Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ogre Pictures


Here are a few pictures of the models I've been working on for my Ogre army. My aim is to have a fairly unified vision for each model and to have each model look unique.

Unfortunately I think my vision is more ambitious than my abilities will allow but I'm happy with how things are coming along so far.

This is the first model I worked on. I really like the Skraag the Slaughterer model and wanted to go for something similar. I like how he has a butchers knife and cleaver for hands. I imagined his hands, and leg, were torn apart to feed the tribe and they shoved knives into his stumps and a log onto his leg so he could keep going on. He lost his lower jaw in some freak accident so he has all sorts of gore hanging from it and his tongue sticks out in a horrifying manner. This was partly inspired by that awful picture of a man's face after a motorcycle accident. He was originally going to be a Butcher but I decided to make him be a regular Bull. I sculpted a belly and continued his belt so he doesn't have a gut plate because of my intention to have him be a Butcher. I'm actually quite happy with how he came out.

This gentleman was a lot of fun to put together. He is going to be one of my Butchers. I think this model has a certain comedy to it as he's chomping on his own intestines but on the back of the model is a hunk of meat hanging from a hook on his belt. I took the Bellower arm and replaced the hand with a fist and then modeled the intestines in it. The other arm has been eaten away over the years and there's a bloody stump remaining for when times turn bad for this tribe of unlucky monsters.

This unlucky fellow took a canon ball to his body and managed to live. Unfortunately in a previous battle he lost his hands and now has rusted blades jammed into his stumps. He shambles along with his guts hanging out but he's a bit too dim witted to know when to die. Unfortunately tetanus is common in the Old World and I think this poor chap doesn't have too many days in front of him.

This poor guy was disemboweled and he is frantically trying to shove his organs and guts back into his body. This was inspired from a scene in Akira where one of the characters is having a nightmarish vision in which his guts fall out and he tries to shove them back into his body. This model, more than the others, shows how my vision is outpacing my skill. All the same I think it'll look decent when painted. The picture doesn't show it but he is also missing a hand, a common feature amongst this cannibalistic tribe, and he has a sword blade strapped to his forearm. It looks pretty nifty.

This is my second Butcher, or Butcheress in this case. She's one ugly Ogre woman! I modeled her to be massively pregnant and to have no shirt because it seemed like a fun idea. This is one of the very few models in my army that does not have any wound of any sort because I was a little (or very) uncomfortable with inflicting a pregnant woman with any bodily horror. I'm not totally happy with how she's modeled holding the heads of two poor victims by their hair but I think once I paint it it'll look better.

I'm going to keep at it. I'm almost done with the first batallion box and hope to finish the second soon.

Thanks for looking!

Be seeing you!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

IFL RTT and NOVA Open mission thoughts and Starting Ogres!


The IFL RTT was this past weekend and it was a lot of fun. Jeff Payne and I ende up going undefeated and him and I will hopefully get a match in for the IFL 40k Ziggurat tonight to decide who is top dog. Unfortunately my last opponent and all around good guy, Chris Shriner, had to go before the end of our game. I feel confident I was in a good position to pull out a win but things can swing wildly and the game was close. It's a real shame we didn't get to finish, though, as it was a good game.

My army worked well. The Genestealers were rad and the Hive Guard and Zoanthropes were spot on. The Swarmlord only made combat once, against Mark Callan's Salamanders, but he managed to swing the game by killing Vulkan and wiping out a squad of Thunder Hammer Terminators. The Swarmlord worked as a huge threat in all the other games and Doug McNaron's Wolrd Eaters and Chris Shriner's Tyranids tried to avoid him.

The Warriors and Alpha never made it into combat. I'm actually fine with that. They shot quite a bit and managed to really do a lot of damage and they were solid anchors on objectives. Since the other two missions were based on Victory Points and Table Quarters they were solid in denying Victory Points and by having a tremendous amount of points parked in a Table Quarter. If they shoot and provide Synapse and provide a threat bubble then I'm happy.

The list worked well on the whole. I'm torn on the Tervigon but he was solid in all of the games if not flashy but aside from that feeling, one I don't think is based in reality, I really do like the list and I managed to make it dance well. I made a few mistakes I won't likely make again and because of those lessons I feel more confident.

I liked the NOVA Open missions. I'm still leery by the absence of Kill Points and I've heard arguments why tournaments don't need them but I'm still not entirely sold on those reasons. I still feel very strongly that the reason things like Rhinos, Razorbacks, Chimeras, and the like are priced so low is because they were designed to be offset by Kill Points. I still think this is an elegant solution. I'm also not totally sold on 2,000 points being a good tournament size. I'm
happier with 1,500 to 1,850 (with 1,750 being a sweet spot) as army lists at that point size really force decisions to be made. At 2,000+ points I feel like I can take whatever I want and don't have to make too many hard decisions. I also feel like some armies scale up better than others. Whereas Tyranids, for instance, need to use all three Elites slots an army like Imperial Guard has a lot more power and flexibility.

All the same I'm eager for the NOVA Open and think it'll be both well run and a lot
of fun.


