Ork Musings: Using a Tabletop Scenics Orc Troop Transmitta in Your Games

Tellyporta Technology’s Da Best

Tabletop Scenics keeps doing amazing things, and their latest Orkenburg creation is no exception. The Orc Troop Transmitta has just been released, and I thought I’d put together a blog on how it could potentially be used in your games of Warhammer 40,000.

Orks in Warhammer 40K are known for their use of teleportation technology, which seems to work on a level that the Imperium of Mankind doesn’t understand. The Orc Troop Transmitta, to me, represents one of these strange teleportation portals in the best way possible. I can easily see a group of mekaniaks getting together and working to build one or more of these on a battlefield(with the help of their hapless grot assistants, of course).

Ork “tellyporta” technology has been used with great success in past ork battles, including the Third Battle for Armageddon. And nothing is more dangerous than an ork Big Mek with ideas and time on his hands…

Using an Orc Troop Transmitta on the Tabletop

One thing that the new edition of 40k is missing is decent terrain rules. There’s a lot of ambiguity in the rules as written, which I think requires some discussion with your opponent beforehand. That isn’t stopping me from coming up with some fun rules for the new Troop Transmitta, though!

I think this new terrain piece adds a lot of potential flavor to an ork army. Obviously the most basic use would be to allow it to teleport new ork units onto the battlefield. But that sounds… boring. So let’s kick that up a notch with some proppa ork flavor!

Orc Troop Transmitta: 100 points before upgrades

The Orc Troop Transmitta may at its base value of 100 points teleport in up 300 points of vehicles/units total. The biggest vehicles that will fit through the portal are Gorkanauts and Morkanauts.

It has 35 wounds, is Toughness 9, and has a 4+ armor save.

Upgrades:

Kustom Force Field: 40 points – grants the Transmitta a 5+ Invulnerable Save

Bigger Capacitors: 50 points – increase the Transmitta’s teleport capability to 450 points worth of units/vehicles. Note that you are still limited to one unit/vehicle per turn(though units embarked in vehicles MAY be teleported in.

The Transmitta Mishap Table

You can see that I tried to come with rules that are both fun and yet not too overpowered – you’ll hit the Transmitta Mishap Table about 50% of the time, which seems to be about right for ork technology. Please feel free to use these rules in your own games of 40k and let me know your thoughts and comments!

I want to say a huge thank you to Tabletop Scenics, who provided these pictures of their new Orc Troop Transmitta when I asked. Go check out all of their Orkenburg scenery at Bits of War and add some great orc/ork terrain to your own gaming tables!

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Tabletop Scenics Orc Barrack

Oi! I fink dere’s supposed ta be somefink about dem hydra beakies ‘ere, but we’z orks ‘as taken ova!

Orktober is here at last, and that means orks! I’ve been slowly working on my greenskins again instead of my Alpha Legion, and also finally got around to finishing the orc barrack that I got from Tabletop Scenics.

There was what I feel is a distinct lack of orc/ork terrain, or at least there was until Tabletop Scenics’ Orkenburg Junk City line of terrain premiered. They have a great selection of kits, everything from a line of bunkers that connect up to an Irontoof Bastion – a massive fortress fit for any ork warlord.

All the kits are made from hdf, which I believe is similar to mdf, though I’m not sure of the differences. That means that the prices are also pretty reasonable. Each kit has various layers that stack to create a really cool 3-dimensional effect.

Later this month they’ll be premiering a new kit, an orc “warp gate”, which they’ve shown a teaser video for on their Facebook page. Go check it out!

Building the Bones on the Next Promethium Chimney

All About That Base

The last few weeks have been strange – I haven’t had much inclination to work on my Alpha Legion. Instead, I’ve spent that time working on more terrain for that dream table. In my last post I showed off the assembled Promethium Chimney, using the grated bridges to connect it to the previous painted one. Here I’ll talk a little about the painting process for the bones of the structure.

