We have a very cool model to share with you today, the Orca Battlesuit MKIV from Prodos Games for their Warzone Resurrection game. Warzone Ressurection is sci-fi themed wargame building on the best bits from previous editions of the Warzone tabletop wargames. Battles are fought between the MegaCorporations of Mankind, the Brotherhood, or its vile enemy, the Dark Legion. If any of that sounds good to you, you can download a PDF version of the rules for free from Prodos Games to get you started.
Our Orca Battlesuit kit arrived in the large blister pack you can see in the photos below and is priced at £29.99 (around $45). The Orca is a heavily armed walking weapons platform for the Capitol faction of Warzone Resurrection. It’s classed as a light vehicle, but this thing is a seriously large warmachine.
Inside the blister packaging we’ve got a collection of resin parts, a base for the model, a stat card, and the instructions.
The instructions consist of this exploded diagram on the reverse of the artwork sheet.
Here’s the stat card that comes with the Orca Battlesuit, containing details of its special rules and stats for use in Warzone Resurrection, as you can see it has plenty of firepower and can even stomp on enemy infantry!
Here’s *most* of the parts that make up this kit, we forgot to include the cage that goes over the cockpit and one of the ammo belt parts, but you can still clearly see that there are some great details here and each of the resin parts is well cast well with very little clean-up work needed.
Taking a closer look at the parts, here’s the cockpit which comes in 2 pieces, plus the cage we mentioned earlier. The pilot of the Orca Battlesuit is sculpted in place, although if you did plan to find a use for this kit in a different game system, it would be an easy job to swap his head to the army of your choice. We’re not even sure where to start with the details, there’s loads going on but it all feels useful and functional. There are barrels, and other containers strapped across the hull, various pipework, panels, and heavy-looking machinery parts towards the rear, and even little screens on the interior of the cockpit for the pilot to make use of.
The parts at the top of this photo make up the upper legs, you can see the domed joints which will join the torso, allowing you some choice of pose. These parts are covered in plenty of cable and armour details. The 2 parts at the bottom of this photo are the upper arms/shoulders, these have square pegs where they join the body, so no flexibility in pose there, but this seems fair enough once you see what the arms are carrying. The left shoulder comes with a sculpted faction symbol for Capitol, the faction that can field these stomping mechs in the Warzone Resurrection universe.
Here we have the larges base along with the feet of the Orca Battlesuit. The base is cast from the same resin as the rest of the kit and the feet are heavily armoured, they look sturdy enough to support this large mech.
A few different things in this photo, we have the 2 separate ammo belt pieces, the left arm/hand that is wrapped in ammo belt, plus the torso of a gunner who will be making use of the weapon on top of this mech.
Here you can see the many weapons that will be carried by this war machine. Top left we have the heavy machine gun that goes with the gunner from the last photo. We’ve also got 2 chunky missile pods, an Autocannon that is carried in place of the right hand of the mech, plus a chin mounted cannon that will be mounted below the cockpit.
Lets start building this beast! We’ve started off by gluing the upper legs on top of the feet. We’ve gone with a standing pose, but you could pull off a walking pose quite easily.
Next up we’re assembling the cockpit. We’ve glued on the cockpit side panel that cam separately, and then the cage onto the front.
To the sides of the completed cockpit we have attached the shoulder/upper arm pieces. These have square pegs that fit into square indents, so there is no confusion about alignment/rotation here.
This whole section can then be glued to the legs.
In preparation for attaching to the main body, we have glued the ammo belt sections together along with the left hand and the Autocannon. Once this is assembled it can easily be fitted to the sockets in the upper arms. What a cool design, we love this area of detail on the Orca.
Here you can see we have fitted the gunner torso into the hatch with the attached heavy machine gun, this can then be attached to the top of the Orca. We’re tempted to make use of either a pin or magnet here, so that this turret can turn rather than glue it in one position. We’ve also attached the chin-mounted cannon at this time.
But that’s not all the weaponry yet, it’s time to add these rather serious looking missile pods to the sides of the hull.
Lastly, we’ve glued the Orca to its resin base to finish it off – what an absolute beast of a light vehicle!
The Orca is about 120mm tall once assembled and has great details everywhere you look. We particularly like the design of the ammo belt flowing around this model, along with all the equipment strapped to the hull.
For scale, here is the Orca Battlesuit MKIV alongside some miniatures from another sci-fi wargame – Warhammer 40k. The Orca towers over the Imperial Guardsman at the front of the photo and even the Space Marine Dreanought too which is saying something.
…We have found one Warhammer 40k unit that is a good match for the Orca though – the recently released Deredeo Pattern Dreadnought from Forge World. As you can see both kits are of a similar size and are jam-packed with missile pods and cannons. If you were looking for a cheaper alternative to the Deredeo dreadnought, or looking something to use as the basis for a conversion, the Orca is well worth looking at.
The Orca Battlesuit MKIV is a great looking kit which brings back fond memories of MechWarrior with it’s stompy robot style. The kit itself is well cast in a smooth grey resin that was an enjoyable job to assemble, very little clean-up of the parts was needed. £30 does not sound cheap, but when you compare it with the closest equivalent we could find, the Deredeo Dreadnought which costs £65, it turns out to be a bit of a bargain if this is the kind of thing you’re after. If you’d like to learn more about Warzone Resurrection and the kits available head over to www.prodosgames.com