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This is a log of my Ork Deathskull warband.

Background notes:
They are all part of the Deathskulls clan and all sport looted imperial equipment. The three mobs that are painted I tried to give a rag-tag appearance with a limited colour pallet. The entire warband has the same basic colours and each squad has another unique colour (until I have more mobs than separate colours:grin:) - I put this down to different mobs looting from the same enemy squads, but different to the defeated squads looted by other mobs.

Anyway, I am in the middle of making Nobz from scratch. I don't have the money to buy a box of the buggers so boyz and plasticard aplenty for these guys!

I made plasticard additions to the soles of feet, the waist and at the arm-pits to give a raise of about 4-5mm. This marks them out from the rest of the boyz as will plenty of dakka and the like.

Photos (sorry for the shoddyness at times):

Left to right - 'proper' nob, 'DIY nob', boy



I'll have to fill in the waists with green stuff tomorrow and finish them off but for now they'll just have to wait. Oh and I threw a couple of bikes together as well a few months back...

Bigger exhaust...


That's it for now at least. I'll have to sexy up the shoota/rokkit launcher (Its actually a big shoota if I were to use it in game) as I got glue on it. I was making it twin linked in the extreme but it would have been too 'side heavy' so I took the second big shoota off. I'll have to glyph it up later on.

I realise the Nobz entry doesn't allow for big shootas - that's what the old codex is for. To hit people with and say things like "its so much better than the new one - I can't believe I paid good money for the new hunk of junk" and stuff like that. Don't get me wrong, it has its uses... I just prefer the units in 3rd ed.

That's it folks. Thanks for reading this far. I'll reward those who did with occasional updates.
 

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looking good mate, i can see a lot of good progress on this thread, hope it goes well then...
 

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Well this, certainly seems interesting. I like your Bikers alot, is that a Shotgun you used the lengthen the exhaust? Nevertheless, plus rep:victory:
 

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Like dark angel said, looks interesting, and the fluff also sounds intrigueing
 

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Thanks guys for the comments and your enthusiasm in my project.

is that a Shotgun you used the lengthen the exhaust?
Its the muzzle of an ordinary shoota that I trimmed off and turned upside down. The bikes aren't all that converted really but sport imperial cannisters aplenty.

I forgot to post the picture of the Nobz' big shoota - sorry.

I trimmed off one of the rokkits (to be used later... never throw thingz away!) and added another shoota muzzle. I'll glyph it up on the square to the top-right of the drum magazine as poly cement melted it a-bit.

I'll green stuff it up today and perhaps be finished on this squad this evening. It was great working with plasticard but it took me >2 hours as I had to trace the appropriate sizes in pencil. Hopefully it'll be worth it.

Thanks for looking and if you guys have any suggestions on technique go ahead.:good:
 

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Some good conversions from the looks of it mate xD, maybe a hint of Green stuff to smoothern? Although with this being Orks It dosent really matter... :D
 

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Looks cool, keep it up, would like to see some looted IG vehicles when you get this done ...
 

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very nice!

I like the big big shoota (+rep)
 

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@ Blackheart_101 - One step ahead of you my friend...




Da Krumpa got a bit damaged so I'm going to fix him up a bit (Basilisks are boys don't you know). I need to Orkify him more and do a better paint job but since its painted its at the bottom of the pile for now at least.

Thing is this isn't a new army for me. I've got ~700 points painted. I thought I'd post pics for fun really as I build the newer stuff.

I green stuffed the Nobz but ran out of time to finish them off for today. Normally I wouldn't post anything but since I was already takin' photos I thought I might as well. They've now got arms and heads. They need beefing up with shoulder pads (a few are going to have imperial tank tracks for shoulder pads and front armour plates:grin:) and accessorising.

They're packin' 2 big shootas, 2 w sluggas & ccw and 1 w 2 sluggas (power claw counts as choppa but looks cooler and more Nobish). I'll also plasticard some daggs onto various surfaces as well.




Don't know why he's got a chunk out of his leg missing. Its just the camera.

