RPE Bob Olley’s Ogres: 02.147b Heavy Assault Axe, 02.148b Warrior Great Sword

RPE Bob Olley's Ogres: 02.147b Heavy Assault Axe, 02.148b Warrior Great Sword

It’s been awhile since I painted any Ogres, and so while looking for something else I found my little stash of RPE models a couple of weeks ago, and what with this month being home to the Monster MAYhem challenge, I thought “why not?” and pulled out the Heavy Assault Axe model, since with all that armour he looked like he’d paint up nice and quickly. Turns out – I was right, and he did. So shortly after completion a week or two ago, I went back to the well and grabbed out another one that also looked like he’d paint up quickly and without any trouble.

RPE Bob Olley's Ogres: 02.147b Heavy Assault Axe, 02.148b Warrior Great Sword

His mate also painted up quickly and easily, and I have to say this pair of models was one of the easiest pair I’ve worked on in some time. Detailed, but not over-detailed, and just nice. Ironic in a sense, as I usually can’t stand Bob Olley’s sculpts – but his Ogres, and his Ogryn – I love. Funny, that.

They’re not huge ogres by modern terms. They really fit in best with the earlier Citadel line – the C23 and earlier models – so these are much closer to 28 or even 25mm scale rather than the current heroic 32-36mm models put out by Games Workshop. I mounted the pair of them on 40mm round bases, and they’re probably not much taller than a Stormcast (I really need to paint a Stormcast model, if only for scale shots!) There are a couple more of these I’d like to pick up, though I do have several more of these in my stash. Since I’m not really actively working on my Ogre army, it’ll probably be awhile before I get to doing more of these as I have a whole pile of Ogre-sized models in the queue (on bases, and with primer and stuff) and this Monster-themed month is about to expire – and once that’s done I’ll need to refocus much more on my painting tasks at hand – Zombicide, Journeys in Middle-Earth, and Flames of War….

Shieldwolf Miniatures’ Krumvaal Lower Yetis (Yeti C) – Units Complete! (Monster MAYhem ’22)

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Krumvaal Lower Yetis, Yhetees

Finally! I’ve completed all six of my Shieldwolf Miniatures’ Krumvaal Lower Yetis. It took me over a year, and three Monster Painting Challenges to get all six of them done – doing them in pairs each time. There’s a lot of busy detail on these, as well as overlapping, very similarly sculpted textures – fur and hair. I really didn’t enjoy painting any of these six – but I do at least think they look pretty solid as painted models – and best of all, they’re done and I never have to paint another one of them again for the rest of my life! In theory, that’s true of most models unelss they happen to be sculpts that are oft-duplicated or multipart or part of a long-rnning series like Space Marines, but in this case, it’s just nice to know.

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Krumvaal Lower Yetis, Yhetees

In terms of the paint on this final pair, I gave them slightly different tones on their leather “coats”, and continued the theme of painting the stolen shields as though they’d been taken from members of my own Reisgard regiment that had fallen victim to the smashening – though I definitely do need to add some fanicier shields to the next Reiksgard commanders to fit in with some of the heraldry on these Yeti shoulders. Since they’re also berefit from metal in terms of their own properly wielded weapons, armour, or even buckles, I painted the spikes and swords that have been pounded through the clubs with a pretty heavy coat of rust. They obviouslly maintain those fantastic shields on their shoulders much more carefully than their weapons!

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Krumvaal Lower Yetis, Yhetees

Having said all of the stuff about how much I hated painting these, I do strongly suspect that now that part of the job is completed I will likely become fond of these models – particularly if they see some table use. I’ve based them on 50mm rounds, which is the official size for Yetis (or Yhetees) in Age of Sigmar. I’ll just drop them onto a MDF unit base for Kings of War, though I haven’t kept up at all with the force organisation for the latest edition I’m sure they’ll still have a place in the Ogre army.

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Krumvaal Lower Yetis, Yhetees

I believe that in KoW the six of these things can make two units of three, or one big-arse unit of six. Meanwhile in Sigmar they’d run as a big scary horde of mobs, taking up a lot of table space and making a mess of whoever they encounter, wherever they go!

Shieldwolf Miniatures' Krumvaal Lower Yetis, Yhetees

Meanwhile in Sigmar they’d run as a big scary horde of mobs, taking up a lot of table space and making a mess wherever they go! No scale shot for Berkeley this time – she’s taken on the previous two pair of these and their size can be seen in either of those two posts (also, I forgot to take a scale pic)