Hammer of the Gods – Part 1

Perhaps this miniature should serve as a reminder that, although I’m a big fan of the ‘paint what you want, work at your own pace’ approach, sometimes it wouldn’t hurt to get my bum in gear a little. I started work on this model a long, long time ago – back when the Beasts of Ruin consisted only of a handful of Terminators and Chaos Marines. I fancied a few Chaos ogrens to lumber alongside and started working on a test model made from a combination of ork nob and ogre parts. Over the years he’s mutated regularly until he ended up in his current incarnation. convertordie-ogren-1The thing is though, it took me so long to get him painted up that Games Workshop went and released new plastic Ogrens in the meantime (something that in itself seems a long time ago now). I did wonder about packing it in with this model and relegating him to bitzbox purgatory, but a combination of fondness and stubbornness stayed my hand and I resolved to finish him.convertordie-ogren-2

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convertordie-ogren-3He’s a little small compared to the new plastic Ogrens, and I’m already working on at least a couple of models based on that kit, so I worried that he would look a bit like the underfed brother next to the others. The best solution, I reckoned, would be to make another so they could be short together. Life’s always better with a friend, even if you’re a thuggish mutant enslaved by the ruinous powers!convertordie-ogren-5

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convertordie-ogren-8And here’s the two of them together. I’m making a Bone ‘ead to keep an eye on them and make sure they keep going in roughly the right direction, but he’s not quite finished yet. Soon, I promise!convertordie-ogren-9I started work on them long before Forge World released Imperial Armour 13 with its updated Renegades and Heretics army list so I was particularly interested to see how ogrens had been handled in the new book. Where previously we had a whole variety of units (Ogren Berserkers, Plague Ogrens, the Hounds of Xaphan) now we just have Ogren Brutes, which can then be upgraded by adding packmasters with chaos hounds (reckon I’ll do something with that soon) and/or dedicating the squad to one of the gods. This means that as well as ogrens dedicated to Khorne and Nurgle we can also see ogrens dedicated to Tzeentch or Slaanesh both of which strike me as interesting propositions from both a fiction and a modelling perspective. Khorne seems a natural choice for an ogren (Khorne approves of hitting things, ogrens like hitting things, it’s a match made in heaven really) and with their poor hygiene and resilience to disease they fit in nicely with the followers of Nurgle as well. Slaanesh is harder to conjure though – I’m struggling to imagine an ogren enjoying decadent feasts or the height of sexual perversity. Likewise an ogren that plans to master the power of the warp and become a master magi is setting himself up for a disappointment. However I reminded myself that ogrens tend to go where they’re led regardless of their affiliation and could easily find themselves bound to a Slaaneshi or Tzeentchian master (the latter enjoying the protection of some serious muscle whilst he channels the warp – the former… well, perhaps it’s best not to ask).

Anyway, I already have plans for some Khorne and Nurgle ogrens but perhaps a few more dedicated to the other gods wouldn’t go amiss… I’m thinking the Skaven Stormfiends might contain the makings of a Slaaneshi ogren, and perhaps there’s something Tzeetchian in the Morghasts? Any thoughts?

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9 responses to “Hammer of the Gods – Part 1

  • Alex

    Very cool, I like these a lot mate… Never thought of using Ork bodies for Ogryns, looks good to me! I’m not a fan of the last 2 versions from Geedub, but I bet you manage to do something cool with them. Would love to see something done with stormfiends! Oh, Slaaneshi Ogryns? Massive todgers (obviously) 😆

    • Wudugast

      Heheh… well that’s probably a given! (and now you’ve reminded me of the highly anatomically accurate warhammer giant…)
      I like the idea of using stormfiends as the base for slaaneshi ogrens, or perhaps even a modified, flesh-crafted ogren-based obliterator. Hmmmm….

      • Alex

        Yeah… maybe add some Talos bits for some S&M flavour? That should work scale-wise 🙂

      • Wudugast

        Good idea. I’m starting to think that with Arkhangelsk’s comments re Tzeentch, these ideas about Slaanesh, my plans to build a plague ogren and with my ogren berserker already built a ‘pantheon according to ogrens’ could be in the works!

  • Arkhangelsk

    Looks good, nice mix up using the ork bits. About the Tzeentch ones, Id think magic is the wrong line of thinking for em; change needs flesh. So rather than some magic Ogryns, heavily mutated Ogryns?

    Ive been thinking about doing some bullgryns(however itspelt) with the shields and large axes and completely dedicated to khorne. Count-as spawn maybe? The new Ogryn kit looks like it does have a good few bits for conversion.

    • Wudugast

      Good idea re the shield/axe khornate bullgyrns (sp? no idea either!) Looking forward to seeing them if you decide to make them (and stick a link to them in these comments so that the people of the future can be inspired!)
      You make a good point re the mutations. I’m starting to imagine an ogren slave owned by a chaos sorcerer, used to carry around all the books, scrolls and other magical accoutrements he requires. The sorcerer would regard his slave as a useful tool, nothing else, so he’d shield him from mutation only when it threatened to destroy his usefulness as an aid. Perhaps the poor beast would even act as a magical loadstone, inflicted with the worst side-effects of their exposure to the warp whilst his master siphons off the useful magical streams and channels them into his conjurations.

      • Arkhangelsk

        I will do that, yeah.

        Those ideas are good, plus Im sure they’re good meat shields for a sorcerer in battle as well. Another point from one of the HH books, Vengeful Spirit I think, when one of the conclaves is trying to summon demons.. I cant remember if its the demon that mentions it or one of the guys running the show, said that those sorts of rituals always require blood.
        I imagine Ogryns have a lot of that 😛

  • imperialrebelork

    My favourite is the first. He looks pissed off. the detail on his face and the painting is inspirational.

    • Wudugast

      Thanks! Yeah, he’s obviously just such an angry and clearly Chaotic kind of guy. The head is just perfect for a Chaos Ogren or Ogre – which is a little odd as it comes from a ‘normal’ ogre. Glad you like him 🙂

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