Reaper Bones Black 44011: Monstercrown Ogre Juggernaut ….Orc! #Monstermarch6

Reaper Bones Black 44011: Monstercrown Ogre Juggernaut

Although I haven’t quite finished sharing my February models, I thought I’d just drop a quick interrupt in here to share the first of my models for this year’s Monster March Painting Challenge being run by Swordmaster over at Path of an Outcast. I’ve managed to participate in several of these annual challenges and they’ve always been both fun and a good motivator to get some of the monstrous stuff sitting around Casa Azaza painted and completed. We start this year’s models with the completion of a Reaper Bones model from a couple of Kickstarters ago – the Monstercrown Ogre Juggernaut – but with a couple of improvements to remove most of the goofiness!

Reaper Bones Black 44011: Monstercrown Ogre Juggernaut

I started this guy awhile ago, then restarted it, then it sat around forever as I tried to figure out what to do with it. In the end, I ditched the silly Ogre half-skull and searched through my plastic orc and Ork heads for something that worked, eventually choosing this head from …I think Flash Gitz Nobs or something like that. I liked the pissed off expression of this head more than the armoured heads.As far as the painting went, I ended up playing with it a fair bit, using the large metal panels as a kind of study of light and dark and dirty on the aged armour plates. It was pretty fun, actually just playing with the paint for awhile.

Reaper Bones Black 44011: Monstercrown Ogre Juggernaut, Reaper 50153: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor

I also glued down a classic Orc shield over the coffin-shaped tilting shield originally on the model’s shoulder. The decorative skulls I left alone. This pic alongside Chainsaw Girl Berkeley shows us that he is indeed a hefty boy! I actually managed to complete two models for this challenge over the weekend, and there’s also a bonus entry from Marouda just about ready, so we’ll have those up in the next couple of posts…

ORC1 Oldhammer Warrior Orcs (1987?)

ORC1 Oldhammer Warrior Orcs (1987)

One thing about the various models that we call “Oldhammer” is when looking for them in the old catalogues, there’s an awful lot of them that just aren’t listed in various catalogues. This guy is one of those. After a bit of digging around, I found a model that this guy is a variation of – “Mannik” of the ORC1 range, as shown in the 1987 Citadel Compendium. So given the way things worked back then, it only makes sense that this model was sculpted and released alongside. It’s certainly got the weird, malformed, and horrible-to-paint face that quite a few of Kev Adams’ earlier orcs had before he refined and stuck with the orc look that has remained today through any number of Citadel’s sculptors and even games companies (hello, Blizzard!)

ORC1 Oldhammer Warrior Orcs (1987)

The interesting thing (to me) is that the model on the left was originally painted by me back in the 90’s, along with the shield of the guy on the right. Basically, a couple of years ago I found my original model rotting in a figure case, and decided to rebase him and touch him up just a little. At the same time, I started a “new” version of the same model in something closer to my current style. Except.. in fixing up the original, his orc-face shield popped off. And then various combinations of the two models and the original shield fell in and out of the black hole that apparently exists on and around my painting area, eventually resulting in the newly-painted model having the original shield glued onto it, and the old model having the newer shield glued onto it as I found them and tried to finish off both models for the final time this month.

So now they’re both finished, but truth be told – and especially sitting here looking at the images as I write this, I’m not happy with the new (our left) shield. I think the original one really aces it. I’m going to have to go in again and fix up that newer shield.

I’ll update in some form once I’ve done that…