Today we are taking a look at two recent releases from Kromlech, the Orc Junk Barricades, and the Orc Flakvierling, both perfect for use in 28mm wargames such as Warhammer 40k. Kromlech’s Junk Barricades are a set of highly detailed defensive terrain pieces and the Orc Flakvierling is a massive and intimidating quad cannon emplacement. We’ve found in our previous Kromlech reviews that they make some excellent alternative 40k Ork models, so we’re eager to see how these new kits compare.
Here you can see both the Orc Junk Barricades and the assembled Orc Flakvierling from Kromlech, along with a few 28mm Warhammer 40k Ork Boyz from Games Workshop for scale. At the time of writing, the Junk Barricades are priced at £19.86 ($33.03) and the Flakvierling is priced at £16.55 ($27.51), both are available from Kromlech’s new web store.
Here you can see the 8 resin pieces that make up the Orc Junk Barricades, there are four different long pieces and four different short pieces.
Taking a look at the longer barricade sections we can see that they are heavily detailed, showing the many layers of scrap and junk that these have been constructed from on the battlefield. Each long section is about 13cm long and is piled high with machine parts, tyres, armour plates, and similar scrap.
This top down view shows the depth of detail on these barricades and that there are platforms built in here and there for firing from and to make it easy to duck into cover.
The four shorter sections are about 5cm long and are just as detailed as the long sections. We’re impressed with the casting quality of all of these pieces, the detail is sharp and there are no obvious bubbles or warming in the resin.
What immediately jumped to mind when we saw this kit, was the fact it could make a great alternative Aegis Defence Line model for non imperial 40k armies like Orks. Now that we’ve had a close look we can confirm that these are just the right size and would really fit the theme of a Warahmmer 40k Ork army. In the pictures below we have included a section from the Junk Barricades (left) and the Aegis Defence Line from Games Workshop (right) so that you can see how each section compares.
By placing a few of these Junk Barricade sections together you can easily create defensive positions for your 28mm miniatures. Here are just 3 sections with a few Warhammer 40k Ork Boyz for scale.
Using all of the Junk Barricade sections together allows you to create many different defensive layouts, so you can set it up differently for each game, or even split it into multiple smaller fortifications.
Next up we’re going to take a look at the Orc Flakvierling, a massive anti-aircraft quad gun. Below you can see the 15 parts that come in this kit.
Again, all of the parts seem very well cast and are covered in detail, here we have the larger pieces that make up the base, body, and shield for the quad gun.
The cannons are awesome and sure to intimidate your enemy on the battlefield – they’re actually much bigger than we expected. The kit also comes with 3 different types of magazine for the cannons and you can choose the ones you want on Kromlech’s site.
Just to give you an idea of size, here is a photo of a twin-linked Autocannon from Games Workshop’s quad-gun (top) and a set of cannons from the Flakvierling (below) – more dakka!
The other parts supplied in the kit are smaller details like the gunner seat, joystick, and three part rangefinder.
In assembling the Orc Flakvierling we started by placing the turret platform onto the base (no need to glue this so that it can still turn 360 degrees) and then attaching the body on top of the platform.
Next up, we attached the large shield to the front of the body, and the gunners seat to the rear. Everything has holes or groves to fit into, so its very easy to build and very solid.
On the top of the body we added the three part rangefinder, if you don’t glue the centre part in place, you can continue to angle the rangefinder up and down.
The cannons are already mostly assembled, all we needed to glue was glue our choice of magazines into the ammo slots. There are actually four slots on each set of cannons, so you can come up with lots of combinations.
After attaching the cannons our Flakvierling is complete – what a monster!
For us, this is pretty much a perfect alternative model for Ork players who want a quad-gun on an Aegis Defence Line in their games of 40k. Its huge, covered in random armour, and looks just as dangerous to the controlling player as the enemy – perfect for Orks 🙂
Using the two sets together, you suddenly have a great little defensive position for your army. We’re sure with the amount of detail on these that they’ll look great when painted. We’ve included a handful of Warhammer 40k Orks in this photo for scale.
Overall we think Kromlech have done an excellent job on these two kits, both are highly detailed, very well cast, and have loads of character. It’s good that they are available separately, but for us picking up both means we’ve got a great alternative Aegis Defence Line and quad-gun for our Ork armies in games for Warhammer 40k. These would also work well in post-apocalyptic and steampunk themed 28mm games. If you’d like to see what else Kromlech have to offer, check out their new site here: http://bitsofwar.com/