Halfway through Orktober

An Ork commander

Good evening, dear readers and welcome to Nerdvana. We’re glad you’re here and hope you’ve been enjoying our coverage of Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars, video games, television and film reviews we’ve been bringing you since 2007. Today, we’re covering a topic relatively new to this site — Warhammer 40,000.

I’ve been involved with the game for quite some time. For the uninitiated, Warhammer 40,000 is a war game set in a grimdark far future of the 41st millennium. The Earth is the center of a large galactic empire, with plenty of backstory that I won’t go into much here.

Here’s the extremely simplified, TL;DR version: There are several armies — all with their own factions, codices, vehicles, etc… — to play, including the almighty Space Marines, the undead Necrons, Genestealer Cults, the Astra Militarum and the horrifying Alien-inspired Tyranids. The humans are “the good guys” while the alien races, or xenos, are “the bad guys.”

I play one of the xenos, the space Orks. The models are amazingly sculpted, highly customisable and fun to paint. They’re also a bit on the pricey side if you’re buying new. It should be noted that while I’m a fan of the game and I love the Ork models, I am not much of a player. I much prefer the hobbying aspect of the game.

Building, customizing, painting and displaying the models is highly therapeutic and greatly reduces the stress in my life. At some point, I’d love to try my hand at playing again, but until then, I’m focused primarily on the hobby itself.

With that out of the way, the makers of Warhammer 40,000, Games Workshop, announced an event called “Orktober,” which focuses on news and release info for the Orks. Thus far, there hasn’t been much in the way of announcements, but here are a few things we’re excited about here at Nerdvana:

There are at least four new Ork vehicles and a new game/box set called Speed Freeks. Ostensibly a racing and combat tabletop experience, the game boasts killer models and fast-paced gameplay.

Speed Freeks

Later in the month, the 8th Edition Ork Codex is supposed to come out, but there’s no official release date as of yet.

We’ll try to keep up with the products and announcements or at the very least, showcase some of the finished models sometime down the line. Until then, keep checking back and get ready to continue the Waaagh!

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About the author

David Buck

David Buck is an author, musician, copywriter, and voice over artist based in Colorado. His work has appeared on Nerdvana Media, The Nintendo Times, Star Trek.com, EN World, SyFy Wire and across the web. In his spare time, he composes music, writes science fiction, and paints miniatures.

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