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The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/22 09:14:11


Post by: ThorNZ2020


The Building, Painting and Adventures of Terror-Watt
Project S.E.G.A (Secret Gargant) started 28th December 2019

Hi, I have been playing 40k for far to long, and since 2nd Edition (like most 40k players) I have always wanted to own a 40k Warlord Titan!

2 years ago I decided to collect Orks (for the 3rd time) and decided that a Dread-Waaaagh (elite CC army) was my ‘cup-of-tea’. After collecting a mighty ~3000 point Ork Dread Waaagh lead by my mighty Mekboss ‘Superfix’, and with 2 more Stompas on their way, I though my Ork collection was complete... Then just before Christmas 2019, I found a delightful piece of old 40k Ork art and a very, very dangerous dream was born:

With no real money (but a big and growing family) #ForgeworldhatesNewZealand, I would have to rely on the Ork Big Mek inside me and would build it myself!

I made a scale sketch/template for the height of 22” to distribute weight and manage the pose well, and I set to work finding bits and plant pots for the base structure. This was a combo of old Ork kits (mostly the hated Gorkanaught models) and garage and garden rubbish.

In an effort to look after the only planet we have, I set the lofty goal on only using recycled/repurposed things and stealing my kids toys. I have raided many 2nd hand stores and ‘dump shops’ looking for parts. I have come to love 32mm piping! The best find so far: 2 toilet cistern for $2 (perfect base components for both arms)!

Rules wise the Warlord/‘Gargant’ is armed with:
Quake Cannon = Gutbuster/Body - Superfluffy!
Sunfury Plasma = Mega Zappa/Right Arm - Superfluffy!
2xTwin Mega Bolters = Rotor Kannon/Left Arm - Very Kool and visually matches the art!

No one in my gaming group is aware that I’m making Terror-Watt (so please don’t let them know) and I plan to unveil him as a surprise at our next 40,000 point Apocalypse Game. I also plan to keep an in-game battle record of Terror-Watts exploits (over the inevitable years) in this thread as well as a photo diary of the build and painting process.




The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/22 09:16:38


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Update: I sketched up a 22” Warlord size (in the background on the wall) for scalding and pose check:




The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/22 09:48:01


Post by: ThorNZ2020


I couldn’t help do a bit of detail work on the head/eyes



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/22 13:08:23


Post by: Latro_


ha awesome!

i literally made a stompa out of two buckets years ago, i never painted it and didnt figure out a great way to do the feet. i'll dig it out if ye interested


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/22 13:14:40


Post by: Latro_


found em!

if interested for any ideas (it's pretty slap dash and more of a joke model)


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The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/22 20:09:50


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Thanks for the inspiration, I’m hoping to complete it in a 2-3 months!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/23 00:55:47


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Jaw, Mega Zappa and Base:




The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/24 06:16:46


Post by: ThorNZ2020


MUCH more progress!

Feet nearly finished, and bottom done! I’m super happy with the progress and working on other things atm



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/25 11:23:05


Post by: Warboss_Waaazag


Sweet! A gargant! I haven't seen a good gargant build since way, way, way back in the days of the Waaagh! Forum. Hats off to you, it's looking fantastic.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/25 12:51:21


Post by: amazingturtles


This is excellent! Recycled parts builds are the best builds.I'm looking forward to how it comes along!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/25 13:25:50


Post by: Midget Gems


I admire your ambition and its looking great so far. Good Luck


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/26 22:45:11


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Now with more detail, and Nuts (ankles)



More Nuts to come...


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Negative Armour details within structure to go below armour:



This is a great trick to add depth below armoured panels and add complexity to the model


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/27 19:26:35


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Fluff I wrote for my Ork army and Terror-Watt:

Bad Mek Supafix wrestled deep in the gloomy bowls of the clanking and grinding giant Mekfactory to connect an enormous neutron coupling into a primary cortex of a starship grade plasma reactor. Supafix kicked Nibbla away - his eternally overly enthusiastic pet cybersquig - and nodded.
The huge dread Drippa stomped over and spurted a glowing blue gel on it, just before it slid into the gamma-shielded cowling.
Supafix didn’t look up from his welding as he snatched Grunks arm as the ever clumsy assistant dangled off the gantry that he just bumbled backward off.
“Careful Grunk!” he growled.
“Juice!” he barked into the coms. High above him in a cleaner and well-lit control room, a Grot threw a pair of large breakers and was wildly electrocuted and another grot called Lunk, with a cap on, instinctively cowered as he pressed ‘da big red button’.
Supafix reflexively lashed out and booted a dirty bleeding sack that yelped in surprise at the unprovoked violence. The gantry they were all on vibrated with a sharp resonance and Supafix cybork face smirked behind his favorite blast mask as distant turbines spun up and the hum of capacitor banks and power fields swelled.
His favorite yellow blast mask was only worn on the very best of days... or on the very worst of days. When another mighty Ork warmachine would roar to life and with thunderous stomps, murderously stride out the giant gates of Mektown, or his Mekfactory might detonate for the third time! Or was it the fifth?
Supafix kicked the dirty sack one last time for good measure with his oily armored boot, as he contemplated the impact of what months’ worth of work was about to culminate in. There was indeed a good reason to smile! In the bleeding sack was a particularly malicious Umie Machine Spirit that he has personally pried from the dying heart of an uge Umie Titan nearly three years ago on Taravin 4.
Supafix had ever so carefully bashed, kicked and starved the sack for years, he even got Lunk pee on it and Nibbla to chew it, and with applied horrendous violence he cajoled the feisty spirit with to accept its place and then persuade it to be willingish to undertake this radical transition of sorts.
As raw power primed the core of the plasma reactor the giant machine on which they all stood twitched, throwing everyone to the deck and some screaming off the edge to their deaths! Reflexively a giant foot stomped far below on the scorched blast crater floor made from the impact of the Kill Krooza that is now Mektown.
The place screeched with excited Grots as anticipation swelled but Supafix was concentrating hard and everyone scurried away to their shielded stations, or ran in terror for somewhere to hide.
The reactor coughed and fired once illuminated the massive cavern with a pulse of harsh white light and charging the Mekshop with ozone. As Supafix braced himself on the gantry and stooped to pick up the sack it chugged again and flashed against his power field. He stood and bellowed over the resonance “Turn da dampnaz ovv! Open da exhausts nn hit da frottle!” Shielding the dirty sack with his body, he struggled through the billowing chem-steam, choking ozone, and wild showers of sparks to stand against the plasma core.
“Dampers off” squeaked the coms. “Throttle at Max!” Lunks voice squawked excitedly. Supafix wrenched open a small blast portal low on the core that gushed uncontained wild plasma to the dirty grated floor.
The reactor spat and chugged “1!” Chug “2!” Chug “3!” Supafix hurled the sack into the spitting core and slammed the blast door shut, cutting the stream of wild plasma. He activated the locking bolts. They clanked. He ran.
It was not often that a Mekboss ran, but the first few waking moments of an Ork Gargants bloody, wrath filled and horrifically murderous life was both a highly motivating and undeniably good reason.
Supafix ran out of gantry and leapt into midair, snagged a long dangling chain with his power Klaw and swung away. A terrible cacophony of newly birthed destruction and bewildering violence broke out behind him as his latest client and New Kaptin of the Gargant fought with all his might against the savage will of the newly awakened spirit of the titanic Ork warmachine... no longer in a dirty sack.
The Bad Mek grabbed another chain and tugged, it lifted him and he accelerated upward. Supafix narrowly missed the plummeting counterweight with a single still growling and newly unfortunate squig on it.
Supafix landed on the sun blasted upper deck of his Mekshop, to watch the eastern side of his Mekfactory bulge and then blow out, as the new Gargant crashed through. He smirked as the falling wall crushed a rival mekshop. Everyone was staring with glee at the raw destruction as the newly freed Gargant was driven through Mektown at the front gate demolishing whole blocks of garages and workshops. The Gargant triumphantly bellowed huge clouds of smoke as it stomped through and scrapped the north tower and onto the Blastlands for ‘field trials’.
It would come back in a week or so for proper arming and refueling. The dread sized round hole in the wall stood testament that Supafix had learned long ago to arm a walker AFTER the pilot had full control of the new grumpy stomping tower of mechanical mayhem.
“Anuva gud launch!” chucked Drippa as he marveled at the trail of flattened workshops and fires.
Supafix raised his favorite blastmask to revel his Cybork face “What next?” he bellowed with a rye smirk.
“Rush job:” Grunk Blurted. “4 Stompas, 6 Morks, 7 Gorks and a Telporta for Krooldakka, wiv a guuuuud profit!” “Let’s get lootin den!” Supafix ordered. No one moved. Awestruck they all just stared at the raw stompy power of the Gargant in the Blastlands “Dis is gunna make uz eeps of teef... Everyones gunna want one of Doze!”

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Bits ready for some Jaw work:



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/28 07:59:23


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Another Stompy project on the go:



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/28 21:30:20


Post by: theCrowe


I enjoyed the story a lot and the build is shaping up to be a gloriously orky thing of beauty. Well Exalted!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/30 08:58:53


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 theCrowe wrote:
I enjoyed the story a lot and the build is shaping up to be a gloriously orky thing of beauty. Well Exalted!

Thanks very much for the kind words, I loved writing the fluff bit. It won first prize for our Vigilus Campaign writing comp!

Very happy with progress... Things done: Test front tooth (with test edge distressing/wear/ageing), jaw decking test fit, jaw bolts and jaw actuators:



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/31 08:13:35


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More distressed Jaw work out:





The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/01/31 08:38:20


Post by: Viterbi


That's an impressive build, excited to see it's progress! Those distressed teeth look awesome even before they are painted.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/02/02 19:42:02


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
That's an impressive build, excited to see it's progress! Those distressed teeth look awesome even before they are painted.


Thanks very much, is great fun but a BIG build

Snorkels/Exhausts added to rear engine/reactor for MORE POWWAAAH!!



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/02/03 20:57:22


Post by: Warboss_Waaazag


It sure is coming along nicely.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/02/04 10:37:53


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Warboss_Waaazag wrote:
It sure is coming along nicely.

Thank very much!

