only can they use Space Marine weapons they can also borrow the transport. I wrote about my Ork Looted Rhino and where I was in progressing it and then added the tracks.

When I was constructing the Ork Battlewagon I decided against using the included turret. So I decided to have a go at seeing how it and some smaller turrets looked on my Ork Looted Rhino. Having painted the turrets, I gave the Heavy Bolter Cupola a wash of Agrax Earthshade.

This wasn’t quite the effect I wanted, in order to match the existing Rhino body. Close, but not close enough.

Forgeworld Ork Aircraft Traktor

The Ork Aircraft Traktor is used to taxi Ork aircraft in position to launch, where it takes off discarding the launch trolley. the Aircraft Traktor also recovers landed Ork aircraft for refueling.

One of the gifts I got for a birthday many years ago was the Forgeworld Ork Aircraft Traktor and Launch Trolley.

The model consists of the plastic Wartrakk and some resin pieces for the fuel bowser, a resin launch trolley and a towing bar. I have nearly finished painting it, so decided it was time I did finish painting it.

Having touched up the fuel tank with some white paint I then used Snakebite Leather Contrast paint to paint the leather seat and the fuel tank.

I used Blood Angels Red on the other part of the motorbike.

I also started looking at the launch trolley and thinking about finishing up the tyres.

Painting the Looted Rhino Turrets

There are Orks who have looted Imperial weaponry. Not only can they use Space Marine weapons they can also borrow the transport.

A Looted Rhino is an Imperial Rhino armoured personnel carrier that has been looted from a previous battlefield by Ork Lootas and is now used as a transport for their WAAAGH!

I wrote about my Ork Looted Rhino and where I was in progressing it and then added the tracks.

When I was constructing the Ork Battlewagon I decided against using the included turret. So I decided to have a go at seeing how it and some smaller turrets looked on my Ork Looted Rhino.

Having given the turrets a white undercoat back when I started the model I then gave them a base coat of Snakebite Leather. 

I suspect the white part of the turret was where I was holding it while painting it. So this is where I was at with them when I looked at finishing the Ork Looted Rhino.

Here is the smaller front turret.

Here is the Heavy Bolter cupola.

For some arcane reason (probably lack of time and motivation) I put the turrets away for a few years…

Getting them out again recently I decided to finish them off. The first challenge was that Snakebite Leather is no longer available. However using a paint compatibility chart, I completed the turrets using Balor Brown.

However it wasn’t an exact match, so I repainted the whole turret using Balor Brown.

I did the same for the smaller turret and the cupola.

For the smaller turret I painted the main weapon with Leadbelcher.

Now I had to work out how to make these newly painted turrets look like the same as the Looted Rhino bodywork even though they were painted years apart. My own guide was not as useful as I hoped as the paints, inks and washes I used back then are no longer available.

Hmmm…

Oh I also found a Flamer cupola as well.

However the metal component makes this unbalanced, so would need to be glued in, rather than being removable.

I started my Ork Looted Rhino many years ago, and the process I used is outlined on my workbench feature on the Looted Rhino.