Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Greenskins: Warhammer 40,000 Nobz Mob

More leftover ork miniatures today, this time a couple of boxes worth of nobz I've had sitting around for years.

They'll most likely be getting used as trukkboyz - well, trukknobz - in 9th edition if I ever bother to play again.

Regular nobz are phenomenally bad in modern 40K, but still work sort of okay in RT and 2nd ed. 

Their lack of popularity makes them real easy to trade for, and I've at least some of these figs just thrown in because their former owner didn't want them at all. 

That's exacerbated by the fact that they've come in a several different "discount" sets from GW over the years, although their idea of a discount is pretty daft.

Means even more players have some sitting around unwanted, though.

It's a shame they're so lousy in game, since the kit's really a nice one with lots of build options and tons of leftover spare parts, although these are built as pretty much pure melee guys.  That also makes them very suitable for "unit champion" nobz in a boyz mob, allowing me to split the big 30-boy groups down into smaller units when I want.

The leftovers are a bit hard to use owing to nobz being considerably larger than regular boyz are, so things like arm and head swaps don't really work. 

Still, they can be swapped onto Flash Gitz (who are just shooty nobz with more teef than sense) easily enough, and with a little surgery they fit the fantasy Black Orcs kit, which are now being sold as "Hard Boyz" in Age of Sigmar.

I expect to be fielding these as a single mob of ten, although I've done them up with two sets of back banners...pardon, nob poles so they can easily be split into a pair of five-nob units instead if need be.  In earlier editions their main role is to prop up shaky morale, so having small units backstopping the big boyz mobs is a decent approach.

Very much close combat focused, with each lugging a power klaw and a choppa to the fight.  Many have shotguns (or boomstikks, if you prefer the orkish name) slung on their backs for a bit of dakka.  GW in their infinite stupidity don't actually have rules for using them in 9th, despite their obsession with dataslates matching what comes in the box.  

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