Orkmas 2017

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When the SS Rudolph was hit by an unexpected meteor shower while delivering a consignment of toys to Imperial boys and girls on the outer worlds, Santa and his indentured Eldar workers barely managed to get to the escape pods before the ship crashed into the snowy wastes of a nearby planet.

Fortunately, the Rudolph had an automated distress beacon.

Unfortunately, the signal was received by two notorious Ork warbosses: Warboss Grinch and his mechanized mayhem, and Warboss Kringle and his green tide of foot sloggas and beasts. The rivals each set off with a mob of boyz to loot the ship of all its gubbinz. The crash also attracted the attention of a band of rebel grots, led by Big Mek Trotsky. Who could collect the most loot before an Imperial rescue force could arrive?

Orkmas Goodies

Gubbinz may be looted by a unit in contact at the start of their turn.

  • Smaller gifts: 1 Gubbinz. May be retrieved any unit except flyers. Remove upon collection.
  • Larger gifts: D3 Gubbinz. May only be retrieved by infantry. Do NOT remove upon collection—these are gifts that keep on giving!
  • Santa’s spaceship: Roll d6, and add 1 for each infantry in contact (pulling bits off). For every 10 points, collect 1 Gubbinz!

Warboss Grinch’s Mob

  • Warboss Grinch in Mega Armour
  • Painboy Maxx on Warbike
  • 9 Nob Bikers
  • 4 Meganobz in Battlewagon
  • 10 Boyz in Trukk
  • 15 Stormboyz
  • 3 Deffkoptas
  • Dakkajet

Warboss Kringle’s Mob 

  • Warboss Kringle with Attack Squig
  • Boss Snikrot
  • 2 Weirdboyz
  • Painboy
  • Nob with Waagh Banner
  • 20 Boyz (slugga/choppa)
  • 20 Boyz (slugga/choppa)
  • 20 Boyz (shoota)
  • 15 Tankbustas
  • 15 Kommandos
  • Gargantuan Squiggoth
  • Deff Dread

The Proletarian Masses of the Great Grot Revolution

  • Big Mek Trotsky with KFF
  • 2 Meks
  • 3 Runtherds
  • 30 Grots
  • 30 Grots
  • 10 Grots
  • 2 Killa Kanz
  • 2 Killa Kanz
  • 4 Grot Tanks
  • 4 Grot Tanks
  • Grot Mega-tank
  • Bubble-Chukka
  • Gorkanaut
  • Morkanaut
  • 3 Lobbas

Each mob had a power level of 101. The ever-speedy Warboss Grinch moved first, followed by Warboss Kringle, followed by the Grots (who, after all, only have short little legs).

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The burning wreckage of the SS Rudolph.

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Grinch’s Nobz race forward.

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More of Warboss Grinch’s force.

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Snikrot and a sneaky force of Kommandos rises from the snow in front of the Gorkanaut. Both they and the huge mob of Boyz who jumped into position would fail their charges, saving the Grots from early annihilation. They would then be pounded into green goo by accurate Grot shooting.

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As Ork Boyz and Grots squabble over presents, the Squiggoth and Gorkanaut eye each other warily. The former would charge the latter soon after, crushing it to pieces.

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Kringle’s Boyz clamber all over the SS Rudolph like ants of a carcass, tearing away all the gubbinz they can find. As they do so, the Dakkajet starts a strafing run.

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The Morkanaut avenges its twin, and tears apart the Squiggoth with its klaws as Grot tanks look on.

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To the rear of the Grot force, Grinch’s bikers and deffkoptas are taking on more Grot tanks and the mega-tank.

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Kringgle’s boyz continue to pull bits of the spaceship. Some of Grinch’s stormboyz arrive to try to stop them, but they’re outnumbered.

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Kringle’s tame carnifex (Deff Dread) tries to stop some of Grinch’s boyz from claiming one of the larger presents.

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The Grot mega-tank proves to be a surprisingly tough foe as the number of Nob bikers begins to dwindle.

In the closing moments of battle, one of Warboss Kringle’s weirdboyz jumped the tankbustas behind Grinch’s lines in the hopes of destroying the battlewagon, but it was too little, too late. Although the fight was still close, the arrival of the Imperial rescue force meant that the greenskins had to retire—and Warboss Grinch was declared the winner.

Cosmic change

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The ruins of Yetmorerulz.

As he awoke to a bright summer’s day on the former Imperial colony of Yetmorerulz, Ork Warboss Glarsnot Bloodcurdle had two overriding thoughts. The first was that the universe had changed in a fundamental way, almost as if the very paradigms of physics and creation and stuff had been rewritten by Gork (or possibly Mork) for the 8th time. The second was that there was still lots of things to of loot in this city, which he and da Westend Boyz had captured some months earlier.

However, others had a different idea. A renegade group of T’au, expelled from their homeworld for developing a new branch of mathematics whereby there army added up to 2,700 points instead of 2,000 points because they forgot to count their weapons, were looking for a base of operations, Just as the Orks had seized this planet from the Imperium, so too they intended to seize it from the greenskins—for the greater good, of course.

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The T’au cautiously enter the ruins of Yetmorerulz.

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Ta’u scan the battlefield with their advanced sensors, seeking the enemy.

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Drones, drones, and more drones.

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Believing in peace through superior firepower, the T’au plan to stand back and let the Orks come to them.

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A rumble grows louder and louder. Da Westend Boyz are ready fer some krumpin’!

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Excited high-pitched squeaks that the Grot contingent too is eager for battle, now that they are surprisingly dangerous in large numbers.

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The T’au are ready for them…

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…or are they? Despite heavy casualties from T’au shooting, Ork morale remains high and they continue to surge forward.

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A Trukk full of Tankbustas fires at the enemy.

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Grot tanks and a Battlewagon provide fire support. With a unit of Burnas ready to disembark, there’s quite a lot of fire in fact.

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Meanwhile on the left flank, Grots and Deffkoptas also advance. The Deffkoptas are soon destroyed by a storm of fire from the Ta’u Stormsurge, but not before doing some damage. The Grots are overjoyed to find that their shooting skills are now considerably better than the much-vaunted T’au.

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With the Ork horde showing no sign of slowing, this T’au decides to save its fancy-pants armoured ass by seeking refuge atop a ruined tower. 


We didn’t play a full game, since we were just trying out the rules. Some quick thoughts:

  • Having elements of the points calculation for a unit spread out on several different pages is just poor index/codex design, unless Games Workshop is trying to encourage everyone to use Power Levels. I certainly hope Army Builder is allowed to update to 8th edition to make army-building easier.
  • Orks play much more like hard-hitting hordes, which is great. Conga-line management is going to be a thing, though—and a rather “gamey” one that rather damages the sense of narrative engagement.
  • I like many of the simplifications to the game system. However:
    • They have dumbed-down and minimized cover and difficult terrain in a way that renders the use of terrain in the game far less nuanced and “realistic.” Many terrain-rich games that we’ve run (such as Orkingrad) simply wouldn’t work very well in 8th edition.
    • I also don’t like the new vehicle rules. Vehicles just seem like.. big characters. I much preferred the incremental damage and catastrophic penetration effects in previous editions (which were far more like actual armoured combat).
    • In trying to simplify charging they have made it far more time-consuming and complicated, with more opportunities for players to exploit the pile-in and consolidation rules with large infantry armies. On more than one occasion we had to measure base distances to the millimetre to determine whether an envelopment or tar-paper tactic was legitimate.
  • This is a long-time 40k gripe, buy why are pistols even a thing? They’re virtually useless in modern combat.
  • I liked many of the new scenarios. I’ve never been a fan of tactical objective cards, though.

