Der Red Orktober – Ork Invasion Part 8

Wow, just over a year since I did a post on my Albino Ork Army called Da Blud Lettas. Funny how that can happen but not surprising with me as I have, to date, 1.2 billion projects on the go.

I decided to add a “Pirate” unit to the Albino Horde as I kinda, sorta fell in love with the Flash Gitz (Pirate Orks) from Games Workshop recently. I don’t know why they never appealed to me before? I love pirates and I love Orks so it only seems natural that the two entities should meet and tick my box.

Naturally, as is the IRO way, I didn’t just want to build and paint them… hmmmm… they needed something else……. hmmm?????


Every Pirate needs a ship soooooo…….

My Ork Pirates needed a “Land Ship.”

I decided to combine an Ork Battle Wagon with the Gloomtide shipwreck terrain from games Workshop  I had.

28915A4B-01C2-42B1-9001-BF691241D520817BEB4F-74FB-45AF-94C1-FEA0D2A78838The original plan for the shipwreck terrain was to make it NOT a shipwreck, as in rebuild into a proper sailing ship BUT then… well… Pirate Orks happened so yeah… hahaha.

Here was my blueprint haha


Here is the final built result of the two combined kitsverage mechanical engineering skills haha. Oh and be warned there’s a lot of pix.

Der Red Orktober

The Bow


The Stern


The Port


The Starboard


Now for some details.

The figurehead conversion was a little tricky but fun at the same time. The hairline is a bit off to my eye still but passable. See the comparison below.



As you can see above I went with some forward tracks. These are for steering. They don’t actually move in real life and were put in place to give the whole thing balance and stability. The canon was an after thought and also doesn’t move in real life but looks like it could dish out some pain and misery.

I was definitely adding a giant claw to the land-ship, how could I not? I also wanted a lot little details so that your eye constantly finds things. I like the little gargoyle in the third last picture in this group.


I was a bit lost with what to do with the stern of the ship but then it hit me… use the front plow thing of the Ork battle wagon for the stern haha. I also wanted to keep the ships rudder as I felt, aesthetically, it was cool but also would help steer the machine through sand or snow. Works in my brain. The gunner was  an afterthought when I realised there were no guns so no defence!!!! He is fixed in place just to make the whole thing even harder to paint haha.


With the starboard side I decided I needed something different so I went with a Grot Tank Turret, why not aye?

It actually swivels which is cool.

I particularly like the iron doors hanging and swinging from below the turret.


Now let’s look at the bridge, upper deck, mast and main canon.

I was wrapped when I found this little control desk thingy for the bridge in the first pic. I was going to go with a big ships wheel but I’d done that with my Grot Ship a while back. I like the holes in the bridges floor. The whole ship looks like it’s barely holding together due to the timber parts but then the big slabs of metal and iron contrast that.

The upper deck is nice and wide so that several Ork Crew members can man it.

I had to keep the mast of course and did consider making a sail but abandoned the idea when I remembered that I’m hopeless with a needle and thread.

The canon doesn’t turn in real life but looks as mean as hangover on Boxing Day.


Now the next section is something I’m quite proud of if I don’t say so myself.

I’ve never used magnets in the hobby but I’ve seen it done and was always keen to try. So, I decided to make the upper deck to the land-ship removable with the use of strategically placed magnets. The only problem was the smallest magnets I could find at the local hardware store weren’t that small.

Heres a video of me demonstrating the removable/magnetised upper deck. Be warned, it’s thrilling stuff haha.

Here are the two separate pieces.


Heres the lower deck deck which I think looks pretty cool. Note the treasure chest.


I have yet to build the Flash Gitz Ork miniatures but here is part of the crew including Kaptin BloodToof in the first pic.


The real challenges I faced with this build was joining the bow and stern together. I used several long, cut up sprues, as joists to connect them plus some external armour plates to strengthen the whole thing. The wheels and tracks were also a bit tricky but then I decided that, as I will be basing the whole thing, I’d simply glue them onto the sides. Therefore the belly or hull of the ship does actually scrape along the ground. If I hadn’t of done it this way I would have had to of built some sort of chassis. In my mind though, this land-ships tracks will be doing all the hard work to navigate through terrain.

I will be basing this beast and will be keeping things simple but I’m open to suggestions.

The painting of this bad boy will consist of, mostly, red but also a mishmash of other colours like yellow, blue and green.

I hope you like it.

Thats it for me for 2019 guys so I’ll wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year.

I’m sorry the last quarter of the blogging year hasn’t been as succinct as usual just lots going on is all.

Its been a big and happy year for me and my little family but went by in a flash.

I’ll still be around liking/commenting on your work I just won’t be posting anything else for 2019. Have no fear though for I shall be tinkering away still and I will return in 2020 in a BIG way!!

Take care.



41 thoughts on “Der Red Orktober – Ork Invasion Part 8”

  1. Stunning mate. Very, very creative and really works. Like the Orks and the removable deck is a great feature. Awesome amount of detail but just how you are going to paint all this fully assembled will be some challenge. Will look even more brilliant once its been done. Have a great Christmas with the family in your new home and hope you have a great time. Happy New Year! 🤗

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    1. Thanks TIM. Painting will be challenging but I’m looking forward to it. The inside of the cabin will remain black because there’s no, literal, access to it but the rest I should be able to reach with a brush. Happy Christmas mate. I’ll still be around commenting etc.

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  2. Painfully awesome! Totally love what you’ve done with that mashup.

    The gloomtide shipwreck is a great model (and actually quite good value for GW), I’ve got one myself which I’ve been ummmm-ing and ahhhhhhh-ing over for a year now.

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  3. Agree with Pete, this is your tour de force. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – to you and yours – and that includes Waz as he’s yours right? and I HOPE you paint this soon. It’s f’ing stunning. I saw it on Instagram but this is much better visually. If I were you, I’d contact GW and see if you could be a consultant for them, your imagination exceeds any limit. Hope to catch up on the FOTWP over the next few wintry weeks (hell I won’t see leaves until May). Thanks for making life more interesting IRO!

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  4. That’s one sweet ride! I’d pay a kit like that if GW hired you, it’s got all the hallmarks of an Ork Mek’s mad design. What would you build with a Giant Squig and a box full of spare bitz?

    Merry Christmas Big Boss!

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  5. Yesssss, that really is the business! Now, I don’t often use this word, so contain your excitement, but . . . it . . . is . . . AWESOME!! After the work that’s gone into that, I think you well deserve your Christmas break! 🙂 (hopefully, I’ll calm down a bit soon)!

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  6. What a construction! I’m building a little sledge – this puts that well into perspective. One heck of a paint job for you, mate, but I’m sure you’ll render it in your usual spectacular and sublime fashion.

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    1. I bet your sledge will be a marvel mate. A Marvin Marvel. I’m pleased with the land-ship but I’m my own worse critic so I’m already looking at it and seeing how I could have done things better. Painting will be difficult but I’m looking forward to it.

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  7. That’s nothing short of amazing, and it’s exactly the kind of madness that makes your projects so brilliant. Have a great end of the year and a lovely Christmas time!

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