The next installment of my Ork NetEpic Gold army is here. This time I have painted the Death Skull clan. This clan allows me to pick two mobz that normally would require another clan to take. While I don't really use that in my list, I thought they'd come in handy on many occasions.
|The thievin' Death Skullz set out to rob!|
The banners were made with transfers from Gorkamorka and third edition Warhammer 40.000 Space Orks plastic boys. While the iconography may be a bit too modern, I think it is a fair compromise between branding and school. Ideally, a bit of paint would be added to cover the transition between the transfers and the banner, but I did not do that. I find that highlighting the transfers integrates them a lot better, and I might do this.
|Those are neither carrots nor cigars... but fearsome RPGs!|
|The Deathskull nobz have brought a suitably imposing banner signifying their status with a big glyph of a gun.|
When I read other blogs or watch posts from other hobbyists I often find myself wanting a complete rundown of what has been made. So as a bit of service here is the recipe for Viking painted Death Skulls:
Vallejo Pastel Blue
Vallejo Blood Red
Vallejo Chainmail Silver
Vallejo Medium Blue
Vallejo Deck Tan
P3 Sulfur Yellow
Coat d'Arms Goblin Green
GW Black Templars Black
I basecoat the miniatures black first (any black will do, but I prefer slightly satin ones like the Foundry, as it gives a deeper black).
Next I colour in the various armour and heavy weapons. The strategy here is a random pattern of yellow, blues and red. The Death Skulls make do with whatever they scavenge and so it is important that they don't look too uniform. I am not a fan of painting the heads blue on Death Skulls as it stops them from looking like Orks to me at this scale. I keep that in 28 mm scale. The heavy weapons get some flame patterns or similar.
|Step 1 - The basic uniform colours|
|Step 1 - backsides with basic uniform colours|
After the basics have been added, I colour the boltguns in silver. The Goffs had red bolter casings, but that will not work for the Death Skulls as it gets too confusing to look at. I make sure to leave plenty of black showing to "line" the different parts of the miniatures. I find that this works well when viewed from afar.
|Step 2 - Boltguns are coloured|
After the bolters have been painted I start colouring in the skin of the orks. Here I prefer goblin green straight out of the pot. I try to paint first a line from forehead to mouth and then colour in the cheeks and lower jaw to leave a black line for mouth, and two black spots for the eyes. It doesn't always work out, but then I just touch it up with black wash afterwards.
|Step 3 - Skin is painted green|
|Step 3 backside - a single green dot for the elbow and silver for the backside of the gun|
Lastly the base is painted in goblin green before adding scatter material. This helps to improve the effect of the scatter material and gives it a bit of colourplay.
|Step 4 - The base is painted goblin green all over.|
The back plate of the Ork armour is used for attachment of the banner pole in 40k or to display the clan symbol. I just paint it in off white grey as shown in step 5.
|Step 5 - the back plate is coloured in off white|
Lastly I cover the bases in diluted PVA glue and add medium olive green flock. This product from K&M scenics is available from Kallistra in the UK. I find that it closely resembles the flock used back in the day, which I like.
|Step 6 - the bases are flocked and the model is done!|
Once dry, the bases are sealed with a coat of diluted PVA with a drop or two of surface tension breaker (for dishwashers). With reduced tension the liquid quickly seeps through all the flock and fixes it firmly.
|Step 6 - backside|
That is another 500 pts knocked off the army.
Let us have a look at the list then:
|Shokk Attack Team||1||4||100||100||4|
|Pulsa Rokkit Battery||1||3||250||250||3|
|Kult of Speed||1||18||400||400||15|
|gusterbuster||100||mork head||50||battle cannon turret||25|
|magnum megacannon||85||soopa liftadroppa||75|
|krusher arm||0||buzzsaw arm||0||deluxe kustom cannon||0|
Still 53 models to go... it's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll!