The news from the Warhammer 40,000 Open Day is in and we’ve got a new gang to ogle for Necromunda. To pretty much no-one’s surprise, the Orlock gang will be appearing next with a full plastic kit. There was one interesting surprise though. The Orlocks have gone… well, hipster.
In an earlier post, I joked a little about how the Orlock gang bore some resemblance to characters like John Rambo. Double denim and bandanas – that sort of look. Well, such assertions can’t be made of the new Orlock gang (though they might still be rocking double denim but in a slightly more interesting way) who look far more like the sort of folk you see hanging around Shoreditch or Brixton, drinking oat-milk flat whites while talking about bands you’re not cool enough to know about as they play with their beards. If you’re not from the UK, you’ll surely have your own havens for people who like to ride old-timey bicycles, wear clothes that are so uncool they’re cool, and have their millionaire daddies buy them grotty flats in communities that they ruin.
In a true stroke of originality from GW, this look has been blended with that of ‘industrial miner’. And I have to say that I really like it. The Orlocks now have much more of an identity than they ever did, just going by looks alone, and the House of Iron have some very fancy toys to play with (including perhaps the best looking powerfist I’ve ever seen). The harpoon gun is pretty darn sexy too, even if the guy carrying it bears a striking resemblance to myself. Good looking mini, that. In fact the other chap in the below picture looks very much like Henry South from 4gotowar.com which is also awesome (somewhat because I’ll be able to shoot him without going to prison – Sorry, Henry).
This is really showing off how far the designers and standards have come at GW HQ. That’s in no way a knock to the people who designed the original gangs (new designers are standing on their shoulders of course), but these guys no longer look like ‘just blokes’ and have some real personality and a lot of great details. And whereas the Goliaths and Eschers were updates to established cool identities, these Orlock chaps are a true reinvention. Based on these guys, I can’t wait to see more gangs appear throughout 2018.
These deep-down hipsters will be hitting the Underhive boards in early 2018, but for those of you either playing legacy gangs or already planning out how to field these mooks, I’ve got some name generators for you.
For your gang name, it’s the traditional initials game. First initial and Surname initial. That gives me The Jack-Hammer Apes which I rather like. There’s a general fist/miner/street-gang sort of theme to this. Think On The Waterfront meets The Warriors meets 40K. Even with their new look, I can’t shake the idea that these guys would say things like “Yous guys” while calling people “jabronies”. I know I would if I thought I could actually pull it off.
And now for your gang members. As with last time, you can use this however you like. I’ve been using the Name 1 columns to give me my basic ganger names (though with this one, sometimes I’ve just been using the first column, and sometimes both – the name length gives some nice variance), Name 1 and Name 2 columns for my champs, and the whole lot to give my leader a name. But you do you – make it work however you can or want to. D66 and there’s no worries about rerolling if you don’t like what you got.
And there you have it. Will I be buying these guys when they appear in early 2018? You better believe I will be. I’m currently working on my Goliath gang but I’m doing a starting-a-campaign sized gang (6 guys) so I should have some painted things to show off soon. Until then, happy painting. Onwards!
Because you love them, because I have nothing better to do with my free time, and because we’re all just so darned excited for Necromunda: Underhive to be released in the very near future, I’ve put together a few name generators here for you to enjoy. The dingiest depths of the 41st Millennium are full of characters and personalities, and if you’re struggling to come up with appropriate names for yours, hopefully this post will be of some service to you.
First up, we have the Escher Gang Name Generator. I wanted the words here to evoke ideas around not only femininity, but also poisons and chemicals – the stock and trade of the Escher clan. As with many name generators on this blog that have come before it, you take the first letter of your first name, and the first letter of your surname, and this will give you a gang name for your band of femme fatales.
So, in this instance, as my initials are JA, I get The Jealous Aces, which ain’t half bad. If your initials are SD, you’d get The Stiletto Dames which I happen to think is a seriously cool name invoking an idea of Film Noir assassins played by the likes of Lauren Bacall or Katherine Hepburn. Nice. What did you get? Stick it in the comments below and let me know what you thought of it.
