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Ork Warboss (Orruk Megaboss Conversion) Showcase

This week I finished my Ork Warboss for my Death Skulls tribe. He is an Orruk Megaboss conversion with just a few minor conversions to bring him into the 40k universe. Here is the final showcase and some notes on the conversions themselves.

Converting the Orruk Megaboss into a Death Skulls Warboss

Ork Warboss

When the Orruk Megaboss was released, I knew I needed to convert one for my Ork Warband. Just over a year back, I posted my unboxing thoughts and ideas for the conversion. The work continued off and on for the last year in bursts.

But here he is at last, my Orruk Megaboss conversion into an Ork Warboss.

Orruk Megaboss Conversion into Ork Warboss

One of the final additions I made was the larger base, thanks to an indirect prompting from NafNaf. I had originally posed him on a 40mm base from Secret Weapon Miniatures. But felt it needed to be bigger and have more height.

Converted Tyranid Skull for megaskull

The Tyranid skull was also a later addition that I had planned on doing once I glued the front bit into place. I had left it off to paint his face. After a bit of green stuff to fill the gaps, I added more putty to create the carapace ridges.

I used a Tyranid Warrior’s head as a reference and painted it to match my Behemoth army.


Close up of face for custom megaboss


I feel like his skin is one of my best efforts to date. I spent a lot of time highlighting the green skin and adding red, brown and yellow glazes. I also wanted the texture to be softer on his skin so I used more blending and glazes as compared to the sharp highlights on the armor.

ork megaboss skin

Even though much of his back is hidden from normal angles, I added a bunch of liver spots to break up the large, flat muscles.

Ork Megaboss Conversion With Custom Big Shoota

The weapons were fairly straight forward conversions as the hands were already separate bits on the Megaboss. Because they aren’t the main focus of the mini, I didn’t want to make them too snazzy (leave that to those Bad Moons). So the majority is rusted metal with small panels of colors.

Ork Megaboss conversion with buzz saw hand

The buzzsaw was painted a bit brighter metal since it would be more active in the choppy action. I debated on adding blood splatter but decided against it for the time being as I figured it wouldn’t add much and distract from the other colors.

The Orruk Megaboss Conversion

For those interested in the actual conversion, here are some of the WIP pictures.

The Orruk Megaboss kit is an impressive feat of engineering and an abstract puzzle to put together. It took a lot of fiddling to get the different chest pieces to fit into place. I used sticky tack to piece together some ideas.

As you can see, some stayed, others removed. While the demon head is kind of cool, it looked out of place. So an Ork glyph was swapped in. The boss pole also didn’t make the cut. I’ve seen some with awesome back banners, but I thought it took away from his bulky frame.

The new additions to his face were bits removed from the custom combi-shotta, in turn from the Deff Dread kit. I also rotated the buzz saw as now emphasized his posture of shouting down his enemy.

Megaboss Basecoat and Wash

When painting, I left the front piece of armor off. It would only leave a glue seam along the two shoulder pads. Unfortunate locations, but it could have been worse. By keeping it off, I was able to finish the face and arms without all the extra armor plates being in the way.

It was nerve wracking gluing the pieces back together and sculpting the new details. I kept thinking I was going to scratch the face or stick a big glob of putty into his mouth.Sculpting tyranid skull onto megaboss

I used Milliput black as I had that available, but in hindsight, Green Stuff, or at least something not black, would have made it much easier. The black is hard to see while working with it.

Custom base for the ork megaboss

As I mentioned up top, I had originally planted him on a simple resin base. But after all the effort to paint this guy, I knew he needed something more. The struggle was to provide the angle to match his stance. The original model has a chunk of rock under his left foot that I had removed.

So combining my tips from creating custom bases, and some new learnings from Andy’s scenic base tutorial, I got to work on this ruined walkway. I hacked apart some flooring pieces to fit the round base and propped them up with some cork. A couple of ruined tubes, obligatory skulls, and putty to fill in the gaps.

Wrap Up

Orruk Megaboss Conversion into Ork Warboss

Thanks for checking out my Warboss and Megaboss conversion. I would love to hear your feedback, thoughts, and criticism below in the comments. Especially if you think an area could use more work.

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  • Honestly Joe, this guy is fantastic! I really like the conversion bits you have done on him. They really port the mini over to the 41st millennium. The weapons work really well with the pose, and the tyranid skull is a great addition, and ties the boss in with your other army nicely.

    Really great base too. Very pleased you changed to the larger one as it adds a lot of presence to a large mini, and does not look out of place.

    Great job all round dude 🙂

    • Thank NafNaf! I kept looking at the old base and thinking it didn’t look right, but that last nudge got me going on it and I’m glad I did.
      I really appreciate the great feedback on him

  • Siph Horridus

    Looks great, love the base and the AoS transformation to 40k, great work, when I first saw these released I hoped someone would use in 40k, maybe that was GW plan also. I’m not disappointed, it’s great!

    • Thanks Siph! I think someone must have thought of it when they left the hands as separate bits. Made it much easier to swap out the weapons.

  • Awesome work. The conversion is great and executed well. We 40K’ers will forever loot the fantasy line for cool stuff like this.

    The painting is well done also. The details like liver spots, even if they can hardly be seen, make all the difference in a model. I’ve honestly found that you can win people over on details alone. The rest could be mediocre at best, but those details make or break a model.

    The base change was a great idea. That one you made came out so well.

    • Thanks Thor! A good chunk of my Chaos armies are fantasy bits. And it helps the Orruks aesthetic is where the Orks should be sizewise.
      Glad you like the details and the base. It was fun putting in the extra work into this model.

  • Grenn Dal

    this is beautiful and inspiring. I plan on doing that myself one day.

    • Thanks Grenn! I look forward to your take on him 🙂

  • Great stuff chief. Proper stompy boss.

  • Alex Rueda

    I love this conversion. Well exacuted. I am currently working on the same conversion. I have scratch built a huge power klaw and a custom shooter for mine. You have given me a great idea on the skull, which I will borrow.

    I agree the fantasy ranges gives us Ork players some good models to use. I am working on a conversion of the War Chater(can’t remember the name) as my Weirdboy.

    I love your base for him…which has given me some ideas. I appreciate you sharing this. I am also using your base turtorial for my Ork Boyz bases. Keep sharing and inspiring. Great site too. Thank you again.

    • Thanks Alex! And thanks for checking out all the tutorials, glad you found them helpful 🙂

      Do you have pictures of your conversion posted somewhere? I love seeing how different people take on the same mini.

      • Alex Rueda

        Hello Joe,
        Yes the basing one has been super helpful and have had some cool results with my Boyz bases so far.

        I have not posted any pictures of my Warboss. Still working on him. Kinda stopped because I have been working on my painting skills. With such a great miniature I wanted to ensure I was on point with my painting.

  • Absolutely beautiful and wonderful Job. I just love your style, can always tell when it’s a Joe piece right away! Those bright vibrant saturated highlights!

    • Thanks Greg! I think VSH needs to become the next trend in painting, need to start the t-shirt club 🙂
      I know the vibrant highlights can make my minis tend towards the comic-strip look, but I enjoy painting them.