I'm excited for 8th Edition Fantasy. I've read the book and have seen a lot of games played. As I've talked about before I have a severe case of the WADD but I have stabalized on doing an Ogre Kingdoms army. I'm going to make a 2,500 point list out of the following:

2 Battalions
2 Rat Ogre Bodies from eBay
1 Beastmen Minotaur with Great Weapon from eBay
1 Ogre Kingdoms Butcher
8 Ogre Bodies from eBay
4 Irongut plates, arms, and weapons from eBay

From this I plan on making:

1 Tyrant with Great Weapon (from Minotaur body inspired by this)
1 Slaughter Master (using Butcher box)
2 Butchers (using Ogre Bulls and green stuff)
1 Bruiser BSB (using Iron Gut model)

10 Ironguts
15 Ogre Bulls with Iron Fists
5 Leadbelchers
2 Gorgers (Using Rat Ogre bodies)
3 Man Eaters (using Iron Guts with green stuff and lots of other bits to be Man
Eaters from the Chaos Wastes)
60 Gnoblars

The overall theme of the idea is that this is a tribe of Ogres that have fallen on hard times and that they've had to resort to cannibalism. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one of my favorite books and I'm not ashamed to admit I cried like a monster made of sadness by it. It also has lots of really horrifying images and I'm hoping to capture some of that with this army. Lots of models will have wounds, missing limbs, and lots of other gruesome bits. I'm also very very tempted
to see if I can find a cheap Jason Voorhees action figure so I can take his hockey mask and make the Tyrant look like Lord Hummungus since the Minotaurs are incredibly ripped.

My next goal for this army is to have it painted and done by the time of the IFL Fantasy 8th Edition League Tournament, which should be in the middle of September. I've already started working on a modeling models and so far I really like what I have.

Once the first Batallion box is put together and modeled I'll do some pictures.

Be seeing you!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Painting, Tyranids, RTT


I've been busy painting as of late. I've been cracking down and painting Tyranids and Tyranids and even more Tyranids. My color scheme is simple and I'm going through pots of Bleached Bone at a fast pace.

I'm tired of painting Tyranids, however. I have a few more boxes I want to go through and then I'll be done. I'll have every unit from the book, minus a Mawloc, finished and ready to go in another month or two.

A big part of painting them is the dip. The Drunk Dwarves had an article years ago, I can't find it anymore as they've redesigned their site, that I used for painting and I'm using their approach of Bleached Bone carapace, Camo Green skin with a MinWax Polyshades Antique Walnut Satin dip. I'm using Mechrite Red for gribbly bits and tongues, which I think works as a nice splash of color.

Here's what they look like when dipped and finished:

I honestly am very eager to be done with them. I've had some fun doing some conversions, my Tervigon is rather neat and I need to finish a second, but the painting is just tedious.

Here's my Tervigon painted but prior to the dip:

I've also been bitten by the Warhammer Fantasy bug. As is predictable with me I have a bad case of Warhammer Attention Deficit Disorder (WADD) and I've gone from wanting to do Lizardmen to Empire to Ogres. I have quite a few of the first two, eBay has been very good to me, and a battleforce of the Ogres. I think I'm going to do the Ogres as they're the ones I can get painted and put on the table the fastest while having them look good and they are also the ones I can do for the least amount of money. I also really like my concept for them and I think my putty skills will be enough to pull it off.

Once that's done I'll be back to painting what I want and when I want. I started work on a Terminator from Space Hulk last night and it was fun and relaxing. He's also coming out very nicely and I think this is in large part because of my desire to paint him instead of painting for a deadline.

I've also been selling a lot of figures. I need the room in the apartment and my miniatures take up too much space, oddly enough. Because of this I'm selling a lot of figures and trying to downsize to just what I want. Once my Tyranids and Ogres are done I'll buy a box and paint it up. And then buy another box. And then another. I don't want to get stuck into the routine of buying entire armies all at once just to lose interest or get annoyed at how many models I have left. I need to better incentivize my painting and only allowing myself to get models once I'm done with the ones I have might do the trick.

Anyway, the IFL is having our quarterly 40k RTT tomorrow. I'm taking Tyranids and here is the list I've worked up:

The Swarmlord with 2 Tyrant Guard
Tyranid Prime with Lash whip, bonesword, deathspitter

10 Termagants with Spinefists
Tervigon with Scything Talons, Adrenal Glands, Toxin Sacs, Catalyst
9 Warriors with Rending Claws, Deathspitters, Stranglethorn Cannon
10 Genestealers with Broodlord with Scything Talons
10 Genestealers with Broodlord with Scything Talons

Doom of the Malan'tai with Spore Pod with Cluster Spines
3 Hive Guard
3 Zoanthropes

It's a little light on models but I think it'll do strong. The Swarmlord has been very strong for me in most games and I'm trying out Warriors one last time. Warriors have been very hit or miss for me but I think they'll work in this list.

If I don't do well I'll better revise it for the NOVA Open.

The only downside to this list is that while everything is painted not everything is dipped and based. Since painting is not being scored tomorrow, which is a change from our regular RTTs, I'm not really caring. Dipping is such a pain and since I didn't need to do it for tomorrow I didn't and I'll get to paint more before I have to dip for the NOVA Open.

Speaking of the NOVA Open I'll be helping to supply terrain for the event. I purchased two sets of the Tyranid Capillary Towers and one of the Tyranid Spore Chimneys years ago and I've started painting them. I also purchased a HeroSpace starter that came with a nifty piece of terrain that I've painted up in my scheme. Here are some WIP pictures:

I'll try to take pictures this weekend and have my thoughts on this tournament as they'll be using the format and scoring from the NOVA Open.

Be seeing you!
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