I admire your attitude, I get the feeling that both you and your army would be a great laugh to play against.
If you're flexible with wysiwyg, you could scrape some points off the battle wagon by giving it a reinforced ram rather than a deffrolla.
The looted wagon could also lose the skorcha and reinforced ram, as the it should just be sitting back as fire support anyway, and a skorcha isn't going to do much against deep striking gubbinz. That's a few points, with grot oilers and such you may have enough for that painboy.
I like the overall aesthetic of your army too, it suits the classic retro feel of the models.
i think that you are right on every count.
the list can be optimized in these ways.
truthfully, i have not played 40k since 2006 maybe...
i have read the new rulebook, and have the latest ork codex.
i would like to play but where i live now, actually,
it might mean a couple hours on a bus each way.
eventually it will have to happen.
i want to play with this army,
and i think that i like most of 7th edition.
i am not liking the rules-driven sales-man business model from GW of late,
and absolutely refuse to own a wraithknight.
plus, i have a ton of real work to do...
but after i get things all painted up,
i will be able to spend that time going to Seoul.
i cannot change from the concept of the army,
and i am aiming for wysiwyg.
though, with orks, you could just say
"yeah, it is on there, but it doesn't work today!"
in my mind,
the optimal list is the one that only has what it needs to make sense
as a complete force.
orks have a culture of war and i imagine this force as a traveling unit,
a roving dustcloud of destruction.
the weirdboy has an idea,
to get his warboss in a gork suit
stuck inside a morkanaut,
and line up a bunch of willing worshipping servant grots
to amble off in front.
yes there is no cover save but that isn't the point.
the point is the spectacle.
the weirdboy's plan is to send this parade of walkers up the middle,
and send in the sneaky gits (and later stormboyz)
under cover of the big mek's lobbas and kannons.
as for the big mek contingent,
i like the deffrolla because i think that it charges the zzap gun.
i like the claw because it looks awesome!
and it is big-mekky in the sense that it is there to keep the stuff nearby,
so that it can be salvaged and put in the back of the battlewagon and hauled off after the battle.
i used the skorcha on the looted wagon because of the
'don't press that' rule and because of the weapon destroyed result possibility.
if it ends up flat out in the middle of somebody's light inf unit,
that flamer might be the ticket,
otherwise it is dead anyways
and big shootas are not such a sure thing in the right circumstances.
eventually, i will paint up some stormboys,
one unit of the old nazi style boyz from way back to compliment the big mek force,
and the second and third models for the weirdboy/warboss contingent.
i want to be able to represent these two incarnations according to the different flavors of the collective forces.
this is what makes it a collection rather than a pile of stuff or a "list".
this was what had originally attracted me to this hobby,
this sense of scholarship,
of respect for the simulation, for the realism, for the art,
and especially for the parallels drawn between the 40k and the present universes.
for the most part, this seems lost.
maybe with specialist games coming back and so on, this will change and gw will set things right.
ultimately, though they don't want it, they are responsible to and for their community of fans and supporters, and most of all that demands rules that respect the integrity of this community rather than blasting it all wide open to sell to the lowest common denominator, i.e. the highest bidder. i mean, look at the new space marine rules. sure, free tanks sound great, until you realize that you must now buy 10 free tanks. sure, it is an awesome collection, but for me a 'take on all comers' list means a list that i would want to use to play against any other list, once. sure, my weirdboy might have his idea to organize this big battle production and set off against ten free tanks. that story can get played out. a tragic story, most likely, and probably only once.
anyways, thanks for your communication!
actually, i have not spoken with anyone interested in this hobby since, actually, 2006!
these forums take the place of that for me, when i have time to contribute.