Ork Themed Army Ideas
Ork Panzer Krenadiers
by Luis Nunez; updated by Patrick Eibel
In the original version of this
Themed Army Idea, Number One Jungle Fanboy Luis Nunez was
inspired by Forge World vehicles and his love of historical miniatures
to create a mechanized Ork army. With the new Ork Codex now available
it is time to revisit Luis’ idea and bring it up to date.
Out of the deserts of Gorkaria they
came, a massive wave of armored war machines crewed by thousands of Orks.
Led by a coalition of Big Meks, the Ork Panzer Krenadiers (OPK) swiftly
crushed all the other Ork hordes on Gorkaria and soon left the planet to
attack nearby worlds in the Ultima Segmentum. The OPK have fought the Eldar
and the Tau, but their primary target seems to be Imperial worlds, particularly
those with factories capable of churning out more tanks, flyers, and artillery
Strike hard, strike fast, with an
emphasis on speed and firepower. Orks want to dominate all the planets
in the universe because they have nothing better to do as much as anything
else. The theme behind the OPK is taken from Germany’s early panzer divisions
from World War II, avoiding all Nazi references, which are in poor taste
and are obviously offensive.
The OPK are commanded by a Feeld
Marshull (Warboss) that rules the army with an iron hand (or power klaw,
as the case may be). The army may also include Big Meks, whose ability
to work together to keep all of the vehicles in working order (a very un-Orky
trait) has brought much of their success. Weirdboys are rarely used, as
the OPK do not trust them to be sufficiently “Orky.”
Nobz and Meganobz may be taken,
and either a Trukk or Battlewagon must be included as a transport for each
squad. The Warboss will probably ride with one of these units, since they
max out at ten in a mob. Kommandos may also be taken, as any good tank
force has scouts to find out what’s ahead. Tankbustas, Burnas and Lootas
may be taken, but a Looted Wagon or Battlewagon must be take from the Heavy
Support section for them to ride in.
The OPK are the best-equipped Orks
to be found; as such, heavy emphasis should be placed on selecting shooty
weapons over close combat weapons. The first two Troop choices taken must
be Boyz armed with shootas instead of choppas and sluggas; other weapons
(rokkit launchas and big shootas) are used as appropriate. A unit of Nobz
or Meganobz may be taken as a Troops choice as well (as per Warboss entry).
All Troops selections should be mounted in Trukks, so they should not number
more than twelve Boyz each.
Stormboyz are the core of the OPK’s
assault force. Units should be large, to withstand enemy fire. Buggies
and Wartrakks support the other units, particularly with rokkit launchas
to take out hard targets. Warbikes and Deffkoptas are not generally used,
because the OPK prefer sturdier vehicles.
This is the heart of the Ork Panzer
Krenadiers. As many Heavy Support choices as possible should be taken.
Vehicles such as Battlewagons and Looted Wagons form the bulk of the OPK
Heavy Support units. However, Big Gunz batteries have been known to be
used to blast entrenched opponents out of their boltholes so that the ground
troops can get to them.
Modeling and Painting
This is the best part, where the
OPK truly comes alive. With the German panzer divisions as my inspiration,
I will explain some modeling ideas for the OPK.
A great source for equipment for
this army is 1/35 scale WWII German equipment. These can be found
at most hobby stores where model tanks are sold. For example:
As many Orks as possible should be
equipped with German WWII helmets to give the army that common look. For
the truly talented, green stuff can be used to model field uniforms for
the Orks. If possible, the Warboss and Nobz should be in uniform. If you
can imagine an Ork in a Commissar’s uniform, you’re hitting the mark.
The real heart of the army is the
vehicles. The main source of the models will be 1/35 scale German military
vehicles from WWII. Enclosed vehicles that are being used as an open-topped
Ork equivalent should take the ‘ard case upgrade. Trukks can be represented
by WWII troop trucks in the right scale. For large scale Apocalypse games,
fighta bommas can be included by converting Junker dive bombers and /or
Panzer II (above)
and Panzer III (below) in 1/35 scale
Looted Wagons with boomguns can be
represented by the German Wespe (below) or other self propelled
Above: A German
Wespe could easily carry some Grots and a boomgun
You can’t have a mechanized force
without some infantry support. The vehicles for the Boyz can be halftracks
like the one below.
vehicle could easily carry some Trukk Boyz
Warbuggies and Wartrakks can be represented
by the smaller German halftracks or recon vehicles (see below).
The Germans had a myriad of armored cars and vehicles during WWII, so there
are no limits to the conversion possibilities.
a little work, this could easily become a Warbuggy
Many of the heavier German WWII tanks,
like the Tiger or Panther, can be used to represent things like Looted
Wagons or Battlewagons.
DO NOT put any Nazi regalia
(such as the swastika or the “SS” lightning-bolt symbol) on your vehicles
or troops. That’s not what this army is about!
As one might expect, the OPK uses
“blitzkrieg” tactics, combining aerial attacks with swift moving vehicles
and lots of firepower.
Ork Themed Army Ideas
October 2003. Used with permission. Revised June 2008
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