Among the uproarious and violent society of the Orks, there is perhaps nothing so rare as a lasting institution. Greenskin culture does not hold much truck with continuity, and an organization is only as good as its last victory. In this way, the infamous mercenary marketplace known as Da Kamp stands apart, having established itself as a bastion of reliable stability within the chaotic bounds of Ork space.
Da Kamp is home to a variety of mercenaries, all available for hire to raiding parties, warbands and even Waaaghs! From across the galaxy, discerning Bosses of all sorts come to see a microcosm of all the specialized violence that exists throughout Orkdom, and to add a bit of temporary muscle to their own forces while they’re at it. All of this is somewhat extraordinary on its own, but even more so are Da Kamp’s origins, which lie in a tale of blood, betrayal and the distinct lack of a plan...
I've long promised various friends and other non-hostile entities that I would finally get a log for my Orks up here on the venerable B&C, and this seemed like as good a time as any. Their background's already been put to page earlier this year's Iron Gauntlet challenge, and now the models will follow!
First up is Torq, whose background is included in the article above. Torq came around in 7th Edition, when one could suddenly take Big Meks on Bikes and slap a Kustom Force Field on them for optimal mobile protection. Around the same time, a friend of mine by the name of Tor gave me a bunch of old Ork stuff out of the goodness of his heart, so I decided to base a character on him. The actual Tor is sort of his own legend around in Minneapolis gaming circles, and is always full of bizarre stories (‘have I ever told you about the time I forgot how doorknobs worked?’), so it wasn’t exactly a difficult translation.
In further biking adventures, here's the very WIP Nob of an upcoming Warbikers unit. Background's pretty light on this one, but he's definitely got a 'little guy' complex, and his signature oversized power fist has gotten him the nickname 'Knuckledragga' - though not to his face, if you know what's good for you.
Finally for today, painting. Way back in the wilds of 3rd Edition, I became an Evil Sunz fan based entirely around this single picture from the new Ork Codex:
Getting this scheme to happen properly on an Ork, to say nothing of the mass production required of a full Ork army, has been a long-term challenge. I may have finally gotten it down, though, to a standard that's both acceptable and time-friendly:
It's a pretty simple recipe, relying on a lot of Contrast and a non-zero amount of fudging around the dark areas that are harder to see. Have about ten of these guys fully done up, with more on the way.
So, that's that for this first entry. Comments, criticisms, ideas and unadulterated jeering are all welcome. Thanks for reading!
Track of the Day: Christmas Steps by Mogwai - A slow, long, steady buildup to some truly explosive nonsense, which isn't a metaphor for anything, I assure you.