View Full Version : Stompa Tribe- Scratchbuilt

Easy E
03-03-2007, 12:34

Many of you may remember me from such threads as http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14215&highlight=scratchbuilt, and http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40321&highlight=Easy+E+learns+to+sculpt. As you can tell, I like to work cheap.

That brings me to today's post. Recently, GW has released the Speed Freaks army list online (Here: http://us.games-workshop.com/games/40k/orks/gaming/kultofspeed/default.htm) since they will no longer be publishing Codex: Armageddon. I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to create a new and unique army on the cheap.

Using this codex, I have decided to build a Stompa tribe. For those who are not into all things Orky, a Stompa tribe is composed of walkers such as Gargants, Kanz, Dreads, etc. Basically, things on feet that kill stuff.

I'm using the Kult of Speed list for a few reasons:
1. War Buggies/Traks as troops is the easiest way to translate Kanz/Dreadz into troops choices.
2. Battlewagons and Looted Vehicles make great Gargants. With this list I can get 3.
3. Limited foot troops. All of them can be placed inside the Battlewagons

With that in mind, let's start with some pics:

http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/1184/dsc04158pe1.th.jpg (http://img299.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04158pe1.jpg)

First off, these are designed to act as Warbuggies/Traks in this army. These were some Killa Kanz I scratchbuilt a while ago. As you can tell, they are way out of scale for Kanz. However, they are about the proper size for a buggy "counts as". Since they are all ready primed black much of the detail work is lost in the photo. When I knock up some new ones, I'll post better WIP shots. These were made completely out of card and found materials. Total cost... free.

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/1018/dsc04151df0.th.jpg (http://img201.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04151df0.jpg)

This is the "core" of my Battlewagon/Gargant. Essentially, I'm using a structure carved out of foam. Then, I pinned and glued thin card/cereal packet to the foam body. The pins sink right in and create an easy riveted look. I recommend using a thimble at this stage to save your thumb.

http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/2200/dsc04152fj0.th.jpg (http://img370.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04152fj0.jpg)

The feet are plastic liners for baby shoes, used to help them keep the proper form before purchase. Also, a found item. In the background is my helper Gretchin.

http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/9391/dsc04153pt6.th.jpg (http://img105.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04153pt6.jpg)

The engine on the back is an interesting piece of packing I found. Total cost so far... free.

I plan on building a total of 1 Gargant and 7 kanz for a 1,000pt version of this army. I will also need 1 Big Mek and 4 Burna Boyz, a Mek, 6 Grot Oilers, and 5 boyz with Slugga and Choppas. I all ready have the Burna Boyz, Mek, and 2 Oilers. When all is said and done, I would like to spend less than $30 on this army.

Will it win games? Who cares.

03-03-2007, 13:16
haha brilliant, good luck with the warmachines!

Rabid Bunny 666
03-03-2007, 14:35
Looking cool so far, but why don't you try using the Tyranid Godzilla list? The person who did the Deffwing is doing them, and it seems a bit more practical IMHO.

Easy E
04-03-2007, 11:13
Good question Rabid Bunny 666. The reason i did not choose to use the Tyranid Godzilla list is as follows:

1. Gargants are vehicles so I wanted them to have AV stats instead of T and W stats. It seems more appropriate to me.

2. I want to use Ork rules, I'm not fond of the Tyranids.

3. Someone else is all ready doing a Tyranid/Ork Stompa Tribe project.

4. I have all the Ork rules all ready and don't want to buy the Tyranid codex.

As a side note, someone pointed out to me that you could potentially get 5 Battlewagons and 1 looted vehicle in a Speed Freak army. That would equal alot of Gargants. :D

Rabid Bunny 666
04-03-2007, 14:41
Fair enough, more Gargants=more DAKKA! :D

Easy E
09-03-2007, 08:09
I have decided to work on putting together the smaller stompaz (I'm really not sure what to call them as their not dreads or kans) before I finish the gargant. Here's what the process looks like:

First step is to find a suitably sized tube. I took a toilet paper tube and cut it roughly in half.

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/1935/dsc04167zz8.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04167zz8.jpg)

The next step is to build the roof for the stompaz. The simplest way to do this is to glue them to whatever you want to be the roof, wait for it to dry and then trim the roof to fit .

