There are many Ogre myths told to young ogre whelps throughout the Mountains of Mourn. Many are fanciful in nature, telling of Ogre heroes eating entire mountains, or legendary Hunters taking down an entire herds of stonehorn single handed. There are some stories, however, whispered around campfires on the coldest of nights, that are all too true; and even the Ogre’s feel the faintest shiver of fear at their telling.
In years past, one tribe of Ogres dwelt at the base of the mountains, on the edge of the Plains of Zharr. This close proximity to Zharr Nagrund led to a number of bloody encounters with the Chaos Dwarfs, with many Ogres dragged away in chains to serve their new masters, or to be thrown into the blazing furnaces as tributes to Hashut. These raids all but wiped out the tribe, until one foresighted Ogre sought to forge a deal with the Dwarfs. The tribe led a desperate night assault on a neighbouring group of Ogres, capturing many of their kin, knocking them senseless, and dragging them on a long march across the waste to the gates of Zharr Nagrund itself. Here they waited, until the colossal gates of the city opened, and out marched the Infernal Guard accompanied by a Sorcerer Prophet of Hashut.
Little is known of the ensuing negotiation, but Ogres are not renowned for their ability to bargain. Ultimately, the Ogres turned to march home, but each wore a new red hot brand on their shoulder, the mark of their bargain with the servants of Hashut, and the bellowing screams of their sacrificed kin could be heard for miles around.
The tribe continue to lead raids into the mountains, attacking smaller tribes in order to capture more slaves for their Chaotic masters. Over many years, they have become known to other tribes as the Kin-Slavers, and the gifts of the Chaos Dwarfs have been many and great. Rumour has it, some of the Dawi Zharr now even accompany the Ogres to maintain the enormous demon-machines gifted to the tribe, and the Ogres wear armour forged in the furnaces of Zharr Naggrund. Some even speak of enormous demonic machines in the shape of Rhinox, ridden by some Ogre’s, but this must surely only be a myth.
When the Chaos Dwarf "Iron Demon" was released by Forge World, I knew I had to theme an army around it. I needed a tournament army as fast as possible, so Ogres seemed the obvious choice. I loved the idea of the Ogres being slaves to the Chaos Dwarfs without even realising it, and in turn enslaving more Ogres to labour for the Dawi Zharr.
The basic Ironguts were fairly simple. I wanted some more variation in the poses, so most of the arms were pinned on and shoulders resculpted, which had the added effect of making them bigger and broader. The shoulder pads are a combination of marauder pads, Chaos Knight shoulder pads and greenstuff. All the axes are from the Minotaur kit, attached to brass rod poles.
The skull masks were press-moulded from a marauder shoulder pad, and sculpted to blend into the helmets.
The banner top was scratch sculpted to try to emulate the Infernal Guard banner top.
The Mournfangs turned out really well, but most people just assumed I've glued Mournfang riders to the top of Juggernauts! If only it had been that easy...
I got some influence from the mentions of Ghark Ironskin in the old Ogre book, an Ogre who had been gifted a giant mechanical Rhinox to ride to battle by the Chaos Dwarfs. I decided to do away with the standard Mournfang mounts in favour of the Juggernauts, as they are gorgeous models that could easily have been built using Dawi Zharr engineering.
The main issue when building the models was that the plastic Juggernauts arent really big enough for an ogre to ride, they are too thin, especially in the shoulders. To solve this I had to considerably bulk out the Juggers (In fact, I almost doubled the width!) by pinning the shoulders way out to the sides of the body and greenstuffing the rest of the shoulder back in.
I wanted to the riders to be super armoured so gave them as much armour plating as possible and full-face helmets. The visors on the helmet are made from Bloodletter heads, chopped up so that only a very thin bit of plastic with the face remained, then sculpted into the helmet leaving gaps for the ogres to see through etc.
Finally, the models were mounted on cork bases, partly to match the rest of the army, but also to boost the size up even more so they look even bigger.
The Iron Daemon (which I either use as a Stonehorn or an Ironblaster) only required an Ogre "Engineer", and this was a really simple kit bash. The welding mask came from one of the Dwarf Engineers,
The Ironblaster, using the Earthshaker model, needed no modifications at all, though I did make a silicone mould of the Slave Ogre for recasting later....!
As you can see, the conversions in the army are pretty widespread. You cant see it in the Irongut photo, but every Ogre has the Chaos Dwarf skull brand on their right shoulder, to match the slave ogre on the Earthshaker Carriage. These were hand sculpted, and pretty simple once I'd got the method down.
The welding masks on the leadbelchers was individually sculpted- Once cured, I peeled one back off the face so it could be raised above his head to reveal his face.
The Slaughtermaster was a rushed job for a tournament, but he turned out ok. Most of his bulk was greenstuff sculpted onto one of the slave-ogre recast bodies.
Finally, a unit full of Slave Ogres! The mould was pretty poor so the casts were awful, and needed lots of repair/resculpting, but one advantage was that I could take them out of the mould before the resin fully cured to bend/repose them.
I massively fell out of love with the army after playing with it for 18months straight, but I do intend to come back around to them eventually. I have a unit of Hobgoblins (gnoblars) ready to build and convert, an extra Mournfang, and a combat Lord already converted who just needs paint.
Let me know what you think!
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