Rumble in the ruins

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One curious episode during the conflict between the Ork warlords and the Grot rebellion took place oamid the ruins of the battle-scarred planet of Wemmblee, when an informal truce was forged between the combatants. The occasion was the semi-final gameof the Goatronium Expansions Bloodbowl League. pitting the clean-cut human Imperial Bastions against the upstart Ork Green Bay Dakkas. The Orks had arrived the noisily cheer their fellow greenskins. the grots had no particular love for the humans, but nonetheless would be happy to see anyone defeating their hated Orkish opressors.

The game had barely started when a controversial call my the ogre umpire caused a dispute among the players—and soon thereafter, fighting among the spectators…

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Grot spectators look down at the game.

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Ork vehicles in the parking lot.

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More Grot fans.

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..and yet more Grots, watching the game.

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Some of the heavily-armed Ork contingent.

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As things start to get ugly on the field, the Imperial Bastions head for their team buses.

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A covering force of Space Marines arrives to protect the human players.

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Ork fans brawl with Space Marine Terminators, as the referee tries to separate the two sides.

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The Imperial Bastions in a team bus as fighting escalates.

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The band plays on.

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The rebel warboss Mek and his Cyborks head towards the fray.

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Grot tanks leaving the multi-story tank park.

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Ork air support arrives, strafing the team buses.

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The Dakkajet destroys the lead bus, forcing the Bastions to disembark.

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A mob of Ork warbikers race towards the rumble.

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Ork buggies decide to crash through the fence to save time. Two of them get stuck.

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The brawl intensifies. No photographic evidence survives of the subsequent fighting.

 

A very krumpy Orkmas

And so it was that three greenskin warbands—two of Orks, and one of rebel Grots—descended upon the Necron toy scarab factory on the frozen Tomb Word of Nnrdpy’ul. While the approaching armies collectively outnumbered the facility’s cybernetic defenders almost two-to-one, Necron Overlord Sa’Nta was certain (to a 95.7% level of confidence)  that the Orks’ inferior discipline, order, and unity of purpose would result in their defeat.

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The Necrons prepare to defend the factory. The large circular object in the centre is the scarab reanimation matrix. The gold (left) and red (centre) conical features are goatronium energy arrays, which power the facility and are key objectives in the coming battle.

In the centre of the battlefield, Doctor Morork deployed his Morkanaut and Gorkanaut, as well as a number of Grot Tanks and Killa Kans. No sooner than he done so, however, when large ork forces appeared on his left and right flanks, eager to take on rebel Grots and Necrons alike. To the left, Warboss Waarghyll and Warboss Waaaghndrew urged on their massive foot-slogging Ork army. To the right, Warboss Wazztom da Dakkaking led a mechanized group of Warbikers, ‘Ard Boyz and Meganobz eager to crush all beneath them.

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Doctor Morork’s downloaded consciousness surveys the battlefield from within his Morkanaut. 

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Doubtless the sight of the mighty Gorkanaut and Morkanaut would strike fear in Necron hearts, if Necrons had hearts.

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A Kustom Megag-kannon provides covering fire as a Grot Megatank trundles across the bridge.

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Grots surge forward across the frozen river. 

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Grot surfboard-riders performed tricks to amuse the proletarian masses.

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A unit of Grot Tanks warily eyes rival Orks in the distance.

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The Grots, of course, were imbued with an unshakeable revolutionary spirit!

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Necron Warriors, Immortals,  and Flayed Ones await the greenskin assault.

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More Necrons, ready to reinforce the front lines.

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Warboss Waaaghdrew urges on his Boyz—from the rear. The Trukks would soon be taken down by Necron fire, forcing everyone to slog their way over the tanglewire and into the factory.

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Wazztom da Dakkaking’s Warbikers and Buggies are confronted by Scarabs. Most of the bikers would go down, but their Nob would survive and go on a rampage within the Necron positions.

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Morale was high among the mechanized greenskins.

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Immortals await the Ork assault.

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The Necron Wraiths advance.

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While the full firepower of the Morkanaut, Gorkanaut, and MegaTank would all be unleashed on the approaching Necron Wraiths, this would barely make a dent. A little later, however, the Grots would gun one down all by themselves, and celebrate with much revolutionary squeakiness.

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Lobbas and Grotzooka-armed Grot tanks rain fire down upon the Necrons, destroying one unit of Immortals and damaging several others.

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Wazztom sends his Deffkotas to deal with the Wraiths, but they do little damage. A turn later, they are charged by the Wraiths and wiped out.

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The Grots, nervous at the proximity of Warboss Waaarghyl’s Burna Boyz, open fire on them, killing most. The survivors began attacking Grot Tanks.

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Warboss Waaaghndrew leads his Slugga Boyz across the wire and into the factory.

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The fight at the factory goes poorly for the Orks–the Flayed Ones refuse to die. The Ork unit is eventually wiped out, and Warboss Waaaghndrew with it.

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Tomwazzz da Dakkaking has rather more success, with his ‘Ard Boys successfully assaulting the objective and destroying its Necron defenders. Shorty thereafter, Zagstruck and the Stormboyz deepstrike near another objective (right).

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The Grot MeagaTank presses on, belching smoke and gunnery.

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The battle approaches a crescendo. At this critical juncture several Ork units swing to their left and assault the Grot rebels.

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The Kommandos arrived, cunningly camouflaged on this icy world with giant palm fronds. Angered by Grot treachery, Waaarghyl and Waaaghndrew order them to assault the rear of the rebel formation, where they would wipe out a battery of Lobbas and a unit of Grots.

The game was ultimately narrowly won by Wazzztom the Dakkaking on points, after the Grots destroyed a Necron Triarch Stalker on the scarab reanimation matrix, and the Orks then drove the Grots back from the central objective.

The Necrons placed second, and it was generally agreed that had the game gone one more turn (as originally planned) they would have triumphed. Warboss Waaarghyl placed third, while the Grots came in last—the consequence, perhaps, of their sneak attack on the Burna Boyz earlier in the game.

Scavenging ZX1329

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The jungle planet of ZX1329 was colonized decades ago by the Imperium, which built there great factories to exploit its plentiful biological and other natural resources, as well as to extract its plentiful reserves of Goatronium. However, something happened: an undiscovered organism perhaps, or industrial pollutants and genetic mutation, or even a dangerous experiment gone wrong. Whatever it was, the flora turned deadly, with the lush vegetation producing a range of pathogens and biotoxins that rendered the planet unsafe for any form of human settlement. ZX1329 was abandoned, and the jungle soon reclaimed the buildings and machinery left behind.

Fungus-based Orkish biology is rather more robust, however. When greenskin scouts stumbled upon ZX1329 and discovered it was ripe for scavenging, word soon got around that there was ordz o’ gubbins ‘and nosh fer da takin’. It wasn’t long before two large scavenging parties descended upon it. One of these belonged to infamous Warboss Krizmurk the Destroyer,  the other to the renegade cybernetic leader of the Great Grot Socialist Revolution, Doctor Morork. The two were bitter enemies, and as committed to destroying each other as to looting the abandoned industrial zones of the planet…

To find out what happened, check out the Ivory Goat Gaming Group‘s Generic Gaming Goodness blog.