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Howdy. I'm waiting on some bitz orders coming through and various tools so I decided to finish off most of my orks. I've got 45 slugga/shoota boyz. They're painted really basically as it takes me ages and I'm not too fond of painting, preferring modelling hands down.

Here are the boyz


All orks are deathskulls and have blue war paint to signify clan loyalty. Each squad has a unique colour ID. Mainly in the form of clothing and IG wargear.
This squad ran down a penal legion (read about it in some ork fluff somewhere and loved it)



Ultramarines shoulder pad - needs extra work but I might leave it. Not sure yet.


Various gunz and orkyness...



Nobz from the 16 boyz boxed sets back in the day. I didn't even know about plasticard so they're not any taller.





Let me know what you think and all that jazz. Hope you like 'em. I know they're not great but they're something at least anyway. I'd love to be able to showcase my miniatures for real and win awards but that's not going to happen for now at least. They just have to be finished and look ok.
 

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I am going to go out on a limb here and offer some advice based on these last photos.

1: you need to apply more even coverage on the models. Take a look at the skin for example. It is very blotchy with black basecoat showing through. Take the time to do a couple of coats if needed to evenly cover the areas you are painting.

2: Thin your paints. Goes with the above advice as more layers will require thinner paint.

3: clean up areas that you have spilled on while painting a different area. This makes all the difference in the world, trust me.



You are off to a good start and you have the basic skill required for sure, now it is just a matter of applying some newer techniques to make your painting really pop out.
 

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First, thanks for the advice.

The blotchy-ness on the skin might be due in part to the camera but also how I wanted them to turn out. I was going for a 'grubby' look. I used an undercoat of DA green and wanted it to show through in places but I realise it looks a little messy.

How do you thin paints? I always use them straight out of the bottle. Do you pour paint onto a pallet and then add whatever or do you add it to the bottle? Also what do you add to thin paints? I assume water but I honestly don't know. I suppose there is a thread that would tell me this.

I agree that there are some patchy areas where the brush has gone out of the lines. I'll have to look into that.
 

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You can thin your paint by transferring some paint to a palette (tile, saucer) and then adding a drop of water. I usually use an old drybrush to transfer 2-3 drops of paint and then add a drop of water.
If you add too much water just wait a little. It'll dry a bit and the paint will be thicker again.

This probably needs some practice to get the hang of it since you mentioned you are used to painting straight out of the pot. You will probably find the paint very thin in the beginning.

Also, you might need to apply more than one layer to get a solid covering. Because thinned paint dries relatively easy the second layer can be applied right after the first, with the same batch of paint.

Give it a try. If you don't like it you can always go back to your current painting method.
 

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Thanks for the advice Lumat:grin:
I'll give your suggestions a go. I've been trying my hands at thinning paints on my Tau (painting white over black is fun) to give me the layers I need. I'm going to go back to my Orks when I've tried more techniques and have more time during the day.
 

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I had not seen this before. Nice work, there are some great conversions, ork weapons are so much fun. How many armies do you have? So far i see traitor guard,catachans and orks. Plenty of models in all of those.
 

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Hey Shaantitus, thanks. They've been a little neglected for a bit but when university is over and done with perhaps I'll have more time to construct my very own Waaagh! As for how many armies I own? I'll count:
1 Space marine chapter of my own devising (my first paint job) 3kpts (not 5thed).
2 Cadians 2kish pts 4thed.
3 Catachans ~1500 3rded
4 Blood pact ~1k 4thed
5 Chaos SM 1500 4thed but may bump into 5th
6 Orks 700? 3rded but may bump into 5th
7 Imperial fleet 2K unpainted
That's about it. (Can you tell I don't like 5th all that much?) I've got some more as bitz stashed away that I'll give a haul over when I have time. I'm more of a collector you see, books and models mostly.

Anyway, I'll be giving my Orks an over haul in a couple of months when University is finished. I've been trying out different painting schemes that people have suggested and that I've seen here so we'll see how it turns out.
 

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As long as you enjoy it, that is all that matters.
That is a heap of models. 4 out of 7 40k armies are hordes. Most impressive.
 
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