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Combat patrol: Orks

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Greetings one and all,

It’s been a while, but I’ve decided that it’s high time I started writing reviews for the Combat Patrols again. So as it is a magical time of year (or just a holiday that most of the western world won’t shut up about), I think it’s only right that we start with the magical mushrooms of the universe, the Orks. So grab your shoota and choppa and let's look at Combat Patrol: Orks.

So, what's in the box? Well, there is a Warboss in Mega Armour, 20x Ork Boyz, 3x Deffkoptas, and a Deff Dread. Now that we know what’s in the box, let's first do a price breakdown and compare it to the RRP from Gamesworkshop, and see what savings this offers.

Warboss in Mega Armour = £24

20x Ork Boyz = £60

3x Deffkoptas = £37.50

Deff Dread = £35

The total RRP of the items priced individually in this box is £156.50. As the Combat Patrol box has an RRP of £90, this gives us a total saving of £66.50, which is an amazing saving.

But with the monetary savings now covered, are the models you’re getting worth it on the tabletop?

Warboss in Mega Armour is a great core HQ. Everyone Warrg needs a Warboss and so why not one with a +2 Save, +2 WS and Tough as Nails? Like most core HQ units, he also gives friendly units with 6 inches the ability to reroll 1s. Overall, a good choice.

The mainstay of the Orks though are the Boyz, the teeming millions that make up the vast hordes of the Orks. On the tabletop, their high Toughness, low cost, and vast array of different weapons can make them a very versatile unit. But let's be honest, if you don’t have a 30 strong unit armed with nothing but Sluggas and Choppas charging across the table, you're very un-orky.

Deffkoptas used to be a really hard unit to get hold of as they didn't have a stand-alone box. Luckily, those days are behind us. Now, these guys are great at getting into unexpected places and opening up with a barrage of Rokkits and the like, a nice flanking unit to be sure.

Lastly, we have the Ork version of a Dreadnought, the Deff Dread. Only slightly more tough than the Warboss in mega armour, you’d be forgiven for not thinking too much of this Orky Dreadnought. But, it’s a monster in close combat and spits out enough ranged attacks that even with its +5 BS it will still hit something and hit it hard (stick your Warboss near it and watch those odds increase). Overall it’s an okay addition to this boxset.

Overall, Combat Patrol Orks is pretty good. The savings you make are huge if you want the models, and the models you get are pretty much the core of a lot of Ork armies to begin with. It’s a good buy for new players just starting out, or for veterans just wanting more Boyz.

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