For the shingled roof, I made a paper cone and glued it to the top. I then cut out individual shingles. Next, I glued them on starting at the bottom, completing a circle of shingles, and then adding the next line of shingles above it. This was a longer process then the other tops I made.

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/8527/dsc04169ah5.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04169ah5.jpg)

Next, I moved on to the legs. This is a simple process of layering three layers of thick card together. Then, I stuck cardstock to the sides and tops that exposed the interior of the cardboard. Once the cardstock dried, I trimmed it to fit.

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/8171/dsc04175zn1.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04175zn1.jpg)

To be continued...

Easy E
09-03-2007, 08:10
Continued due to image limit...

I did the same with the stompaz feet, but with one layer of thick card only. I then added gubbinz using sprue rubble, cardstock, card, and glue.

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/8523/dsc04176il0.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04176il0.jpg)

After the legs were built, I moved onto the close combat arm. I essentially used the same method on the claw as I did to build the legs. The major difference, is to hinge the elbow to the arm. This can be done by cutting the top two layers of card on one arm segments to overlap one layer of card for the other segment. This creates a join where one arm segment is a slot, and the other segment is a tab. Then, detail as needed.

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/3171/dsc04178yv4.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04178yv4.jpg)

While I was working on the arm, the legs dried. I then simply attached them to the body with glue.

Once that was done and the arm was dry, I did the same with the arm. Since the arm is bigger, I pinned it using 3 push pins from the inside of the body of the stompa leading into the upper arm segment. This gives the arm greater strength.

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/33/dsc04179dr0.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04179dr0.jpg)

To be continued...

Easy E
09-03-2007, 08:10
Continued due to image limit...

Finally, detail the body as needed.

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/2369/dsc04180ea3.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04180ea3.jpg)

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/1018/dsc04181kq4.th.jpg (http://img256.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04181kq4.jpg)

Total price so far... $0. All items were found materials.

Easy E
12-03-2007, 08:40
I started on another Stompa. It's the legs and main body at this point.

Here ya go:

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/2559/dsc04182uz1.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04182uz1.jpg)

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/328/dsc04183wg0.th.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04183wg0.jpg)

12-03-2007, 14:55
lovin it Eazy, keep it up

Easy E
24-03-2007, 10:14

I have done some more work on Stompa 2. I built his close combat arm.

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/658/dsc04310ki6.th.jpg (http://img257.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04310ki6.jpg)

Detail of the front of it:

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/4563/dsc04311gm6.th.jpg (http://img257.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04311gm6.jpg)

Detail of the back of it:

http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/6449/dsc04313wj5.th.jpg (http://img177.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04313wj5.jpg)

I also started working on the third stompa. Per some suggestions, I tried plating the body with bulked up armor before doing any other attachments. This is a side view of the main body with the legs, and feet in the foreground. The straws will be painted as exhaust pipes haphazardly sticking from the rear of the machine.

http://img296.imageshack.us/img296/8251/dsc04315fc3.th.jpg (http://img296.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04315fc3.jpg)

So far the total cost is still $0. However, I'm not sure exactly how I am going to make twin linked big shoota arms for all of these guys. I am open to suggestions.

Rabid Bunny 666
24-03-2007, 13:21
Looks cool, if Imageshack stops messing around :rolleyes:

Any chance of a scale shot?

edit: Imageshack stopped playing up, and i have to say that they are looking cool, especially the first one.

Easy E
13-04-2007, 11:48
Sorry it took so long, but here is the scale shot you asked for.

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/7774/dsc04642em3.th.jpg (http://img148.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04642em3.jpg)

I have found that I have about 2 hours or less a week to work on any/or all of my hobby projects. The last couple of weeks even this precious time was taken from me. However, I have returned.

