John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) English writer, philosopher, art critic and polymath of the Victorian Era once said…
“We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.”
However, when it comes to Ork architecture, I think Frank Zappas quote is more on point…
“Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.”
Some people plan their terrain builds, which makes sense. They draw out what they want or what they’re dreaming of but for me, and my Ork army, we say piss off to all that nonsense and just start slapping things together.
My only rule was to have no rules and just start glueing things together (there’s also so much bicarb soda in these builds you could scrape it off and make your own gluten free soda bread). There was none of that namby pamby dry fitting first just good old knocking bits together. I guess I incorporated the rule of cool too, as in, if it looks cool to me then keep it.
I wanted to lay out everything I’ve built because you see as well as having no plan I didn’t measure or calculate anything either I just simply built things. Now, as you can see in the layout below, I’ll need a couple more wall sections to complete the outer perimeter of New OrkLeans.
In case I haven’t explained it already, New OrkLeans is an Ork fort with a town within the relative safety of its confines. Much like a castle from medieval times.
Internal buildings I’ve completed so far are the Mek-Shop, the butchers, the bar (The Slaughtered Squig) and the air conditioning tower.
I’d still like to build, before Orktober, somewhere for the Mad Dok (Doctor) to chop off limbs and attach mechanical claws etc and maybe a privy (Bog).
There’s also some more detailing I’d like to do over everything.
Some of you might remember a tower I built for my Pirate project well I recommissioned it to be an Ork tower. As well as adding details and little deck areas I also made the whole thing playable internally too by cutting it into three sections.
For the front gate there will be hinges so that the gates can be opened and closed. For the sign I was sort of going for an old billboard type look. Should work well once painted and all the lettering is attached.
As you can tell I’ve been having a ton of fun. There’s still a fair bit to build before Orktober but I’m out in the cabin each night tinkering away so I’m feeling optimistic. The plan is to build as much as I can so that in Orktober I paint like an Ork possessed! Wish me luck.
Now for something complete un-Ork-related but still fun.
My mate Big Waz and I host a podcast called Fly On The Wall Podcast (type it in to Spotify or iTunes all as one word if you’re keen to have a listen but be warned it’s very dark humoured). A friend of the show and a long term listener who we call The Professor has just released his E-Book and we want to do what we can to promote it for him.
For a very small price you can download it here – https://www.amazon.com.au/Vanguard-T-N-Goldsmith-ebook/dp/B0BCMRMLSZ/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?crid=WRDLMO9EA1UQ&keywords=vanguard+ebook&qid=1663973109&qu=eyJxc2MiOiItMC4wMSIsInFzYSI6IjAuMDAiLCJxc3AiOiIwLjAwIn0%3D&s=books&sprefix=vanguard+ebook%2Caps%2C484&sr=1-6
The more he sells and the more positive feedback he gets the more inclined he will be to write a sequel or something else. Give it a go. Fun fact, the cover art to the book was done by none other than Big Waz!