So after some words with Sho3box last week I went for making the Badass Ogryn. The idea is to use the BattleMasters ogre as the base. The BattleMasters ogre is basically the same model in a larger scale, perfect for my needs in this project as I get to follow the same style closely in making this bigger than normal brute. Here the models are side by side for comparison.
Build involves chopping off the arms and shaving off any not needed details, fantasy equipment etc.
Armor is made from plasticard strips worried by a long nose pliers into shape.
Armor is stuck to the model using superglue (more sane people would probably use plastic cement, I am just impatient and demand immediate hold due to a low attention span). Unit badge is made by hole punching plasticard.
Rough assembly with Blu-Tac:
After lots of green stuffing around the arms (with the aid of the clay shaper) its ready to paint up:
Size comparison again:
Context with other models:
Of note is the 80’s style mohawk/crest thingie which is just a plastic HeroQuest ogre mowhawk transplant. The weapon choice is an interesting one. I didn’t really have a clue what to arm a Badass Ogryn with. The Ripper gun conversion I was building for the other Ogryns is simply too small for this brute. I didn’t really consider him the type of chap to be changing the mags in a heavy bolter or any of the other weapons I had lying about for that matter. I needed something simple and lethal. On a deep bits box rummage I came accross the old Space Orks plastic heavy weapon which happened to look like a plasma pistol in this guys hand. I was instantly sold on the look without really considering in game use – which has to be a good thing anyway. He should be fun to break out for scenario games, there are few things as fun in 40k than managing to get your ogryns to beat your opponents favorite troops to a bloody pulp if yer asks me!
5 thoughts on “Rogue Trader Era Imperial Guard Project – Badass Ogryn”
These ogryns look like the horrifying results of a botched and ill-advised Roy Orbison cloning experiment. For the record, thats a good thing 🙂
Good move with the plasma cannon/pistol. No point in too much restraint with a model like that. I can quite easily imagine it being rammed down a Hive Tyrant throat.
The phrase “mental gymnast” doesnt spring to mind when looking at the previous ogryn (who I have decided to cal “Roy” for now), but in comparison with Mr Badass Roy looks like a chess champ. Badass looks pretty thick. Still, I dont reckon that will be the main concern of the parties that he is battering to a pulp with Chimera track links.
The appeal of ogryns and their ilk in a sci-fi setting is the whole “going medieval” thing, the application of brute violence to solve relatively complex problems. This… eh… lateral thinker is well equipped to perform in that role (once he has finished the Times crossword that is). Im looking forward getting a game in with him.
I was looking for inspiration on Google for ogryn mohawks and what should I find…? 😉 very cool!
Heheh, that’s heartening to see that I am showing up for that search term!
I searched “ogre size comparison” and found my way here. Awesome work.
Thanks Ben. 🙂