Thrugg Bullneck’s Ork Raiders were one of my first squad purchases, perhaps even my first; I can’t remember if I bought the multi-part Imperial Space Marines kit at the same time, or not. I can however remember that me and my bro, Tom had some hideously unbalanced battles, dominated by the Space Marines.
The battle that sticks in my mind the most was probably one of the first and I took the Orks, with Tom taking the Space Marines. The games table was our bedroom floor and the scenery was a fort made from hardback books. The Space Marines defended the fort and the Orks attacked. This seemed like a good idea at the time … It was not.
I painted the Orks, and the Space Marines with an excess of enthusiasm that was in no way matched by ability and I would at this point like to point out the picture at the top of this page for some incredibly chipped examples.
In my opinion these early Orks have aged much better than the Space Marines. The Orks being metal and the Space Marines being plastic probably helped this, as the plastic models of the day were not super detailed.
This trip down memory lane has a purpose. I was recently forced to sort out our box room, due to work chappies needing access to some pipes, so I thought I might as well do a reasonably good job of it. One of the few bits of awesomeness to come from this was turning up a lot of my old models, including the entirety of Thrugg Bullneck’s Ork Raiders, plus a few spares that I must’ve picked up in blister packs.
I’m now in a position were I really want to repaint the immediately but can’t because I need to clear up a bit more of the stuff on my board. I love painting the really old metal models and as far as Warhammer 40,000 goes they don’t get much older than these guys.
What I’m undecided about at present is whether I replicate the colour scheme I used on them last time, but better, or go with the way they’re painted on the box. Given what’s on my board that I need to finishe off first, I’ve got a little while to think about it yet.