Monday, April 14, 2008

Looted Ork Gorgon: Da Trojan Horse

For an upcoming birthday Apocalypse game (July), I have decided to do a bit of extra work on my Ork Army and build a bunch of big things. I already scratch built a Def Dred and a Trukk (see this blog), now I wanted to build a looted Gorgon, which is normally an Imperial Guard Forge World Model.
Here's the Forge World Gorgon that I based my Trojan Horse on:

I started out with most of this stuff; a couple of old M113's and a bunch of leftovers, including (again) an old WWII model.

I cut both of them in half and attached them to a large piece of Warhammer Basing Material, 8x5 squares of the larger ones; see ruler for dimensions. I wanted the Horse to be same size as the Baneblade.

After that I added the cross bars and balsa wood details. It was hard to build the front and back but with a little persistence and some green stuff you come a long way.

(Yes, I looted my only Land Raider)
With the foundation done, I added details, like extra tank wheels, gas cans and extra armour.

Then to the front of this tank: I needed to create the prow and on advice of Christian, our Warhammer guru (the guy with all the ideas), I made it movable. Using sprue and a pen I made it work, so the prow can move forward and the Orks can shelter behind the prow when they come out: movement is about 3 inches.

The door behind the prow is magnetized, easier to play with it.

On weapons: I used the battle fortress as guide but wanted to give this tank the Skullhamma Kannon, with the modified strength of 8, not 9. Because this is a looted Gorgon, the turret is too cramped for an Ork, so the kannon must be fired by a gretchin: perfect! That gives me a BS of 3, not 2. So this evens out the weaker strength, but makes for more fun in playing.

The brown part is obviously the chassis of the old WWII model...

On the side I built some big shootas (twin linked) and a couple of Zzap gunz.

And here it is in full:

Making your own data sheet is great and designing one teaches you a lot about balancing out the power and the weakness of models. The empty form you can download from the GW website, the rest I did in Photoship.
Please comment on it if you want to and of course feel free to print this out and use it. When Da Trojan Horse is painted I will swap out the image.

Hope you enjoyed this one. Let me know!


  1. Fantastic Stuff! great conversion work.

  2. Wow, I happened to be cruising through some blogs and came across this post. That's impressive... and I like the fact that you took the time to make up a datasheet for it too.

    There's a ton of work in this thing and it shows, please make sure to post pics of it once you get it painted.

  3. thanks Ron. I appreciate the kind words. I am kind of an obsessive person and finished this thing in one weekend. Now I have spent all the steam and still haven't painted it. It will come. We are playing a game in July (apocalypse 12000 points) it needs to be ready then.
    mike at santa cruz warhammer

  4. Holla here !

    This looted Gorgon is so awesome, and thanks a lot for the datasheet also.

    I'm doing one myself since 1 month totally in scratchbuilt like a Caterpillar Gorg'Ork here :

    Yours is really great :)

  5. hey thanks! I still have it, and was thinking of selling it for a small amount, never painted it or played with it, just primed and gathering dust. I will check out yours!