Greetings, fellow humans! This week, I have mostly been reading the new Ork Codex, and re-calculating the points of my various Clans. It’s not the most photogenic of activities, so here’s a pumpkin that I carved for Halloween this year instead.
On a more serious note, I’d like to apologise to Games Workshop on behalf of the Ork Kommunitee for all of the whinging, moaning and negativity that went on in Orktober. In addition to the usual Codex/datacards/dice, we also received a dedicated game, six (!) new vehicle kits and a new terrain set – not to mention plenty of interesting and entertaining articles. That’s more than any other 8th edition army since Primaris and Death Guard, and they were technically new armies anyway. Despite this, some people took it as a personal insult because exactly what they wanted didn’t materialise. Yes, it sucks that we lost some units (but you can still use the Index for those), and it would’ve been nice to have had our resin stuff converted to plastic too (like weedy old Dregmek Blitzkart). As things stand though, all of the plastics in the Ork range are recent. And by recent, I mean post-4th edition (as in, January 2008 or later). That’s much better than Sisters of Battle, and some of the 20 (or more) year old sculpts that Eldar and Chaos players have to deal with.
Plus, it’s a game. About space war. With aliens and daemons and psychic powers. Games Workshop aren’t going to personally come round to your house and burn your old models – so use your imagination! Your biker characters can become Deffkillas or Nob Bikers, your Big Guns can become Mek Guns, and your old Warbuggies and Looted Wagons can still slot in somewhere with a little bit of thought (my Skullhamma is now a Forge World Kill Tank, for example). You can still convert your own plastic characters if you so wish (possibly using the excellent Age of Sigmar kits); Tankbustas and Kommandos are easy enough to produce with a bit of kitbashing; and you can still get the plastic Assault on Black Reach Deffkoptas on eBay or from Revell. As the old saying goes: ‘When life gives you lemons; BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!’.
Apologies for that. My rant’s over now. I promise. If anybody reading this is still upset by things, then I’d advise you to contact GW via an official channel to give them your feedback, rather than just screaming into the void. Who knows, if enough people contact them about certain things, they might even act on them.
Anyway, back to my point(s). As of the 8th edition Codex, my (rough) Clan totals are as follows:
Deathskulls = 8k (down from 8.5k)
Bad Moons = 6k (down from 6.5k)
Evil Sunz = 3k (down from 3.5k)
Goffs = 1k (minimal changes)
Blood Axes = 1.5k (minimal changes)
Overall, a loss of about 1.5k points, spread pretty evenly across my three main Clans. While I don’t have quite as much any more (in terms of points), it means that I can squeeze more models into my games, which is a definite bonus. I’ll also be getting one of each of the new vehicles eventually too, which should add roughly 500 points back to my Evil Sunz. I just need to clear my Death Guard, Ironjawz and Moonclan backlogs first…