Reflections on the Ork Big Trakk

I have been thinking about going through my Ork models and getting them finished and painted. I seem to have stalled and got distracted by Flames of War and Dystopian Wars (and Doctor Who) and haven’t really painted any Orks for ages.

One model that has only got as far as an undercoat was my Forge World Big Trakk. Looking back at the last update on this model (in 2011) it was apparent I was having undercoating problems with a fair few of my Ork models.

Eventually I hope it might look similar to this finished model that I photographed at Games Day 2009.

Ork Big Trakk with Big Lobba.
Ork Big Trakk with Big Lobba

I would like to get a dusty dirty look and I have the Forge World weathering powders somewhere in my collection of paints and inks.

Black undercoat for the Big Trakk

After giving the model a white undercoat, I wanted to give the main tracks a black undercoat.

I made a mistake. I used a can of Citadel black spray paint to paint the majority of the model except the flatbed. As you can see the results were less than satisfactory. The paint had dried and almost had a dusty look to it.

In the end I decided to respray with a different brand of matt black spray paint.

This seems to have worked better.

Big Trakk Cockpit

At this stage I decided that I would fix the driver into the vehicle. The original plan was to paint him separately, however seeing how much he is “hidden” and this is not a Golden Demon entry, I decided to paint him in situ. So he got glued into his seat. You can see his arm in the photograph below.

I also glued on to the cockpit mesh cover, this will hide much of the driver, so again less need to do a fantastic paint job on the driver, something simple should suffice.

The workbench feature on the Big Trakk may help anyone else putting one of these kits together.

Gallery of photographs of the Big Trakk.

Forge World Big Trakk Concept

One of the nice things about talking to the Forge World designers, whether it be at GamesDay or the Forge World Open Days is seeing how they move models from ideas and drawings to concepts to finished product.

This Ork concept vehicle based on the Ork Trukk eventually became the Big Trakk.

Forge World Big Trakk Concept

The other side was more of a half-trakk opposed to the full tracked side here.

If you compare it to the Big Trakk model you can see how the model evolved.

Forge World Big Trakk Concept

Ork Big Trakk with Supa Kannon

This Ork Big Trakk with Supa Kannon was part of the Ork Shanty Town display at GamesDay 2010.

I have been making my own Big Trakk and it’s a nice if somewhat complicated kit to put together. I am not going to arm it though with the Supa Kannon and will probably use a “normal” Kannon. According to Tony Cottrell at the Forge World seminar at GamesDay 2010, it would appear that Forge World have “finished” with the Orks for a while and will be doing lots of other stuff before they return to the Orks (it at all).

Of course what we still have to see from either Forge World or Games Workshop is a new buggy or wartrakk. There are images in the Forge World Imperial Armour book of a new design of a buggy, but so far no real concrete evidence that any new model is going to be released.

Adding the Big Trakk Tracks

The next stage was adding the tracks. These have been numbered on the sprues and this is the order around the wheels that they go.

The largest pieces of track I had were quite warped, but immersing them in hot water allowed me to get them nice and flat. The key I found in placing the track was to get the largest piece flat attached to the rear cog.

I managed to get the right side track to fit. It was quite a struggle to get the bits underneath the rear flatbed in, but it all came together in the end.

And now the left…

The workbench feature on the Big Trakk may help anyone else putting one of these kits together.

Gallery of photographs of the Big Trakk.

Fitting the Big Trakk Exhausts

The next stage for my Big Ork Trakk was to add the exhausts. There are two exhausts and it is not immediately apparent where they fit.

They are fitted on either side of the driver’s seat facing out at an angle.

Fitting the right exhaust, with the exhaust highlighted.

Fitting the left exhaust, with the exhaust highlighted.

The workbench feature on the Big Trakk may help anyone else putting one of these kits together.

Gallery of photographs of the Big Trakk.

Ork Big Trakk Wheels

The next stage for my Big Ork Trakk was to add the wheels.

These were attached to the suspension (torsion bars) before they were fixed to the vehicle.

The next stage was to add the driving wheels. Again fix these with the model on a flat surface as this will ensure that the model sits flat on the tracks. I did one wheel at a time to ensure I didn’t knock them as I stuck them together. Also ensure that you have the suspension or torsion bars facing to towards the back of the vehicle.

The other side.

Starting to look a lot more like a Big Trakk now.

The workbench feature on the Big Trakk may help anyone else putting one of these kits together.

Gallery of photographs of the Big Trakk.