A Strong Foundation

The basis of the Promethium Chimneys are the cylinders that hold up the structure, and the multi-sided platforms that form the base and the various levels. On the small Chimney, these platforms are hexagonal. Here on the medium version, they’re octagons, allowing for eight wall sections to be added in.

I’ve now airbrushed those cylinders and platforms, meaning that the next step is to airbrush and weather the walls, something that’s currently occupying my hobby time. I’ll show off some examples of that below.

I wanted to get paint on the structural sections first, which let me get a feel for how I want the final terrain piece assembled. While all of the Mechanicum Industrial Sector is interchangeable, it makes sense to glue certain pieces to allow for wear and tear during gameplay.

I like Tabletop Scenics’ products enough that I know I’ll get more, meaning that I’m more than ok with permanent structures. If anyone wants to help donate to this crazy project, I do make really cool dice bags…

Get Some Paint On It

HDF terrain is kind of a pain to prime with an airbrush. There. I said it. The actual airbrushing isn’t so bad, but I don’t like the priming. And I think that’s mostly because the pieces are so large.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk colors.

I’m following the same color scheme I used on the smaller Chimney, since this will all be part of a whole. That means industrial greys for the wall sections and stairs, and a dull red for the upper platforms.

I usually start with a zenithal highlight over the primer, followed by a base coat of Vallejo German Grey. Over that I begin mixing in AK Interactive Dunkelgrau, with a final highlight coat using Minitaire INSERT PAINT NAME

The platforms are done in Vallejo German Red Brown, a nice dull red that when dry almost mimics a thin coat of rusty metal.

For the weathering I use a sponge chipping technique, starting first with AK Interactive Dark Rust, then GW Skrag Brown. On the medium Chimney I’ve also added in “splashes” of Secret Weapon Miniatures Tire Black, a really great dark greenish black color that I imagine represents promethium fairly well. This terrain is, after all, part of a promethium extraction facility.

The platforms also get sponge chipping in metallics – usually Leadbelcher, though P3 Pig Iron works as well. The undersides of these are done in German Grey, also with rust chipping.

For the bridges, I’ll be doing the walkways in the same red as the platforms, and will use the same grey for the railings.

Next Steps

Since I started writing this post I’ve had a few interruptions, and have been able to airbrush the wall sections and one of the grated bridges. From here it’s on to the sponge chipping on all of those pieces. Next week I’ll start work on the safety railing pieces that form the low walls on the upper platforms.

What’s your favorite piece of wargaming terrain? Do you prefer to buy kits or build everything yourself? Let me know!

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Terrain Talk: Medium Promethium Chimney

Terrain Situation Recap

In my last post I talked about the Small Promethium Chimney from Tabletop Scenics. Since then, I’ve been able to acquire a second kit from them, this time the Medium Promethium Chimney.

This second installment in the series, part of Tabletop Scenics’ “Mechanicum Industrial Sector” line, is both larger and offers more parts for creating a great addition to your wargaming table.

Now, I don’t actually have the space in my tiny apartment for any kind of wargaming table, much less the space to invite people over to play Warhammer 30K(current game of choice), but I can dream and in the meantime, assemble some really cool pieces of mdf terrain.

The Review

It’s awesome. Get some if you can. I’ll share pictures below, but I’m more than happy with the Medium Promethium Chimney. Like all mdf terrain(that I’ve experienced so far), it comes in a “flat pack” consisting of several sheets of laser-cut mdf that need to be punched out and then assembled using the glue of your choice.

The Mechanicum Industrial Sector terrain is all designed to work together with interchangeable parts, so you could get four of these kits and put together some scenery that barely resembles the pictures on the box. It’s pretty cool.

I like the Promethium Chimney kit because it comes with the central cylinder pieces that add some cool flair to it and I think help it look somehow more industrial/factory.

