Wednesday, 4 March 2015

From DavidL - Epic Orks: "Special Forces" and Gargants (75 Points)

The Epic 40K Ork project cannot be stopped! Waaagh!

First up, the support units for my Blood Axes clan. As befits the clan's much more organized, militarized ethos, these are primarily what you might call the "special forces" of the Orky military: Stormboyz and Kommandos.

Stormboyz are essentially Ork copies of Assault Marines:

Of course, being Orks, the jetpacks have to be ludicrously oversized. But hey, that's part of the charm, right?

Can't even see the actual figures from behind...
Kommandos are, as the name suggests, troops specializing in infiltration and, well, commando operations. Accordingly, I painted them up in stealthy colors that will hopefully still pop on the tabletop.

Although the thought of somehow losing my Kommandos on the tabletop does make me chuckle.
Lastly, a "free" unit for the Blood Axes; there are certain units in the Ork lists that cost no points because they constitute just as much a liability as they do an asset. And these fellas have "liability" written all over them: Madboyz.

I had to take these guys because their capacity for causing unmitigated mayhem is unmatched by probably any other unit I've ever seen in any system. I'll never forget the game where my Madboyz, literally in the middle of the field, started up a Weirdboy chant despite the fact that I had no Weirdboyz in my army. The resulting buildup of psychic energy, having nowhere to safely disperse, finally exploded in a massive conflagration that left a huge gaping hole in the center of both armies. My opponent and I had to call a draw because we didn't have enough units left to effectively fight each other!

I spontaneously decided to give these Madboyz "prison fatigues" - I figure they're a bunch of hardened, bloodthirsty desperadoes who were busted out of their cells on an Imperial prison planet by Da Blue Baron, who gave them a bunch of guns and now hopes for the best. (No doubt he's regretting his decision a bit these days...)

There's still one more support unit for the Blood Axes, but it's currently in transit from the seller and I'm not sure if we'll see it before the Challenge ends. But as for now, it's on to what is undoubtedly the centerpiece of my army: the Gargant Mob!

Gargants are, of course, the Ork version of Titans, and are giant, ramshackle monstrosities. They actually remind me quite a bit of Hiyao Miyazaki's vision of Howl's Moving Castle, imagery that didn't exist back when I first painted these guys 25 years ago.

Yes, these are the only "vintage" sculpts in my whole collection. I purchased them during my first venture into Epic, and held onto them even when I sold off everything else. They were painted in Bad Moon colors, though, so into the Dip they went! They are now Death Skulls Gargants, thank you very much.

That's two Slasha Gargants and one Great Gargant. I followed color schemes similar to the Stompas I submitted last week.

The Mekboy in the little crow's nest on the Great Gargant gives some sense of their scale. The Slashas are about 50mm tall (not counting the base) and the Great Gargant is over 60mm!

The Great Gargant is easily one of my favorite Epic models ever. The amount of small details on this thing were a real joy to discover and paint. All those little cannons poking out of hatches...

The casting was a bit spotty in places, and I had to take my Dremel to some stubborn mold lines that I hadn't caught as a young lad too impatient to deal with such matters.

The Great Gargant's "back end" has some of my favorite bits, including a random little wooden shack built out from the beast's back. The Mekboy's tool shed, maybe? It even has it's own little stovepipe chimney...

Next to the Great Gargant, the Slashas lose a bit of their luster, but they're still great models in their own right.

Like the Great Gargant, they've got fantastic detailing on their backs.

I'm really happy with the "used up" aesthetic I've been hitting with these vehicles and mechs: the chipped paint, the rust, the soot, the grime.

So that's that! In terms of the "special forces," we're looking at 60 6mm figures, which is good for 30 points. Scoring on the Gargants? You tell me, Curt.

Next week I'll be finishing up the Ork horde (and my Epic40K project overall) with my Wildboyz mob and a couple random sundries (assuming they get here in time...).

From Curt:

More Epic epicness from you, David - wonderful stuff! 

The Stormboyz are awesome with their oversized jet packs. I have to admit that initially I had to peer at them for a while as I was unsure of what they were and so I'm wondering if red nose-cones, or perhaps some engine flare on the ground below the packs might reinforce their raison d'etre?  Nevertheless, they are very cool miniatures and should be highly entertaining on the tabletop.

Of course the show-stoppers are the three huge Ork Gargants. I love the blue and white cheque patern and the obscenely funny 'Compensator Cannons'.  I was unsure of the size of the Gargants until David informed me that the smaller two were about 50mm tall while the Great Gargant is a touch over 60mm. Whoa! That is HUGE, especially so in 6mm. I hope David can update this post with a shot of them with some of the infantry bases to give us a better sense of perspective. 

Again, wonderful work David!

As promised, some size comparison shots:


  1. Wonderful painting work, David.

  2. Love these! You'll have to take a group shot at the end.

  3. I love those Gargants! They're as nice as those Stompas. Chasseur is right, we need to see a group pic.

  4. Thumbs up! Fantastic work on all that Epic stuff.

  5. Thanks all! A group pic is definitely in order, yes!

    And I'll be sure and take a comparison shot later tonight to give a sense of scale. In the meantime, the Internet has kindly provided this:

    I should also weigh the Great Gargant on my postal's all metal, and is quite hefty.

    Curt, those Stormboyz packs were calling out for some extra work to me as well. Hmm, maybe a conversion with a couple of the guys "taking off"? Yes, perhaps. Something for after the Challenge, I think...

  6. This project is truly, errmm, epic David! You seem to be having fun with these boyz :)

  7. These guys a funny, funny probably not the right word but they make me smile. Mental is probably hte right word. Love 'em

  8. "Mental" definitely works, Martin.

    As promised, size comparisons have been added to the entry. You can see how much the Gargants tower above the infantry and even the Stompas! Also, I weighed the models on my postal scale, and the Great Gargant comes in at a half a pound (8 ounces/226 grams)! That's one heavy model...

  9. I say those Gargants have a Physique just like many wargmers I know. I have never paind much attention to Epic 40k until this challenge and Now I think I am lacking.

    I really do like this project and can see myself trawling eBay looking for some now. Thank you so much for showing these.

    1. Cheers, Clint! I've been similarly inspired by many other projects on this Challenge (it's been a real exercise in self-control...), so I'm happy to add to the feeding frenzy. ;)

      The 2nd edition Space Marine-era rules live on in the fan project NetEpic. You can download the rules and the army lists for free.

      It took me about six months of diligent eBaying to build my Ork force (which comes in at 6,000 points), but that was part of the fun. Some units were much, much easier to source than others. I only landed the Mad Boyz figures last fall, and I started collecting for this project in the summer of 2013!

      Good hunting to you.

  10. Those are really great! The gargants are really orky in the paint and turned out great; however, my favorites are the mad boyz!
    The Waaargh ork madboyz rules are what got me into the space orks! ;)

    1. I seriously cannot wait to see what sort of shenanigans those Boyz get up to. :D

  11. Great job David! I'm hoping I can finish some kind of Epic 40k entry before the Challenge wraps up, just to honour this cool project!

  12. Awesome. Still a cool project. Excellent work. cheers

  13. So much Orky goodness in small packages. Very cool. The unit in prison fatigues is a very nice touch.