I love Orks. The fluff is fun, unique and usually amusing. I like the Ork mentality of “might makes right” and the barbaric hierarchy they adhere to. I like the Ork aesthetic of cobbled together weaponry and vehicles that belch bullets and smoke. What I’m realizing though is that I just don’t care for playing them.
I have played Orks for eight years. It was my first army and then I started playing Necrons, who at the time were one of the most elite armies. I then branched into Space Marines and most recently Chaos Space Marines. See a trend there? None of them are horde armies after the Orks.
I play my Orks as a fast mobile army crammed full of Trukks for Boyz and other paper-thin ramshackle vehicles to propel my army forward. As far as Ork lists goes, it’s not a horde list. I can get deployed in short order as everyone is in a vehicle or it’s a small unit like artillery or Lootas. Compared to most other armies though it’s still a big list and packs a lot of bodies. Not surprising of course, they’re Orks after all.
The thing I’ve come to realize is that I just don’t care for the quality of quantity. Pulling out every model needed for a list, mass removing casualties and putting it all back into trays at the game’s end is not fun. Writing lists doesn’t excite me either sadly. The new Ork codex lowered the cost of a lot of units so now I can get more into my lists. Having more types of units in a list is great, at least it’s not longer mostly Boyz, but it’s also more units and bodies and becomes more horde-like, the thing I’m disliking. There’s some great changes in the codex for Orks, and I think it’s a solid codex, but for the most part they still play the same as they always have, bury the enemy in bodies.
I’m not sure what I was hoping for in the new Ork codex. I shelved my Orks for nearly two years because I just got tired of them and how they play out on the table. It just feels too one-dimensional for my tastes and I was hoping for something to change that dynamic in this codex. I could field something more elite with less bodies but it likely won’t do very well on the table and it would require spamming those few elite units. I could put down a Stompa (if I owned one), and soak lot of points there but then the rest of the points would go into Boyz to get objective secured and make for a very dull list in my opinion.
There’s probably some other things with Orks that I can’t put my finger which accounts for my lack of interest with them but it doesn’t matter. I just lack interest in the army, period. With my Chaos Space Marines I enjoy list building, working out different synergies and after each game I’m excited to work through what went well and what I need to fix. That’s missing for me with Orks, which is too bad. There’s just nothing in the army that’s really drawing me in.
For now, I’m going to jump back to my Chaos Space Marines and let the Orks sit on the sideline for a bit and evaluate what I ultimately want to do with the army. It may be the answer is sell them off, I’m not sure. As much as I love the greenskins I’m just not seeing myself getting back into the army with the vigor I once had for them in my early days of 40K. I guess you could say that I love Orks but I’m not in love with them.