Next up, is the Goliath Gang Name Generator. I want this to bring to mind ideas of extreme masculinity, and also the forges and foundries where this bunch of meatheads hammer away. You get how to do this by now, so give this one a go:
In this instance, I get The Jagged Aggressors, but if your initials are HS, you’d get the Hotwire Skulls. Personally, I want someone with the initials UW to use this, because I miss tassels and face-paint. Also, it would kind of fit with the whole hulking(sic) steroid user thing. Moving on…
Now, that’s usually all that you get from me with these things, right? Well, this time, I decided to spend a lot of my free time (trying to save money and stay out of the pubs a bit with Christmas coming up) working on something a bit more in depth. As mentioned, this is a game full of characters and personalities, and having defined names to attach to every member of your gang makes it all the more personal. So, I’ve been a bit ambitious. I’ve created Gang Member Name Generators for both House Escher and House Goliath. Here you go…
There are no hard and fast rules as to how you use these. It’s done on a D66 basis, and you can use it as you see fit. I’ve kind of been using the following formula: Gangers get a name combo from the Name 1 columns, Champions get a ‘Name 1’ and a ‘Name 2’, and Champions get something from each of the 3 Names. When I rolled my D66 for the Goliath Gang, it meant I got the following:
Ganger 1: Slamgorn
Ganger 2: Joltnak
Ganger 3: Drillsnag
Ganger 4 : Skardrag
Ganger 5: Fragcred
Ganger 6: Harksmelt
Ganger 7: Skorcon
Champion 1: Lankstab Goreshrieker
Champion 2: Tragras Bloodchomper
Gang Leader: Drakloss “The Imperator” Toothcrusher
I’m interested to see how well this one works to be honest. I’ve never tried these sorts of name generators before, but like I said, you can use them how you want. Just have names made from column 1 and column 4, or just use the nicknames, or Name 2 and nicknames combined… it’s up to you and I hope you get a bit of fun out of it however you use it. Or just enjoy five minutes wasting time when you should be working.
Tell me what you think in the comments below. Get any good names? Get any bad ones? I should have something painted to show you soon too, so stay tuned for that. But with all of that done, I shall just wish you happy painting, and happy naming. Onwards!
I figured, as I’ve been banging on about the Desk Project that I’m doing at the moment rather a lot recently, I’d do something fun and silly for this Friday. So, to give you a couple of minutes of hopefully Orkish giggles at the end of a long week, I give you the Ork name generator. Now, long ago, I did the Ork clan name generator and it was a lot of fun. But I wanted to test myself (and particularly my Orkish vocabulary) by making a generator that can help you come up with the name of an Ork character, boss or boy. So here you go:
As you can probably tell, it works pretty simply. Your first initial and second initial make up your Ork’s forename, and the first letter of your street name and mother’s maiden name will give you the Ork’s surname. Well, I don’t think it’s really a surname – more of an dis-honorific. A nickname… whatever it is, this is how it works. So my name would be Jabarm Squigtroopa. If your name was Rob Stevens and you lived on Jones St, and your mother’s maiden name was Howard, your Ork name would be Redshag Jawhacka. Get it?
Well, you know the drill. Have a go, leave a comment below and tell me what you think of it. Did you like what you got, can you think of improvements, or do you now wish you were called something else? Either way, I hope it gives you a brief moment of Orky goodness after a hard week – you’ve earned your teef, and a good weekend to be sure.
And one final word about the desks project; I’ve started to build the page! It’s coming along great and we’ve had more submissions than I was expecting. Provided I can get everything organised by next week, it should be going up then, so keep an eye on the blog for that update. Onwards!
How do you come up with a good Space Marine chapter name? In this ‘just for fun’ post, I’ve built you not one, but two name generators to help you bestow a monicker onto your Space Marine Chapter, and also your Chaos Space Marine Warband too! How’s that for a slice of generosity on toast?!
I was talking to a few people about my post from last week where I was listing all the things that I liked about Space Marines (because I’m that sort of annoying person who will write a blog post and talk incessantly about it afterwards). When asked ‘how many chapters are there?’ I replied ‘Well, loads. Like a thousand. Maybe more!’. The follow up to this was ‘Well then, were I to create a new chapter, how would I come up with a name that doesn’t already exist?’ to which I then replied ‘…I dunno…’. The truth is, there is nothing new under the Sol, and the likelihood is that when you’ve come up with a name, someone, maybe even GW themselves, got there first.
But in an effort to improve your odds, I have created the Space Marine Chapter Name Generator. It’s not perfect. If your name is ‘Chris Lloyd’ you will end up with the Celestial Lions, and if you’re ‘Sam Smith’, you’ll get the ‘Silver Skulls’, both of which are definitely already taken (and also, I know people called Chris Lloyd and Sam Smith so apologies to them). The sharper among you will have probably already worked out how this works, so let’s have a look:
Going by the above, my chapter should be the Jade Angels – not bad! What’s yours? Stick a comment below and let me know what you think about it? Also, if you do come up with a name that’s already taken, or if you’re not quite happy with it, try flipping it around and adding ‘of’/’of the’ in the middle. So the Jade Angels become the ‘Angels of Jade’.
But I promised you more, and after making this, with all its noble nouns and heraldic adjectives, the Ruinous Powers convinced me to do the same again, but this time with the Chaos Space Marines. So, for you heretics out there, here you go:
That gives me the Jealous Axes – very Slaaneshi if you ask me. But again, that could be flipped to the ‘Axes of Jealousy’. If you like what you got, stick it in a comment down below. What would your warband be like? Khorney? Nurgley?
And that’s it! No deeper meaning than that – just an excuse to do something fun on a slow weekday, and an added celebration as the Space marines turn 30. If neither of the above are your thing, I did a similar thing for Ork mobs way back when – you can find it right here. I hope you enjoyed them. Onwards!