This kit has larger base platforms than the small kit from my earlier review, which is nice in that it allows more troops on each level and also increases the footprint of the kit in a noticeable way. It also adds more of the “wall” pieces, this time in a more armored selection than the pipe and gear wall sections from the small Chimney. You also get more of the smaller closed railing pieces, which makes sense since the platforms are larger and will fit more of them – eight vs the six on the small kit.

Additional Pieces

Because I’m working toward an industrial desert terrain table, I also grabbed Tabletop Scenics Reinforced Walls kit and their Grated Bridges. Like I mentioned earlier, these fit in perfectly with any of the other Mechanicum Industrial Sector kits.

The reinforced walls will add some much needed line of sight blocking, and the bridges are great for connecting all these kits. (Also pictured: Alpharius.)

Connecting the Pieces

I’m almost ready to start airbrushing the Medium Promethium Chimney, so I thought I would set everything up and see what it looks like all together. Verdict: it’s going to be pretty incredible when it’s done.

Terrain Showcase: Small Promethium Chimney

Getting the Most Out of Your MDF Terrain

Tabletop Scenics does terrain right. An offshoot/sister company to Kromlech(known for their alternative futuristic orc and conversion bits), Tabletop Scenics currently makes two lines of mdf terrain, Orkenburg Junk City and the Industrial Mechanicum Sector, with more on the way.

I’ve previously reviewed a few of their kits on my YouTube channel and was very happy with my purchases. I really feel that you get a ton of value out of the kits for the price you pay, and the end result looks great on the table as well. This Small Promethium Chimney was around $25(not including shipping), and the kit is entirely modular, allowing you to build and combine it with all of Tabletop Scenics’ other kits from the same line.

I appreciate this degree of modularity, because it allows me to put together a table of terrain in a huge variety of ways. Several of these Promethium Chimneys combined, in the three different sizes, would easily make a fantastic centerpiece on an industrial wargaming table. I’m actually really tempted to make another order soon to grab more of these kits, along with some bridges to connect them.

Pictures and Final Thoughts

I have no experience assembling plastic terrain, but I found the mdf to be easy to put together. I alternated between super glue and Aleene’s Tacky Glue, depending on what was within easy reach. The pieces were cleaned with a hobby knife where they attached to the mdf “sprues”.

I did undercoat the shorter piece with matte varnish first, but skipped that step on the second piece and found no noticeable difference in the final result. The bulk of the painting was done with an airbrush. Afterwards, both pieces were sealed with Vallejo Premium Satin Varnish.

What are your favorite terrain companies for your choice of wargame? Any hidden gems I should be looking at? Do you prefer plastic, resin, or mdf for your table scenery? Let me know in the comments below!

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Building a Murder Machine: Dual Chainfist Contemptor Dreadnought

Alpha Legion Reinforcements

A few weeks ago I mentioned on Twitter that the thought of a Contemptor Dreadnought with dual chainfists was amusing, and that it would be a fun addition to my 30k army. As it turns out, the world is full of incredible people, and I quickly had a message in my inbox from a benefactor who asked “If I send you X dollars, would you be able to get the miniature and make this project happen?”.

Forge World was still running a “Buy one dreadnought arm, get one free” deal, and it was in part also thanks to this that I placed the order. The other day I finally had a chance to assemble the dreadnought, who will be named “Sciurus” in honor of that benefactor I mentioned earlier.

Chainfists

Sciurus makes my third Contemptor dreadnought, and as with the others, I magnetized the arms at the elbow, so that I could switch out weapons if I needed to. I sense double volkite culverins at some point in the future…

This gives me a full Talon of dreadnoughts in the army, which has some fun potential. They are points heavy, but can also make more than their points worth in kills if I get lucky. Sciurus has graviton guns in the chainfists, which will allow him to take hull points off enemy vehicles as he advances; grav has a rule where a roll of 2-5 is a glancing hit, and a 6 is a penetrating hit.

The chainfists themselves have the Armourbane special rule, which means rolling 2d6 for armor penetrating instead of just 1d6. Combined with the number of attacks a dreadnought has and the double strength that the chainfists grant, this almost guarantees destroyed vehicles if he makes it into combat with them.