Orkingrad: the battle

Warboss Vince contributed to this battle report, the tone of which may or may not betray the authors’ profound commitment to the great Mororkian Socialist Revolution. The scenario rules can be found here.


The heroic defenders of Orkingrad recognized that, despite revolutionary enthusiasm, they could not hope to defeat the powerful greenskin armies arrayed against them in open battle. Instead they decided to use the city itself as a fortress and the deteriorating weather as an ally, hoping thereby to win enough time for reinforcements to arrive.

In Sector South, the decision was made to force the 4th Panzork Army to fight in the narrow streets of the downtown core, where the mobility and firepower of their armour would be limited. A defensive line of barricades, tanglewire, and tank traps was constructed deep in the sector in front of Pavgrot’s House, and garrisoned with Grots, Gunz, and a Looted Wagon. No retreat! Victory or death! This is where they would make their final stand.

In Sector West it was clear that Mama Gretchin hill was key: if its controlling heights fell, the 6th Ork Army would dominate the central areas of Orkingrad and split the defenders in two. Big Mek Orkvincesky would personally lead the defence with handpicked Burna Boys, backed by Lootas, Grot infantry and a detachment of the Workers’ Anti-Aircraft Brigade. If the trenches were captured, Lobbas, Lootas, Burnas, and a Shokk Attack Gun to the east were ordered to pummel and burn the hill into rubble and ashes.

Sector North was the most vulnerable part of Orkingrad. Grot infantry, led by Big Mek Orkrexky and supported by a Painboy, held barricades at the crossroads. Killa Kans, Deff Dreads, and a Looted Wagon provided support, while boobytraps and mines were placed among the ruins to slow an attacker. If the enemy could break through, however, the people’s proletarian factories would be at risk.

The defenders deploy.

The defenders deploy.

Fascist Invading Dogs, Turn 1

The defenders grimly dig in as massed enemy infantry advance from the North and West, whilst hostile armour approaches from the South.

  • Sector South: Warboss Callum advances his forces towards the defenders dug in around Pavlork’s House. They offer some minor harassing fire, which has no effect. His Warbuggies speed down the railway line, intent on penetrating deep into the defenders’ rear and cutting them off from reinforcements across the Volgrot River.
  • Sector West: Warboss Andrew goes immediately on the attack, leading his ‘Ard Boyz and a mob of Shootas up the slopes of Mama Gretchin Hill, firing all the way. Despite formidable defenses, several defenders are killed and Big Mek Orkvincesky is wounded.
  •  Sector North: Warboss Daryl advances towards the Red Orktober Factory; his Trukk-mounted Tankbustas knock out a Killa Kan.
Warbuggies of the 4th Panzorks advance along the railway line.

Warbuggies of the 4th Panzorks advance along the railway line.

A hated collaborator-grot guides this Panzork Battlewagon into the city. Those few that were captured alive would face the wrathful vengeance of the People's Revolutionary Courts.

A hated collaborator-grot guides this Panzork Battlewagon into the city. Those few that were captured alive would face the wrathful vengeance of the People’s Revolutionary Courts.

The fascist invaders prepare to assault Mama Gretchin hill.

The fascist invaders prepare to assault Mama Gretchin hill.

Noble Defenders of the Popular Revolution of Toiling Grots and Meks, Turn 1

  • Sector South: The Looted Wagon fires on the Deffkopta squadron, inflicting minor damage. The Kustom Mega-Kannon disables the forward buggy in Warlord Callum’s BattleTrain™. Grot gunners of the Workers’ Anti-Aircraft Brigade  atop Pavork’s house knock out a Trukk loaded with Mega-Nobz, forcing the fearsome warriors to walk. Callum’s Battlewagon is hit directly with a Zzzap gun to no effect.
  • Sector West: Big Mek Orkvincseky’s Burnas roast a number of Warboss Andrew’s boyz, but the attackers hold their ground. A second unit of Burnas, positioned next to a promethium pipeline, spew gouts of flame at a mob attempting to skirt the Hill. Lootas in elevated positions send withering hails of gunfire into the mobz advancing from the West and North.
  • From atop the chemical factory, Mek Thermaplugg fires his Shokk Attack Gun, inadvertently creating The Great Proletarian Vortex, which consumes close to a dozen of Warboss Daryl’s boyz and will be a threat for the rest of the battle.
  •  Sector North: Warboss Daryl’s Trukk is disabled by a Killa Kan’s grotzooka while Lobba crews drop ordnance on his advancing mobs, pinning some Slugga boyz. Other fire is largely ineffective.

Vile Invaders of the Sacred Motherland, Turn 2

The advance slows amidst a sudden cold snap. Early snow makes all terrain difficult this turn.

  • Sector South: A Dakkajet screams through the low-hanging clouds and strafes the Kustom Mega-Kanon, killing some crew and damaging the weapon. Warboss Callum’s other vehicles struggle in the cold; a buggy breaks down and Callum’s Battlewagon stalls out. Undeterrred, the Warboss disembarks and leads his Nobz down the street towards Pavlork’s House. The deffkoptas destroy a Killa Kan lurking in the ruins. Ork Warbiker reinforcements fail to arrive from reserve.
  • Sector West: Warboss Andrew calls in an airstrike on Mama Gretchin Hill ahead of his charge, but the Workers’ Anti-Aircraft Brigade shoots a Blitza-bommer down before it can drop its payload. A Burna-bommer, deployed by Warboss Daryl to eliminate the Burnas near the Promethium pipeline is forced to abort its attack run due to heavy AA fire.
  •  In retaliation, Andrew’s Tankbustas unleash their rokkits and bomb squig, which destroys the AA gun atop Mama Gretchin Hill. As the explosion blossoms, Warboss Andrew sounds the charge! His Slugga boyz are first up the hill—and are promptly driven back by the defender’s Wall of Death. As the Burnas switch gas canisters, Andrew throws two of his ‘Ard Boyz on the tanglewire and charges in. Big Mek Orkvinceky and most of his burnas are killed in the ensuing melee, but the survivors hold on, encouraged (or perhaps menaced) by the fearlessly demented Mad Dok Grotsnik. Another mob of Slugga Boyz arrives from reserve and also advances towards the hill.
  • Sector North: Warboss Daryl’s Tankbustas destroy the grotzooka-wielding Killa Kan and begin maneuvering to outflank the defenders of the Red Orktober Factory. Daryl himself abandons his useless Trukk and leads his ‘Ard Boyz towards the outskirts of the city, with his Slugga Boyz in tow. Several of his Kommandos are consumed by the vortex, which begins to drift towards Mama Gretchin Hill. A reserve Slugga mob arrives, pushing through the woods outside the city.
The Grot gunners of the Workers' Anti-Aircraft Brigade open fire upon the enemy's aircraft from atop Pavgrot's House.

The Grot gunners of the Workers’ Anti-Aircraft Brigade open fire upon the enemy’s aircraft from atop Pavgrot’s House.

A smouldering crater marks where the Blitzabommer crashed (conveniently missing the Lobbas, Burnas, and Grots).