I’m going to focus on the head now and have just ordered a lot of parts and bits to do so. While they are in the mail I’m going to focus on shaping the head to the right proportions to take the new components well.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/02/09 07:21:39


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Lobotomised Terror-Watt to make room for the viewing platform and base for all the Mek bits and distressed the ‘angry eyebrow’ which is yet to receive the finishing touch of rivets!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/02/10 01:56:53


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More work on the Gutbuster covering pipe threads and joining to breach, generally making it more believable and congruent. I’m dead keen to apply a variety of rivets to it as the final touches but need a good amount more work on the recoil mechanism first:


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/02/12 07:54:37


Post by: ThorNZ2020


The bits arrived!

Unfortunately (as I suspect with all builds of this size) the details didn’t take up as nearly as much real estate as I had hoped. I will have to add significantly more Kool Mek bits to make it look like a real viewing/coms deck!



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/02/24 08:11:35


Post by: ThorNZ2020


It took some time to find the right bits (still looking for spent Bolter/shoota casings) bit I have the command dek (apart from rivits and bolts) completed!!



Now it’s onto the head armour!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/02 21:04:27


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More progress!!

Bits supplies with a custom Stompa head from the famous Ork conversion hero ‘Ian -the wazz- Wyatt’ (ex: Da Green One) complete the head deck I need more rivits though. Link below to his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/wazzoo2000



Next step is NOW onto head armour, body under armour/cogwork details, Zappa arm work.

With more bits on their way I’m going to get really busy!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/04 01:49:55


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More bits arrived, COGS!!





The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/04 07:03:48


Post by: Viterbi


That build is gonna be truly epic once done, cogs do a great job of breaking up the big open space!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/05 21:32:31


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
That build is gonna be truly epic once done, cogs do a great job of breaking up the big open space!

Thanks very much, but the cogs are the under layer to the armour, the cogs will only be seen through/under specially placed vents or battle damage.

This will add a 3rd layer (top detail, armour plates and then cogs/cables under to the vast majority of the model which is overlapping armour plates. It’s always been my fear that with such a huge expanse of armour on the Gargant, there will not be enough detail/depth for it to be believable. As a current Stompa owner I can see that is already the case at Stompa scale, let alone Gargant scale!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/09 08:17:16


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Distressed left Ankle and armour plate:



Fun Face: do lots of really Kool work, fix it to your model and it disappers with the giant scale!!




But I shall persevere!!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/09 23:34:18


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More ‘top of body/under jaw’ work completed, to allow for head and body armour panels to be applied:



This body vent/cog/grating work will allow the shoulders and shoulder pads to be able to be finished along with the reactor top+piping



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/20 03:58:08


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More head work done:



This is a bit off putting, lots of bolts added to the top of the head making a crown effect before the armour paneling is added. I’ve added more hex bolt heads all over the model but this pic shows the greatest concentration of them.

Lots more bits arrived from all over the world so solid progress soon!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/21 03:36:11


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Test overlapping Armour panel Time:

Pro tip: Test somewhere out of sight (around the back of the head)



I know it looks a bit bare but I have left some space for some more bits that are coming from the most ORK beloved FOX BOX!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/26 03:51:33


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More rear base exhaust/pipe work completed



I added a PUPPETWARS multi wound counter to the top of the engine deck


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/26 18:45:35


Post by: gobert


That’s some serious pipe work! The whole thing is looking really Orky and busy. How tall is it so far? It looks about 2-3 foot to me


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/27 03:34:04


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
That’s some serious pipe work! The whole thing is looking really Orky and busy. How tall is it so far? It looks about 2-3 foot to me

Yeah there is a lot of detail (much more to come)!

23” tall (the same height as a Warlord Titan).

More engine/deck work completed with bits added from FOXBOX and 3 out of 4 exhausts finished off:



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/27 06:06:28


Post by: Viterbi


Still amazing how you move forward with this, when do you expect to be done with the body before the painting stage commences? And that'll be some paint you will be needing, for priming alone


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/27 07:48:07


Post by: Illumini


Cool build, and love the little background blurb.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/27 18:50:50


Post by: Pariah Press


This is a very exciting project! The mekboy gargant was always my favorite.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/27 21:56:50


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Viterbi wrote:Still amazing how you move forward with this, when do you expect to be done with the body before the painting stage commences? And that'll be some paint you will be needing, for priming alone

My first game with Terror-Watt is in 10 weeks. I hope to have the build phase completed by then (minus the rivits) after the rivits I will the priming... this will be a multi primer project and I suspect the self etching grey car primer will have a significant roll to play
Illumini wrote:Cool build, and love the little background blurb.

Thank you very much, I LOVED writing up the backstory/fluff piece as well. I’m aiming to incorporate the gantry and blast door (from the story) into the bottom rear of the reactor/engine on the Gargant. “God is in the detail!”
Pariah Press wrote:This is a very exciting project! The mekboy gargant was always my favorite.

Mine too, I’m loving being in lockdown for 4 weeks! It sure helps progress the project! I might even get the rivits and primer done before the first APOC game


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Last exhaust stack completed with more engine deck detailing... I can confirm that I already hate rivits:



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/28 10:02:55


Post by: gobert


Cool array of exhausts! The last one looks like a massive gun cooling jacket. Good luck with all of the rivets, I hope you’ve got something to help with your sanity through that process, you’ll need it me thinks


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/28 13:52:24


Post by: fingol23


This is looking great, I look forward to seeing how it progresses


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/29 01:58:34


Post by: ThorNZ2020


gobert wrote:Cool array of exhausts! The last one looks like a massive gun cooling jacket. Good luck with all of the rivets, I hope you’ve got something to help with your sanity through that process, you’ll need it me thinks

Thanks, I was trying for differential symertery and very happy with the result
fingol23 wrote:This is looking great, I look forward to seeing how it progresses

Thanks, it’s a load of fun when I have the time


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First should tower and void shield array near completion:

Lots of piping and details to come.

Favourite detail: the spade (thanks FOXBOX)


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/30 03:17:15


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Last shoulder Power/Void Shield emitter tower completed:

Once the shoulder armour is completed I’m going to revisit these to add more cables...


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/31 03:46:56


Post by: ThorNZ2020


An epic day... Progress!

1. Distressed the final void shield array
2. Made a final detail for the side of the head (now I can complete the head armour FINALLY!!)
3. Re-made the left arm mount and fixed a newly arrived toy that fires a dart very slowly via a crank handle on the body side of the arm of Terror-watt. I’m going to remake it into 6-8 barrels for more chunkyness/closer to original art.

Full photo shoot for scale (grot on base... thanks ARTEL W!!!!)



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/31 04:05:14


Post by: Arakasi


I was finding it hard to follow the individual pics, but all together that is looking most impressive.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/03/31 15:53:13


Post by: gobert


all of the bits looked good on their own, but together ! Great stompy pose he has going too


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/03 05:25:10


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Arakasi wrote:I was finding it hard to follow the individual pics, but all together that is looking most impressive.

Thanks, there is just sooo much detail that I have to take small piece pics. I can’t wait to get stuck into the armour paneling!
gobert wrote: all of the bits looked good on their own, but together ! Great stompy pose he has going too

I’m super stoked with the pose too, it’s very much like the original 80’s art (it really helps to have a good plan)!

Side project progress: Stompa squad!

This is the first of 3x eBay rescue Stompas and I’m going to make a Kustom Zappa for the incomplete arm on Tuesday night, more pics to come!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/03 05:32:34


Post by: Viterbi


Never really realized how huge he is Nice scale shot, he really came together great!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/04 04:55:41


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
Never really realized how huge he is Nice scale shot, he really came together great!
Thanks and honestly the size is quite daunting but... it makes working on a Stompa seem like a walk in the park!

I have been working on the back of the head again and fitting the awesome bits from FOXBOX (one of my favourite Ork bits suppliers) for added detail:

The next step is more armour plating around the ear and working on detailed armour around the right ‘ear’.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/04 07:26:34


Post by: theCrowe


Really incredible. And so much hard work that I'm sure will really pay off up close in real life. Will he be on display anywhere once he's completed?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/05 04:58:07


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 theCrowe wrote:
Really incredible. And so much hard work that I'm sure will really pay off up close in real life. Will he be on display anywhere once he's completed?
Thanks, I haven't even considered displaying Terror-Wat after panting/completion, I’m more focused on the finish line!

More progress today, finishing the back of the head to a more satisfactory state:


And then moving around the head to the left eye with armour plating:


This was a lot of fun and the extra detail really pays off here, I’m deliberately adding a lot of detail to the head as it’s a main focal point of the model.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/06 06:03:50


Post by: ThorNZ2020


2.5 hours work on The right side of his head today:


This are need a good amount more detail, but I won’t do more detail and piping until I finish all the major armour plating groups on the head!

I estimate I have another 7-8 hours/3 days to spend on the head before I complete the head!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/08 05:08:49


Post by: ThorNZ2020


All head armour plating completed!!

And I’ve started on the head detailing plus piping... more pics to come.

I have also been working on the Zappa template for the 3 members of the Mek Stompa squad:

I love the shape!! This was my first time creating a 3D weapon from scratch and I’m delighted with how it turned out! This base will be added to the other 2 as they get nearer to completion.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/08 06:14:39


Post by: Viterbi


That's a head only an ork can love Great work and congrats on finishing this plating. Stompa weapon is looking good.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/11 03:06:58


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
That's a head only an ork can love Great work and congrats on finishing this plating. Stompa weapon is looking good.
Thanks, it’s amazing how little progress I’m making despite all the time I have. I just can’t compromise on the quality at all!!

A lot more detailing done around the shoulders with piping and base plating done, the best single pic is of the front of the left shoulder pad:

The next step is to finish the back of the shoulder pad and the do a heap of large checkers (black and white of course) on the outer shoulder pad!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/12 05:02:46


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Rear left shoulder pad work with added pipe work and housings.

I’ve got a world of checkers in front of me now, and have to find a good way of doing them.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/12 08:22:31


Post by: mcmattila


That's quite a project, and you seem to be making great progress with it! It looks like you can really match the GW parts with your scratch-built ones and that's really impressive, especially in models this large.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/12 08:36:11


Post by: tzurk


This is an awe-inspiring project mate! I thought it was looking good when it was just buckets and plumbing fittings but the amount of detail you're putting in is mind-blowing and the results are incredible.