Here is some shots of the third mini-stompa/dread buggy:

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/3641/dsc04632zt9.th.jpg (http://img147.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04632zt9.jpg)

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/445/dsc04638ce0.th.jpg (http://img147.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04638ce0.jpg)

And the rear

http://img243.imageshack.us/img243/6488/dsc04639wg5.th.jpg (http://img243.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04639wg5.jpg)

To complete a dread buggy up to this point takes about 2 hours. I plan to complete one more up to this point and then tackle the twin linked big shootas for three of them, and 1 Skorcha. I have a plan to make one of the twin linked big shootas involving a drinking straw, cardstock, a bottle cap and a stir straw. We'll see what happens.

Hopefully, I will also find some time to build a light box for better photos.

13-04-2007, 15:00
Heh, a $0 army?

Would be neat to see.. didn't think you could top that Tank Company.

Neat stuff so far, I like the "evil insane pumpkin" style of these :)

Easy E
20-04-2007, 11:19
Thanks ScarletSquig,

To be honest, on that last Dread-Buggies drill arm I used a special wall mount that comes in sets of two at the hardware store for .64 (U.S.) or some such. I happened to have one on hand, but some people may have to buy it. Technically, this would put the project cost at .64 cents (U.S.).

I also did some work on the last Dread-Buggy. Some legs and armor plating.

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/26/dsc04855sn3.th.jpg (http://img100.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04855sn3.jpg)


21-04-2007, 19:43
ehhh... i wouldn't play against you. i like space orks to be solid and full of killing implements. you dont have any bits at all on these? nothing? whats with the funny faces? while i appreciate the idea and the desire to save moolah, these are poorly executed.
i can see by the unpainted models shown for size reference that you prefer to game rather than paint and model things, which is ok. my beef with these is that they dont look cool or good or anything.

23-04-2007, 12:11
i like space orks to be solid and full of killing implements.

Well, it's not about what you like, but about what Easy E likes...

Keep going EE, I like what I see here :)

Rabid Bunny 666
23-04-2007, 12:34
Cool, well worth the wait.

23-04-2007, 20:09
Hi there easy E,

These are looking really great and Very Orky.. almost Rogue Trader era in the feel and look you are achieving with them.. I love them..

Hope to see them painted up..

Best wishes,


23-04-2007, 23:14
lol those are great!


Easy E
25-05-2007, 11:33
I haven't forgot about these guys, I promise!

Here is the last one completed with twin linked Big shootas and everything.

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/4575/dsc05339yx1.th.jpg (http://img300.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05339yx1.jpg)

http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/2010/dsc05341uc9.th.jpg (http://img147.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05341uc9.jpg)

Just 2 more TL Big Shootas and a Skorcha to go!

I brokedown and bought a thimble to protect my thumb for when I get down to some serious pin riveting. Now the total cost of this project is... 67 cents (US).

Easy E
26-05-2007, 17:43
A small update, a group shot of the army so far. That's 7 dread buggies and 1 Gargant Battlewagon. Not pictured but in the army are 1 Big Mek and 9 Burna Boyz led by a mek.

http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/3540/dsc05342xi7.th.jpg (http://img295.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05342xi7.jpg)

The dread buggies are coming along nicely, but I still have a lot of work to do on the gargant.

Easy E
03-06-2007, 16:56
I have built a second twin-linked Big Shoota for one of my Dread Buggies.

http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/7384/dsc05487hc7.th.jpg (http://img252.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05487hc7.jpg)

http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/5142/dsc05488hn0.th.jpg (http://img172.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05488hn0.jpg)

Which style do you prefer? The gatling style or the dual barrels posted previously?

Also, any ideas on how to create a good skorcha barrel without plasticard?

Total Costs... $0.67 USD

03-06-2007, 22:12
I like the gatling style. It's more brutal looking.

In terms of the barrel... remember those LEGO pieces? the little conical shaped parts? They look kinda like the tip of the flame throwers in WW2...

But that's wayyy ytoo small hmmm....


04-06-2007, 09:07
Lets see some painted Easy, they still look like cardboard, so be nice to see what they look like painted! Guess you'll PVA them to seal them first?

Easy E
04-06-2007, 12:27
I was planning to get all of the construction done before I painted anything. It helps me keep the little momentum I have.

Plus, my painting stuff is all tucked away in storage at the moment.