A smouldering crater marks where the Blitzabommer crashed (conveniently missing the Lobbas, Burnas, and Grots).

Tankbustas and Shoota Boyz advance in Sector West.

Tankbustas and Shoota Boyz advance in Sector West.

A bombsquig finishes off the anti-aircraft gun atop Mama Gretchin.

A bombsquig finishes off the anti-aircraft gun atop Mama Gretchin.

Warboss Andrew and his Boyz assault the hill. This is the last known picture of Big Mek Orkvinceky, who was stuck down moments later while trying to hold the main gate by Andrew’s fearsome killchoppa.

Kommandos flee the Great Proletarian Vortex.

Kommandos flee the Great Proletarian Vortex.

The 6th Ork Army advances to the outskirts or Orkingrad.

The 6th Ork Army advances to the outskirts of Orkingrad.

 Stalwart Proletariat, Turn 2

  • Sector South: The defenders of Sector South find it difficult to hit anything; they only manage to inflict minor damage on the Deffkoptas. A Killa Kan gets bogged down in the mud and snow and fails to charge Warboss Callum’s mob.
  • Sector West: The Loota mobs pour fire into Warboss Andrew’s reserves, and send them packing off the field. The promethium Burnas and a unit of Grots combine fire to drive the Tankbustas back as well. Mad Dok Grotsnik is left as the only defender of Mama Gretchin hill, but stubbornly refuses to give up (or die).
  • Sector North: Lobba crews drop shells to some effect, but Warboss Daryl’s troops continue forward. Two Deff Dreads begin to move towards the attackers, their big shootas blazing. One of the Dreads attempts to charge Daryl’s mob, but is stymied by the snow.

Big Mean Jerks, Turn 3

All sectors of the defence begin to buckle under the sustained attack.

  • Sector South: The Deffkoptas fire a volley of rokkits that lightly damage the Looted Wagon, while the immobilized but still-dangerous Battlewagon destroys the Killa Kan that was menacing Warboss Callum, who calls a Waaagh! The ensuing charge annihilates the Grots stationed outside Pavork’s House. Callum is now inside the defensive perimeter, within reach of the Mega-Kanon, Pavork’s House and a unit of Gretchin workers. The Dakkajet shrieks by and strafes the Looted Wagon outside the Red Orktober Factory, causing heavy damage. A Wartrakk skorcha torches a building near Mama Gretchin Hill, killing several of the Grots who had fired on Andrew’s Tankbustas. Ork Warbiker reinforcements again fail to arrive from reserve.
  • Sector West: The vortex begins crawling up Mama Gretchin Hill. The Tankbustas regroup and move towards the city once more. Warboss Andrew finally finishes off Mad Dok Grotsnik and secures the heights. The surviving Burna-bomba ignores the substantial damage it has suffered and manages to kill some of crew of the main Lobba battery—but the crew, infused with an unbreakable spirit of revolutionary solidarity, refuse to break.
  • Sector North: Warboss Daryl calls a Waaagh! of his own and charges the nearby Deff Dread. Two of his boyz are cut down by powerklaws, but they nevertheless begin to tear the Dread apart; it won’t last much longer. The Tankbustas complete their flanking maneuver, taking control of the street outside the Factory and destroying the Looted Wagon, while simultaneously threatening the rear of the Dread fighting Daryl. A Slugga mob, depleted by Lobba fire, charges the Grot barricades and fights the defenders to a standstill.
Warboss Andrew finishes off the few remaining Grot defenders of Mama Gretchin—as the Great Proletarian Vortex slowly works its way up the hill.

Warboss Andrew finishes off the few remaining Grot defenders of Mama Gretchin—as the Great Proletarian Vortex slowly works its way up the hill.

Heroes of the Grotvolution, Turn 3

The turning point?

  • Sector West: The Great Proletarian Vortex advances up Mama Gretchin Hill, causing heavy damage to the Lootas’ watchtower. The Lootas retire via a trap door to the apparent safety of nearby ruins. Two boatloads of grots arrive from across the river and prepare to reinforce the Factory and the Void Shield generator. Warboss Andrew and his ever diminishing group of Ard Boyz finish off Doc Grotsnik, and now only face a rag-tag group of Grot infantry.
  • The Shokk Attack Gun generates yet another vortex, but this one drifts across the Volgrot River and away from the battle.
  • Sector North: The exemplary workers inside the Red Orktober Factory finish constructing two Killa Kans and send them directly into the fray.
  • Sector South: the Volgrot bubbles and churns. In a plume of steam, the monstrous, clanking war machine known as Josef Stompa emerges from the frigid waters, sheets of ice crashing from its armoured flanks to the streets below. Grand Mek Marshal Zhukork gazes out from the colossal walker’s command center as the beleaguered defenders of Pavork’s House send up a cheer . The super-heavy walker concentrates its fire on the enemy Nobz about to overrun the bastion, destroying most and driving back the few survivors. The singed corpse of Warboss Callum—or, at least, what is left of it after being fired upon by a Stompa’s full arsenal— is later found among the dead.
Grot reinforcements leap from their barges to join the stalwart defenders of Sector North.

Grot reinforcements leap from their barges to join the stalwart defenders of Sector North.

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Heroes of the Workers’ Anti-Aircraft Brigade (WAAB) atop the mighty proletarian bastion of Pavgrot’s House.

Josef Stompa emerges from the Volgrot River in the very best "Pacific Rim" style to rain wrathful vengeance upon all exploiters and imperialists.

Josef Stompa emerges from the Volgrot River in the very best “Pacific Rim” style to rain mechanized destruction upon all exploiters and imperialists.

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Despite the arrival of Josef Stompa, things still look dicey in the northern industrial zone.

  • Sector North: Although Orks are driven back from the Grot barricades at the crossroads, Warboss Daryl leads a breakthrough farther to the north, destroying the Deff Dread. The Tankbustas destroy a unit of Lobbas, causing the few surviving crew to flee in panic. The Red Orktober factory may soon fall to the enemy!
  • Sector West: The meandering Great Proletarian Vortx drifts over the lootas once more, but miraculously causes no casulaties—confirming the defenders’ view that the dialectics of history are firmly on their side. Warboss Andrew charges the Grots, finishing them off too. At last, Mama Gretchin hill is under his control! The Burnas deployed at the promethium pipeline are fired upon, and are now down to two survivors. They grimly hang on.
  • Sector South: The Deffkotas continue to fire at the looted wagon, but do little but a single glancing hit. Clearly some remedial gunnery training is in order. The Nobz start to retire, while the MegaNobz seek what cover they can. Ork Warbiker reinforcements once more fail to arrive from reserve.

Warboss Daryl leads his Ard Boyz through the ruins as his Tankbustas break through into the industrial zone.

The perfidious Dakkajet continues to strafe the brave defenders or Orkingrad.

The perfidious Dakkajet continues to strafe the brave defenders of Orkingrad.

The Dakkajet pilot's last words: "WAAB is no probz, dey culdnt 'it nuffink".

The Dakkajet pilot’s last words: “WAAB is no probz, dey culdnt ‘it nuffink”.

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Orkingrad, graveyard of invaders!

