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Flamekebab

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Gorkamorka's main setting, Angelis, has a bit of a tough problem: it specifically says that it's a dead world ("Even bacteria, viruses and other nano-organisms are missing." - page 101 of Da Uvver Book).

Alternate settings like Da Deff Islands don't have that problem but as far as I know there's no port of the Squats rules.
 

Ben_S

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If you don't like greenskins, I imagine you could use (pretty much) the same rules for Squat biker gangs battling it out over some planet of their own. I wouldn't expect Squats on Angelis though.
 

Knuffe

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No I like greenskins. I just liked the idea. The little i know of the Squats may not fit the Idea.

Imagine a lost squat space transport escaped the doom of their kin. (I remeber someone once said perhaps they were mostly wiped out by the tyranids) Lost in time and space, to unforseen circumstances while looking for a new world to terraform and settle. Their transport suddenly appear and crash on this barren planet. Orks gleefully see this as a sign from the great Gorkamorka. More scrap to be salvaged, and a added gift. Lots of funny shorties to fight!
 

Flamekebab

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I've heard some people argue that 40K has no canon. I disagree (as I don't really see how that can work at all!).

There's no reason one can't use Gorkamorka's rules but set the campaign on a different planet though, or at a different time!
 
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Old thread I know but codex chaos 2ndE Page 23 mention's the Imperium loosing contact with the kapellan league (the largest of the squat leagues) in 903M41.The only mention of a date (that I'm aware of) involving the great squat vanishing act.
And being written in 1996 was about the time they realised they weren't going to be doing squats in 40k anymore.
 

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Yeah, the only "canon" the ladz worry about is spelled with a "k" and goes "BOOM"! I played my Squats as regular old Morkerz and did a few games with Flamekebab's Biker Mob rules. The whole "drunken biker" theme always seemed a better match to 40K more than the neo-Tolkien, "By my Grandfather's beard" theme. That and I'm an American. I know some of those guys. I seem to remember reading an interview with Rick Priestly, I think talking about Squats and their inglorious disappearance. He said that the Squats had become the "joke" race and they just could not make them fit into 40K. "In the grim-dark future of the 41st millennium, there is only war, and dumpy little grumpy guys in what looks like quilted vests."
 
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Punktaku

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If they had ditched the quilted vest and made them look more like Orlock, rhe squats would’ve been sweet. Or given them armor like the IG had back then.
 
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If they had ditched the quilted vest and made them look more like Orlock, rhe squats would’ve been sweet. Or given them armor like the IG had back then.
Or made them look more Van Saar. Or focused on mining suits [akin to the new GSC], and played up the exo-armour more.

One of my Obliterators is one of the Chaos Squat Exo-Armour minis from back in the day, with the boltgun scaled-up to be a mass of unidentifiable weaponry.

In honesty, the best design for the Squats back THEN, to give them something distinct and suited, might be the Kharadron designs NOW. Or to have preemptively made use of what became the Tau aesthetic [since the Squat Homeworlds never adhered to the Imperial Cult OR to the Cult of Mars]. The "harley davidson bikers" theme made for a good specialist unit, but felt awkward spread across the entire force.
 

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Or made them look more Van Saar. Or focused on mining suits [akin to the new GSC], and played up the exo-armour more.

One of my Obliterators is one of the Chaos Squat Exo-Armour minis from back in the day, with the boltgun scaled-up to be a mass of unidentifiable weaponry.

In honesty, the best design for the Squats back THEN, to give them something distinct and suited, might be the Kharadron designs NOW. Or to have preemptively made use of what became the Tau aesthetic [since the Squat Homeworlds never adhered to the Imperial Cult OR to the Cult of Mars]. The "harley davidson bikers" theme made for a good specialist unit, but felt awkward spread across the entire force.
Yeah, I agree. Sadly, they missed all that. Lots of folks kitbashing Khadrons and whatnot into everything you've described these days though.
And I don't know, I have about 1000 pts of kit-bashed Squats I play as Orks. The Harley Hog theme works pretty well there. (Though I suspect J.R.R Tolkien is spinning in his grave.)
 
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Aulenback

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And I don't know, I have about 1000 pts of kit-bashed Squats I play as Orks.
Nice! I now have only a handful of old Squats. The obliterator mentioned above, and a couple in my Pit Slaves gang, one among my Kharadron, and a couple in my bits box (for now).

Oh, and on the original subject of the thread, there likely could be Squats - or the descendants of Squats - in among the Muties, combined with the ability to run mechanical mounts in among the live mounts, that would seem to be the best way. Mounted stunties are just another kind of Mutant, after all, right? And Squats, not being part of the cult of Mars as such, would have brought along all KINDS of strange weaponry now revered as ancestral treasures?
 
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Kon-rad

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The one on the right is a converted Ork. I chop them down, trim up the teeth and ears and sculpt noses on them and job's a gud un'. The other one is an an original sculpt. I did him more than 10 years ago and pretty proud of how he turned out. I'll have to sort through my files and put some "Squat Orks" up in a gallery here.
Oh, and the fridge is ....a very, very tiny fridge......
 

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If one were to make more of the ork conversions would they be alternative squats? Half ogryns? He looks like a troll from the Labyrinth. Or any 80s cartoon troll for that matter. I would suggest they could be WH40k trolls but that's been bagsied.

The self sculpt looks awesome. Be proud.

And is that a fridge for ants! It has to be at least... 7 times bigger!
 

Kon-rad

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The one on the right is a converted Ork. I chop them down, trim up the teeth and ears and sculpt noses on them and job's a gud un'. The other one is an an original sculpt. I did him more than 10 years ago and pretty proud of how he turned out. I'll have to sort through my files and put some "Squat Orks" up in a gallery here.
Oh, and the fridge is ....a very, very tiny fridge......
Oh wait, wait. I mean the guy with the shovel is an original sculpt.... I getz me right and ...da uver one......mixed up sumtimez.

I tossed some other Squat related pics in a gallery. More like the below here- https://yaktribe.games/community/media/




 
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