Love the art inspiration - the pose is definitely a winner. That's something that always bothered me about the stompa models with their crazy maxi skirts and shuffling feet. This is dynamic and super orky. Excited to see what comes next!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/13 05:42:57


Post by: ThorNZ2020


mcmattila wrote:That's quite a project, and you seem to be making great progress with it! It looks like you can really match the GW parts with your scratch-built ones and that's really impressive, especially in models this large.
Thank you very much for your very kind words, it’s just a matter of time And good materials with the detail. And I have a good bit of extra time ATM.
tzurk wrote:This is an awe-inspiring project mate! I thought it was looking good when it was just buckets and plumbing fittings but the amount of detail you're putting in is mind-blowing and the results are incredible.

Love the art inspiration - the pose is definitely a winner. That's something that always bothered me about the stompa models with their crazy maxi skirts and shuffling feet. This is dynamic and super orky. Excited to see what comes next!
Thanks For following the progress for so long and for the appreciation! ‘God is in the detail!’

A good bit of concept art helps soooo much and I love dynamically posing ANY model a make, it gives a real sense of movement and STOMPYNESS!

Some good checker progress on both outer shoulder pads (Gaz the Grot in frame for scale) with the left shoulder nearing completion!



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/14 04:24:41


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Differential Symmetry:

These 3 similar ‘teef’ are a combination of many different techniques (which will generally go unnoticed) that I have used all over the build:

Left ‘toof’ is over cut and shows a lot of splash on the face.
Middle ‘toof’ is closely cut and much finer and neater.
Right ‘toof’ is aged and over cut to make it seam ancient or truly recycled. I actually chewed the 2mm placard to mark the face easily!!

This is to give the effect of 3 different Gretchen loot/salvage crews producing items for the Ork Mekboss.

Today I completed the whole left shoulder! Minus a few pipes of course. The aim is to make the left ‘Minigun’ arm look more brutal (lots of sharp teef) and the right ‘Zappa’ arm more Mek/tech like (lots of cog symbols and pipe work):

This turned out soooo much better than I thought it would (due to detail stacking making the trim a lot less flat) and I absoululy love the end result


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/14 09:23:10


Post by: gobert


Those teef look great, it’s that sort of detail that will bring this huge thing together... he says like he knows what he’s talking about, despite never tackling anything like this! Anyway keep up the good work!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/14 10:54:07


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
Those teef look great, it’s that sort of detail that will bring this huge thing together... he says like he knows what he’s talking about, despite never tackling anything like this! Anyway keep up the good work!
Thanks, I sure hope the detail helps. I just couldn’t bare it being finished and knowing I didn’t do it justice/properly. I’m truly learning as I go with these materials and having heaps of Orky fun doing it!

More progress today on the Stompa Zappa arm now complete and looking super!

I’m very happy with how it finished and all the balance I managed to achieve!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/14 13:24:09


Post by: Arakasi


Looking good. Detail definitely helps - and yeah - a project this size - definitely want to do it justice (and I think you are).

Have you thought about how you are going to undercoat this so that the paint sticks to all of that - looks like insulation plastic?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/14 21:04:50


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Arakasi wrote:
Looking good. Detail definitely helps - and yeah - a project this size - definitely want to do it justice (and I think you are).

Have you thought about how you are going to undercoat this so that the paint sticks to all of that - looks like insulation plastic?
To undercoat it I was going to use grey auto etching spray can primer, it’s sandable and sticks like glue to most things. I’m worried about the silicon components of the model but will do some tests before I buy 10 cans. Hopefully it doesn’t eat the Plascard!!!


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More right (cog/tech) shoulder progress today with a good amount of the main components/armour panels completed.

I will have 3-4 more days working on the armour and then rivits plus pipe work to finish this shoulder.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/15 04:35:12


Post by: tzurk


Looking good! As good as it will look painted, it really is interesting to see the WIPs and try and pick which parts came from where. Love the zappa arm on the stompa too. Would it be possible to get a size comparison shot of the two big boys?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/15 05:04:02


Post by: Viterbi


Cool work on the Zappa, nice progress overall!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/16 04:51:54


Post by: ThorNZ2020


tzurk wrote:Looking good! As good as it will look painted, it really is interesting to see the WIPs and try and pick which parts came from where. Love the zappa arm on the stompa too. Would it be possible to get a size comparison shot of the two big boys?

Thanks, it’s a lot of fun to make, but it’s absolutely devouring my bits box!
Viterbi wrote:Cool work on the Zappa, nice progress overall!

Thanks, I love how the Zappa came out too!

More right more tech/cog shoulder work completed, more paneling to do tomorrow...

As per requests, ‘Family Photo’

The Stompa’s look sooo small!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/17 03:28:40


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More front right ‘tech/Mek’ shoulder pad and general detail (not shown in the pick) work, I’m very happy with the result:

Tomorrow I’ll tackle the rear of the right shoulder, this will the an area I’ve looked forward to for a very long time as I’ll be putting in a lot of hoses and cables!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/17 20:01:21


Post by: theCrowe


It's a massive effort and the result is building no doubt to a massive achievement. Always inspiring to look into your mekworx and follow along with your progress. Thanks for sharing.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/18 01:27:02


Post by: tzurk


Looking the goods mate. Thanks for the scale pic - can't believe how massive this monster is!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/18 05:28:13


Post by: ThorNZ2020


theCrowe wrote:It's a massive effort and the result is building no doubt to a massive achievement. Always inspiring to look into your mekworx and follow along with your progress. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for you kind words, I estimate that I’m over 1/2 way through the build!
tzurk wrote:Looking the goods mate. Thanks for the scale pic - can't believe how massive this monster is!

Your very welcome, Terror-Watt if a Thicc Boi

More progress on the rear of the right shoulder today:

A good start but entirely not enough cables and pipework YET!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/18 22:23:32


Post by: KingCracker


Yup, that's looking fantastic! Very Orky so far, keep up the great work, and I know just how tedious this type of project can be for Ork builds, we dont do clean crisp lines and nice paint. It takes a TON of work and creativity to make these look properly thrown together and busted scrap.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/19 03:10:32


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 KingCracker wrote:
Yup, that's looking fantastic! Very Orky so far, keep up the great work, and I know just how tedious this type of project can be for Ork builds, we dont do clean crisp lines and nice paint. It takes a TON of work and creativity to make these look properly thrown together and busted scrap.
Thanks for some truly sound praise, it’s a long, fun and great road with layers and layers of details.

Today I finished off another layer of piping on the right shoulder and other details/piping over the shoulders

And with the shoulders now completed enough at this stage I had a decision to make... my work order!

I did a quick inventory of my remaining parts (during lockdown) and decided on the next stages to complete:

1. Zappa/right arm and piping.
2. Rear engine/body integration with venting, exhausts and ducting.
3. Rotor cannon/left arm and ammo feeds.
4. Gutbuster Cannon completion.
5. Body armour panels till I run out of plascard.

So with no messing around I started cleaning up the Zappa arm ready for tomorrow’s push:

It felt great to start more work on the Zappa again, I love the aesthetic!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/20 06:57:22


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More Zappa cabling progress:

I’m going to finish the front first and that will determine the extent and position of the cables back to the body.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/21 03:49:06


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More Big Zappa progress:

I have to finish the side closest to the body tomorrow, then I’ll be working on Piping and ‘converters’ down the barrel toward the shoulder


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/22 02:41:27


Post by: ThorNZ2020


FINALLY (this is taking ages for some reason??!) finished the end of the Zappa:

Next step is working back down the barrel toward the converters


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/23 04:49:37


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More Zappa progress on the converters:

It looks very unbalance at the moment, but will get much better once I have all the main components on it


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/23 04:59:22


Post by: Viterbi


For a moment I thought "why did he put a roll of toilet paper on there?" Progress is looking good, so much cables...


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/23 07:55:52


Post by: theCrowe


I suppose the good thing about ork builds is that a fair amount of what you're using is everyday household objects. Gives you a few more options while in lockdown for stuff you have access to if you run out of shop-ordered parts.Though I wouldn't advise dismantling the toilet cistern for parts. The rest of the household might object, albeit a worthy sacrifice.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/24 05:52:08


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Viterbi wrote:For a moment I thought "why did he put a roll of toilet paper on there?" Progress is looking good, so much cables...

Thanks, and a lot more cables to come yet! The Zappa arm will be defined by cog and cables, the gun arm by ammunition belt feeds!
theCrowe wrote:I suppose the good thing about ork builds is that a fair amount of what you're using is everyday household objects. Gives you a few more options while in lockdown for stuff you have access to if you run out of shop-ordered parts.Though I wouldn't advise dismantling the toilet cistern for parts. The rest of the household might object, albeit a worthy sacrifice.

It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for them!

A bit more Zappa work today:

I was also pre setting a group of magnets (very fun) for the hose connections from the Zappa to the main hull. The position was a bit off so I had to modify the strut positions (no pics/very boring)


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/25 06:23:48


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Zappa plating and hosing progress... I need to complete the plate/base layer before adding more finished detail (pipes and wiring) over the top of it

There is a lot of work you can’t see in this pic around the back to bulk up the toilet cistern mechanism/Zappa. This work will take a couple of days to complete. I’ll show you after tomorrow’s build session


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/26 03:26:26


Post by: ThorNZ2020


I got very distracted today with the ‘looped’ cabling and pipework under the Zappa:

And it looks amazing! This adds some more dynamic energy to this arm and the loops at more form and bulk to nearly the whole length of the Zappa.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/26 16:18:20


Post by: gobert


Man, this thing is so detailed it’s unreal! Loving the progress so far and will continue to follow to its conclusion!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/27 06:05:58


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
Man, this thing is so detailed it’s unreal! Loving the progress so far and will continue to follow to its conclusion!
Thanks, ‘God is in the detail!’

Great Zappa progress today and nearing Zappa completion:

1-2 more days should see the Zappa completed with a focus on the Junction to the hull with the piping...


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/27 06:21:05


Post by: Pomander Cask


The zappa looks great, so much detail! It will be fun to paint, I imagine.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/27 10:01:16


Post by: IGtR=


Wow, zappa looks fantastic


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/27 15:32:13


Post by: gobert


I never thought Gork and Moro were much in to details, but I guess you’re right!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/28 04:36:44


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Pomander Cask wrote:The zappa looks great, so much detail! It will be fun to paint, I imagine.

Thanks, Its a monumental thing to paint!
IGtR= wrote:Wow, zappa looks fantastic

Thanks, I love the finished look as well
gobert wrote:I never thought Gork and Moro were much in to details, but I guess you’re right!

