Now, you have decided to get yourself an Ork Army, but where do you start? There are a lot of questions you have in your mind, but this time I will cover the best way to become a Hardcore Gamer; which is to spend more time on the playing with your members rather than painting.
First of all you need to know your budget. If you have a decently small budget, try to avoid metal miniatures as they can be much more expensive compared to a plastic one. Remember, stick to plastic models more often! Fortunately a competitive Ork army does decently well without much metal miniatures.
List to buy :-
- 2-3 basecoat brushes
- Get a small/medium brush (0 or 1 size) and a bigger one (2+ size) will do. Get a higher quality one to avoid the brush hair to stick on your miniatures. Remember to wash your brushes everytime you stop painting to extend its lifespan. Army painter does sell good 3 brushes in a set for a low price which is a bargain.
- Army Painter Shaders
- This is the base of getting your Ork army painted quickly and look very good on the table. Depending on your budget, you can get any polyurethane woodstain or Army Painter Shaders for the best result. Depending on how you want your army to look like, its best to use dark or strong tone shaders. With the brush method (recommended over the dip method), you can have more than enough to "dip" 3000+ points of miniatures.
- Basecoat spray and paints
- Citadel paints is probably the best paint to suit 40k miniatures, but other recommended miniature paints such as Vallejo Game color paints do it pretty well too. Since you'll be dipping your miniatures, you need to get light colored basecoat spray colors and you're pretty set on.
- Basing Materials
- Games Workshop have some nice look basing materials, but there are also other 3rd party basing materials such as Army Painter Basing which has more variety.
- Any good Plastic glue (for plastic miniatures), Super glue (for metal miniatures) and maybe PVA glue from your local bookstore (for basing) will do.
- Hobby Knife and Pliers/Cutters
- Army Painter has a hobby set bundled together for your convenience. You can get a regular hobby knife from your local bookstore and pliers/cutters from a hardware shop. You need both of it to clean your miniatures from mold lines so that your miniature look better on the table. If you want perfection, a file or sand papers will help too. A cutting mat (can be bought from a local bookstore) maybe required so that you won't hurt your table.
- Rulebook and Codex
- Depending on your budget, you can get 2nd hand codexes on ebay or just buy a new one. Remember to get the latest Ork Codex and the 5th edition Warhammer 40k rulebook . Before buying your miniatures, you may need to look at your codex first and decide what army you want to field. Of course, you can always buy a box of Ork boyz box set first cause any Ork players will never have enough of Ork boyz!
- Orks need a lot of dices base on our number of attacks! Any regular 6-sided dice will do. A decent number of dices is 20 of them, for sometimes it may get lost in a local gamestore (happened to most of us before I guess :P). If you play Boss Zagstrukk for Deepstriking, boomy kannon/s, Burna boyz, or a Shokk Attack Gun you may need a scatter dice and/or a template.
- Miniatures and bits
- The cheapest Ork miniatures comes from the Assault on Black Reach box set. Either share with it with a friend by splitting half the bill and getting all the orks from the set in the process, or get bits and parts of it from a bitz shop online or ebay. Get the most of your boxed sets as much as possible. For example : If you need 29 ork boyz and a Nob, you don't need to get 3 boxes of 10 Ork boyz. You can just buy a box of ork boyz and then purchase bits of Ork heads, torsos, legs (Warhammer Fantasy Orc warriors will be fine) and either shoota or slugga boy arms and round bases online. I tried calculating and apparently its much cheaper than buying loads of boxes of it. Take note, you can mix and match with Warhammer Fantasy Orc and Goblins bits. After all, Orks are very random and a little bit of old skool will do good. I've seen many people suggesting Orc boarboys to be converted as Warbikes too.
Other notes : If you plan to get Warbikers, you may need to get bases for it as the box set doesn't provide bases for your bikes. Bikes tumble over pretty easily if there isn't any base for it.
You can email me your army list and I can try to calculate the best price you can get online for you. :) I will cover more on a regular wargamer (equal time on paint and gaming) next week and Modeller (more on painting, less on gaming) the week after. Stay tuned!