I admit it, I've been lazy. I've only been working 50 hours a week, organizing a tournament, painting an army, being married, buying a second house. SO THERE!
But seriously, I have really our baby. Time to get a bit caught up, even if it's just in one big post! I'll pour a glass of chardonay and get typing. Come inside children and see my ogre army!
So, like the Ork challenge, I decided to go and paint an entire army from scratch for a tournament, despite having other armies all completed. I could have just brought my main army, Empire (more on them later!) or finished off the Beastmen I have painted to 1250. Or I could have converted my 40k daemons to fantasy.
But no sir. I did something completely new in Ogres... and I've been loving it! In practice games and on the painting table both they've been quite a bit of fun. Very different from the regimented order that is Empire, that's for sure.
For those who don't know, I just competed in a 2000 point fantasy tournament, the only real comp being that you had to have 40% core. A lot of the really good stuff in an Ogre army is in special, so this was going to be a challenge!
And with that said, here is the army! I am a total nerdface, so, yes, I did name all the characters and units.
First up, my general Grackleguts the Prophet. He was a level 4 Slaughtermaster wielding the Maw lore. Extra hand weapons, a charmed shield, the forbidden rod, a talisman of preservation for a 4+ward and the rock eye wrapped up his equipment.
Always important in an Ogre army is a Battle Standard bearer. Ogre leadership is exactly average and they need the boost. Smashus Tinchomper was the bruiser chosen for this task, carrying a sword of might, dragonhelm and ironcurse icon.
I also decided to take another caster, this one a Lvl 2 with beasts, Brack the Beasttalker. This was pretty much just for Wyssan's Wildform, my favorite buff in the game. He also had a great weapon, dispel scroll (never leave home without one!) and a dragonbane gem for only 5pts.
Let's not forget that I had to have 40% core in this army. With only 3 core units and one of them mostly a joke, I bet you can guess what I have!
First up, Smashus' Smashers, a unit of eight bulls with ironfists, a musician and a standard. Smashus, hence the name, tended to stay in with them.
The other big block of punchy goodness was a unit of 8 Ironguts for the other 2 characters to sit in with a musician and standard of discipline, giving my army a bubble of Leadership 9. Here is the Gracklegut Stampede:
There we go for the core.... oh wait. NOPE! Still three more units that everyone loves to hate! Gnoblar trappers!
The Annoying: (mind the sand falling off the movement tray)
Yes, lots of landmines. I so love them. But of course, they don't do the damage of my next guy, an unnamed Ironblaster. Apparently I forgot to name him. I shall name him Jim.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love chaff. As if three units of trappers wasn't evidence enough. I have the Sabretusk models for these fellas, but they need some substantial repair as I got them second hand (and really cheap!). So, I made what I think is a good pair of stand ins! The first base is Chompers and Manchewer, the second is Goblingrabber and Fleabag:
I figured two chaos hounds is about the same as a kitty and no one's really complained yet.
And finally I have The Travelled, a group of 4 Maneaters. Two have braces of pistols, one has extra hand weapons and the final has a great weapon. As well they have a Banner of Eternal Flame and stubborn/swiftstride for their "Been There, Done That" ability. I love these fellas, but competitively I am just not really sure. I made a point of modelling them after other races and army books. Let's see if you can guess them.
So there we go. My army in pictures. I will post a brief battle report series for the tournament as well. I forgot the camera so there will be no pictures, but I'll sum them up after.
For a teaser I played a 3 block lizardman army, a cauldron support executioner horde dark elf army and a stank/war altar/artillery empire army. Minor Loss, Minor Win, Massacre against. Guess which was which! Winner gets nothing.
Until next time, which is hopefully soon...