  • Sector North: Concentrated fire from Grots and Killa Kans kills off most of the boyz accompanying Warboss Daryl, and even slightly wounds the great hulking warrior himself. The Tankbustas remain a serious threat, though.
  • Sector West: The Great Proletarian Vortex swings back to the fortifications atop the hill, disintegrating Warboss Andrew and most of his retinue. The few remaining attackers eye the hill and vortex warily “I dont fink wez shud go deyr,” says one surviving battalion commander. “Dat vortex iz naaaaasty.”
  • Sector South: The remaining Workers’ Anti-Aircraft Brigade quad deffgun atop Pavorks House takes down the Dakkajet, which crashes in a fiery ball just short of the gates of the Red Orktober factory. Having routed the Nobz, the stompa turns its attention to the MegaNobz, killing half of them. The Wartrakk is destroyed too. Warboss Callum radios to his much-delayed warbikers and tells them not to come—the 6th Panzork Army will be withdrawing from their positions instead.
Josef Stompa turns its attentions to the MegaNobz and Deffkoptas. The enemy is driven back!

Josef Stompa turns its attentions to the MegaNobz and Deffkoptas. The enemy is driven back!

Feral squigs scavenge amongst the Nob corpses and survivors.

Feral squigs scavenge amongst the Nob corpses and survivors.

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The grim and but determined survivors of the heroic 2nd People’s Burna battalion continue to hold the prometheum pipeline (foreground), while in the distance the remnants of a 6th Army Tankbusta mob can be seen huddling for shelter in a shell crater as Grots fire upon them. A destroyed Wartrakk is nearby.

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These Grot infantry are volunteers from other planets, part of the so-called “Interplantary Brigades” of green socialists from across the sector committed to defeating warlordism and tyranny in a spirit of fraternal solidarity.

Warboss Andrew falls prey to the Great Proletarian Vortex!

Warboss Andrew falls prey to the Great Proletarian Vortex!

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Lootas pour fire into enemy troops on Mama Gretchin in the hopes of driving them back.

The Dakkajet is downed by the Workers' Anti-Aircraft Brigade!

The Dakkajet is downed by the Workers’ Anti-Aircraft Brigade!

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Mek Thermaplugg atop the chemical plant as the Great Proletarian Vortex continues to wreak havoc down below.

The  Shokk Attack Gunner atop the chemical plant surveys his handiwork as the Great Proletarian Vortex continues to wreak havoc.

A grots-eye view of the battlefield.

The battle is over! The enemy withdraws, as the Grots and Meks of Orkingrad sing revolutionary songs of proletarian solidarity and the toast with grotvodka to the inevitable victory of Morkian socialist thought over the rotting edifice of twilight feudalist warlordism.

When the dust (but not the vortex) settles, the flag of the Grot Mek Soviet still flies amid the socialist rubble!

When the dust (but not the vortex) settles, the flag of the Grot Mek Soviet still flies amid the socialist rubble!

Orkmas 2015: The Fighty Bits

And so it was that three great Ork armies, victorious against the squishy pink hummies of the Empire, fought amongst themselves for the real prize: the legendary (or at least quite-well-known) Forgotten Effigy of Yool’Ty’ed, whose awesome powers (if it indeed have awesome powers—that part is disputed by scholars) could lay waste (or at least slightly bruise) entire planets (or grots).

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The Forgotten Effigy of Yool’Ty’ed, floating mysteriously in the air above the ruins.

This (maybe) mighty relic lay in a strangely gothic ruined cathedral, deep in the not-so-pretty part of Who-ville.

The not-so-pretty part of Who-ville.

The not-so-pretty part of Who-ville, looking north across the River What.

The devastation wrought by prior battle, massive planetary bombardment, and global warming caused by the Whos’ careless overuse of wood-burning fireplaces had caused much the snow to melt, leaving only patches.

The ever cunning Doctor Morork arrived at the scene of battle in a new cybernetic body and his very latest Stompa, fully kitted out with a Kustom Force Field. He was accompanied by one large units of Grots (accompanied by a Painboy), two smaller units, a squadron of four Killer Kans, and a Deff Dread. Fire support was provided by a battery of three Lobbas, a Kustom Mega-Kannon, and a Shokk Attack Gun. Overhead, a Dakkajet, Burna-Bommer, and Blitza-Bommer would provide close air support once they arrived from reserve. He deployed to the southeast of the town, behind the River What. His plan was to cross the river and seize the ruins opposite with two of the Grot squads. The Kans and Dredd would advance on his right flank to engage the enemy, supported by the artillery and flyers. Then, either the Grots would move the capture the relic, or the Doctor would do it himself in his Stompa.

Grots pour across the River, while the Stompa heads towards the bridge.

Grots scamper across the River What squeaking with barely-contained excitement, while the Stompa heads towards the bridge.

Da Grinch and his trusty sidekick Maxx deployed to the southwest. Their mechanized forces consisted of two squads of ‘Ard Boyz, a unit of MegaNobz (led by Da Grinch personally), and a unit of Lootas in Trukks. This was reinforced by a Battlewagon (with a squad of Nobz inside), a Looted Wagon, and a squadron of four Warbuggies. Four Deffkoptas were in reserve. The cunning warboss was reluctant to head too quickly towards the cathedral ruins, fearing he had too few boyz to get into a choppa-to-choppa slugfest with Scrooge’s massive horde. Instead he would send the bulk of his forces around the left flank, hoping thereby to cut off the enemy if he grabbed the relic. The Looted wagon would be sent towards Doctor Morork’s Stompa, hoping to distract or delay it until the Deffkoptas could arrive with their rokkits, and hopefully start to do some damage. The Lootas would hang back to provide general fire support, and try to down any bothersome flyers.

Which, of course, left the foot-slogging hordes of Warboss Scrooge. Scrooge had a deep aversion to too much technology, and as a consequence viewed Doctor Morork’s bizarre tinkering with cybernetics, grots, and genetic engineering as a perverse violation of the Ancient Greenskin Ways. His forces consisted of two large mobz of Slugga Boyz, two equally large mobz of Shoota Boyz, a squad of Tankbustas, a squad of Burna Boyz, Stormboyz (led by Zagstruk) himself), and Kommandos (led by Snikrot). The latter two, he hoped, would cause much mayhem in the enemy’s rear. Spiritual guidance—or, at the very least, strange chanting interspersed with gibberish and odd psychic pyrotechnics—was provided by a Weirdboy mounted top a magnificent almost-albino-but-not-really war boar.

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Scrooge’s greenskin horde enters Who-ville.

Scrooge deployed almost his entire force in the center of the battlefield, hoping to overwhelm with sheer numbers.

Still more boyz--and the sole remnant of Who-ville's former Imperial garrison.

Still more boyz–and the sole remnant of Who-ville’s former Imperial garrison.

This left him almost out of range of Morork’s artillery, which he had deployed to the rear and considerably further east.

A mob of Slugga Boyz enters a destroyed building across the street from the cathedral.

A mob of Slugga Boyz enters a destroyed building across the street from the cathedral.

However, that also made him vulnerable to to the huge Deff Kannon on the Stompa. It fired, downing large numbers of Orks. Scrooge was not deterred, however.

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The ridiculously photogenic Warboss Scrooge strides through a Deff Kannon explosion.

Morork followed up a little later with attacks from the air.

The Blitza-Bommer drops a Boom Bomb in the midst of Scrooge's massed boyz.

