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Battlefleet Gothic Ork Brute Ram Ships

By Michael Cannon / February 12, 2013
Brute Ram Ships Fly by a Captured Station


I have not been able to find any used Ram Ships for my Ork fleet so I thought I’d try my hand at scratch building some. Since they were Orkish, the need to have them all the same was minimized, and their appearance could be tactfully said to be ramshackle.

I started with some plasticard and the images of the Brute Ram Ships from the GW website and started tinkering. I filed and scraped some of the excess plasticard I had and pulled out some of the multiple sprues I had. Oddly enough, they vent holes and protrusions on the sprues made nicely sized rocket engine.

All in all I made six of the ships. I might make more after cogitating on what other pieces I may have on hand.

Notes on each vessel follow (number based on left to right in group photo then as the slider shows them):

1) This is the first I pieced together with stacked bits of styrene card and filled in with ProCreate putty. The ram is part of a sprue which was trimmed, the top gun part of a plastic banner, The outer engines are from a Space Marine backpack. The studded guns are from a piece of ProCreate rolled in a cylinder and left to cure for 24 hours then cut. I’m satisfied with this as a first effort.

2)  This was much better. I used a spear tip from a GW Night Gobline sprue for the ram. The teef are from Procreate as are the guns and strips of metal on the sides. Once again the engines come from sprue pieces.

3) OK, quit laughing… I wasn’t real pleased with this either! It looks like it came from National Lampoons Ork Summer Vacation. I meant it to be a converted cargo vessel but needed to convert it more.

4) Sleek, looks good from a distance, like a luxury yacht captured and converted. The ram came from leftover Gallic warrior standards as did the engine assembly.

5) Once again the ram comes from a weapons sprue. This one actually looks good up close. Lots of guns, better lines.

6) Winnebagos in space…. Reminds me of some of the PineWood Derby cars I built. Probably not any faster either.

One thing I did notice while building them is that the more detail, extraneous bits or not, the better the vessels look. Now to actually test them in mock combat.


About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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