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Grovelin' Grot Rigger


Hello everyone

I'm starting my Deathskulls project log along my first posts on Dakka. I have a serious lack of focus on my wargaming projects, so this thread might help me actually finishing an army.

This first post will be reserved for a summary, concepts, finished pictures, all the boring stuff and also to help me keep track of my references.

Initially this was going to be a Kult of Speed army but the common ork red miniatures always bored me, so while looking for other Ork tribes I came across the Deathskulls. Lots of vehicles? Check. Cool conversion possibilities? Check. Warpaint? Check. Possibility to finally make some use of a huge ammount of Eldar vehicles in terrible shape that I bought some 5 years ago and has been collecting dust since then? CHECK.

Some Deathskulls Orks met a Saim Hann force, got impressed by the speed of their red vehicles, decided to loot and fix them propa, krumped the hell out of the scrawny elves and started experimenting with their shiny new toys.

-I'll try to make everything I can out of Eldar parts, then from other armies, then from Ork standard kits (and even then, I'l try modding them. Exceptions do apply.).
-Everything scratchbuilt will be as bare metal as possible.
-Deathskulls blue will come from Orkish graffiti/street art.
-Red paintjobs will come from Saim Hann parts. When not available, from race stripes or similar.
-Heavy battle damage for looted parts.
-Moderate weathering as rust, dents and burn marks for ork engineering (scratchbuilt parts).
-Lots of dirt, oil streaks, mud and general uncleanliness.
-Environment will be urban rubble/abandoned city.

http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Rat-Rod (this is a great ork conversion tutorial )

Next I will be posting the Battlewagon I'm currently converting from a Falcon chassis.

Comments and criticisms are always appreciated!

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2014/05/08 16:12:33

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Grovelin' Grot Rigger


Here's the first converted Battlewagon when I decided to start documenting the progress.

I'm currently having issues to fit the two wheels on the back of the vehicle. I'll probably extend the frames, but I'm not sure. Any suggestions?

I'm thinking about using a scatter laser as a big shoota on the right side of the cockpit. The red dots marks where rivets will probably be, and I think it lacks some teef.

What do you think?
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Left side

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Right side

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Wheels frame

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Screaming Shining Spear

Awesome. I have never seem a looted falcon before!!

4000 points: Craftworld Mymeara 
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Screaming Shining Spear


Genius. Even unfinished and unpainted is has a crazy Mad Max vibe to it. Is it wrong that I'm envisioning a team of squigs pulling that bad boy along like a team of huskies?

"Pit Crew! Take this box out back, throw in a rabid Honey Badger and SET IT ON FIRE!"

If I were an Eskimo, I'd build my igloo next to a supermarket on a tropical beach. 
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Grovelin' Grot Rigger


Thanks for your comments

 finnan wrote:
Is it wrong that I'm envisioning a team of squigs pulling that bad boy along like a team of huskies?

If by "wrong" you mean "so cool that must be done" then yes, it is wrong. This actually gave me some ideas, gotta find me some squigs now.

Yesterday I got home with a nasty fever and feeling sick as hell, so I didn't make any progress. To compensate, here's some more details of what has been done so far:

Here's a preview of how it's going to look like when it's done. I really liked how the Ork pilot doesn't fit in the cockpit even though it was widened a lot (this sounded strange).
There's going to be a lot of wires and cables going from the spirit stones to important parts such as the engines, wheels, cockpit, etc. - as if the orks found out what fueled the vehicle and managed to find a workaround to it.

Probably one of my favourite parts of this model is the bullet marks leading to the piercing shot which exploded one of the engines. I like to have the vehicle telling a story and this is what I've tried to accomplish - a hail of bullets were fired, hit the tank without much effect but two of them pierced the armor. One went cleanly through, but the other hit the engine which exploded. It even sounds like a battle report.
I'll have exhaust pipes crossing the tank to fill the space inside and exiting through the blown engine hole.

Scratch marks on the other side of the vehicle. A glancing hit from a power klaw, maybe?

I thought the left side of the truckbed were too plain, so I'll ad some wiring to give it some bling. I'm still not set on the final position of the wires.