The Blitza-Bommer drops a Boom Bomb in the midst of Scrooge’s massed boyz, resulting in rather fewer boyz.

First the Blitza-Bommer and then the Burna-Bommer unleashed their deadly weapons into the massed crowd of greenskins, bringing down many more. The former took some hits from the Lootas, however.

 The Burna-Bommer follows up a turn later, loosing salvos of flamey Skorcha Missiles into Scrooge's position.


The Burna-Bommer follows up a turn later, loosing salvos of flamey Skorcha Missiles into Scrooge’s position.

Meanwhile, Da Grinch’s forces had begun their flanking move to the left. One Trukk was gunned down by the Supa-Gatler on the Stompa, and the Ard Boyz within eliminated by even more fire from the contraption. Not long after, a blast from the Deff-Kanon largely obliterated the second squad of Ard Boys, who had sought shelter in a ruined church. The MegaNobz disembarked, and started to advance slowly.

Da Grinch attempts to envelop Scrooge's left flank, but takes heavy fire from Morork's Stompa en route.

Da Grinch attempts to envelop Scrooge’s left flank, but takes heavy fire from Morork’s Stompa en route.

Despite all the carnage thrown his way, Scrooge’s forces reached the cathedral first. Guided by the Hand of Mork (or possibly Gork) himself (or maybe herself), Burna Boyz entered the ruined shrine to claim the relic and prepare to remove it to their territory.

The Hand of Mork (or possibly Gork) puts in an appearance in the cathedral.

The Hand of Mork (or possibly Gork) puts in an appearance in the cathedral.

Doctor Morork’s Grot troops took up position in the ruins across the street from Scrooge’s boyz, and started to trade shots and insults about everyone’s dubious parentage. The Kans and Dredd pressed on.

Grot-infested buildings.

Grot-infested buildings.

The Stompa destroyed Grinch’s Looted Wagon, gunned down the boyz in the cathedral, took out a Trukk and a Warbuggy, then climbed on top of the bridge, apparently headed towards the cathedral itself.

Doctor Morork towers over the battlefield, looking for things to stomp.

Doctor Morork towers over the battlefield, looking for things to stomp.

However, wily Scrooge had a trick or fifteen up his sleeve. Snikrot and the Kommandos suddenly appeared on the eastern edge of the battle. They quickly overran two units of Mek Gunz…

Surprise!

Surprise!

…and then hunted down the Shokk Attack Gun in the woods.

Big Meks can run, but they can't hide )at least not very well when carrying a giant humming Shokk Attack Gun).

Big Meks can run, but they can’t hide (at least not when they are carrying a giant blinky-hummy Shokk Attack Gun).

Not long after, Zagstruk and the Stormboyz landed to the rear of Doctor Morork’s forces, not far from the Stompa itself. Several drowned in the river, and others were shot down by Grots. Still, they posed a formidable threat.

The Stompa began to take hits from a growing number of Deffkoptas that whirled around it like so many angry mechanical twin-linked-rokkit-armed bees piloted by large green ork-like things. At one point, the Weirdboy even conjured up a giant Green Foot that krunched it a little.

Suddenly, freak atmospheric conditions plunged the battle into darkness! [1] Mere darkness, however, is not enough to keep greenskins away from a good battle. [2] Emergency lighting protocols were instituted.

Emergency lighting protocol Alpha Omega.

Emergency lighting protocol Orky Omega.

At this point, Da Grinch made his move. Waaaaaghhhhhh! Supported by much dakka from Maxxx and the Warbuggies, the MegaNobz assaulted Grinch’s boyz in the nearest ruins, all but wiping them out. The Battlewagon then advanced, disembarking its Nobz outside the cathedral and gunning down most of the survivors in the street. Even Scrooge himself was wounded.

Da Grinch's flanking attack hits Scrooge hard to the north of the cathedral.

Da Grinch’s flanking attack hits Scrooge hard to the north of the cathedral.

Meanwhile, Doctor Morork’s Kan’s had reached the remaining mob of Shoota Boyz, an a melee ensued. The Deff Dredd changed direction, and began trundling down the road towards the cathedral and relic.

In desperation, rage, or just to see what would happen, Scrooge announced his own Waaagh, and charged towards the Stompa from the front. Zagstruk and the remaining Stormboyz did the same from the rear.

As a Deff Dredd looks on in amazement, Warboss Scrooge and his trained attack squig Cuddles charges towards Who-ville bridge—and the towering Stompa atop it.

As a Deff Dredd looks on in amazement, Warboss Scrooge and his trained attack squig Cuddles charges towards Who-ville bridge—and the towering Stompa atop it.

The stationary Stompa was torn apart by Scrooge’s klaw, and exploded! Doctor Morork—or, at least, his most recent body, since his mind was hurriedly backed-up to a  storage device far from the battlefield—clambered out of the wreckage to face his green nemesis. The two grappled and klawed, as the Stompa continued to burn behind them.

The epic finale of the battle, as the remotely-controlled cybernetic body of crazed Mek genius Doctor Morork battles with Warboss Scrooge (slayer of behemoths) as a Stompa explodes atop a bridge and dusk falls on Who-ville. Even the bastard love-child of George Lucas and James Cameron couldn't write an ending like this.

The epic finale of the battle. The remotely-controlled cybernetic body of crazed Mek genius Doctor Morork battles with Warboss Scrooge (slayer of behemoths) as a Stompa explodes atop a bridge and dusk falls on Who-ville. Even the bastard love-child of George Lucas and James Cameron couldn’t write an ending like this.

Neither would survive the combat.

The game finished in complete darkness at the end of Turn 4. At this point Doctor Morork had 3VP (one for first blood, two for killing an opposing warboss in a challenge), and Scrooge also had 3 VP (one for a unit in an enemy deployment zone, and two for killing an opposing warboss in a challenge). Da Grinch only had 1 VP (for having a unit in an enemy deployment zone), BUT had sizeable force (Nobz, Meganobz, Grinch, and Maxx) nearest the relic. As is traditional at Orkmas, the game was therefore declared a draw.

 

[1] Following snow, ice pellets, freezing rain, high winds, and a sudden drop in the temperature outside to -20, the power cut out.

[2] Nor does it stop hardy Canadian gamers from gaming.

The Battle of Who-ville

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Who-ville was an Imperial-controlled planet on the distant edges of the Goatronium Expansions. The indigenous population of Whos were renowned for their kerplinkas and what-woozlers, Christmas carols, and delicious roast beast.

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l56756-the-grinch-logo-65964However, on top of near by Mount Crumpit—ten thousand feet up—lived a mean old Ork warboss—da Grinch— who HATED Christmas.

“I gotta stop Christmas from coming,” da Grinch said. “Perhaps if da hummies and Whos wuz all dead?”

And then he got an idea… a horrible, cunning, Orky idea. “I knowz what to do,” said da Grinch to pal Maxx. “We load up with dakka and trukks full of boyz, den dakka dem impies until dey can’t make no noise!”

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The Grinch was referring to the Imperial tradition of singing carols around the tree on Christmas morning. The Whos would sing in joyous celebration of Christmas, while the Guard would sing in fearful terror of the punishments inflicted by their commissars on those who failed to show anything less than the required degree of apparent enthusiasm.

