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!