Out of curiosity, this is what the tanks looked like before entering the Mek Shop. This is a very good looking one, actually. The other tanks had a much worse and thicker painting.

I'll also take the opportunity to show two videos which served as inspiration for the bases:

Looking forward to comments!

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Grovelin' Grot Rigger


Hello again!

My wife have some friends visiting for 2 weeks, so my hobby time is severely shortened since she says I'm too messy and I don't want to piss her off. Therefore, progress has been slow.

I did manage to attach the back wheels, add some teef to the model and start applying rivets. I still have to find a good source of rivets, since the round sprue I was using is too big and makes the rivets look like massive spikes.

I'm very happy with how much it looks like it's hovering, even though it has wheels. That front view makes for a very scary sight.

I'll probably be adding black smoke coming from the Eldar exhausts in the middle of the tank and/or the engine hole. I'm also thinking about adding chains hanging from the back edge of the truckbed and an Ork sitting carrying a big shoota somewhere.

What do you think? I think it still looks empty, but I can't figure out why.

Your comments are welcome!

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Longtime Dakkanaut

Bwaahahahaaaa. Days propa killy!
Great stuff, keep it up!

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Grovelin' Grot Rigger


 Squidbot wrote:
Bwaahahahaaaa. Days propa killy!
Great stuff, keep it up!

My first compliment in orkspeech, thank you.

Sorry for the lack of updates. My wife got friends staying at our house for the last 2 weeks and I'm prohibited of doing hobby stuff - she says I'm too messy, go figure...

While I'm still grounded, I`ve got some supplies!

Some metal orks I've bought second hand. 3 Warbosses, 1 vintage Kopta, 3 vintage warbikes, 2 burnas, 1 big shoota, 1 rokkit launcha, 20 slugga boyz and 20 shoota boyz. I`ll probably re-purpose all the vehicles since I don't like them.

Some bits I've got from friends, more incoming!

General stuff for the big mek shop. On the bottom row from left to right we have crackling medium for the desert bases, beads which will serve as infinite rivets, a plastic strip which will be used as engine belts or tank tracks and guitar cords to be used as cables and wires.

And here`s what I`ve got from the disassembled toy cars. Not bad for 15 BRL (about 6-7 USD).

On Tuesday my parole ends and I`ll be able to open the Big Mek tent again!!!

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Grovelin' Grot Rigger


Real life has been busy, including recently being unemployed, so I didn't have the time to pos updates.

I've been slowly working on the painting and detailing of the looted battlewagon. It's been YEARS since I last painted anything, so I'm quite pleased by the results. I'm cutting as much corners as I can by using spray primers and paints for the basecoats.

Primed. Rivets are done using the smallest jewelry beads I could find.

Saim Hann pattern done with cheap spray paints and masking tape.

Starting to paint some blue details.

Drybrushed everything with silver. I hate drybrushing, btw.

Tried to do the eldar spirt stones. They don't look great, but are good enough for me so whatever.

And some more photos on where it stand so far:

The idea is to have Eldar parts painted red and whatever else on blue/metal. tThe next challenge is to increase the presence of blue on the vehicle without resorting to simply painting panels blue.

I'm looking forward to your comments!

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Gargantuan Gargant

New Bedford, MA USA

Eldar vehicles wouldn't be my first choice for Ork conversion, but You've done a pretty good job og pulling it off.

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Fresh-Faced New User


You are doing some very nice conversions with these Eldar vehicles. I'm looking forward to see more converted vehicles

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Tough-as-Nails Ork Boy


Very funky. Really like it.
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Grovelin' Grot Rigger


Thank you for the comments

I have another minor update, how about some freehanded graffiti?

The last one should read "Panzee size" and "Watch yer hed", but it's almost unreadable. I will probably touch it up.

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Thane of Dol Guldur


that falcon needs fatter wheels at the back. even fatter and bigger than the front one. make it into a sick rat rod.

Heresy World Eaters/Emperors Children

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Grovelin' Grot Rigger


Real life has kept me from this project for a while so I forced myself to do something this weekend. It's not fancy but it's something at least. Here is 20 of the hundreds I'll have to do for the army.
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