Thanks, it’s much more fun to build than photo...
I got distracted and completed more Zappa fine cabling:

More updates tomorrow on back of Zappa


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/29 06:44:54


Post by: ThorNZ2020


I thought that this would be the final day working on the Zappa, this is the back/body side that you won’t see:

After a test fit... it turns out you can see the front on the arm mounts, meaning I need to tidy up and finish the front of the Zappa arm tomorrow!!! Then I can start work on the reactor/engine deck and interface of the reactor into the hull, which I have been scheming and looking forward to for a very long time!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/29 06:47:58


Post by: Viterbi


Every time I look at the pics and think, "wow, he's done with that part", you just go and add more cables and pipes


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/04/30 05:24:50


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
Every time I look at the pics and think, "wow, he's done with that part", you just go and add more cables and pipes

As someone here mentioned, Ork builds need layered details to convey the makeshift nature of the Meks!

Great progress point today... I have finished the Zappa!

After the test fit yesterday, I managed to fix and ‘detail’ all the tricky areas and delighted with the result!

With the Zappa finished I move onto the next exciting chapter: Reactor to Hull integration!

I started the skeleton of the hull as a test that will support at the base layer armour, which will in turn support the outer armour layer... it’s a bit tricky but a good method again from the famous English Ork builder: Ian ‘the waz’ Wyatt

It was very Kool to be working on the hull finally, and with very rapid progress!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/02 04:45:36


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Lots of progress in the last 2 days: started base armour layer on Zappa side of reactor/engine (with all the cables) added detail parts and started planning and completing some details on the reactor. But only 1 pic (with Zappa on):


Over the next 2 days I will work on the skeleton and base armour layer on the Rotary Cannon side of the reactor and add then finish detailing the engine/reactor... making great progress!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/02 05:07:17


Post by: tzurk


Still loving this - an endless source of inspiration and I will never stop admiring your patience & attention to detail!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/03 04:45:49


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 tzurk wrote:
Still loving this - an endless source of inspiration and I will never stop admiring your patience & attention to detail!
Im humbled by your kind words, thank you very much.

More reactor detail today and outer vertical skeleton work completed:

The reactor hatch is a prominent part of the ‘fluffy’ writing piece on the first page and was a delight to complete, including the gantry.

For the next few days I’ll be working on the reactor and intergrating it into the hull better, now that the vertical skeleton is completed.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Double content update day!

I just couldn’t help myself and built some more railings and added more detail to the base layer of the reactor.


Tomorrow I hope to detail the 4 chimneys properly and finish the base detail layer of the reactor!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/03 10:33:38


Post by: gobert


That’s some serious Orkificatation!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/04 06:15:34


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
That’s some serious Orkificatation!

It’s heaps of fun making such a big model out of scrap that the world threw away!

I worked solidly on the back of the head (man I love making Ork gantries) and the reactor today, and I’m calling it done (done enough):

Tomorrow I’ll work at integrating the Rotary Cannon side of the reactor into the hull and finishing the rear base layer of armour beneath the reactor.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/05 05:37:51


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Another chapter completed, the reactor is now fully integrated into the hull with the base layer of armour:

With that completed I now get to work on the rotary cannon!! (Tomorrow)


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/05 22:32:38


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Another very exciting day!

I just ordered one of these from a friendly local tool and dye maker:

It should be here in 4ish weeks!


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Nothing says (Ork) firepower like a rotary cannon, in a rotary cannon that’s in a rotary cannon (grot on top for scale):

I just couldn’t help myself and forged ahead with the rotary cannon build/test fit!

I imagine the left arm will be quite bullet hungry!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/07 05:34:23


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More solid progress today, I fixed the rotary cannon together and started detailing it.

It’s a bit bulky and long but I’ll trim it back at the base and hide it on the cowling.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/07 05:37:30


Post by: Viterbi


Rotary cannon is looking good, it looks a little bit, as if it is awaiting nerf darts ammunition


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/08 00:00:09


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
Rotary cannon is looking good, it looks a little bit, as if it is awaiting nerf darts ammunition
Great minds... The rotor cannon has got a ‘dart’ mechanism in it which puts a huge amount of tension of the chassis of the gun/arm. I’m going to leave it not working atm and focus on getting Terror-Watt completed before going back and making it work.

More progress today, I fixed the multi-multi-multi barreled Rotary Kannon to the arm and detailed it a bit more!


Which means a pose check!

Man that looks sweet, I’m a proud Dad!

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to start work an the ammo boxes and ammo belt feeds from the hull to the Rotary Kannon!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/08 20:24:40


Post by: OscarWao


Your gargant looks like it can really walk around and crush things! Great job!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/09 07:25:56


Post by: ThorNZ2020


OscarWao wrote:
Your gargant looks like it can really walk around and crush things! Great job!
Thanks, when the build was in concept I looked at fully automating it (walking and moving) but I wanted to focus on the modeling. I still hope Terror-Watt crushes my friends armies in our APOC game in about 10 weeks!

More progress today, I tried my hand at making ammo belts (3 times unsuccessfully) and settled for making ammo bins on the hull of the Gargant:

This is great fun with so much test fitting and re-modeling. I rehashed the whole thing twice (at the fatal expense of my kids play blocks) but I’m delighted with the final outcome!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/11 05:32:21


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More work today on the base structure of the Rotor Kannon:

This is time consuming stuff! Spacing all the belt feeds, making the housings at the right angles, fixing the ammo housings to the hull and the Rotor Kannon well and remaking anything that doesn’t fit well.

I also added some drum mags and ammo boxes to the outer face of the Rotor Kannon as most of the real estate on the inner face is taken up with ammo feeds. I have allowed for a few ammo casing ejection ports, but not enough to be realistic at all.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/11 05:36:16


Post by: Arakasi


Time consuming, but I have every expectation it will be worth it.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/11 16:29:53


Post by: Fifty


That is going to be AMAZING.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/12 05:48:03


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Arakasi wrote:Time consuming, but I have every expectation it will be worth it.

Thanks, I love to job right the first time!
Fifty wrote:That is going to be AMAZING.

I sure hope so, I’m only going to do this once in my time of this beautiful rock!

Very exciting day, after 6 or so days of work... I FINALLY got to test fit all the belt ammo feeds from the hull ammo bins to the Rotor Kannon:

I completed a whole lot of work on the rotor Kannon as well, but it will be 2-3 more days before the rotor Kannon is completed and I can progress to the Gut Busta!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/12 14:07:07


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


I love all the different sizes of ammo in the feeds! Absolutely hilarious.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/12 16:50:36


Post by: Warboss_Waaazag


This thing is fantastic. Reminds me of the good ol'days on the Waaagh! forums, where building stompas, ruzzbots, armored krumpanies, gargants, and battlewagons from scratch were like rights of passage. You're an ork after my own, true heart, ThorNZ!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/13 04:51:58


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:I love all the different sizes of ammo in the feeds! Absolutely hilarious.
its a Kool comical feature of the Orks and I love adding bespoke details like this, my favourite bit on the ammo feeds is that some of the shells are backwards!

Warboss_Waaazag wrote:This thing is fantastic. Reminds me of the good ol'days on the Waaagh! forums, where building stompas, ruzzbots, armored krumpanies, gargants, and battlewagons from scratch were like rights of passage. You're an ork after my own, true heart, ThorNZ!
Thanks for the kind words, it’s a pleasure to be measured against some of the Great work in the past.

More work today on the Rotor Kannon body:

This was a great step in integrating all the ammo feeds and exhaust ports with all ‘‘the bits between’! I covered most of the ugly screw heads that were nessary during the build. It all made me realise that I’m not quite as advanced in the rotor Kannon build as I wanted to be by this point, but I’m keeping my standards up, which I’m assured will pay off!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/14 05:56:25


Post by: ThorNZ2020


I just got a lot more bits! Including more rivits and thick palscard. I’m not going to take pictures of rivits, but the rotor cannon is coming along nicely!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/18 06:35:55


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Solid Rotor Kannon progress today with more rotor Kannon chassis work completed and added ‘teed’ all around:

Tomorrow I’m riveting it all up before I add the final/top layer of pipes and cogs


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/20 05:55:41


Post by: ThorNZ2020


I just couldn’t help myself... the Rotor Kannon NEEDED a gantry!!

I’m calling the chassis of the Rotor Kannon done! Tomorrow I’ll detail up the barrel portion of it!

A major decision was made today, I’m going to have to fix the Rotor Kannon to the hull. There are soooo many ammo feeds and they will be a nightmare to magnetise! This will add a lot more rigidity to the Rotor Kannon (which is great for the longevity of the model) but makes it a right royal pain to transport and store.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/21 06:00:09


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More solid Rotor Kannon barrel progress today:

Tomorrow I hope to FINISH the rotor Kannon and attach it and the ammo feeds to the hull!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/22 06:23:34


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Today I finished the Rotor Kannon completely:

I’m delighted with the final details and I’m still sick of rivits!

I went to fix the Rotor Kannon arm to the hull, but realised that the fixed arm will make finishing the ammo bins and layering the armour very tricky, so I decided to finish the ammo bins first. This means I have to complete the ammo bins and the skeleton underlayer... and then the base layer of the armour, before I can move onto the Gutbuster!

2 steps forward, 1 step back! This is all work that I have to do, so I am making progress... just not quite to plan! I finished the work on the ammo bins on the hull with yet more armour plates, cogs and rivits:

This will mean that tomorrow I should finish the skeleton layer and start in the base layer armour around the bins.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/22 10:57:34


Post by: Viterbi


That's a lot of rivets, I don't recommend painting them in another color later, if you want to keep your sanity And nice seeing this beast progressing all the time.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/23 04:24:36


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
That's a lot of rivets, I don't recommend painting them in another color later, if you want to keep your sanity And nice seeing this beast progressing all the time.
Sanity is highly overrated, but that is good advice! It’s great working on it daily, helps with the momentum...

More work today, I finished the ammo boxes for the Rotor Kannon with some carving (using a V tool) and more rivits!

I hope to use this technique on the larger plasticard Outer armour panels. I completed the skeleton around the ammo boxes, which means tomorrow I put a base layer of armour around them!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/24 05:11:37


Post by: ThorNZ2020


I finally finished the base layer of hull armour around the ammo boxes/feeds for the Rotor Kannon:

Which meant I could finally attach the Rotor Kannon arm and all the ammo belts:

This was a very tricky process and took ages! I bent and had to remake 2 ammo belts and had to finish off all the ‘bullets’, my favourite but was making the inertia fuses for the ‘big’ bullets.