Easy E
18-06-2007, 14:39
Update time:

http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/9710/dsc05780ef4.th.jpg (http://img517.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05780ef4.jpg)

http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/2712/dsc05783vw4.th.jpg (http://img527.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05783vw4.jpg)

It's the old oil can terrain piece with a bit of sprue rubble used to make the barrel. I drilled holes into the sprue rubble for that flamer barrel look.

Twin-linked big shoota number 3:
http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/1208/dsc05785oc9.th.jpg (http://img255.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05785oc9.jpg)

http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/1849/dsc05786yn4.th.jpg (http://img527.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05786yn4.jpg)

I also decided to base them all on 40mm bases. I used thick card with a strip of thin card to seal the edge. It makes them much more stable.

Just 5 more to base and to add some minor details on the three old/primed ones. Then, onto the Gargant! By the time I'm done the new Ork Codex will be out and I won't be able to use buggies as troops anymore. Oh well.

Total cost so far... .67 cents (USD)

Edit: MF3000 I actually used one of those pieces on a burna boy.

18-06-2007, 23:17
I like the oil can flamer thing. It looks great!


27-06-2007, 03:59
Hi Easy E:

I've looked through the threads and found files for several paper/card model templates for different vehicles yet found none for your Leman Russ. Is there a link, site, or file from which I can access those templates from???

Thanks for the help.

Easy E
30-06-2007, 10:57
@tabletopcommander- PM me. I might be able to point you towards some useful tools.

So, I sat down and did some work to update the older dread buggies to a more modern standard. I also went back and based them.

http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/7439/dsc05894ho0.th.jpg (http://img517.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05894ho0.jpg)

So here they are up to this point. All 7 of the Dread Buggies are done, which leaves me the Gargant to finish up.

http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/5089/dsc05897ye6.th.jpg (http://img520.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc05897ye6.jpg)

My enthusiasm for this project is starting to wane a bit. I've come to the conclusion that all buggy speed freak lists will probably not be viable in the 2008 Ork Dex. This has left me a bit disheartened.

However, if necessary I can resurrect the list as an Armored Company. I think before I continue with this project I will have to try to write it up as an AC list as opposed to a Speed Freak list.

Edit: If you want individual shots of the primed stompas let me know. I have them. The black prime makes it hard to see details though.

16-07-2007, 23:52
I love your scratch built walkers! I fell into a pile of 2nd ed plastic orks, and wanted the beef of some walkers to make them a little more playable, so I tried a similar approach, I just wish I had seen this thread before I got started, lol.

I took too bottle tops from SoBe drinks I used to be addicted to and glued them open ends together to get a can body with a nice ridgy look to it, and used the empty barrels of ball point pens to make legs. The arms were the hardest part next to the actual close combat weapons, and my cans will probably go thru a refit after seeing your method. :) I will try to find my camera and post my goofy looking crowd of Kans. I also hit the thrift store and destroyed a $0.35 plastic truck to get the wheels for my balsa and beechwood battlewagon. I really enjoy making things out of nothing, and the fact that they turn out looking really orky is a huge plus. And even if speed freaks is not a viable option, you can always use your little guys for Killa Kans, 9 of those buggers is a pretty imposing sight.

17-07-2007, 01:00
Attack of the Killer Walking Water Towers!!!

Seriously, nice work, and hilarious.

27-07-2007, 20:50
WAAAGH!!! <,< Love it!

06-08-2007, 07:43
holy sh%t im doing this when the new orks come out!

Easy E
02-09-2007, 13:48
For apocalypse. I cou;dn't help looking at the Dread Mob formation. Hmmmm.

Anyway, for this army I have done some additional basic work on the Gargant. Just some added some plates and riveting. Nothing fancy.

http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/3296/dsc06849lh6.th.jpg (http://img366.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc06849lh6.jpg)

I think it looks ramshackle enough. I just hope I can get it to look decent in the end, and not like a bunch of bitz. Right now, I'm not that confident I can pull it off

Mr Kibbles
05-11-2007, 10:48
r u gonna paint them?

Easy E
05-11-2007, 11:48
At some point. Right now, the project is on hold pending the new codex. I heard rumors of a deff dread being a troops choice if you have a Big Mek as the HQ. However, in the latest pieces of news I have seen no mention of this. I do know that Buggies as troops is gone. Plus, I want to see how Battlewagons work now so I can model my gargant appropriately. I want my Stompa Tribe to be more than just an Apoc army, I want it 40K usable as well.

