Armies of the Jungle: Kult of Speed

by Patrick Eibel

The Jungle is turning 20 years old, and we’re celebrating! Come back every day from February 2 through February 8 for new material! 

In this series, we showcase armies used by your humble Jungle Guides. By detailing how the army was collected, how the background and color schemes were developed, and how the army is used on the battlefield, we hope that this series will provide inspiration for those interested in collecting similar armies.

The Drukhari struck as the line of Ork ramshackle vehicles entered the canyon, dark lances firing beams of energy blacker than the night, the splinter weapons of the Hellions and Scourges bringing down an entire mob of Ork Bikers.

If the Dark Eldar thought that the Greenskins could be cowed by an impressive opening volley, they were sure to be mistaken.  “Oi!” Speedo bellowed, pointing into the darkness where their enemies lurked.  “Da fun’s not ovah, ladz!  Lookee dere!  At ‘em, triple time quick quick!  Last one dere’s a Stuntie!”

The warband roared ahead, Boyz cackling as they loaded fresh ammunition into their shootas.  After running down—and gunning down—the last of the fleeing humans that had set up this archeological dig that the Orks had attacked, Speedo’s ladz had reluctantly turned back, with the bittersweet realization that there was no one left to kill, and that they would have to content themselves with mere looting. 

But now!  Now, there was a new enemy, one they hadn’t tangled with for quite some time.  Joy surged in their chests, as their Trukks bashed, scraped, and shoved each other as their drivers sought to get there first.


Orks were one of the first armies I collected when I started playing 40K, and I have had an ever-growing army of them (for the most part) since those early days.  I say, “for the most part” because there were two significant events that greatly impacted my army.

At one point, in a fit of “I’ll never paint all of this,” I sold a large chunk of the army off.  Fortunately, I was able to get most of the figures back when the person I sold them to wanted to get rid of them.

These were still all the original pewter figures, which made up most of my army until another friend was getting rid of his Ork army and I managed to trade away the old figures and replace them with newer ones.  One good thing about having the army for so long is that, by this point, much of the army is painted.

I currently have around 8,000 points worth of Orks in four different 2,000 point lists.  One of my favorite lists is the Kult of Speed – a loose assemblage of speedy vehicles and shooty Boyz.

Modeling and Painting

One of the reasons the Kult of Speed was spun off into its own army is the color scheme.  My main Ork army are of the Blood Axe Clan and have a Catachan Green and Zandri Dust scheme meant to look like an Imperial Guard unit.  While the Orks in the Kult of Speed maintain the uniform scheme, the vehicles use a lot of red (because “red ones go fasta”).

My Warlord, Speedo da Big Mek, has his own ride (see below), and the Elite units have a newer version of the Ork Trukk, befitting their status.  For Troops, I use Trukks from the Gorkamorka game (remember that?), as well as two resin Battlewagons from Armorcast that I converted.  Sure, they look wildly out of date, but with Orks, it really isn’t too big a problem.


In the back story for my Orks, the Kult of Speed is an offshoot from the main army created when Speedo, the Big Mek, went off on his own, taking lots of the faster units with him.  The lineup has changed with the rules and new figures, but the current list should be very fast and lots of fun to play.

Waging War

With the latest Ork Codex including Clan Kultur benefits, it seemed appropriate to have the Kult of Speed use Evil Sunz Warlord traits and Clan benefits.

I have so many figures, there rarely is a need to buy anything new, but the Defkilla Wartrike seemed to be too good to pass up.  An HQ unit on a bike? Hell yeah!

Speedo da Big Mek

Over the years, I have experimented with running all Trukk Boyz, or big Mobz in Battlewagons, and I have decided to go with a mix for this list: two regular, shooty Trukk Boy mobz, and two big units of assault Orks in Bonebreakas (Battlewagons that come with a deffrolla).  My Elite units are Tankbustas and Burnas that also get a Trukk.

My Fast Attack units are three Warbuggies that I converted to have “racks of rokkits.”  I was sad to find that GW deleted the buggies from the new codex in order to promote their new racy vehicles.  While the latest rides are sweet, I really wanted to use the converted buggies, which fortunately have Index listings and revised point values in Chapter Approved 2018.

No Kult of Speed would be complete without a bit of “zoomy-zoom” (it’s what Speedo calls it….) To complete the list, I have two Dakka Jets with six supa shootas each.


Painting the Wartrike was lots of fun, and setting out the army has incentivized me to finish the few unpainted units.  Then it is time to get these Boyz on the table for a test drive (pun intended).  First up might be a rematch against Kenton’s Dvergar; I understand they’ve had some changes to their line-up….

Make sure you come back tomorrow for more content as we celebrate the Jungle’s 20th birthday!