Alpha Legion is Best Legion

There are several non-Legion specific Contemptors available, but I really love the hydra designs on the Alpha Legion Contemptor, so picking a chassis was easy. The cast was fairly good though I do still need to clean a few mold lines and do some pinning, especially in the feet so that he’ll be easy to pin into the base once it’s finished. This miniature is a lot of fun to paint, so I’m really looking forward to the process.

It feels like this year in particular has shown a lot of progress for my Horus Heresy army; I’m getting a lot done and also getting in at least one monthly game, which only serves to make me want to paint more. It’s a good feeling.

What is everyone else currently working on? Any interesting projects on the painting or crafting table? Let me know in the comments! As always, thanks for reading.

Terrain Talk: Oxidus Prime

The Galaxy Runs on Promethium

I’ve been thinking about putting together the terrain for a wargaming table for a while now. There are a lot of great options available these days, ranging from GW’s plastic kits to some great mdf options. In my head, the table I’m building is a red desert world, with enormous promethium reserves under the surface. Enter Oxidus Prime.

I went so far to put together a Pinterest board, because it helped me visualize the elements more than just a folder of bookmarks would have.

You can view the board here: https://pin.it/5yf46aze76xrkj

I wanted terrain reminiscent of the Mechanicum, a lot of pieces that evoke an industrial, factory feel. Tables featuring gothic ruins can be great, but here I wanted to go in a different direction.

That Factory Feel

Tabletop Scenics has a selection of mdf terrain under their “Mechanicum Sector” banner, which represents what might be found on a typical Forge world during the Horus Heresy. A lot of tall structures featuring gantries, exposed pipe work, hex grid floors, and so on.

The piece I’m showing off here is their Small Promethium Chimney. According to the instructions, it can be put together any number of different ways, which is fantastic for adding extra options to a table layout.

The basis of the Promethium Chimney are three cylinders that the rest of the structure is built around. The kit comes with several hexagon-shaped platforms that fit onto the top or bottom of these cylinders. Additional pieces add detailing like doorways or guard rails.

“Small” is a bit of a misnomer, by the way – these three cylinders can all be stacked, and probably measure close to 18″ high at that point. From what I can tell, the medium and large Promethium Chimneys increase the size of the hex platforms, and also have more of the “doorframe” and railing pieces included.

Again, all of these are modular, so a few kits will give you a huge number of options, especially if you choose not to glue certain sections together.

The Rhino also shows that these are a good way to add some line of sight blocking terrain.

Final Thoughts

While I don’t have the room in my apartment for a full gaming table, I really like planning out a set up and dreaming of ways to add interested groups elements. This is my third kit from Tabletop Scenics and I couldn’t recommend them more. I’m eager to airbrush this kit and get some color on it, and am already planning on further additions – I think some walkways to connect multiple Chimneys would be a great touch.

How to: Easy Land Speeder Grav Gun Conversions

Grav Stands For…

I like Land speeders. They’re a fun kit to build, and I think that they have the potential to work really well in my Alpha Legion army. (I talk a little about the thoughts and the way I’m building my 30K army Here.)

One of the options for Land speeders is a graviton gun, but the kit unfortunately doesn’t come with one. So it was time to improvise. I’m sure there are official Games Workshop produced grav guns out there somewhere. I just grabbed a couple from Kromlech since I was getting other stuff at the time anyway. Here’s what the conversions look like.

Just Chop It Off

The GW Land speeder kit comes with an underslung assault cannon and a mounting …thing. The cannon attaches to the thing and that glues to the bottom of the speeder. Pics down below should help explain.

To put together the grav gun, I sawed the front off the assault cannon – the barrels, in effect. I wasn’t going to be using them for anything, and that gave me a convenient spot to mount the grav gun to. On the grav guns themselves, I cut off the trigger portion and then clipped the back of the gun flat.

