Tag Archives: Blood Axes

Herding the Runtz

My mate undeadhighelf kindly sent me three Grotz, providing me with the perfect opportunity to expand my Blood Axe warband with a Runtherd and his minions. Usually part of the Squig Katapult crew, they make great looking assistants working in the Squig Acquisition department of the horde.

Three Gretchin with squig hunting utensils
Stab, net and stash – the three steps of squig hunting

Once a warband reaches a certain size, it’s really time to hire a GR Manager to keep all those pesky employees in check that are not like Orks motivated enough by the prospect of the next good scrap. The Runtherd is a firm believer in the carrot and stick approach to leadership. Unfortunately for the Gretchin, the squigs ate all the carrots.

Ork Runtherd with bullwhip and bolt pistol
Grot Resource Management is a thankless task
Back view of a Blood Axe Runtherd and Grot assistants
Headin’ out to hunt sum squigs

Blood Axe Raids Intensifying

Painting progress has been slow for a while but I just managed to finish another Blood Axe Nob for the warlord’s retinue. The sculpt is of Thrugg Bullneck himself, leader of the infamous Space Ork Raiders created by Kev Adams.

Note the rock formations and alien plant life in the background, which were bought from a pet store aquarium section. Buying ready made wargames terrain while watching dogs getting shampooed? A win win situation.

Four Orks in military gear with guns amongst rocky outcrops
Grizzled veterans of many wars

Four Space Orks standing in a circle
Council is held

Blood Axe Buddies

Still working on my Warhammer 40k Rogue Trader era Blood Axes warband, though Orktober wasn’t enough to finish the retinue of Nobz to accompany the Warboss. The latest addition are two more Bosses, with one carrying a trophy pole.

Green skinned Orks in ragged military gear and carrying a standard of Space Marine helmets
Space Marines make the best souvenirs

Back view of Ork standard bearer
Remnants of past battles

Space Ork Boss with an iron jaw and red beret
A steely jawed veteran of many campaigns

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Blood Axe Boss Attending

It didn’t take me long to decide what to focus my efforts on during Orktober. Hobby time is limited at the moment, but I hope to be able to complete my Blood Axe Warboss’ retinue of 5 Nobz and attendants.

Space Ork with steel helmet and boltgun next to a Gretchin carrying a large boltgun on his back
Supervisin’

First to join the household is this decidedly Blood Axe looking Boss, who actually predates the arrival of the Ork Clans. With a sword befitting an officer and some very fancy techno gubbinz on his back, he’s clearly of elevated rank. Alongside him cowers a lowly Gretchin weapons bearer who carries the Warboss’ favourite boltgun and ammo.

Space Ork with boltgun and sword in front of an adobe building
Guardin’

Back view of Space Ork with metal contraption and gas cylinder
Time fer a break

Gretchin carrying boltgun and magazines next to Space Ork Boss
Carryin’ tha burden of responsibility

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Calling Blood Axe Tech Support

The first Oddboy to join my Warhammer 40k Rogue trader style Blood Axe warband is a Mek with accompanying Gretchin attendant. I’ve had this Mekboy figure for a long time, and previously included him as part of a modern style Burna Boyz unit, which was never completed. Now that he has set up shop for himself, I completed his paint job and gave him a little helper too.

Space Ork with flamethrower and welding mask accompanied by Gretchin with large spanner
The Mekboy is cranking up his latest creation

I think these guys make a great duo, and I am planning to have more Gretchin attendants throughout the tribe. The backdrop for the photos is a 4Ground adobe building, which is a great fit for the Ork architecture we used to see in 90s White Dwarfs and Codex books.

Front view of Space Ork with cracked welding mask holding flamer nozzle
Health & Safety first

Diminutive green goblinoid creature holding a large rusty spanner
Proudly carrying the tool of the trade

Back view of Space Ork displaying a backplate with crossed golden spanners and Gretchin from the roof of an adobe building
His backplate links the Mekboy to the Warboss’ household