The town’s defences included several platoons of infantry, heavy weapons squads, a Banebalde super-heavy tank, three Leman Russ tanks, four lighter Chimeras or Hellhounds, and artillery. Additional Space Marine reinforcements could also be quickly called upon from nearby, or from orbit above the planet.

IMG_1783Attacking from the west was mad scientist Dr. Morork, his fearsome Stompa, and his fanatical army of Meks and Grots. Grots on hover-boards led the way! Other Grots hurried to set up a battery of Lobbas behind a copse of trees. This would soon bring deadly fire down on the Imperial Guard in the town as they scrambled from carol-singing around the Christmas tree to their assigned defensive positions.

IMG_1791From the east, Warboss Maxx led four huge mobs of Choppa and Shoota Boyz through the sleeping streets of Who-ville. He could also call upon a unit of Tankbustas to strengthen his main assault, Boss Snikrot and his Kommandos infiltrating from the rear, and Boss Zagstruck and da Vultcha Boyz arriving by deep-strike.

IMG_1794From the north, down the very slopes of Mount Crumpit, would come da Grinch and his mechanized troops: a Battlewagon, Looted Wagon (with Boomgun), two mobs of ‘Ard Boyz in Trukks, Buggies, Deffkoptas, and a few Lootas. A Dakkajet and Blitzbommer would provide air support. Cunning as ever, da Grinch himself planned to flank march with a squad of Meganobz in a Trukk, hoping thereby to catch any Space Marine reinforcements by surprise.

IMG_1788Under the cover of night, Warboss Maxx’s boyz started their infiltration of the town. Not even the sight of a Baneblade in the town square deterred them.

IMG_1799As dawn broke, the greenskin air force roared into the attack. Dakka-dakka-dakka-dakka-dakka! This, together with the fire from the Stompa, Looted Wagon, and Deffkoptas, took out some of the Imperial armour (much to the relief of Warboss Maxx, who was worried about his boyz being roasted by the Hellhounds).

IMG_1804Shortly thereafter the Ork Stormboyz and Kommandos launched their attack in the Imperial rear, as suppa-rokkits from the Stompa destroyed the town hall. The former took out a tank and the Imperial artillery, while several squads (and much of the Imperial headquarters) were lost in the latter.

IMG_1813Imperial heavy weapons in the toy shop, a squad of veterans, and the sole surviving Leman Rus gunned down first da Vultcha Boyz then the last of the Kommandoes.

Meanwhile, the Ork mechanized forces began to approach the northern edge of Who-ville. They lost several Trukks and Buggies to Imperial fire, however. The ‘Ard Boyz crawled out of the wreckage of their transports and began to foot-slog towards their objectives.

IMG_1812To the west, Maxx’s boyz suffered heavy casualties from the Baneblade, but took out a Chimera and tore down St. Seuss cathedral on top of several squads of Imperial infantry and heavy weapons. The few human survivors from St. Seuss fell back towards the square.

IMG_1819The Tankbustas charged the Baneblade. They were soon wiped out, but not before inflicting some serious damage on the super-heavy vehicle.

IMG_1821Space Marine reinforcements were surprisingly slow in arriving.  Those that appeared in the town were immediately slaughtered by a mob of Choppa Boyz, and their Rhino torn apart with a power-klaw.

IMG_1822A Marine Land Raider and a squad of Terminators arrived on the eastern flank, intent on taking down Dr. Morork’s giant Stompa. First, however, they had to cut their way through the many Grots defending it. This proved surprisingly hard to do—although one unit of Grots was quickly routed, their defensive fire shot down two of the Terminators in the process. As the Grots scampered, they squeaked insults at the Marines.

IMG_1826A second squad of Marines with missile launchers took up position in the distance, and fired upon the Stompa. While they did some damage, the Meks inside seemed to fix any damage almost as quickly as it was inflicted.

IMG_1831The greenskin air force continued to bomb and strafe the Imperial force, and also tangled with a few Imperial flyers in ineffectual dog-fights. But where was da Grinch himself? He still hadn’t arrived from his flank march! Nor, for that matter, had several squads of Marines—so much for being a “Quick Reaction Force.”

IMG_1827A Leman Russ and a platoon of infantry hurried across the square to meet the Battlewagon and other Orky vehicles as they  entered the town. Would the Imperial tank destroy its Orky opponent before it could use its fearsome deffroller on the defenders?

IMG_1832We’ll never know. For at this point, the Whos down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, invited everyone to join them in a feast of delicious Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast beast.

The battle was therefore called a draw.

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Wez Wish Youz a Merry Orkmas

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All seemed quiet on the frozen ice-world of Nordpole. Nonetheless, Commander Krys Qringul and Expeditionary Light Force (ELF) of the Imperial Guard stood on high alert. Defending Santa’s workshop was of the highest priority to the Imperium.

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Two ELF Infantry Platoons (each composed of two Infantry Squads,  a lascannon-equipped Heavy Weapons Squad and an autocannon-equipped Heavy Weapons Squad) were deployed around the perimeter on the compound, behind sandbag barricades and razor-sharp tanglewire. They were supported by five Chimeras. Commander Qringul and ELF HQ were deployed within the workshop itself.

Additional forces from the Retired Extra-Intergalactic Neutralization Divisional Elite Expeditionary Regiment (REINDEER) were also available, with two Space Marine REINDEER Razorbacks located to the rear of the compound, and two Assault Squads in reserve. Several minefields had been laid in key areas beyond the fortifications.

In the event of an assault the defenders of Nordpole could also call upon substantial reserves: an Imperial Guard Vulture and Valkyrie for air support, as well as a Death Company of Captain Rudolph’s Red Raiders (in a Land Raider), two Furioso Dreadnoughts in Drop Pods, and two Land Speeders.

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In a rare show of cooperation, the three rival attacking Ork hordes all agreed upon a coordinated dawn assault against the complex. Dr Morork deployed to the west, with his fearsome Stompa and his army of rebellious Meks and Grot. In addition to three Grot mobz, his force included four Killa Kans, a Deff Dread, three Lobbas, and a Shokk Attack Gun for added (but unpredictable) firepower.

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Warboss Da Grinch (and his sidekick Maxx) deployed to the north, with two very large mobz of Boyz, plus Tankbustas, Burnas, and Stormboyz. A group of Kommandos, led by Snikrot, were ordered to outflank and attack Santa’s workshop from the rear if possible.

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To the east, Warboss Jaakvrozt was ready with his personal retinue of Battlewagon-embarked MegaNobz. His Mechanical Mayhem also included two mobz of ‘Ard Boyz in Trukks, a squadron of Warbuggies (with big shootas), a Wartrakk (with skorcha), two Looted Wagons (one with a skorcha, the other with a boomgun), and four individual Deffkoptas (one with a buzzsaw).

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Ork shooting began to slowly whittle down the defenders as the greenskins advanced. A Chimera was destroyed by the Lifta-Droppa on Dr. Morork’s Stompa and wrecked. However, the Tankabustas failed to hit the Chimera parked by the front gate.

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Unfortunately, this Chimera was equipped with two heavy flamers. It promptly trundled forward and flambéed a good portion of Da Grinch’s forces. While the shoota Boyz carried on, the Stormboyz broke and fled. Next turn the bombsquigs would finally take care it, however.IMG_0842

On cue, Space Marine reinforcements arrived to aid the beleaguered garrison. One Drop Pod containing a Furioso Dreadnought was guided by its homing beacon to an impeccable landing right in front of Jaakfrozt’s forces. It promptly assaulted his Battlewagon, destroying it.

