Da Warpath: Starting Da Beach Boyz

Da Warpath

Since I started talking about my new army in a thread on building the list, I figured I might as well actually start talking about it.

I like making themed armies. I've won some local painting / best army awards, but I'm not anywhere near a professional level painter, and definitely not a top tier player. (I have only won two games in 8th edition so far) (but haven't started playing my new O&G).

I don't have any pictures of the new stuff yet, but if you want to see my other armies:

First my old Orc & Goblin army : Da United Greenskin Postal Service

Next, my vampire counts : The Grateful Undead

I also have an Ogre Kingdom army, but the theme is fairly weak : The FireEater Ogres

and back when Rackham still existed and Confrontation was a skirmish game, I had a decent Wolven army : Wolfen of Yllia

So, what/why Da Beach Boyz? Last year a local player who consistently kicks my butt both at converting/painting as well as playing was asking some suggestions for theming a squig hopper unit in an Orc pirate army. Two immediate suggestions came to mine - the first was squid hoppers, and the second was night goblins "Jumping the shark" as it were - or riding sharks.

Once that idea came to me, a flood of other conversions just kept rolling in. A giant as a mermaid. Spider riders riding crabs. Orcs on Jet Skis. An orc cheerleader as Pamela Anderson from baywatch. Savage orcs with barbells as muscle beach. Goblin surfers. I couldn't help myself, and a new army was born. However since this was the end of 7th edition and I knew a new book would be due out fairly soon after 8th came out, I didn't do much until it did.

I started on the giant - converting it from an old Ariel ("the little mermaid") doll for the tail. Converting the front halves of spiders into crabs.

Now that the book is out, I am finalizing the list and getting excited about doing this. The Giant is nearly finished (needs more/longer hair, and I still need to find some seashells the right size for the bra (the breasts are made from extra spider abdomens).

The arachnarok spider, which was not originally an idea, became a giant lobster. That is converted and ready for painting once the weather warms up.

The crabs are complete, and I need to do the riders. I am currently working on sculpting the sharks out of squigs.

I'll try to get some pictures up soon.


  1. WarbossKurgan : 3/29/2011
    YAAARRR! This sounds like MY kind of army!

    Looking forward to seeing some WIP photos matie! yarr.gif

    theorox: 3/29/2011
    YAAARRR! This sounds like MY kind of army!

    Looking forward to seeing some WIP photos matie! yarr.gif

    rufus sparkfire: 3/29/2011
    I want to see the giant lobster!


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