As mentioned before, I’m building an Ogre army for Mantic Games‘ Kings of War, since pictures of it in play seem to give off an old-school Warhammer 3rd Edition vibe in a lot of ways, and the game allows pretty free proxying of models, so you can use whatever you like and feel is cool. I put together and painted a couple of units of Mantic’s new Ogre Shooter models recently.
The main reason I started Ogres though, was to have a reason/excuse to get out my classic Citadel Ogre models that I’d just painted for the pleasure of it. All of them painted between 10 and 23 years ago. I’ve also got several that are still unpainted, and a couple that got started and never finished. With this in mind, and after some bloody stupid moves a couple of years ago when I stripped some very well painted figures from my youth in order to repaint them “modern style” that I now hugely regret, I decided not to repaint these guys, but to touch up where needed (chipped paint or toning down overly garish bits, re-highlighting metals) but to keep the essence of them as they were originally painted. So where some of the highlighting is a bit rough, or the blending on the flesh tones isn’t 100%, that stuff stays untouched. The old railway-flock bases have been redone with painted sand and tufts so they fit in with my current stuff, but that’s mostly it, aside from the touch-ups.
For the moment, he’s leading the first infantry unit. I’ve not glued him to the resin base, as I’m also considering mounting him in a chariot to be the Warlord of the entire force, as this is my favourite ogre figure ever, and also one of my favourite miniatures ever.
I don’t know this next one’s proper name, but I’m sure he has one. Sculpted by Jes.
I remember, I painted him from bare metal to done in a single Saturday, many years ago. Still a nice, characterful sculpt, but the memory of painting him entirely in a day especially makes him a special model to me and still gives me the warm fuzzies (though I forget the actual details of the day.)
Since I had more than one of this guy, I decided to convert him a little. I took off his helmet spike, and replaced the head of his mace with a hammer head from some other random figure. This one got painted around 1996 during or just after the Atlanta Olympics, since I gave him an Aussie flag tattoo, as so many of our athletes of the time were wearing on their right shoulders. Also, a big tribal piece, since that was the fashion of the time, and, you know, Ogre.
His tribal tattoo is based off an actual tattoo I saw/had a photo of at the time. Can’t recall if it was a musician, etc or just a random person, though.
Lastly, a couple of unit shots. (click for bigger!)
Ogres ready to Rhumba!
Mantic Ogre WIP 1 (and army concepts/some of the other ogres pre-touchup and rebasing)