Speed Freek

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There are many different categories of Ork Oddboys, but one of the more obscure classifications of such in recent editions are the Speed Freekz. See, whereas most Orks place "going fast" under "fighting" in their list of Da Most Fun Stuff Ta Do, Speed Freekz are the other way around. These Orks love to go fast - the faster, the better. They're addicted to riding machines, and their own hierarchy is based less on who's the biggest and strongest and more on who's got the snazziest, fastest, loudest rig to use. Really, Speed Freek Warbosses and Big Mekz tend to be larger mostly because they're still Orky enough that "beat up everyone else and prove you deserve/can keep the best rig" is their natural instinct. As a side-effect, importance in a Speed Freek warband also plays into whether or not you own your own machine; Wartrakk and Warbuggy riders are better than common Boyz, who have to share a single Trukk between them, but bikers are better than buggies, because they're lone-Ork operations. Just remember to always have a bunch of Oily Squigs at a ready in case things go south and have some Paint Squigs to paint the vehicles extra red to make it go fast.

Other Orks regard Speed Freekz as arrogant, annoying, and generally touched in the head, but they're Orky enough to get tolerated, a lot like Flash Gitz and Stormboyz. And it can't be denied that Speed Freekz are useful; in a WAAAGH! it is the Speed Freekz who provide the reconnaissance, fast attack and aerial support of the orky forces. Particularly the last one; most Orks are rather leery of flying a plane, but Speed Freekz consider it the one thing that might be better than being a biker. Mekboyz are the only Orks who really like the Kult of Speed, and often have sympathies towards it, if not active membership.

Like a lot of Oddboys, Speed Freekz are associated with a particular Ork clan, in their case the speed-loving, mechanically-minded Evil Sunz clan.

On the Tabletop[edit]

Speed Freekz came into their own during the Third War for Armageddon global campaign in 2000, where they got their own "sub-army" list from the core 3rd Edition Ork list. Aside from special rules reflecting their mechanized infantry status - all non-biker/trak/flying units have to start with a transport, they mobbed up by falling back towards the nearest free transport, all vehicles had to buy the Grot Riggers upgrade, and their Fast Response made them start drawing up reserves earlier - they got some unique upgrades, unique units, and a whole new array of units. The Kult of Speed army introduced the Biker Nobz, Warbike Outriders (Ork Warbikes with the Scouts special rule), Deth Koptas (the original form of Deffkoptas), and Guntrukkz, with a later White Dwarf issue finally adding the obvious Biker Warboss to the list. They could take Warbosses, Big Meks, and Biker Nobz as HQ; Stormboyz, 'Ardboyz and Skarboyz as Elites; Warbikes, Warbuggies/Wartraks, Trukk Boyz and mounted squads of Tankbustas and Burna Boyz as Troops; Deth Koptas, Fighta-Bommerz and Warbike Outriders as Fast Attack, and Battlewagons, Looted Wagons and Guntrukks as Heavy Support.

As editions moved past, the Speed Freekz stopped being overtly supported, much like the entire Ork Clanz structure (with attendant sub-army lists) of earlier editions. Still, their influence can still be felt in the modern Ork army options and, to a lesser extent, the fluff, so if you like your Orkz Mad Max style, then all it takes is a little tinkering before the mob'z a good 'un!

More recently, they've gotten a whole boxed game to themselves aptly named "Speed Freeks", which allows players to reenact some of their "races". Since the 8e Codex, it's also possible to set up a Speed Freekz themed list with the Evil Sunz Clan Kultur and the multiple vehicle options added with it.

Update[edit]

As of the Vigilus Defiant supplement, the Kult of Speed is back in the form of a Specialist Detachment, which gives certain Speed Freeks units (Deffkilla Wartrikes, non-independent character Warbikers, and the new replacement buggies) the Kult of Speed Keyword. Doing this gives you access to two Stratagems that let a single friendly Kult of Speed unit double their Movement instead of rolling a die when they Advance, and Consolidate 2d6" instead of 3", as well as a Warlord Trait that makes all friendly Kult of Speed units within 12" Fearless as long as they Advance, and a Shiny Gubbin that gives a friendly Kult of Speed Deffkilla Wartrike an additional point of Toughness and a 5++ Invulnerable Save.

Gallery[edit]

Clans ov da Orks
Clans: Bad Moons - Blood Axes - Deathskulls - Goffs - Evil Sunz - Snake Bites
Non-Clan Factions: Freebooterz - Feral Orks - Speed Freeks - Dred Mob - Gretchin Revolutionary Committee


Forces ov da Orks
Bosses: Beastboss - Big Mek - Boiler Boy - Meganobz - Painboy
Painboss - Pigdok - Warboss - Warlord - Weirdboy - Wurrboy
Boyz: Boyz (Huntas - Madboyz - Shoota Boyz - Slugga Boyz
Stikk Bommas - Wildboyz
) - 'Ardboyz - Brutes
Gretchin - Nobz - Skarboyz - Cyborks - Diggas
Oddboys: Burna Boyz - Flash Gitz - Kommandos - Lootas
Mekboyz - Rokkas - Runtherd - Stormboyz - Tankbustas
Stompy 'fings: Deff Dred - Gorkanaut - Killa Kan - Mega-Dread - Morkanaut
Transports an' Tanks: Battlewagon - Big Trakks - Bonebreaka - Bonecruncha
Braincrusha - Flakkatrakks - Gobsmasha - Grot Tanks
Gutrippa - Grot MegaTank - Gunwagon - Looted Wagon
Lungbursta - Trukk - Spleenrippa - Weirdboy Tower
Big Lugga - Grot Trakbike
Feral Orks an'
Beast Snaggas:
Beast Snagga Boy - Boarboyz - Kill Rig - Squiggoth
Squighog Boy - Trappa - Herda - Squig Catapult
Speed Freeks: Boomdakka Snazzwagon - Bowelburna
Deffkilla Wartrike - Junka - Kustom Boosta-Blasta - Wartrakk
Megatrakk Scrapjet - Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy - Cuttas
Shokkjump Dragsta - Speedsta - Warbikers - Warbuggy
Flyboyz: Deffkoptas - Bomma - Dakkajet - Fighta - Fighta-Bomma - Drilla-Killa
Grot Bomms - Landa - Minelayer - Warkoptas - Wazbom Blastajet
Supportin' Dakka: Grot Bomm Launcha - Magna-Kannon - Mek Gunz
Splashy Noggins: Ork Submersible - Nautical Kroozer
Zoggin' Big and Ded Killy: Battlefortress - Gargant - Kill Tanks - Stompa
Locomotive Battering Ram
Warp Ulks: Ork Assault Boat - Rok
Huts'an Stuff: Mekboy Workshop - Dropz
Gubbinz an' Wots-its: Choppas - Fungus - Ork Gunz - Snotlings - Squigs - Warboars