Jaakfrozt and the MegaNobz assaulted it back, but all of the latter were also destroyed before the Dreadnought was taken down.

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The rest of the Mechanical Mayhem sped forward to the edge of the Imperial defences, and disembarked. Jaakfrozt himself strode forward as fast as his mechanically-enhanced legs would allow him, hoping to join the action.

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The guardsman of ELF tried valiantly to stem the tide of Ard Boyz streaming towards them. The would soon be overrun, however.

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Da Grinch’s Ork Boyz also stormed towards the front gates. Dr. Morork monitored his rival’s progress.

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Da Grinch led his Boyz up and over the Imperial defences, chopping down the soft squishy pink hummies.

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The defenders were, again, quickly overwhelmed.

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Cunningly disguised as tropical palms, the Kommandos achieved complete surprised at the rear of the complex. Santa’s workshop—which had already been heavily damaged by SupaRokkits from the Stompa—was destroyed, and most of the ELF HQ killed. Commander Krys Qringul himself would later be gunned down by Ork sluggas.

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Inside the compound, things were looking grim for the Imperium.

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Outside, however, things were looking better as Space Marine reinforcements continued to arrive on the battlefield. A Razorback tankshocked the Grot Lobba battery, breaking it. Later, it repeated the same move on the Mek with the Shokk Attack Gun, killing him.

The Valkyrie and Vulture devastated the Grot infantry, and anything else they could find to shoot at. The Valkyrie would eventually be taken down by fire from the Stompa.

Landspeeders, Marines, and another Dreadnought destroyed several Kans, and began to converge on the Stompa itself. Dr. Morork desperately recalculated his options as he turned the Stompa to face them.

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The Death Company and their Land Raider arrived by deepstrike to the northeast of the compound, were they were promptly assaulted by Maxx and a mob of choppa Boyz. The Land Raider was destroyed, but the surviving Death Company soon made short work of the Orks.

Moments after they did so, however, a Boomgun found their range. Most were killed in the ensuing blast, while stragglers were picked off by the Warbuggies.

The Furioso Dreadnought made a rather sticky green goo out of a Grot mob, Furious, Dr. Morork lifta-dropped it away from his forces, and in the middle of da Grinch’s boyz. The damaged Dreadnought subsequently killed the Ork warboss and his mob before being destroyed by a Tankbusta.

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Dr. Morork’s Stompa continued to inflict heavy damage on its Imperium, but finally was destroyed by repeated assaults. Loyal Grots managed to escape the burning wreck with Dr. Morork’s consciousness recorded on a holocrystal. Downloaded into another suitable machine, the mad genius would live again!

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By this point, the sun had begun to slowly set. The few remaining infantry on both sides rushed to the compound, hoping to score a Christmas gift or two. Not trusting Jaakfrozt’s Ard Boyz, da Grinch’s Kommandos assaulted them, but were driven back. They quickly regrouped, then finished off some Space Marine stragglers.

Meanwhile, the Burna Boyz realised that they had been having so much fun making snowmorks (or snowgorks) that they had completely forgotten to arrive from reserve. They hurried towards the battle, too late to affect the outcome but not too late to take heavy casualties from the Vulture’s punisher cannons.

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The Deffkopta’s damaged the Vulture, then proceeded to hunt down the remaining Imperial forces within the complex. Jaakfrozt finally killed something as he stumbled across a lone Space Marine.

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In the end, of the approximately 250 infantry deployed by the two sides, about a dozen were left alive by nightfall. Jaakfrozt was the only commander to survive. No one managed to claim a Christmas gift, so the game was a tie.

Thus the Ork armies retired, to lick their wounds. A large Imperial rescue force arrived a week later only to find frozen bodies, the burnt-out remains of Santa’s workshop—and to vow revenge next year, at Orkmas 2013.

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The Island of Doctor Morork: battle report

(For the scenario special rules, see here.)

And so it was that the forces of Orkish orthodoxy—an odd concept if ever we’ve heard one—arrived at the Island or Doctor Morork, intent on stamping out both the Grot Rebellion and the Doctor’s unnatural experiments. Led by Warboss Vince, they included a unit of ‘Ard Boyz (in a Battlewagon), MegaNobz (+Trukk), three Mobz of Boyz (two with Shootas, one with Sluggas), Tankbustas, Stormboyz (+Zagstruk), Kommandos (+Snikrot), Deffkoptas, and a single Deff Dread (2,500 points).

Defending the secret island laboratory were Dr. Morork, Mad Dok Grotsnik, a Big Mek with Shokk Attack Gun, a second Big Mek with a KFF located inside a very formidable Stompa, a unit of Nobz, a couple of units of Grot rebels, three Killa Kans, and unit of Big Gunz. The local tribes assisted too, contributing a Tribal Idol, a unit of Feral Grot infantry, two units of Spider-Riders, and a Feral Lobba. The expected unit of Grot Surfers failed to show up, since they were apparently… well, surfing.

Deep inside his volcanic headquarters, Doctor Morork prepared to use his fearsome collection of secret (and rather random) weapons. Throughout the battle the Orks would find themselves beset by the automated Zzzap Gunz, boobytraps, and even Nuklear Misslez hidden on the island.

The Stompa and its crew sensed there was zogging to be had. Between Stompa, Lobba, and SAG fire, initial Ork casualties were high, especially among the Tankbustas.

The Ork Battlewagon charged forward. Mad Doc Grotsnik stood his ground, hoping to rip it apart. It didn’t work out well for the late Doc…

Deffkoptas descended on the feral grot village, hoping to destroy their precious Idol.

However, the (spider) cavalry arrived in the nick of time, to push them out.

The Stompa decided to have a go at the pesky Battlewagon…

…which was soon turned into a twisted pile of rather less pesky scrap metal. In a fury, waves of Orks would throw themselves at the Mek monstrosity.

While taking some damage, the Stompa stomped them, and the ground beneath its feet rapidly assumed the colour and consistency of day-old guacamole. In the background, the volcanic lair can be seen (complete with removable top!) The attacking Deff Dread would eventually be immobilized by an automated Zzzap Gun hidden in the boulders.

On the Grots’ right flank, Feral Grots faced off against Warboss Vince and the MegaNobz. While lasting somewhat longer than expected (thanks to the Grot’s poisoned weapons), the outcome was never in doubt.

Stormboyz headed towards the village. They would soon overrun it, and the Idol would be lost!

On the Grots’ left flank a unit of Kommandoz arrived and immediately ran into the tunnel leading to Doctor Morork’s secret (or apparently not-so-secret laboratory). They were stopped just short of their objective and routed, however, by a small band of loyal Nob bodyguards. Thereafter, a mob of Shoota Boyz killed off their Grot opponents and also headed towards the volcanic lair.

The Stormboyz decided to join the melee against the Stompa. More guacamole!

All the Stomping was to no avail, however. The Boyz broke through the Nobz in the tunnel, and forced their way into the control room. After several rounds of bitter claw-to-Klaw fighting, they finally vanquished Doctor Morork! The rebellion was crushed—for now.