This then attached to the leftover assault cannon section, which mounts to the thing below the vehicle. Confused yet? Me too. Here’s a pic.

You can see the magnets here, which have a twin under vehicle chassis that it simply attaches to. This lets me leave the option off if I don’t want to run it in the army list. The grav gun mount is light enough that these magnets are easily able to hold it to the speeder. You will need to drill holes for the magnet underneath the speeder chassis, and this is best done during assembly, before putting on the top plate on the Land speeder.

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I hope everyone finds this conversion useful. It didn’t take too long, and I think it will look great once the guns are painted up. Grav guns seem like an awesome option, so there’s almost no reason not to take them on a vehicle that can Deep Strike onto the table.

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The Glow of the Lascannons

A Brief Hobby Update

The past month or so has been a little rough on my hobby progress in all aspects. I’ve been struggling more than a little bit, mentally, and when I’m feeling down and defeated, it’s hard to get excited about doing any kind of hobby work.

In today’s post I’ll give a quick update on what’s been happening on my painting desk, and show off a few pictures of cool Alpha Legion stuff.

The Airbrush Life

Today I did a quick airbrushing session, getting some color down on the lascannon coils of the Land Raider sponsons. These have been sitting half done for months now, and at this point will need only a short amount of work before they’re completely finished.

The coils here were airbrushed in GW Temple Guard Blue, to which I added several drops of Vallejo Dead White afterwards to get the brighter effect. The pictures do make the glow look far brighter than it is, but overall the effect is really cool.

I want to get good at doing glow effects like this, for when I eventually get larger tanks that may need that particular effect – like the Glaive(which will have the volkite carronade glow in red).

After the lascannons, I tried an experiment on some extra combat blades. I want a squad of veteran tactical marines with a few power swords, but right now I’m lacking enough close combat arms. As an alternative, I airbrushed a few combat blades to act as power weapons in the meantime.

Here I based them in Secret Weapon Miniatures Tire Black, a nice dark green-black, and then slowly added accents of GW Moot Green. I feel like the Alpha Legion may not necessarily have super glowy power swords, so the effect I wanted was more menacing. I like how this turned out, so I’ll probably be using it on the power daggers as well(repurposed night goblin daggers from the old plastic box set).

Final Thoughts

Right now I have several half finished projects that all need one thing or another to be completed, and the Storm Eagle is asking for attention as well. The other day I started work on the next five Cataphractii, armed with power axes. But that’s a post for another day… in the meantime, it’s getting late here and I have to be awake really early tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

Paid for by Hobby Guard*

There’s something ominous and intimidating about the Glaive, that’s spoken to me since I first saw the super heavy tank chassis. I know that some people go crazy over the Fellblade, or the Falchion. For me, it’s the Glaive. I really love the idea of this massive beam of arcane volkite energy spewing across the battlefield, incinerating everything in its path. The background for the Glaive specifically mentions that the chassis was used to battle massive xenos species.

I was talking with some friends recently, kidding about funding a Glaive for myself entirely based on sales of the Hobby Guard painter’s apron that I make and offer in my Etsy shop, and one of them(go follow him on Twitter @brushwizard) jokingly commented “Paid for by Hobby Guard*”. Out of curiosity, I did the math, and it would take roughly 18 sales to allow me to add a Glaive to my Alpha Legion army.

While it started as a little bit of a joke, I do think it would be incredible to be able to make this happen in earnest. I know there are a lot of miniature painters out there, and I know I’m not the only one who constantly spills and splatters paint everywhere. The Hobby Guard is $13.99 and with shipping is under $20. If I can somehow make this wild idea happen, I’ll document the entire build and paint process for the Glaive – from the initial unboxing all the way up to final weathering and transfers. I think there’s an incredible community out there for painters and hobbyists, and I’m always blown away by the scope of the incredible talent out there. I try my best to add to that. Take a look below for some shots of said Hobby Guard. You can find it over at greyedout.etsy.com along with a huge selection of dice bags.