I then had to do a pose check:

I’m not sure of the balance between the right and left arms... the Rotor Kannon arm looks significantly more bulky than the Zappa arm, and I don’t know how to fix it?!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/24 05:20:14


Post by: Arakasi


Some additional large armour plates to bulk it out / protect it? Or perhaps a side or shoulder mounted large rokkit array?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/24 07:03:30


Post by: kaiserjez


Symmetry is overrated! I think it loo!s cool as it is


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/24 08:33:04


Post by: theCrowe


Put another underslung weapon below the the Zappa?
Or I'm all for a counterbalancing large rokkit array on the shoulder.

Big Terrorwat is looking Da Bizniss! Every Mekboy in the vacinity is green with envy, well... More green, than usual.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/25 06:49:26


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Arakasi wrote:Some additional large armour plates to bulk it out / protect it? Or perhaps a side or shoulder mounted large rokkit array?

More weapons is always better!
kaiserjez wrote:Symmetry is overrated! I think it loo!s cool as it is

Thanks, I’ll do more test fitting...
theCrowe wrote:Put another underslung weapon below the the Zappa?
Or I'm all for a counterbalancing large rokkit array on the shoulder.
Big Terrorwat is looking Da Bizniss! Every Mekboy in the vacinity is green with envy, well... More green, than usual.

Thanks! I’m stoked how well he is progressing!

More rapid work today on the skeleton support layer for the Base layer of armour:

I only planned to work around the gutbuster... but got carried away and finished it all! I’m stoked as it really starts to show the final shape of the Gargant and shows that huge belly!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/25 12:46:19


Post by: gobert


I think they work size wise. The Cannon seems further from the body, so perhaps having the Zappa out to the side a bit more? Kinda like it’s raising the arm to help balance? It’s also Orky, so add a big rokkit or sum more dakka?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/26 05:38:23


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
I think they work size wise. The Cannon seems further from the body, so perhaps having the Zappa out to the side a bit more? Kinda like it’s raising the arm to help balance? It’s also Orky, so add a big rokkit or sum more dakka?
Great thinking, I’ll have to wait to finish the model a lot more before I re-jog the pose at all though.

Today I was able to nearly complete the base armour layer around the Gitbuster! Then I got horribly distracted and started work on the actual Gutbuster (my favourite Ork weapon EVER! I particularly liked the rules for it in Epic/6mm 40k):


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/27 06:48:11


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More solid work today on the Gutbuster:

Finally completed all the base armour layer around the Gutbuster and started work on detailing (some rivits) the Gutbuster. I also put the ‘round’ into the breach (with inertia fuse)!! I will have to work out what caliber it is (44mm diameter)!

After a lot of research I think the best way of bending (both ways in some cases) the 2mm plasticard is with boiling hot water from a jug! This is risky but has the best results (Most controllable). I will have to set up a bath to take the big panels of our layer armour.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/28 04:03:29


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Gutbuster 45mm (IRL) bore diamater = 970.71 caliber projectile!

More gutbuster detailing today, with the base/under layer of armour getting the finishing touches (grot for scale)

Next step is sorting out all the dampeners on the Gutbuster and Completing the base detail layer on the Gutbuster, to then add the top layer of detail.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/29 06:27:11


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Gutbuster done (enough)!!

This means that tomorrow I’ll moving on to planing out the outer (2mm plasticard) armour layer!!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/30 04:31:26


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Today was a planning day oh how I was going to detail the bulk of the model, the hull.

I have been thinking of this since the start and it as glorious to have everything come together so well! I discovered a gap under the Zappa arm that needed immediate attention and in an effort to balance the pose out I added 3 offset armoured capacitors under the Zappa shoulder:

Tomorrow I’ll have to put a base layer of armour around them and they will have to be finished after all the armour is all on.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
In other exciting news... I have just successfully bent 2mm Plasticard with boiling water and using the flat side of a Steel pot as a template. This is a great step in being able to shape the chunky armoured plates of the outer hull!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/05/31 04:28:51


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Progress today on finishing the interior armour panels around the 3 new capacitors, and a monumental moment... fixing the first hull panel (top left).

Unfortunately I also discovered a large portion of the interior hull armour that had no detail (completely unacceptable) and discovered all the zappas in my hull bits box that I will need to place and then mount somehow on the hull!!

“Two steps forward...”


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/01 12:51:41


Post by: gobert


Looking spectacular ThorNZ2020. The corrugated armour panels look very Orky. Will the cogs be left uncovered in places or just be visible through little gaps in the panels? I do think the grot needs to be a permanent fixture on the gutbuster


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/03 06:57:34


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
Looking spectacular ThorNZ2020. The corrugated armour panels look very Orky. Will the cogs be left uncovered in places or just be visible through little gaps in the panels? I do think the grot needs to be a permanent fixture on the gutbuster
Thanks, I will be covering most of the cogs, but always wanted a strong clockwork theme to the model.

More great progress today fixing up the mistakes I found last time:

I then went and destressed 2 main armoured plates and fixed and started to detail them both.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/04 05:44:58


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More outer armoured goodness today with the ever watchful grot supervisor watching like a hawk!

I’m starting the armoured overlapping panels from the bottom rear and working my way forward and will finish with the top middle ‘moobs’. This will give the effect of layered scale armour that would be weatherproof as well.

This layered armour has the added benefit of each successive layer hiding most of the screw heads that fixed the last layer!

I’m making each panel as individual as possible but I’m running out of ideas! The last thing I want is a repeating pattern on the outer hull!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/05 06:15:31


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Today I completed the bottom layer of base armour making up the skirt of the Gargant


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/05 10:15:14


Post by: Singleton Mosby


This is shaping up to be an absolutely amazing project


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/06 03:46:08


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Singleton Mosby wrote:
This is shaping up to be an absolutely amazing project
Thanks very much, it’s taking 3x longer than I thought... but totally worth it!

I was wrong yesterday, I had only completed 1/2 the bottom of the skirt armour... easy remedy, lots of more time:

This was great to finish and tomorrow I’ll have more planning and move up a layer!

What does a Bad Meks workshop look like you may wonder... a right royal mess!

Tera-What’s Rota Kannon making a surprise appearance far mid left!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/06 04:03:33


Post by: DaRealJDB


It's so exciting to see that samurai armor framework up! So much potential!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/09 06:06:32


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 DaRealJDB wrote:
It's so exciting to see that samurai armor framework up! So much potential!
Thanks very much, it’s all coming together ‘relatively’ quickly now!

More work today Starting on one of My favourite hull details:

This might not look like much but will in the end be where a massive shell has exited from the other side and the hole has been bodged up!

Also Orkamedes (fully magnetised) got a test fit on the bridge:

He is in the perfect position


Automatically Appended Next Post:
My new Kaptin/Orkamedies:



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/11 05:18:06


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Bodged up exit would completed:

All except holding bolts and about 10,000 rivits

This looks better than I anticipated and really adds to the battleworn look I’m going for!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/12 05:44:46


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Just about completed the armour paneling behind the ammo bins:

This will be completed to the top edge tomorrow and the back around the the other rear side to complete the Zappa arm


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/13 05:12:00


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Main armour panels now completed to the top edge of the hull:

I have done a few other rivit details, but no one like photos of rivits...

Onto the other side of the hull Zappa arm tomorrow


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/13 10:04:20


Post by: fingol23


This monster is really starting to come to life! I am really looking forward to finally seeing it on a battlefield.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/14 04:21:11


Post by: ThorNZ2020


fingol23 wrote:
This monster is really starting to come to life! I am really looking forward to finally seeing it on a battlefield.
Thanks very much, me too!

More work today on the Zappa hull main armoured plates and I completed up the the top of the main hull:

This sets me up really well now to complete all the main hull armoured panels over the next week or two, and I track for our big APOC game!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/15 07:28:54


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Entry ‘wound’ completed on Zappa arm side of the hull:

Coming together very nicely indeed


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/16 06:04:31


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Another day of solid progress with more hull armour panels completed:

With the bulk of the detail work completed on the Titan these large armoured layers are comparatively flying on. I will have a lot of detail work on the panels to complete after the panels are all done (pipes, cables, over armour panels, turrets and mini Zappas)...


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/16 06:44:48


Post by: Viterbi


Big guy is moving along nicely. It's cool to already see in parts, how the hull will look with the gaps to see the clockwork underneath.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/17 06:46:26


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
Big guy is moving along nicely. It's cool to already see in parts, how the hull will look with the gaps to see the clockwork underneath.
Thanks! It’s all in an effort to add depth to the otherwise flat armoured plates

More under-arm work on the Zappa hull:

I’m loving the armour panel diversity that will only be accentuated with the painting!

I also completed the base armour plates up the middle of the hull from the Gutbuster that will be ‘nestled‘ between the moobs

I have yet to detail these but really give you a good idea of the Form of the swollen belly! “I love it when a plan comes together!”


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/18 05:56:14


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More progress today on the armour panels above and around the ammo boxes:

Everyday I also do little bits all over the model, but it’s just to hard to take a good picture of.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/18 06:04:28


Post by: kenderthistle


ух ты. это отличный проект. мне нравится! есть чему поучится!!! и нужно обязательно набрать трофеев!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/19 05:53:25


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 kenderthistle wrote:
ух ты. это отличный проект. мне нравится! есть чему поучится!!! и нужно обязательно набрать трофеев!
Thanks, my reward for all this work will be the look of surprise on my 12-13 Garagehammer friends faces!

More work today on the armoured panels:

This is really starting to define the clockwork portals/holes and looking great! I’m delighted with the depth of field they provide!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/20 05:51:23


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More solid work on the Zappa side of the hull:

I can’t actually believe how Kool this looks!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/21 05:06:04


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More armour plating work and planning for top armour layer detailing


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/22 05:40:25


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More solid Bolt work today around the Gutbuster:


Also a note to anyone destroying stuff: ALWAYS WHERE YOUR SAFTY GOGGLES:

This wee ‘gem’ spent a day at the back of my eye socket behind my eye!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/22 07:04:45


Post by: brushcommando


Wow! This project is amazing. Haven't seen a stompa that cool looking since the Mr. Potato head build kicking around a few years ago. Also, yikes. Your lesson on the necessity of eye protection is well taken...


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Edit: I failed to take in the enormity of your project. Assumed that was a stompa. I see now it is a gargant. Admiration intensifies...


