Classic C23 Citadel Ogres for Kings of War – Unit 3: Warriors with 2-Handed Weapons

After last weekend, the latest unit of my old-school Ogres finally got finished, with the completion of “Bounty Hunter”, who like so many other models I’ve been completing recently was started 10+ years ago. Without too much chatter, here they are:

C23 Ogre “Bounty Hunter”

C23 Ogre "Bounty Hunter"

As I said, this guy had been part-painted and in a minis case for some amount of time probably approaching 20 years – sometime around when the others were started and the initial ones were painted, in any case. I’ve kept as much of the original paint I started with him and worked on the rest. Still, I had one hell of a mental block to overcome in order to finish him.

C23 Ogre – Gutlagg, Ogre Executioner

C23 Ogre - Gutlagg, Ogre Executioner

Rear view of Gutlagg – showing his tattoos.

Gutlagg here was basically finished years ago. I may have even shown him off on these pages before, but now his unit is finished, and he’s been promoted to the unit leader. So hey!

C23 “Ogre Thug”

C23 "Ogre Thug"

This guy has a name, but he’s usually just referred to as “Ogre Thug”. There are two versions of this guy with just a small variation between them. This one has a small pouch attached to his chest, while the other has a small armoured disc. Since I somehow ended up with three of this guy, including both variants, I ended up converting two of them. One can be seen here, with the original mace head replaced by a hammer head and the spike on his helmet removed. The guy showcased on this page was originally painted in an embarrassingly garish scheme. (Yes, how he appears here is heavily toned down). His weapon mod was also embarrassingly bad. So bad in fact that I don’t think I took any photos of him at all before reworking him. His mace head had been replaced with an Advanced HeroQuest (Or Dark World? Something like that, anyway) Ogre’s Big ugly tree-club with a spike added to it. It looked awful. I ended up adding a Mantic Ogre’s 2-hander blade to it, and it looks roughly a million times better now.


Ogre Index:

Jes Goodwin Classic Citadel Ogres #1

Jes Goodwin Classic Citadel Ogres #2 – Berserkers!

Bob Olley’s Classic Citadel Ogres

Golfag’s Ogre Mercenaries

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

Mantic’s Ogre Shooters: Units 3 and 4.

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

Mantic Ogre WIP 2

From the Painting Desk #13 – How Should I Paint this C23 Ogre Shaman?

This weekend I finally knuckled down and finished the C23 Ogre Mercenary with 2-hander who I’d been staring at for the last couple of months. He’s outside having the varnish dry in the sun. So far, so good. I’ll get some pics of him and his unit this coming week and show them off then. With him down, the next part-painted-aeons-ago Ogre steps into the front rank of stuff to get finished soon.

This guy:

C23 Ogre Warrior Priest/Shaman

C23 Ogre Warrior Priest/Shaman

I think the reason this guy has been in the “stuck” file is because I just can’t figure out what colours to use for him. I’d originally given him a purple skirt with the intention of painting some stars and moons and pentagrams, etc on it – which I think is based on mis-remembering the first time I saw him painted, which was probably the figure pictured in this White Dwarf advertisement from 1989. Orclord of SoL fame also has a nicely painted example in his personal collection.

So what of this guy? Well, the purple robe would have worked better is his outfit was a onesie, but he’s got that fur-cuffed vest as well, so that means we need something else as well. I’m thinking dirty grey-white hair to give him a sense of age and authority. His pauldron could either be worn steel, “coloured” metal, as in the Chaos Ogre from the berserker unit this guy will be inspiring/attached to, or a bright, enamelled red as worn by the one member of Olley’s Ogres. It all depends on how much I decide to make it “pop” as both former solutions are much more subtle and low-key than the latter, and this guy is, after all, a Character in the army.

I’ll clean up the chestnut browns on his boots and arm wrapping, go with my typical bone effect for the warhammer-head, and go with contrasting browns for his pouches and belts, but ultimately it’s the skirt and vest that have got me stuck.

My Ogre force does not have “army colours” as many of my other armies will and do. Some units will have their own heraldry (or just a dominant colour) but nothing across the whole army, which I see as a collection of individuals from a number of tribes.

I could go with strong reds to make him stand out on the battlefield? Keep the purple and give it the patterns I thought of originally? (But what of the vest?) Copy Orclord’s scheme? Something completely different? I really don’t know, which is why I’m posting this here and on a forum I frequent, so I can see if I can get some feedback that will inspire me enough to get this guy finished – and to take less than three months to actually get it done.