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Warhammer 40K’s Ork refresh includes a weaponized food truck

Warhammer 40,000’s green-skinned menace is being updated for the game’s eighth edition

The Kustom Boosta-Blasta which is exclusive to the Speed Freeks standalone game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Games Workshop
Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Games Workshop launched the eighth edition of its flagship Warhammer 40,000 tabletop miniatures game just last year. Since then, the U.K.-based game developer and manufacturer has introduced a taller, more expressive version of the iconic Space Marine, and a slimmed-down version of the famously expensive wargame called Kill Team. Now GW is celebrating “Orktober,” and taking the opportunity to lift the veil off a revamp of another famous faction, the green-skinned Orks.

Orks in 40K are a curious bunch. They’re known for their ability to reproduce quickly, and armies often focus on fielding massive numbers to win the day. But Orks are also known for their technical ingenuity, repurposing scrap that they find all over the galaxy to concoct fast and often unpredictable war machines.

Codex: Orks ships later this week, and the 136-page volume will bring the faction up to speed, as it were, with 40K’s latest iteration. It’s expected to include loads of backstory on the Ork clans, including the Evil Sunz, Deathskulls, Blood Axes and Freebooterz.

But Orktober has been about a lot more than just rules updates. There’s also a raft of new miniatures up for pre-order. That includes a new Ork trike, a rocket-propelled fast-attack vehicle, a more traditional four-wheeled war buggy and a weaponized food truck. On humanity’s side, Games Workshop also unveiled a heroic Imperial Guardsman named Sly Marbo. The cigar-chomping, Ork-hating warrior is said to be a killing machine in his own right.

While the minutiae of the ruleset is likely only to appeal to hardcore players of the tabletop miniatures game, Games Workshop also announced a new stand-alone tabletop game called Speed Freeks. It pits two or more teams of Orks against one another in a small-scale skirmish game with its own unique ruleset. It also serves as a handy way for Ork players to upgrade their armies. The core game will run $150 and includes two exclusive vehicles. There’s also a $330 collection with even more vehicles.

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