In keeping with the more independent, more trained feel of da Longteef Grot squads, I opted to give them a command squad (next post). But then that didn't really leave a spot for an Ork Runtherd.
So I opted for Runtbots instead (anyone remember those?). That way the Grots could to operate on their own, but the Orks could still keep an eye on them (and 'collect' any of the squad that got misdirected).
From a modelling aspect, it was a nice retro nod to the Orks of old and allowed me to use all those cool Ork robot bits out there!
The Runtbots are a primarily Kromlech's Clanking Desytroyers with a little plasticard, random bionics and graba sticks from GW.
The Ork in the center (who sadly has not been painted yet) is Kurgog, the Sgt Major of the Army and in charge of all the Grot forces. The mini is from Mantic's Deadzone Marauders faction. I just love all the medals and epaulets. In general, I find Mantic's Orcs too different in design to use with GW, but I couldn't pass this one up, so tweaked him a little and added a Kromlech officer head. Mantic also has a Goblin sniper team which I think would work well.
I'm really happy with the look of them, but it evolved over several tries. Originally there were just rust with a little black. I then went back and added detail like that checkerboard and dags. It took quite a few tries before I found a colour for the face that played well with everything.
The Graba Sticks are also magnetized to you can swap them out for a Grot-Prod.
And, of course, you have to have a Squid Hound. Given the Runtbots, this seemed like a perfect place for another Mekano Squig (from Wargame Exclusive Miniatures).
And finally a shot of them together. Hope you liked this look at the Runtherds.
I will finish this off next post (promise) with the Grot Command Squad.
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