(Last Updated August 16th) SPEED FREEKS: Everything We Know About Orktober!August 16, 2018
The Orks in Warhammer 40,000 are a beloved faction of murderous hooligans who are awash with bizarre psychic powers when enough of them are around having a good time killing ‘fings’. They’re tough to kill and even when you manage to drop one for good, the fungal spores in its body will release at juuuust about the worst possible time (for the other life forms on the planet, that is). And then you get more Orks. This asexual reproduction of battle-ready ‘boys’ and their genetic memory for the art of war has lead to the ruin of many a planet in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
Out of fiction, the faction is generally well loved by the player base. Typically, someone playing an Ork army is there for the fun of it, and not there to min/max their army list to victory. I say typically, but there’s always one or two bad mushrooms in the bunch. As beloved as the faction is by the player-base as a whole, you may be surprised to know that the last time a new model was released by Games Workshop for the Orks in Warhammer 40,000 was in July of 2014.
Now, 4 years and a quarter years later, the boyz are getting some love with a new Ork Warbuggy!
In someways the somber music of the above video is appropriate. The Ork Warbuggy was released in 1996, making it a 22 year old bit of kit. Seeing it go is the end of an era. But time marches on!
SPEED FREEKS, releasing this ‘Orktober,’ is a boxed specialty game from Games Workshop. It includes, among many things the smashing new buggy model seen in both the featured image and the Youtube video above. Games Workshop was sure to wow the world with their announcement of the game. But cool things tend to leak early these days. And leak it did. The world found out about SPEED FREEKS on Wednesday by one or more brave and foolhardy grots, who managed to snap these blurry photos:
SPEED FREEKS looks to be a new game going through the familiar tracks of another old time beloved favorite: Gorkamorka, a vehicle based skirmish game set between warring factions of Orks. Also releasing this year, in a similar vein is Gretchinz!, though with an age rating of 8+, and its adorable cardboard jalopies, it’s definitely a starter product in it’s own right, but more akin to the old ‘Oi Dat’s My Leg! than it is to the Warhammer 40,000 boxed starter games.
Getting back to SPEED FREEKS, we’ve actually seen photos of this new buggy since May 24th 2017, when Games Workshop released a zoomed-in close up of one of its tires in one of their ‘Rumour Mill’ articles:
Having it be in the Rumour Mill over a year ago really is a testament to how far in advance Games Workshop has to work to get the models we see out the door and into our grubby little hands.
Here’s what we know for sure:
- The SPEED FREEKS box contains a number of models, and will be a stand-alone game from the specialty games group at Games Workshop.
- It comes with at least one new model kit, the new war buggy, and there are two of them in the box (one in red molded plastic and the other in yellow).
- It comes with bases for the miniatures, including a base for the Ork Warbuggy, which typically didn’t have a base in the past.
- It comes with large cardboard tiles, which is typical for the current run of specialty games from Games Workshop.
- It comes with a sample chapter of “The Beast Arises Volume 1,” a new omnibus of stories from the Black Library, telling tales of “An ork invasion of unparalleled scale [that] throws the Imperium into disarray.”
- It’s got a lot of fun looking 6 sided dice.
Rumour has it:
There are still yet more rumors about what’s coming out in Orktober. Here’s a running list of what we’ve heard, but remember to take all of these with a grain of salt.
- From Warhammer Community It sounds like, in setting, the game takes place on Vigilus:
“when an Ork Waaagh! smashed into Vigilus, the greenskins were unable to assail the hivesprawls beyond, so took to seeking entertainment elsewhere by engaging in violent races across the sweeping open plains that separate the vast hivesprawls.”
- From steppingbetweengames.com, we’ll see new kits for “buggies, trukks, trakks, bikes, boyz and nobz.”
- From Bell of Lost Souls, Supposedly the buggy will be the most customizable kit Games Workshop has ever released.
- We’re seeing new images of the sprues with some junkyard style terrain and bikes:
- Games Workshop has just released a new video on their Warhammer 40,000 Facebook page for Warhammer Fest Europe. The video reveals a second version of the new war buggy.
- Here’s are some close ups of that new war buggy with the spoiler:
- The red wagon is named the Kustom Boosta-blasta.
- The yellow wagon is named the Shokkjump Dragstga.
- A new wagon appears, named the Boomdakka Snazzwagon:
- The NOVA Open is underway, and with it come a number of new announcements for Orktober, including a new Warboss reveal, a new trailer, and a look at the contents of SPEED FREEKS! You can find a link to this article here: BREAKING: Previews and Reveals From NOVA.
More updates as we get them.