Rogue Trader Era Imperial Guard Project – Ogryn
Following on from feedback on the proto-ogryn (https://theottovonbismark.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/398/) we have the improved version of the HeroQuest ogryn.
I spent a bit of time over the last week sculpting a classic imperial guard circa 1989 helmet onto the plastic HeroQuest ogryn head using green stuff.
I took it at this stage and made a mold of it in silicon as I plan to make a few of these guys. I used lead to make a casting of it for this model.
The armor is much improved vs. the earlier version. The thicker plasticard used gives the model more visual weight than before and allows me to get nice battle damage effects on the plates. Use of a needle nose pliers on the plasticard allows me to shape and texture the plates in a pleasing manner. The head has been moved up the body a little to bring the posture back a little bit towards humanoid.
The bare feet were given some attention to give them similar footwear to the other guardsmen. Note his oldschool timepiece. I was going to give him a normal watch but Mrs. VonBismark suggested that I needed to go more low tech given the operator. It looks like he could kill with this watch.
The armor is heavier than the standard guardsman which is grand for this fellow given he is a sort of assault shock trooper. The unit badge gave me trouble. I could not find a suitable imperial transfer for it. I see him as being attached to the 3rd platoon so I gave him the platoon badge colours and it is always desirable to keep the same badge colours on such a small group of models. The transfer I went for was from the ork sheet which I painted over to get a nice inverted colour smiley face.
I like how this model came out in a number of ways but his very short legs still bother me a little. I learned a good bit from him and can quickly get the strongest points of this model created quickly again on the next one. That next version of the HeroQuest ogre will surely have some heavy modification lined up on the lower torso for this model, somewhat inspired by my reading up on converting space marines to truescale here:
Great site for green stuff conversion tips.