Ork Buildings

Posted: December 24, 2010 in Gorkamorka, Scenery
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To test the suitability of plasterboard and other materials I have been making some Ork buildings for Gorkamorka. I have yet to play the game but it looks very interesting, I am making a Goff Gorker Mob for it. One good thing about Necromunda is that it requires much less scenery than Necromunda does, the vehicles need room to move. This means it may be a good game to play whilst I am making Necromunda scenery.

For Ork buildings I like the sand wall coloured huts like ones I remember the GW studio had in epic scale in the early 90s. With coloured details in green / red, or black and white check or triangle patterned bands. I thought plasterboard would be a good material for the base shape of these given its thickness. The only thing I did not know was how easily it would cut and sand as well as whether it would crumble or crack.

To start with I measured out the out wall sections on the plasterboard. The walls were to be 75mm or approximately 3 inches high, this is both about the right height and makes it easy just knowing that it is in whole inches for movement purposes up the ladders. The first building was to be 200mm by 100m so since the plasterboard is 9.5mm think I cut two 200mm sections and 2 80mm sections (well I had Frobes cut them as I have arthritis like trouble in my hands which slows me down when doing such things). I then glued them together with “No More Nails” which was only £2 for the giant tube (minus the spring gun thing which I borrowed from my dad). It is the same kind of gun commonly used for silicone sealant in bathrooms etc.

The glued structure together structure

I then cut and sanded the roof to fit. It went in so snuggly that it does not need glue to hold it up although I will glue blocks in place underneath it as even a small movement could cause paint to crack on the finished hut. To explain the one problem with plasterboard first I will explain how to cut it. If you were to cut it with a saw it would be very messy and would break all over the place, it would also be very hard going and is too thick to cut all the way through with a sharp knife. How to cut it is to mark your sections out then score a line with a sharp stanley or craft knife. Repeat the score line two or three times, you do not need to go that deep and the extra cuts just make sure you cut some plaster and not just the card, just use the same force as you would use to cut a bit of card. Once you have done this move the board so that your section (or the rest of the piece if that is smaller) is over the table edge then with the score side up give your section a little tab with your fist, again this does not need to be hard. The plasterboard will crack right through and you can then take your knife and cut free the card on the other side.

Hut with model on top

With the roof in place the hut is starting to look good but there are some problems that need addressed. Firstly plasterboard does not always crack straight down when you cut it. Because of this it needs sanded if you want all the faces to line up. There are also gaps where the join is like in the photo below.

A crack where the join is on the corner

You can also see that in places the cardboard has become scuffed or torn. To fix this just use a little plaster, the kind used on real walls. The stuff I had was a bit old but it waters down OK and can then be spread over any bit that is recessed in any way. It can then be easily sanded for a good finish. For the Ork hut it does not matter if it is completely even since it will be covered in textured paint later anyway and it of Ork construction. I also put plaster where the roof meets the walls so that is is a smooth transition and not a crack.

Hut when plastered

By this point I had decided I wanted the hut to have a Squig pen on the back of it. To do this I made a smaller walled structure, slightly lower and glued it on to the back of the hut. This will have a roof placed on it just like the main structure.

Squig pen walls

The idea is that this is the Squig shed. It will have a little Squig flap on the bottom of the right hand wall. There will be a door on the wall facing the camera, kind of a barn door but metal and patched together ork style. There will also be a wire mesh fence with knocked together metal fence posts. I will damage the mesh a little bit with frayed edges etc and perhaps wash it with a little brown to rust it. Below are some terrible sketches but you should be able to see what I mean, they are just as a reminder for me really as to what I want to do as I am quite forgetful.


For the roof of the Squig pen I had to put some stoppers on the underside to stopp it falling through, I also cut it a little too short but that will be fillable with plaster.


For the fence I cut some pieces of plastic card and plastic tread plate and then glued them together to make patchwork fence posts. I then cut the wire mesh sections and punched a few holes in them and tattered the edges. Superglue did not stick very well to the wire mesh at all so I used no more nails such that it filled the holes in the mesh and then I placed some plastic card on the other side from the post. This meant that the the mesh was kind of held with the glue acting as a filler and the plastic is glued to the filler on either side meaning it does not matter if the metal does not stick.


I had seen a lot of people putting metal patchwork plate on the side of their ork buildings (and vehicles) and thought it looked really good. I decided to do the same using 1mm plastic card and tread plate. I tried to keep it quite simple but not a neatly cut shape. I also added the little teeth edges on the left just to make it look tuff.

Corner Plate

To let orks get on top of the squigg pen I made a little ladder out of 1mm plastic card and tread plate. Since it is quite a small ladder I just made it simple, I may on the larger side ladder add more detail and make it look a bit more dangerous.


I really like the Ork gun symbol that I remember from Battle for Armageddon, the board game from the mid 90’s with counters instead of miniatures. I played that quite recently and it was good. Anyway, using plastic card I have made a hatch on the roof which does not open but would be a way for the orks to get in the building. I also put a big un symbol on the side of it. The building is going to be the store house for weapons, ammo and squigs (food) for my Gorker Mob.

Gun Motif

I will update this as I go . . . .

  1. Flamekebab says:

    Looks good!

    I’ve been trying to figure out the most cost-effective way to make Ork buildings. At the moment I’m not doing too badly with foamboard and papiermache. The only issue I’ve run across is that I’m a little too neat – resulting in buildings that don’t look Orky enough at all.

    I solved this by handing the building to my friend Depiff and letting him go a bit nuts with scraps of paper and papiermache paste until they were a little more rugged. I’m hoping to write a series of articles about the settlement I’m building, but it’s one of these things that I’m a little too busy to get a start on yet.

    Keep us posted on your progress with your Gorkamorka terrain. 🙂

  2. shadowbadger says:

    Thanks and will do . . .

    I used foamboard for a fantasy building a long time ago and it is a good material provided you keep your knife sharp or use a hot wire cutter. It can be difficult like you say to cut so that it looks uneven. I am not sure how that will work yet with plasterboard but it seems to sand well all over so I could even dig out holes then use other textures for damage etc. For the Necromunda walls I plan on cutting out holes then putting copper wire in like metal mesh reinforcement in the walls.

    What drew me towards plasterboard was cost. Getting 32 square feet for under £5 is crazy. I am going to look at making some hills, both steep ones and long sloping vehicle compatible ones by

    I have been searching a bit for designs of Ork buildings and came accross this today:

    Came from this thread which has a lot of good stuff on it.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas . . . Santa brought me an Ork Trukk so I am away to assemble it 🙂

    (I am up at 6am on Christmas morning making a toy . . . I am 29 . . . )

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