Today we are assembling the Orc Juggernaut in Mecha Armour. This recently released kit is from Kromlech, a company well known for their 28mm conversion parts and miniatures, especially their many orc related kits. We have no doubt that the Orc Juggernaut will very much appeal to Warhammer 40k Ork players since our initial reaction was that they could make great Ork Nobz in Mega-Armour, but these will also fit well in other games and armies which have that ‘junkyard tech’ feel.
Here you can see the single Orc Juggernaut in Mecha Armour we ordered from Kromlech, individually this was priced at $19.99 (around £13.15) but Kromlech are now selling a 3 pack in their eBay store at $54.99 (around £36.20).
Each Orc Juggernaut is made up of 5 pieces (legs, torso, both arms, and head), which are chosen at random from the various poses and styles available (all Orc Juggernaut parts are interchangeable). Each Juggernaut will always come with one close combat weapon in addition to one ranged weapon arm. These kits also come with 40mm round plastic bases (not shown).
All of the parts we received were well cast and in a grey resin, and there were no mold lines or similar things to clean up. Here you can see the random head that came with our kit, it looks like it would fit well with models from other ranges like Orks in Warhammer 40k. This head is very detailed (remember this photo is zoomed right in, this is a 28mm scale head) and fits into the Mecha Armour theme by being covered in bionic upgrades.
The torso piece is large and well detailed, again with no cleanup work needed. This Orc technology will have a familiar feel to Warhammer 40k Ork players as it is covered in extra armour plates that have been riveted on, and comes with a powerful looking, low-tech engine.
The randomly selected arms we received in this kit consists of a highly detailed crushing/power claw and a ranged weapon that appears to be built from several cannons bolted together. Both arms are heavily armoured and include chunky spikes welded onto the shoulder guards.
Both of the arms have pegs at the shoulders which fit into sockets on the torso allowing you some pose-ability, although you will need to glue them or use magnets to keep them in place.
The legs that come with these kits look very heavily armoured and as with the rest of the kit, are very detailed. As you can see in this picture they are able to stand without being glued to a base, and come with a socket on top for fitting the torso.
When you put all these parts together, you end up with a very fearsome looking warrior.
Here you can see the Orc Juggernaut in Mecha Armour on its 40mm base, giving you an idea of how large and intimidating this thing is going to be one the battlefield. A squad of these would definitely make a great focal point for an army.
To give you another idea of scale we have taken this photo showing our Orc Juggernaut in Mecha Armour alongside the rather large Ork Warboss from the Warhammer 40k Assault on Black Reach set.
This orcs massive size is really highlighted when you compare him to a 28mm Warhammer 40k Ork Boy.
We found that swapping parts between Kromlech’s Orc, and the Warhammer 40k Orks was an easy job, and would allow Ork players to convert some unique characters.
We can definitely see ourselves adding a few more of these kits to our Warhammer 40k Ork army to represent Ork Nobz in Mega-Armour, and quite possibly a Mega-Armoured Warboss too. If you play another game or army that has a similar ‘junkyard tech’ aesthetic, you could easily replace the head with a human or other 28mm head of your choice to make use of this hulking war machine. We’re really impressed with the amount of detail Kromlech have managed to fit onto these, and as previously mentioned quality of the cast was great, we could simply open up the kit and start gluing it together.
What do you think of this kit – can you think of some uses for it that we haven’t? Let us know in the comments. If you would like to see the other orc related goodies Kromlech have come up with (including Orc Mechanical Legs and Arms!), head over to http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Kromlech-Bits-and-Minis