Kromlech Conversion Bits
Today’s post is for all of you Ork fans. I recently stumbled across a company by the name of Kromlech Conversion Bits, who is currently engaged in making all things Orky. According to their website, their first conversion pack was released in January 2010 and since then, they’ve expanded to offer a total of 9 resin kits over 3 different lines- or if you’re into marketing jargon, they have 3 line product mix width with a 9 unit product mix length.
Not being an Ork player myself, though I have always liked the imagery and conversion potential in an Ork army, I haven’t gotten a chance to test any of these products out in person. What I’ve seen and heard about these products has been impressive, though. Let’s look at their 3 product lines.
Orc War II
First up they offer a set of bits, and even a complete kit now, to convert your Ork army into an alternate reality German WWII army. Sounds kind of crazy, I know, but here is what Kromlech has to say about the line:
“During last offensive in Ardennes in 44 Hitler called to aid his most trusted scientists and they unleashed strange but devastating weapon on allied forces. This weapon ripped apart barriers between worlds and soon new strange recruits reinforced battling armies. As few stable gates to another worlds still exist war is fought at completely new theatres too.” Now I’m not going to speculate about whether this bit of narrative foreshadows a new game system, but if it did, it’s something I would consider playing.
This is by far their largest category and it helps all of you Ork players out there fill a hole in your lists- Cyborks. Since GW has yet to release a conversion pack or model for these, massive conversion has been among the only options until now. Given my love of all things robot and cyborg, this line has some of my favorite minis that they’re making.
|Hey guys I’m totally not a Killa Kan|
Here is the line that I don’t understand. It doesn’t really fit with their existing products and looks like it could be a holdover from a past idea of what the company was going to offer. Made for people who don’t live in areas where rocks can be found, this kit gives you 11 pieces of resin cast slate to add to your mini bases.
Having been vocal in the past about my dislike of stacking your minis atop a 6 foot tall pile of cork, rocks, slate, clock parts, or whatever, this is not something I’d be likely to use. Seriously, that shit just looks silly on anything less than a 60mm base and will make sure that TLOS rocks your ass. Also, living in an area where rocks are readily available, I see this as wholly unnecessary.
This Stuff Looks Awesome, Where Can I Buy It?
Being a European company (I’m guessing Germany or Poland, but their website has no information about them on it), it looks like their stuff is easy to obtain in the EU. There are a few actual stores where the products can be purchased in Germany and Poland, but their main reseller is the ever popular Maxmini site. A partial list of where to buy is available here. Take note that if you are in the states, the site listed on that page is for wholesalers only. Without proper papers, you can’t purchase their stuff. If you own a store though, now you know who you can purchase from to bring in something unique. I know of at least one US retailer that is selling these though, as FRP games happens to be where I ran across these in the first place.
Although Kromlech is a new studio, I’m excited and impressed by their limited offerings so far. With a great eye for detail and competitive prices (most kits are under 6 Euros, with the Kanone at 12 Euros), I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings for this company. Poking around their site also shows that they’re going to be branching out into some non-Ork items in the near future, giving them a wider appeal. Only time will tell if this company catches on, but I’ve got a good feeling based on what they’ve done so far.