It’s time to bring out a couple of big guns from Kromlech in today’s review. We’re building the Orc Field Cannon, the Orc Howitzer, and also some Goblin Artillery Crew to go with them. These kits fit nicely into the WW2 Orc theme that Kromlech produces a lot of miniatures for, but we also think they’ll make great alternative models in a Warhammer 40k Ork army (as Mek Gunz with Gretchin Crew), or in another post-apocalyptic setting.
Kromlech kindly sent us the models used in today’s review, and below you can see how they arrived on our end. On the left we have a bag containing the Goblin Artillery Crew, in the middle is the Orc howitzer, and on the right are the parts that make up the Orc Field Cannon.
We’re going to start off by assembling the Goblin Artillery Crew who will be manning the big guns. This set is priced at £9.92 ($16.50) and includes the 3 miniatures plus 3 plastic bases. The first picture shows the sprues as they arrived, and the second shows the parts after they had been clipped off the sprue and cleaned up ready for assembly.
Each model is in two parts, so they are very quick and easy to assemble with a couple of drops of super glue. What we end up with are some fantastically characterful models that are perfect to operate the large calibre guns and howitzer we’ll be building next.
This model is using some targeting equipment to ensure the shells land on target.
This is probably our favourite of the 3, he’s a little shorter than the others, but is clearly shouting some orders for the attack.
This is the poor goblin tasked to do the heavy lifting, struggling to carry a shell roughly the same size as him.
Here we can see our 3 Goblin Artillery Crew alongside a plastic Warhammer 40k Ork Boy from Games Wrokshop for scale. as you can see they are a little shorter than the muscle-bound Ork Boy and so could make good Gretchin alternatives in a Warhammer 40k Ork army.
Next up, we’re going to build the Ork Field Cannon, a mean looking large calibre gun priced at £9.92 ($16.50). The first picture shows the sprues as they arrived, and the second shows the parts after they had been clipped off the sprue and cleaned up ready for assembly.
Kromlech list this as an expert kit for experienced modellers as it “may require some cutting and filing”, we had to to a little tiding up with this one, but to be honest nothing more than we would need to do with most resin kits. The first step we took in building our Field Cannon was to glue the 2 small handles to the sides of the main chassis.
Next, we attached the cannon on top of the chassis. This and a lot of the other parts clip nicely into place via little pegs and holes, so you can be sure you’ve got everything lined up and in the right place.
The crew shield is one large detailed part which again fits nicely into place with some pegs and holes. It has a rough skull and teeth design which would fit very nicely into a Warhammer 40k Ork army.
The last step is to add the wheels on either side of the chassis. These have a crude, but heavily armoured design that again feels very “Orky” These wheels are available separately on Kromlech’s site which could be useful for some conversions. This kit also comes with an ammo storage crate to go alongside the Field Cannon.
For scale, here is the Orc Field Cannon along with a Warhammer 40k Ork Boy from Games Workshop. As you can see this is a rather large gun which would no doubt go straight through infantry and light vehicles.
…And here’s the Field Cannon with the Goblin Crew we assembled earlier. The kits go together perfectly and would make great alternative models in a 40k Ork army or another post-apocalyptic setting.
Last of the 3 kits we were sent is the Howitzer, a devastating artillery piece which is priced at £11.58 ($19.26) on Kromlech’s site. The first picture shows the sprues as they arrived, and the second shows the parts after they had been clipped off the sprue and cleaned up ready for assembly.
In building this kit, the first step we took was to assemble the chassis from the two large side pieces and two smaller pieces which fit at the front and back od the structure. There are small pegs and holes to make this all easy to line up. The heavily riveted design and the stylized skull symbol on the back makes this another great alternative model in Warhammer 40k Ork armies.
Next we added the large crew/gun shield to the front of the chassis, again, small pegs and holes ensure everything is aligned.
We then took the cannon and glued on the breech (back piece) to complete it.
This cannon can then just drop into place on the chassis, being held up by the rod on either side of the gun. Not gluing this piece means you can angle the cannon up and down as desired.
Adding the wheels is the last step, just as with the wheels on the Field Cannon, the Howitzers wheels are available in Kromlech’s store if you would like to make use of them in a conversion. This kit also comes with a massive shell for use with the Howitzer.
With a Warhammer 40k Ork Boy included in this pic for scale, you can see just how massive the barrel of this Howitzer is. A very scary artillery model which with the stylised skull symbol on the back plate removed could actually be used in many 28mm armies. At a push this could even be used as a Space Marine Thunderfire Cannon alternative.
Once again the Goblin Artilery Crew are hard at work operating the Howitzer and go very will with this kit. You can actually buy the Howitzer with Crew as a bundle on Kromlech’s site and save a few pounds/dollars over buying them separately.
Here we have the 3 finished kits, a couple of very scary cannons and some very characterful crew to operate them.
As with all of the Orc themed miniatures and kits we have tried out from Kromlech, these are great looking, highly detailed models that would work especially well as alternatives in a Warhammer 40k Ork army, but also in any 28mm post-apocalyptic themed games. The prices seem reasonable and the parts are well cast for the most part, just a few parts needed some filing or cutting. We’d be happy to recommend these to anyone looking for some heavy weapons to include in their WW2 Orc or 40k Ork armies. If you’d like to see what else Kromlech have to offer, head over to http://bitsofwar.com/