Last night at my FLGS I played a game with my Orks, which I haven’t done in five months. This month’s tournament will score painting and then in November, details coming soon, we’ll be hosting a large hobby tournament. I figured since I’ve played the hell out of my Marines that I’d toss down Orks for these events, seeing as my Chaos force is still in the modeling stages.
The game was against another Ork player fielding a foot slogger list featuring Ghaz (naturally), Biker Nobz and normal Nobz. It was an interesting match up for my Speed Freek list that ended in a draw. I came to the realization after the game that my Orks just don’t hold the interest for me that they once did.
Orks were my first army and I played them for a year straight before a brief stint into necrotic robot territory, back in 4th when they didn’t blow. I got into Marines a bit later and slowly ramped them up and in the past five months have played them almost exclusively. Until these last five months my Orks had made regular appearances on 40K nights and tournaments.
During the last few months something happened that in fielding my Orks last night I was just not excited about it. I’ve learned a ton since I last fielded them and I feel I put down a competitive list, at least more so than in the past. The game I played was a good game, a lot of back and forth, neither of us gaining a real edge. So it wasn’t the game itself that put me off.
I think the big problem is the one-dimensionality of my Orks compared to my Marines. Orks do well at what they do. They field dirt cheap units that are all capable of assault. They can race to your lines and dump off bodies or make a slow and steady advance while soaking up every weapon aimed at them. In the end though it’s really different approaches to achieve the same effect, swamp the enemy and win through a game of attrition.
I have become so used to the adaptability of my Marines and the ability to field distinctly differently lists from the same codex that going back to my Orks was more of a chore than it was fun. The codex lacks the flavor and mutability of the newer codices where special characters drastically effect your force. To me this is where the codex is showing its age more than any other area. I could handle that they may not be an optimal tournament force in the eyes of many if they just offered more than a few approaches in their use. Maybe I should say if they offered more than one approach in their use that I’m interested in.
This unfortunate realization, as I still love Orks for their fluff and hobby work, saddens me. There are many other codices that deserve their day in the light before the Orks but I can’t help but look forward to when Orks do see their next codex. Until then I think my boyz will sit idly by while my loyalist Marines and chaotic Marines take center stage.