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/24 04:57:48


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 brushcommando wrote:
Wow! This project is amazing. Haven't seen a stompa that cool looking since the Mr. Potato head build kicking around a few years ago. Also, yikes. Your lesson on the necessity of eye protection is well taken...


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Edit: I failed to take in the enormity of your project. Assumed that was a stompa. I see now it is a gargant. Admiration intensifies...

Thanks very much! It still surprises me as well! My Mek eye has made a wonderful recovery!

Today more work all over but mostly on armour panels forward of the Rotor Kannon shoulder!

I think I’ll be done with base armour panels in a week or so and then onto detailing them


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/25 06:28:23


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More solid work all over Tera-Watt today, with more armour plating done (I’m sick of saying that) and various Kool little details slathered all over:

This was a monumental day. I told myself I would wait to near completion to ‘Edit’ ONLY one portion of the Gargant in accordance with my ‘design eye’!

That luck piece is not the feet, but the Jaw! It’s far to square and clashes with the rest of the round model, the proposed rounded jaw will let more models/crew stand of the Jaw deck and work the ‘cigar’ gun.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking The jaw off and remodelling it completely to be more in line with the original art... a Terrible de-jawing of sorts!

I’m going to leave the feet Just as they are (still waiting for special parts from Russia) but I’ll just distress them heavily with an electric dremal to fit the rest of the well traveled/battle-worn aesthetic.

I checked with the engineer and the weighted steel ring base has been ordered and should be ready in the next few weeks (on time).


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/25 07:58:09


Post by: fingol23


He's really looking like the real deal now!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/25 15:33:20


Post by: ciuncky


I've ne'er painted an Ork though i keep thinking i will one day.

But this? This here is otherworldly. Amazing job, love how this came out. Keep it up, man!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/26 06:11:55


Post by: ThorNZ2020


fingol23 wrote:He's really looking like the real deal now!
Thanks! It’s coming together very nicly, it’s Kool to see it coming together after all that planning!
ciuncky wrote:I've ne'er painted an Ork though i keep thinking i will one day.

But this? This here is otherworldly. Amazing job, love how this came out. Keep it up, man!
Thank you for the very kind words, it’s going to be great to complete the build soon!! But then I’ll be onto the painting...

Today I de-jawed Tera-wat and templated a new jaw (which will look a lot better) and scavenged bits from the old one and supplemented it with new bit I ordered ages ago!

More good work around the main ‘moob’ chest panels that will complete the main hull armour:

It was satisfying to see such rapid progress!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/27 04:21:59


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Huge progress today!

After taking the Jaw off completely I was able to finish all the out layers or armour and the base shape and base armour of the Moobs!!! It has only been 2 months!!


And with that completed I made Jaw 2.0, managing to fit in 2 more big Teef!!

Jaw 2.0 sits a bit higher (which shows of the belly better) and has more room for the ‘cigar’ gun and its crew. The pic doesn’t show it but the less square nature of Jaw 2.0 looks sooooo much better! Tomorrow I’m going to work on fixing of the jaw and the jaw decking.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/28 08:26:07


Post by: gobert


Tera-wat is looking great, almost ready for painting? The cigar gun sounds cool, will it be rusty brown with a glowing muzzle brake?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/28 12:25:58


Post by: theCrowe


Astonishing work. I love the idea of a cigar kannon. Comedy genius.

. I can imagine there's some weight in the piece by this stage. You're going to need an engine hoist to get it out of the shed. Just check the legs on any tabletop he's going to appear on. No flimsy WWE tables. Though the idea of Tera-Wat destroying an entire army by putting them through the table is appealing in a kinda orky way.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/06/29 08:23:16


Post by: ThorNZ2020


gobert wrote:Tera-wat is looking great, almost ready for painting? The cigar gun sounds cool, will it be rusty brown with a glowing muzzle brake?
Thanks but I’m about 4-5 weeks worth of work away from basecoats! Cigar Kannon as per original B&W art so colours are entirely up to me


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 theCrowe wrote:
Astonishing work. I love the idea of a cigar kannon. Comedy genius.. I can imagine there's some weight in the piece by this stage. You're going to need an engine hoist to get it out of the shed. Just check the legs on any tabletop he's going to appear on. No flimsy WWE tables. Though the idea of Tera-Wat destroying an entire army by putting them through the table is appealing in a kinda orky way.
He is fairly portable still but the extra screws in the single ankle are proving their worth!

The main components of Jaw 2.0 is finished with the Cigar Kannon I place:

I’ll detail it up tomorrow and then onto the hull armour plate details!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/01 05:31:46


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Hull armour detailing underway with Gutbuster detailing ‘teef’ now completed:

I’m also starting upgunning Tera-Watt with a good scattering of Kustom Mega Blastas and hopefully some weird and wonderful weapons tomorrow


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/03 05:15:37


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Upgunning the moobs and belly:

My Mechanicus mate will have a complete fit!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/05 05:32:26


Post by: ThorNZ2020


After some more reflection I realised that the armour thickness of the moobs was very underwhelming:

After a quick mastectomy added depth was achieved after some experimentation but I’ll need to fill and then detail the extra depth.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/05 20:12:43


Post by: Mutant Modifier


Dear lord MORK, that thing sure looks awesome and dangerous and inspiring and PROPA!

Much kudos, keep it up!!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/06 07:53:12


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Mutant Modifier wrote:
Dear lord MORK, that thing sure looks awesome and dangerous and inspiring and PROPA! Much kudos, keep it up!!!
Thanks very much, I recon only 4-5 weeks left in the build!

Work on Moob and Eye 2.0 carries on:

I’m stoked with the results of both (Love the extra girth of the new Moob) and tomorrow I’ll work on the other Moob to bring it up to speed


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/08 05:50:48


Post by: ThorNZ2020


New improved Moobs on!

I’m delighted with the extra girth I added to the moobs and the extra balance/fat man look it’s achieved! A job well done, the fight was long but well worth it!

Tomorrow I plan finish both eyes entirely!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/08 05:54:39


Post by: Viterbi


Your dedication is just amazing, always tinkering with stuff everyone thinks is already done and it really makes the model better every time!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/09 05:37:34


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
Your dedication is just amazing, always tinkering with stuff everyone thinks is already done and it really makes the model better every time!
Thanks, it’s a lot of work but very rewarding! I firmly believe in “do it once, do it right” there will be a time (very soon) when I’m just going to have to call it done!

Today I went to work on the eyes, but got terribly sidetracked and worked on ALL the unfinished hull plates!

I finished the turret under the rotor Kannon and the armour panels:


I detailed the rear of the model with rivits and bolt heads to add more of a feeling of bulk:


And finished the turret and hull armour under the Zappa:


A big day for sure but sooooo many things completed, just not the eyes!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/09 22:05:39


Post by: theCrowe


Looking immense! So impressive. Have you any colours in mind for when you get to painting?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/10 05:40:25


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 theCrowe wrote:
Looking immense! So impressive. Have you any colours in mind for when you get to painting?
Thank you very much, yeah I’m working on an Evil Sunz paint scheme: Dark brown>dark red>light red>bright orange>yellow and of course the obligatory black and white checkers!

EYE see you:


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/10 06:28:01


Post by: Frag The Commissar


ThorNZ2020 wrote:
Thank you very much, yeah I’m working on an Evil Sunz paint scheme: Dark brown>dark red>light red>bright orange>yellow and of course the obligatory black and white checkers!

EYE see you:



I surmise the paint job will take some time...

Really though, I can't wait to see this painted up.
Been keeping an eye on it for the last few weeks and I sort of didn't expect you to plan on putting some color into it. Relieved to hear otherwise.
Such an interesting piece.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/13 04:00:12


Post by: Kitsunae


I'm one of the aforementioned gaming group guys who this was kept secret from for so long, and just recently has ThorNZ shown me his project! Absolutely amazed at the piece, and the fact he managed to keep it all under wraps! Still a big secret from the rest of the group, but he's getting me in to help with the final touches and painting, both of which I really look forward to! Can't wait to put this on the table for our big Apoc game! Will be a pleasure to die to


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/14 05:56:47


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Frag The Commissar wrote:I surmise the paint job will take some time...

Really though, I can't wait to see this painted up.
Been keeping an eye on it for the last few weeks and I sort of didn't expect you to plan on putting some color into it. Relieved to hear otherwise.
Such an interesting piece.
Tera-watt will take ages to paint! We are expecting 5 cans of base spray paint! Thanks very much

Kitsunae wrote:I'm one of the aforementioned gaming group guys who this was kept secret from for so long, and just recently has ThorNZ shown me his project! Absolutely amazed at the piece, and the fact he managed to keep it all under wraps! Still a big secret from the rest of the group, but he's getting me in to help with the final touches and painting, both of which I really look forward to! Can't wait to put this on the table for our big Apoc game! Will be a pleasure to die to
Mate, it was soooo good to FINALLY tell someone about this wee project! I’m really looking forward to paint basing him with ya!

Yesterday was rivits (so no photos!) BUT today was lots of small finishing touches! Final steps in completing the front right eye, now with offset heat shield:


And teef vent covert, pipework and finishing armour plate finishing:


I love this pipework as it reflects the original art so well:


Tomorrow I’m working on hull lights and sensor suites!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/15 05:48:20


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Lots of work today adding many lights and sensor suites all over, and yet more rivits:

I still find it astounding to put so much effort and time into this and still feel like I have made no progress at all!

Tomorrow it’s more rivits and onto re-detailing the feet


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/16 05:33:58


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More rivits today on the hull (no photos) and then I made a start to re-detail the underside of Terror-Watt and this cute stumpy legs:

I’m very happy with how the cog turned out and the extra detail on his left/weight bearing leg


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/17 15:50:59


Post by: gobert


I’m not sure if term this project wee, quite the opposite! The work is stunning and just keeps getting more insane! It’s hard to keep up


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/19 03:55:12


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
I’m not sure if term this project wee, quite the opposite! The work is stunning and just keeps getting more insane! It’s hard to keep up
Thanks very much! The build is getting very close (relatively) to being finished!

More work today on the underside and left foot:

While there are lots of rivits, a good portion of them will be covered in dirt...

