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"Da best shoota I eva made, dat iz. Loadza barrulz, so dat it’s ded shooty. ‘Sept dat wun, ‘cos dat’s da skorcha, dat’s burny insted. Yeah, good an’ propa. An’ da bullitz is ‘splosiv...dey goez boom inna fings wot you’z shootin.’ An’ dat button dere...dat’s da best bit. Wot it duz, see, iz...iz...oh, zog. Nah, its nuffin’ boss. Nah, you’z don’t need ta see wot dat button duz...‘onist. Don’t push it!"
- Last words of Nazdakka Boomsnik, Renowned Mekboy.[Needs Citation]

Mekboyz (also known as 'Mekaniaks' or just 'Meks') are Ork Oddboyz, and are the engineers who build all the gunz, vehicles, and other machinery used by the Orks.[1]

Overview

Place in Ork Culture

Meks are the spiritual leaders of Ork society, as they are at the heart of the spontaneous psychic event know as the Waa-Ork, which sees the psychich energy of the Ork race manifest trough the building of great war machines, and a subsequent military rampage trough the galaxy.[1c]

Ork Technology

Mekboyz are an interesting example of the Ork race because their abilities with machinery are not a learned knowledge. It is less intelligence or skill, and more instinct, as their relative wealth of technological is expressed in their trademark crude and ramshackle style of building.[1a]

It should be noted that the bulk of their "technology" is so incredibly crude that its ability to function would apparently contravene not only common sense but the laws of physics as well; a given shoota is, more than likely, literally slapped together out of scrap metal, leaving it by rights incapable of firing.[1a]

That it works at all is testament to the power of the Ork Waaagh!, as its peculiar psychic field allows them to bypass the physical impossibilities that would ordinarily render their gear useless or broken, simply via belief. Within limits, if an Ork believes a particular gun is working and pulls the trigger, it will fire. Although this doesn't mean that anything will do, and Mekboys create what conceptually might be relatively close to their intended weapon or wargear.[1a]

The power of the Waaagh! gives the item that extra push it needs to operate. Mekboys are therefore critical to the maintenance of Ork technology not only physically, but psychically as well, as they can instill sufficient credibility in the Waaaagh! regarding a given device to get it actually working. A related version of this system is why "da red wunz go fasta".[Needs Citation]

Mekboyz are especially important to Kult of Speed, as they maintain their prodigious amount of bikes and vehicles.[1b]

Meks also oversee the use of various powerful and exotic heavy weapons known collectively as Mek Gunz.[9]

Variants

Spanna Boy

Spanna Boyz are Orks who have a natural inclination with the "worky bits" of guns, buggies, and Ork technology in general. As they grow older Spannerz become drawn to Mekboyz and work under them as an apprentice of sorts. Every Spanner hopes of one day becoming a fully-fledged Mekboy themselves. Even though they are working by instinct alone, Spannerz can usually keep buggies, traks, and bikes working.[6]

Big Mek

Big Meks are stronger, more powerful Mekboys who have, over time, gathered a following of Mekboys and acolytes. Their mastery of technology is unsurpassed and are often seen with forcefields protecting them and their creations.[3]. Warbosses do not tolerate such rivals and will very often threaten Big Meks into exile, where they will be hiring out their skills as Freebooterz[7]

Mek-Boss

Mek-Bosses are the biggest and most powerful Meks, whose inventiveness helped them design machines of war beyond any other Mek or Big Mek, allowing them to rise to such a position of power has to lead their own Warband.[5]

Mek Wargear

Mekboy artwork

Meks have access to the most advanced wargear in any Ork warband, including:


Notable Mekboyz

Mek-Boss Buzzgob
Main article: List of Mekboyz


Images

Miniatures

Big Meks

Meks

See also

Sources


Ork Infantry
Leadership WarbossMekbossPainbossBeastbossNobz (Beast Snagga Nob)Flash Gitz
Oddboyz MekboyzPainboyzWeirdboyz (Wurrboyz) • RuntherdsSpanna BoyzBikerboyzFlyboyzMadboyz
Boyz Shoota BoyzStikk Bommaz'Ard BoyzSkarboyzYoofsFeral OrksBeast Snagga BoyBoarboyzSquighog Boyz
Specialists KommandosBurna BoyzTankbustasLootasStormboyz
Other GretchinSnotlingsSquigs