Mr Feral
01-12-2007, 19:28
I believe that using a Big Mek allows one Deff Dread to be used as a Troops choice in the new Codex.

05-01-2008, 12:59
This means that you can take two big meks and then take two Deffdreads to satisfy your compulsory troops... You can also take Battlewagons as a transport option for Nobs (who are an elite choice) so how about...

Two Big Meks

Three small Nob (or better still, Meganob) mobs with "battlewagons"

Two Deffdreads

Heavy Support
Nine Killa Kans

Stompy enough for ya?

Easy E
06-01-2008, 16:15
That's pretty stompy. However, I really don't have a lot of Nobs/Meganobs in my collection so I will probably have to go with something else. The Big Mek and at least one deffdred is a for sure. The Killa Kanz are also a given.

January 10th... then this army can be reorganized. Just like my actual ork army.

To bad about my Ferals. If I keep them long enough, they might be back someday.

Easy E
18-01-2008, 11:02
Here's some more basic work detailing up the Stompa/Battlewagon.

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/480/dsc07932al9.th.jpg (http://img293.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07932al9.jpg)

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/2229/dsc07933ev2.th.jpg (http://img292.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc07933ev2.jpg)

Still no Ork Codex here. Can anyone tell me if the Deff Dred has the same options as a regular dread?

18-01-2008, 11:11
Right - From memory Deff Dreads get two Dreadnough CCWs built in and can take two other weapons from the following list: Big Shoota, skorcha, Kustom Mega-Blasta or Rokkit Launcha. It also can take two the same, in which case they are not twin linked, or you can take another two Dreadnought CCWs, each confering +1 attack

Easy E
05-03-2008, 23:06
Big News- I now have the new Ork Codex. I have put together a nice 1,000 pt list that won't require me to re-work the old list in any significant ways.

1 Big Mek
1 Battlewagon/Stompa
19 Boyz plus nob
1 Deff Dread
6 Killa Kanz

I just need to convert one Killa Kan into a Deff Dread and I should be OK. Hopefully, we will see progress in the near future. I have a lot of projects going on.

Easy E
26-03-2008, 22:34

Here is a Dred/Buggy converted into a Deff Dred with an old 2nd Edition ork boy Barry:

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/1986/dsc08340qi8.th.jpg (http://img245.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc08340qi8.jpg)

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/7595/dsc08341uw6.th.jpg (http://img521.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc08341uw6.jpg)

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/4747/dsc08342wa0.th.jpg (http://img340.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc08342wa0.jpg)

So anyone want to guess what weapons it has?

Easy E
27-03-2008, 17:05
Here's some work I did on the Stompa/Battlewagon:

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/5023/dsc08343rz8.th.jpg (http://img403.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc08343rz8.jpg)


http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/5651/dsc08344cy1.th.jpg (http://img377.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc08344cy1.jpg)

Easy E
17-12-2008, 04:06
Rise from your grave!

I finally got around to doing some painting on these things. Nothing great but they are serviceable.



3 Kanz down, 3 to go, 1 Deff Dred, and I need to finish off the Stompa still. Ho hum.

Easy E
20-01-2009, 18:27
I have been working on Big Mek Itzy Bitzy to lead this army. Of course, I couldn't resist putting him in Mega-Armor, even though it might not be the best choice gamewise.





Comments welcome.

23-05-2010, 16:02
I admire the spirit, but its not for me - I like to do everything as cheap as possible, and these certainly tick that box, but they also look like what they are I'm afraid. That said, if you have friends that are happy to play against your stompas (and tank company) then go for it!

14-08-2010, 02:56
I admire the spirit, but its not for me - I like to do everything as cheap as possible, and these certainly tick that box, but they also look like what they are I'm afraid. That said, if you have friends that are happy to play against your stompas (and tank company) then go for it!

I love what he is doing, as I plan to do something similar to stretch my budget out. Also, in my case, even the store-bought models won't be pretty when I get done painting them so it's a moot point till I learn to paint better than my gretchin helper ;)