I’m loving going back to the very first portion of the build (the underside) and applying my developed skills to all the parts and making them look soooo much better, very gratifying!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/20 02:46:52


Post by: brushcommando


The sheer scale of this project is amazing. Is this something you'll ever play with you think or just a super-cool toddler sized display piece?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/21 05:55:05


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 brushcommando wrote:
The sheer scale of this project is amazing. Is this something you'll ever play with you think or just a super-cool toddler sized display piece?
Im playing an APOC game in 3-4 weeks to celebrate the end of 8th... so a bit of both maybe!?

Over the last 2 days I completed the rivets/details on 1 foot and today started on the other one:

Once completed I’ll detail the underside and then take a borrowed electric dreamily to it all for more distressing...


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/22 06:15:23


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More solid work today on the Right/mid-step foot:


In other interesting news... the silicon and rubberised bits got back from the spray booth!

The Tamiya Fine Grey self etching primer WORKS!! The fine dusting (after sanding) holds the black undercoat well!

And the end of the build phase is in sight!!!!!

This means I only have 1 week to complete the build!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/22 20:31:42


Post by: gobert


Sweet! It’s been an amazing job to watch progress, and I’m certainly looking forward to see it get some paint... I mean LOTS of paint! If that list is written on plastic add, it’s be cool to use it on the model as an extra panel each day you finish! Not that I want to suggest delay!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/23 04:43:35


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
Sweet! It’s been an amazing job to watch progress, and I’m certainly looking forward to see it get some paint... I mean LOTS of paint! If that list is written on plastic add, it’s be cool to use it on the model as an extra panel each day you finish! Not that I want to suggest delay!
Thanks very much but no time at all for delays!

Finished the mid-step right foot today:


Which means tomorrow I’ll be finishing the underside... it’s all coming together very nicely indeed!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/28 13:07:12


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More good rivet work (no pics sorry) and lots of last minute prep work today for base coat spray painting tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m writing a quick to do list before we base spray the whole module tomorrow afternoon (if it’s warm enough)! Tomorrow’s to do list so far:

1. Planning meeting
2. Finish gunnels and gantries
3. Finish distressing right foot with dremil.
4. Clean up the feet and bottom.
5. Final check and last second detailing.
6. Prep silicon and rubber surfaces by sanding them.
7. Brush model off.
8. Vacuum model.
9. Very final check.
10. BASE SPRAY PAINT!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/29 04:50:09


Post by: ThorNZ2020


I hope you all have a healthy appetite for photos, because I have a feast!






I would like to thank Tamyia for making an amazing self etching base coat spray and my RL mate who came and helped today to push Terror-Watt to the paint stage!

I now have to let the paint cure for a few days and should start the first paint coat in the weekend


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/29 05:04:43


Post by: Viterbi


That looks great after priming, really bringing everything together for the first time. How many rattlecans did you need?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/29 06:54:40


Post by: fingol23


I'm so excited that this is now undercoated! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with the paint job


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/29 17:39:11


Post by: Illumini


Looks fantastic all undercoated up


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/29 22:22:31


Post by: gobert


He looks even better than I expected, amazing that the spray went on so well on so many different materials too. Can’t wait for the paint to cure so he can start to get some colour!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/07/30 04:36:44


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Viterbi wrote:That looks great after priming, really bringing everything together for the first time. How many rattlecans did you need?
Thanks, I’m very happy with the results so far, we now have 4 empty cans

I was cleaning out the workshop today (ready for painting phase) and never though I would be taking a photo, but a picture says 1000 words:


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/04 13:08:45


Post by: ThorNZ2020


My friends airbrush arrived along with a lot of good advice and tutoring.... the first coat of silver (Velalio Air Aluminium) was applied:

One more coat of silver and then the other metalics


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/04 18:04:14


Post by: gobert


That’s an amazing pile of empty glue pots! The Gargant is already looking great, I bet you’re glad of the airbrush with something that size!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/05 03:59:27


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
That’s an amazing pile of empty glue pots! The Gargant is already looking great, I bet you’re glad of the airbrush with something that size!
Thanks. Yeah there was a lot of good glue used, probably 1/5 of the whole budget was spent on good glues!

More work today with the fantastic airbrush saving me once again many hours:

Now Terror-Watt is super silver! Off to the model shot tomorrow for 1L of Nuln Oil


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/06 01:42:24


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More progress, Terror-Watts back and engine all base coloured:

It’s amazing how many bits you miss on a model this size, even on the 3ed time!

As a base colour record (mostly for myself):

These colours will make up a majority of the visible armour layers


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/06 04:25:39


Post by: Viterbi


I can't even imagine seeing your comment about the missed bits, I do it on infantry models, despite spraying them from all angles
I'm already excited for that bright orange, Terror-Watts will glow!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/07 03:10:43


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
I can't even imagine seeing your comment about the missed bits, I do it on infantry models, despite spraying them from all angles
I'm already excited for that bright orange, Terror-Watts will glow!
There were a lot of missed bits, but they have a grey base so not a hard fix! It’s great to see the enormity of my progress... but base colour blocking is no fun at all!

Terror-Watt is slowly becoming less and less shining silver:

I’m 1/2 way through the gun metal after finishing the tinbits base colouring today!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/08 08:39:15


Post by: gobert


Looking better every pic! Have you switched to normal brush for the blocking out or are you still borrowing your mates airbrush?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/10 04:06:26


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
Looking better every pic! Have you switched to normal brush for the blocking out or are you still borrowing your mates airbrush?
Thanks! I am brushing the metallic colour blocks to maintain edge details and after finishing the ‘Tin-Bits’ I also completed the ‘Boltgun Metal‘ and now I’m 1/2 way through the ‘Chainmail’:

This is having a great effect and breaking up all the major armour panels, I’m not completely 100% happy with the head, but near enough.

After I have washed all the metals I’ll then move onto all the actual colours (Browns, Reds, Oranges, yellows....)


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/10 04:17:24


Post by: Viterbi


Really coming together! But you have someone check in on you from time to time, before you go mad, right?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/10 07:31:24


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
Really coming together! But you have someone check in on you from time to time, before you go mad, right?
Thanks, that sounds like hard won advice!

An important part of the Model arrived today (much thanks for all the hard work of an engineer friend)... the base:

Milled/Lathed mild steel (for strength and weight/counterbalance) measures 320mm Dai and will add yet more stability to the model.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/10 11:32:46


Post by: gobert


You’ll be needing lifting tackle for this with a heft base like that! Particularly if it was thick enough to be turned on a lathe.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/11 05:15:46


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
You’ll be needing lifting tackle for this with a heft base like that! Particularly if it was thick enough to be turned on a lathe.
Thanks, the milled steel base is only 2x as heavy as the plywood one so Terror-Watt should have a sound plinth!

More work today with the ‘chainmail’ which is quite tedious... I finished the Zappa, Gutbuster and got 1/2 way through the Rota Kannon before I had to stop and do something more fun! That ended up being the copper on the Zappa:

This turned out SUPER! I love the effect even without washes!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/13 05:54:19


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Solid work today on finishing the metalics on the feet, underside and Rotor Kannon:

Tomorrow I’ll be assaulting the engine with various metalics! The only metalic that I haven’t got yet is brass, I’ll be adding this on just before I start the washes.

The final base arrived from the engineer (thanks for all your wonderful help!!) all welded and shined up and ready for some self etching spray:

(Falcon/base decoration shown for scale) Once I have finished the metalics I’ll start prepping the base!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/13 19:18:42


Post by: gobert


I had to go back and check your drawing to realise that the ring is thinner on the inside by about 10mm. It looks a bit like a filleted curve or is it chamfered? Was there a particular reason for that or did you just want to give your friend a challenge?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/13 19:37:40


Post by: 416_SpaceWolves


This is a great thread... projects like this got me into 40k as an Ork player many many many years ago.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/14 05:38:13


Post by: ThorNZ2020


gobert wrote:I had to go back and check your drawing to realise that the ring is thinner on the inside by about 10mm. It looks a bit like a filleted curve or is it chamfered? Was there a particular reason for that or did you just want to give your friend a challenge?
Thanks, it’s designed to represent the bottom edge of the Ork Powerfield touching the ground... and he likes a good challenge!
416_SpaceWolves wrote:This is a great thread... projects like this got me into 40k as an Ork player many many many years ago.
Thanks, I’m having a ball making it and it’s humbling to be an inspiration!

Finishing all the metallics on the whole model today (apart from brass):

Tomorrow I’m off to the model shop for some brass!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/14 06:05:02


Post by: Mothsniper


You gotz to be stompen meh out of tza MiNED!
This is extra STOMPY, holybal$#%@

Cant wait to see them all finished, painted, and with grew crawling all over, and on a fancy base!
mucho respecto!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/18 05:02:10


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Mothsniper wrote:
You gotz to be stompen meh out of tza MiNED!
This is extra STOMPY, holybal$#%@

Cant wait to see them all finished, painted, and with grew crawling all over, and on a fancy base!
mucho respecto!
Thanks, it’s very STOMPY indeed!

Today was supposed to be wash day... but the courier arrived and after 8 long COVID infested months, the last final bits arrived to add trophies to the Big Zappa!!

And what mighty fine ornaments they make!

With that completed... tomorrow is wash day!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/18 07:03:07


Post by: insaniak


Nice! Cracking job so far.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/18 18:51:09


Post by: gobert


Those Knight heads really give a sense of scale! They look tiny!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/19 04:58:39


Post by: ThorNZ2020


insaniak wrote:Nice! Cracking job so far.
Thanks, it’s a big job but I’m really enjoying it!
gobert wrote:Those Knight heads really give a sense of scale! They look tiny!
Terror-Watt is massive!! I’ll get a scale shot with a Stompa Mob soon

Dark brow wash today:

I’m going to let it dry and then bit it with a black wash tomorrow


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/20 05:00:34


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Black wash completed making the whole model look like it has been set on fire at some point... but the different hues of pigment that the washes brought out are spectacular!!

Tomorrow I’ll be working on mounting the model on its final base!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/23 13:19:02


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


This big guy really is massive! And beautiful.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/24 08:12:34


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:
This big guy really is massive! And beautiful.
Thanks! Even with only a few colours completed he is looking amazing!

This was a lot of fun!

I have always loved squashing the pointy ears... but today it meant I could then complete this:

So tomorrow I start of the metallic drybrushing!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/25 05:09:39


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Started the dry brushing today... no pics for 3-4 days sorry until I get the drybrushing finished. It’s adding a top layer of colour to all the metal panels and making the recesses even darker! I’m very happy with the results so far.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/25 07:53:40


Post by: theCrowe


Mork Almighty! You're a mad genius!

