Classic Citadel Ogres for Kings of War – Unit 2 – Olley’s Ogres

Oldhammer Bob Olley Ogres Warhammer Fantasy Battle WHFB

Old-School Ogre by Bob Olley, circa 1989.

Here’s the latest update on the Ogre Army Challenge. Another unit of restored Old-school Citadel Ogre Warriors. This time, the unit comes from Bob Olley By the way, Bob currently has a Kickstarter up for his range of “Scrunts” – Victorian and Steampunk Dwarves. Not to be confused with Squats. Only 14 days left!

Oldhammer Bob Olley Ogres Warhammer Fantasy Battle WHFB

This guy always reminded me of my Dad, from back when I painted him, and still to this day he reminds me of my father at that time. A bit of the face, the Calabrese complexion, the physique and even the brains(!) This figure is based on the original Olley-sculpted Ogryn Sergeant. (Not the original RT Ogryn, though!)

Oldhammer Bob Olley Ogres Warhammer Fantasy Battle WHFB

Another of Bob Olley’s Citadel Ogres from 1989.

Another of Olley’s Ogres. This one, amusingly enough always reminded me of my friend’s father who had been – amongst other things – a boxer back in the old country, and the bald noggin and complexion always helped that particular comparison. 

Oldhammer Bob Olley Ogres Warhammer Fantasy Battle WHFB

If I were to paint this guy today, he’d be covered in tattoos. Still – my rule for these guys is pretty much: New bases and “restoration” – so touchups over chips, dull metal and godawful colour choices only rather than repaints. I’m keeping an eye on eBay for another, though…

Oldhammer Bob Olley Ogres Warhammer Fantasy Battle WHFB

This one was painted a little later, with a more sub-saharan theme. I’m sure Ogres could come from all sorts of places across The Old World, not just the Emprie, right?

Oldhammer Bob Olley Ogres Warhammer Fantasy Battle WHFB

The third of this batch of Olley Ogres. The blue straps are a bit bright, but they’re not overwhelming enough to need to be repainted. IRL they’re not quite so garish.

Oldhammer Bob Olley Ogres Warhammer Fantasy Battle WHFB

Oldhammer Bob Olley Ogres Warhammer Fantasy Battle WHFB

A couple of shots of the newly restored unit. I’ll do an army-in-progress shot when I put the next finished unit up.

Jes Goodwin C27 Ogres

Coming soon: More Jes Goodwin Goodness…

And a preview of things to come.. started in the 1990’s – (to be) finished in the 2010’s…(?)

Ogre Index:

Jes Goodwin Classic Citadel Ogres #1

Bob Olley’s Classic Citadel Ogres

Golfag’s Ogre Mercenaries

Mantic’s Ogre Shooters: Units 1 and 2.  And Based.

Mantic Ogre WIP 1 (and army concepts/some of the other ogres pre-touchup and rebasing)

Mantic Ogre WIP 2


15 thoughts on “Classic Citadel Ogres for Kings of War – Unit 2 – Olley’s Ogres

    • I’ve been working (well, briefly last weekend) on what I think were the first three ogres I painted. I’d photographed them but a few things that always niggled at me needed to be touched up. Not exactly a series of 2013 repaint, but a little bit of blending together over skin that had been drybrushed to highlight it (yeah, that old!)
      Hopefully I’ll have ’em done next weekend, since this weekend is preparing for next week at work. It’s hell week! Though hopefully the last of those for the year.


    • Thanks for the kind words. I’m a big fan of the old Ogres. Your guy looks good. I’ll check out your blog in more detail over the weekend – it looks like you have some nice stuff indeed over there.


    • Thanks! I’ve got quite a few, but I really need to get them painted and photographed (and gamed with!) or I may as well not even have the things. Something to really work on in 2014!


  1. Very nice. I do like a bit of miniature leopardskin. 1:1 leopardskin, not so much.

    I sold off a number of Olley Blood Bowl ogres last year that I had painted in 1990 or so. The Olley style is so distinctive that your ogres here, presumably painted roughly around the same era remind me a lot of my old BB guys.

    I have been under the impression since the 80s that the first ogre shown above was actually an ogryn. Having taken a closer look after seeing this post it looks like I was wrong. Obviously GW were happy to sell their ogres as ogryns, but I wanted proper sci-fi ogryns with sci-fi trappings at the time. A closer look at this:

    … made me realise that the ogryn in the middle column, top row – the poster boy for RT ogryns as far as I am concerned – looks likely to be an altered version of the guy to the left of him, the guy at the start of this post, rather than the other way around.

    Every day is a school day 🙂


    • Yeah, these guys would have originally been painted around that time period. They’re both off the same 40k-ish base and sculpted at the same time, though. His clothing has a bit more of a modern “feel” than the others from that era (including the other Olley ones). Most importantly, the breastplate is almost identical to the Ogryn’s one which is the same as Pete Knifton’s artwork of the day, and quite different to the “fantasy” armour being sculpted at the time.

      Remember as well that in the day, only the Ogryn Sergeant (bone ‘eads) had ripper guns – the rest were literally fantasy ogres in what was a CC unit – and yeah, a way to reporpose and sell the Fantasy Ogres to 40k players for the effort of one sculpt..


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