Ork Themed Army Ideas
Da Blood Orks
Burdoo is the
creator of the Vedic Tiger Warriors,an
Imperial Guard force based on the 19th century British Indian Army. This
time, she's created the first Themed Army
Idea for Orks, mixing their fascination with the color red with
their penchant for close combat and their imitative nature. These Orks
haven't just looted a vehicle--they've practically looted a whole Space
When a minor Ork Warboss named Karkar
Blood Axe appeared in the Armageddon sector, it was no surprise.
Hundreds of warbands were ravaging the area, but Karkar's was different.
The Imperial Guard units that met him reported at first that they were
being attacked by Blood Angels Space Marines. This was baffling, particularly
after the Blood Angels' Librarians inspected the aftermath and found numerous
pieces of left-over Blood Angels equipment. Often marked with crude Ork
glyphs, it nevertheless retained the colors, codex markings and serial
numbers of Blood Angel and Fleshtearer armor and weapons lost on Armageddon.
Even more surprisingly, Blood Angel motifs such as the blood drop and chalice
were found chalked onto undeniably Ork equipment.
After some research, it seems that
Karkar's warband was heavily involved with fighting the Blood Angels and
Fleshtearers on Armageddon Prime. The shared proclivity of Orks and Angels
to vicious close combat and the color red clearly sparked in Karkar a sense
of similarity (as well as, surprisingly, a deep and abiding respect) with
the sons of Sanguinius. Already a devoted Blood Axe, Karkar began to collect
Blood Angels equipment in earnest, even going so far as to paint his own
and captured arms and armor in Blood Angels markings. The crash of a fully-loaded
Thunderhawk in his vicinity provided much of his first pile of loot.
Karkar is still on Armageddon, now
at the head of his "Chapta." He is not a particularly dangerous opponent,
but his "intelleckshul theiv-- uh, er, borrowing" has infuriated the Blood
Angels and their successor chapters, who have sworn to destroy him and
end this desecration of their sacred name and emblems.
Karkar Bloodaxe is fiercely imitative,
and has deliberately organized his warband along Imperial lines, complete
with Marine markings and equipment (often cribbed from the Blood Angels).
Space Marines, particularly "Red 'Uns," are his favorite subject, and he
often makes long, boring speeches to his Nobz about the need "ta do more
Karkar's army is a jumble of clans,
armed with an eclectic mix of Space Marine and Ork equipment. All armor
is painted red, with codex unit markings, and many boyz are equipped with
looted weapons, armor, and vehicles.
Fitting with Blood Angels (and Ork)
philosophy, the army is designed for close combat, with few heavy weapons
and many fast vehicles and assault troops. Interestingly, there are few
Gretchin slaves in the army--Karkar says, "Dey're too weedy ta be Marines."
The former Grot population, however, was as stoutly Blood Axe as the Orks
(before being kicked out by Karkar), and rumors abound of a Imperial Guard
Grot regiment. This causes much amusement among local Guard garrisons.
equipment in this army should be treated as normal stuff from Codex:
Orks, regardless of whether it is Ork or Marine-made. All looted
Blood Angels equipment has been extensively converted and "doktored" by
the Blood Axe Meks and is treated as its Orky equivalent.
Orks. Karkar himself wears looted Terminator (i.e. mega)
armor with a powerfist (powerclaw) and totes a "'Eavy Bolta" (big shoota).
His Nobz wear the ornate Death Company shoulderpads as a mark of their
rank, and his Doks and Meks have crude codex markings and colors on their
armor to match Apothecaries and Techmarines.
Orks. These boyz carry the lion's share of captured equipment.
Karkar's pride and joy is his unit of trained "Ussault Boyz," a Stormboyz
mob equipped with looted Space Marine jumppacks, pistols and close combat
weapons. 'Ard Boys and Skarboys are armed and armored with Marine equipment,
and Flash Gitz are often seen with storm bolters or plasma weapons (treat
these as More Dakka and Blasta upgrades). There is also a squad of Kommandos;
Karkar calls them "Scoutz."
Orks, but no Gretchin mobs are present. The bulk
of the warband lies in its "Tacktikul Boyz" --masses of Slugga, Shoota
and Stikkbomb Boys, equipped with a mix of Ork and Marine weaponry, including
"boltas" (treated as shootas), chainswords (choppas), bolt pistols (sluggas)
and meltabombs (tankbusta bombs). There are also small units of Tankbustas
and Burna Boys, partially armed with missile launchers, meltaguns and other
Orks.Trukk Boys are mounted in open topped Rhinos (taken as trukks).
Bikers ride captured Space Marine bikes (usually upgunned with big shootas
or captured heavy bolters), and some have converted Marine Attack Bikes
into serviceable buggies.
Orks.However, no Big Gunz are allowed, as the Gretchin normally
crewing them have absconded. There are no Killa Kans either, though the
"IG Grots" are reported to be involved with a missing shipment of Sentinels.
Dreadnoughts are usually based on captured Space Marine chassises. Looters
and Looted Vehicles abound (Marine choices only) and Karkar's favorite
ride is the massive Battlewagon his Meks built from the wreck of a Land
Painting and Modeling
This army is for the rabid conversion
artist. It should be clear that no special rules are involved; the theme
shines through in the modeling, not the rules. Just substitute Space Marine
equipment on the model for its Orky effect in the game, and you won't go
The guiding principle of this army
is that it should look like a Blood Angels army at first glance. Many of
the above notes will give you ideas, but almost any Space Marine wargear
or vehicle will find a (crude) counterpart somewhere in Codex:
Orks. Not every Ork needs be given Marine equipment (after
all, this concept could be monetarily expensive to model), but try to give
a majority of each unit looted equipment. The fact that both model lines
are done mostly in plastic will help with the converting, and the
result should be unique and fun to look at.
Painting should be based loosely
on the Blood Angels and their successor chapters--it helps that red is
already the Ork's favorite color. Marine and BA decals and markings will
give an imitative look to even ordinary Orks.
Blood Angels and Orks have the same
basic strategy: charge and beat up on everything in sight. After all, here
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