Love the smooshed grav tank. Looking forward to even paintier progress pics. Such an impressive project!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/26 02:01:17


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 theCrowe wrote:
Mork Almighty! You're a mad genius!

Love the smooshed grav tank. Looking forward to even paintier progress pics. Such an impressive project!
Thanks, that’s high praise indeed!

Finished the metalic drybrushing today in a big push:

Sorry for the crappy light

This gives a much better feel

And now with that portion completed, tomorrow I’ll start adding the base layers of colour to the main panels!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/26 15:39:54


Post by: Frag The Commissar


I was more excited to see this enter the painting phase than any other post on Dakka.

I'm very pleased to see you've gotten there and will continue to keep tabs on the progress.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/26 19:18:39


Post by: Illumini


You have impressive stamina to be able to push through this project with such speed.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/27 02:58:18


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Frag The Commissar wrote:I was more excited to see this enter the painting phase than any other post on Dakka. I'm very pleased to see you've gotten there and will continue to keep tabs on the progress.
Thank you very much, high praise indeed! I can’t wait till the painting is over so I can start building the rest of the neglected Ork army
 Illumini wrote:
You have impressive stamina to be able to push through this project with such speed.
Thanks, it’s mostly due to a covid enforced break and a series of rolling holidays

More progress on ‘seam welding’ the outer shoulder pad Ork Powa Field arrays to the checked pads, they were sitting to proud for my liking:

This and a coloured paint audit revealed a few significant holes in the paint pallet


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/27 18:35:41


Post by: gobert


Rapid progress here ThorNZ2020! If you’re missing paints, it’s Orky, so surely you can put another colour on? That said, something that big would probably take all of my paints to cover!

Oh and can you imagine the size of the welder to make a fillet weld that size?!?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/28 03:29:00


Post by: Waaagh_Baraon


I Love these Stompy Dudes! For once, I need not say more Dakka.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/28 04:19:44


Post by: ThorNZ2020


gobert wrote:Rapid progress here ThorNZ2020! If you’re missing paints, it’s Orky, so surely you can put another colour on? That said, something that big would probably take all of my paints to cover!
Oh and can you imagine the size of the welder to make a fillet weld that size?!?
Thanks, I’ll just make do! The welder would be massive!

Waaagh_Baraon wrote:I Love these Stompy Dudes! For once, I need not say more Dakka.
If you say it everyday it gets you in the right mindset!

Today I pushed and started the Chequers and experimented with colours over base layers:

This means my reds go better over white with only ‘2 thin coats‘ over the base for a good result!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/28 07:42:56


Post by: Briancj


This needs to be put up next to a Warlord Titan

--Brian



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/28 18:11:09


Post by: gobert


Nice work on the checks! I bet there about the same size as the ladz’s bases. I reckon he’d Krump a Warlord!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/29 02:52:04


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Briancj wrote:This needs to be put up next to a Warlord Titan
In 2 weeks time I should have it pictured facing off against a warhound titan

gobert wrote:Nice work on the checks! I bet there about the same size as the ladz’s bases. I reckon he’d Krump a Warlord!
The Chequers are about 10mm square... and I hope so!

Today I was playing with more colour combos for the colour blocking of the armoured panels:

I want Terror-Watt to look red and blue (Evil Sunz and Deffskullz) so I’m doing one area in ‘reds’

I hate this part of a paint where you just mindlessly applying paints (sometimes up to 3 coats) before you get onto the fun weathering, rusts, washes and stains


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/29 16:20:31


Post by: fingol23


The coloured panels are really bringing out the wonderful texture work you've done around the edge of each panel.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/30 04:23:30


Post by: ThorNZ2020


fingol23 wrote:
The coloured panels are really bringing out the wonderful texture work you've done around the edge of each panel.
Thanks, but there will eventually be one more layer of wash/grime over it all, so in the end there should hopefully be even more texture!

More good work today solid blocking the coloured armour panels:


I would love to get all the coloured armour panels completed before the APOC game in 13 Days.... the countdown has begun!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/30 05:39:34


Post by: Viterbi


It‘s so nice seeing all the colors popping up on it. Great work so far and good luck getting it done for the game!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/31 04:22:40


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
It‘s so nice seeing all the colors popping up on it. Great work so far and good luck getting it done for the game!
Thanks, it’s great to get more and more colours on!

ONLY 12 days to go!

More solid work on colour blocking, I have the technique sorted now so I can do 12-14 panels a session ATM:

Love the bright colour but it’s a bit bold ATM, it will die down a bit after another wash and then grime and rust!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/08/31 13:10:50


Post by: gobert


Wow! He’s really coming together now. Did you say he’ll be getting some blue as well? Is that going to be dotted around or will there be any mainly blue bits?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/03 05:13:09


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
Wow! He’s really coming together now. Did you say he’ll be getting some blue as well? Is that going to be dotted around or will there be any mainly blue bits?
Thanks, after doing a few test pallets the blue did not work, to far away from the red in the colour wheel... but purple was a lot closer!!!

More work over the last 2 days to base colour the front of Terror-Watt:

Some colours need another coat to flatten the pigment pooling, but I’m very happy with the result.

The main coloured panels were all done with a brush and NOT an airbrush! Due to the many colours the masking required for an airbrush would have taken twice as long!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/07 04:46:51


Post by: ThorNZ2020


More solid work today finishing the right side:

With arm on:

I also completed the Chequers on the front hull.

At this rate I’ll get the feet coloured up before the APOC game on Friday night!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/07 13:01:31


Post by: gobert


He’s looking better and better each pic! Will he be getting an airbrushed wash before your game too?


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/08 04:50:34


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 gobert wrote:
He’s looking better and better each pic! Will he be getting an airbrushed wash before your game too?
Thanks, it’s all coming together well. I won’t be washing before the game, I need more colour and textures first!

More solid work today on the Left hand side hull panels:

This worked out well with a good colour balance, which means a full frontal:

I love the Chequers! Tomorrow I’ll be working on the coloured panels on the feet.


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/08 05:54:41


Post by: Viterbi


Looking awesome. But you do know what happens to well painted models in their first game, don't you? Hope he is able to wreak havoc, only a few days left for his big stage. I hope your gaming table is well-supported


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/09 05:46:15


Post by: ThorNZ2020


 Viterbi wrote:
Looking awesome. But you do know what happens to well painted models in their first game, don't you? Hope he is able to wreak havoc, only a few days left for his big stage. I hope your gaming table is well-supported
Thanks, I’m counting on it!

Today is a big day in the life of Terror-Watt... all the main coloured panels are completed! These pics are all pre grime, dirt, weathering and rust so look a bit bright. Other models included for scale:











I love the view from the top as it reveals a lot of otherwise hidden work



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/09 13:37:04


Post by: Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll


Simply awe-inspiring. I can't wait to see the weathering! It looks so crisp and clean right now, still beautiful, but not quite as Orky


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/09 14:10:58


Post by: Illumini


He sure is a big boy


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/10 15:27:17


Post by: gobert


Looking awesome! I’m hoping we get to see some pics of him in action with you Apocalypse game


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/11 05:04:42


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll wrote:Simply awe-inspiring. I can't wait to see the weathering! It looks so crisp and clean right now, still beautiful, but not quite as Orky
He sure need more grime and rust

Illumini wrote:He sure is a big boy
Thiiiic

gobert wrote:Looking awesome! I’m hoping we get to see some pics of him in action with you Apocalypse game
I’ll post some in a few days along with a kill count and narrative!

Decoy completed:


This is 30 mins of work to set up tonight on the APOC board ready for the big battle tomorrow... inst it horrendous! The keen of you may notice the base is the same plywood one I used from Day 1 of the build!



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Decoy deployed in front of some much better painted and much more fearsome opposition:

My garagehammer mates had many bad thing to say about ‘Stimpy’!!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/13 23:53:50


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Wow... APOC games are amazing but draining! Terror-Watts first outing was met with much swearing and astonishment. The APOC game lasted 1 night and most of the next day and Terror-Watt survived all 6 turns and even mildly tolerated some last turn ‘friendly’ fire to end the game on 28 wounds left! He killed 2 Warhound titans and a long list of other big units (necrons with quantum shielding are silly).

Some lessons on Warlord Titan usage:
1. Always sit down when you can, APOC games are long
2. A Quake Cannon will reliably one shot a Warhound Titan Even if you have rubbish dice!
3. All the little guns add to the massive damage, never underestimate them
4. A CCweapon on a Warlord is a bit wasted (generally the feet are good enough) Bring more Macro guns
5. Plasma Annihilators are amazing!
6. Always sit down when you can, APOC games are long (It’s so important it’s worth mentioning twice)

I’ll dial back the effort now and hook back into the painting in a month or so and hopefully complete the painting by Christmas/next APOC game


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/14 00:44:27


Post by: Briancj


Were you playing the actual "Apocalypse" ruleset, or just big-points 40k?

Looks amazing on the table!

--B.



The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/14 04:54:25


Post by: Viterbi


Good to hear that he did well. Looks like it was a fun game despite the time needed


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/14 19:31:14


Post by: ThorNZ2020


Briancj wrote:Were you playing the actual "Apocalypse" ruleset, or just big-points 40k?

Looks amazing on the table!
Thanks, he sure did dominate the landscape down one end of the table. The APOC game was 30,000 points and was finished in 6 hours with a full 6 turns of play using 8th Edition 40k rules. The reason why it went sooo fast was We used nothing smaller than a Leman Russ Tank, and had 10min timed phases

Viterbi wrote:Good to hear that he did well. Looks like it was a fun game despite the time needed
Yeah we had a blast! It’s great to do 1 or 2 APOC games a year for kicks and giggles, nothing serious


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/15 07:14:13


Post by: gobert


That’s some serious heavy metal, with Terror-Watt looking like the heaviest of the bunch! Some really dense terrain too, looks lots of fun!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/15 08:01:29


Post by: Gordy2000


This project has just been incredible! Fantastic work on such an ambitious build. Superb detail, engineering and creativity.

The apoc game looked amazing - do you have any more photos you can share?

Great work all round + awesome that this is an NZ job!


The Build, Paint & Adventures of a 40k 0rk Mekboy Gargant & 3x Stompas - Photo Diary @ 2020/09/16 08:36:01


Post by: Thousandeyes


What a great thread to follow through, from birth of the idea to the battlefield. Great to see Terror-Watt get it's moment to shine.