These Armoured Orc kits allow you to field some mean looking green-skinned brutes in your wargames, and work especially well as Ork Boyz in ‘eavy armour for Warhammer 40k Ork players. They’re from Kromlech, a company who are well known for creating characterful Orc models compatible with a range of 28mm wargames, we’ve already reviewed several of their other orc kits in the past and haven’t been disappointed yet.
These kits currently come in two flavours, Armoured Orc Assault Squads and Armoured Orc SMG Squads, plus a leader model named Snagrat Kromm. After seeing these on the site, we contacted Kromlech and they kindly agreed to send us a small selection of the Orcs kits to assemble and share with you guys. Below are some painted examples borrowed from Kromlech’s site.
Here are the parts for Snagrat Kromm, who according to Kromlech is an infamous orc commander armed with mighty Crusher! The first thing we noticed this is it feels like a slightly different resin than we’re used to seeing from Kromlech, its has an extremely smooth finish and could almost be plastic if we didn’t know better. If Kromlech have changed their resin – we like this new stuff. Snagrat comes in 3 parts, plus a 25mm round base, the crusher hand looks cool and contrasts nicely with the power klaws we see on Warhammer 40k Orks.
There are 5 different bodies that are shared across both Armoured Orc kits, each has slightly different pose and is highly detailed with various armour plates, grenades, and pouches.
The heads are great fun, they are easily recognisable as orcs and will mix well with other ranges like 40k Ork Boyz. We especially like the ‘robocop’ style head -haha.
One of the best parts about these kits are the two sprues below, one of shoulder armour and one of steel jaws that can be used to make each orc look different. Mixing these parts with the various bodies, weapons and heads, should allow you to create a large amount of orcs with no two being the same.
The Armoured Orc Assault Squads come with very beefy looking pistols and close combat weapons.
The Armoured Orc SMG Squads come with pairs of arms that let them carry some very dangerous looking SMG type weapons.
The first miniature we decided to assemble is Snagrat Kromm, the armoured orc squad leader. He’s got loads of detail all over, especially armour plates and rivets, and we think he would make a great Ork Nob in ‘eavy armour for 40k players. Snagrat is available separately from the other kits at £7.44 (US$12.37).
The Armoured Orc Assault Squad are up next, and as you can see we’ve given each of these the steel jaw armour to make them look even more mean. These heavily armoured orcs would make great Ork Boyz with sluggas and choppas in ‘eavy armour for 40k players, or just very scary brutes in other post-apocalyptic and sci-fi themed games. Kromlech sent us 3 of these, but if you buy them they come as a set of 9 orcs, plus Snagrat to lead them. They’re priced at £ 31.44 (US$52.29) for the 10 miniatures.
Here you can see one of the Armoured Orcs with a 28mm Warhammer 40k Ork Boy for scale. The 40k Ork Boy on the left is from the Assault on Black Reach set. These warriors are similar enough to work together, but Kromlech Armoured Orc on the right definitely wins on armour.
Lastly we’re assembling the Armoured Orc SMG Squad. Again, Kromlech sent us 3 of these, but the full kit it comes as a set of 9 orcs, plus Snagrat to lead them. They’re priced at £ 31.44 (US$52.29) for the 10 miniatures. These are very stocky minis that would work well in Warhammer 40k as Ork Boyz with shootas in ‘eavy armour.
Putting these guys together, we feel a Waaaaggh coming on! Here you can see a photo where we have lined up the minis from both kits, plus a second photo showing these minis with some Warhammer 40k Space Marines for scale, looks like it’s going to be a messy fight!
For anyone looking for new orc or ork models for their army, or just some beefy mutants for a post-apocalyptic setting, these are worth a look. They’re not cheap, but include loads of detail and character, the ability to mix/match pieces for lots of variation, and of course the extra level of armour over most similar orc/ork miniatures. It’s likely that you could mix the parts from these kits with parts from other manufacturers to create even more variation. Snagrat Kromm is a great looking character model and will no doubt find a place in our 40k Ork army, and the remaining Armoured Orcs will fit in nicely as Ork Boyz in ‘eavy armour. If you’d like to see these and the other miniatures available from Kromlech, head over to www.kromlech.eu