Hi been slowly getting into the hobby for a while now, still not too heavily involved in the competitive scene, but I do get sucked into the collecting and painting aspects.
Always loved orks since Dawn of War, especially with so many cool looking units like the Flash-Gitz, Squiggoth, Mega-Nobz, etc. I kind of liked the concept of mercenary orks and was toying with the idea of a combined Ork/Kroot/Dark-Eldar/Renegade(Chaos) army, but it seemed a little too fan-fictiony, so I've settled for Freebooter Orks with plundered gak and a contingent of Kroot Kommando Merenercies.
I bought the Flash-Gitz a while back as a treat and coated them with way too much paint, which I later removed with dettol, I'm now giving them another pass.
I don't have a before and after unfortunately look better than they did, still have to finish off the rest of their squad, but I'm pleased with how they're turning out.
I still layer the paint on a little thick as I keep editing the highlighting, decals and such.
I mentioned that I liked the squiggoth a lot, so I when I saw one going for "relatively" cheap I grabbed it. To be honest it's likely a recast as it gave off a pretty strong smell when I sawed the joints that were a little misshapen, but o'well.
That was about 6-9 months ago, and in the few games that I played I noticed my squiggoth was getting focused down, and with less cash I wasn't going to spend £60+ on another squiggoth, so I grabbed a cheap arachnarork that I'm converting into a squiggoth.
They're about the same size, the only real pain is in making a decent carrying-platform on the thing, I've used the sprue frame and some hard plastics with a off-brand kannon to start to piece it together. It could really use with some bolts, and chains to tie it to the beast though.
I had my eye on the little goblin shaman that came with it, and using some greenstuff I'm in the process of converting him to a free-booter mascot parrot. I got this idea from the pirate warhammer ogre with a snotling pet.
And on the subject of parrots, I got some kroot and am converting them into little green psychos. I like to imagine they eat too much ork-freebooter flesh and gone native.
The little drone I've was a conversion I wanted to do from the get go, it uses a nob-slugga, chaos chain-sword and a rokkit-launcher, I may change it's checkered pattern to cyan to tie it in and make it pop.
Back to gretchin, I have a lot of work to do, there's some I'm happy with though below.
I'm using a fantasy goblin as a wierd-boy, I may want to add a cybork body guard or something on his base to justify his wounds and attack. I'm pretty pleased with his cloak though.
With my Elites, I was a little unsure what I wanted, the kommandos were cool but as I was going for quite a dakka focused army, so I ended up grabbing some Tank-Bustas and Nobz.
The latter you can see below alongside a banner nob, with a kustom-shoota/banner/big-choppa hybrid that I'm pretty happy with.
Initially with the nobs I really wanted to go for a bunch of kustom shootas, and have them as less-flash-gitz, now they are pretty much nobz with shootas and big choppas.
As with most units I'm still converting and painting up more models, I'm hoping to have two squads of 6 with ammo runts to go in the squiggoths.
For those tankbustas I mentioned, I've been converting a Dark-Eldar Raider as their trukk, the wheels look a little small though and I need some more, plus some more gak to decorate the sides.
There's also a Dark-Eldar that I'm converting with a fantasy Flagellant into a mascot ammo-runt, need to swap the head out, if it doesn't work it doesn't work
Lastly I have my dakkajet I got for cheap and cleaned up, I still need to do the underside and add my tail-fins but I'm liking the vibe of it.
The eyes are a bit too much though, I'm thinking of bringing the flames to front main body, but I kind of like having the red body divide the paint scheme so ehh... not sure.
So that's it so far, I have a lot of Boyz that are only base coated, and I'm converting some with pirate ork kits, and hacked off tricorn hats, so we'll see how that goes.
I'm interested in maybe converting some of my boyz into stormboyz, but the bodies really don't work too well without some kind of strap or frame securing it to their back, I don't really fancy paying out the nose for my stormboyz, we'll see.
I'll try to keep this updated, sorry if I've gone a little ott
with the info, let me know your thoughts.