I started building an Ogre Army back in November 2005 when my brother convinced me to play Warhammer Fantasy. I started with the army box, and have added to it since then. Ideas regarding the background and fluff of my army have finally started to come together, partly as a result of joining this forum back in July.
From the beginning I have wanted to incorporate halflings in my ogre army, though not necessarily on a permanent or inflexible basis. I also wanted to incorporate the idea of female ogres into the army, originally with the idea of just having female Butchers, and the occasional female maneater. Vichor's posts on this forum convinced me to build on that idea, though not necessarily to same extent as he did (i.e. an all female ogre force). I have been thinking of a more balanced army where you are equally likely to find a male or female ogre among the core troops, with units likely to be all male, all female, or perhaps mixed, depending on the circumstances.
Furthermore, I am more interested in a flexible army that can be adapted, within reason, to the circumstances it finds itself in, while still being consistent to the theme & background of my army.Background
The Cooksnatcher tribe was originally part of the Feastmaster tribe, well known for their "adoption" of halflings to serve them. The Tyrant of the new Cooksnatcher tribe, Thazreg the Hazardous, was the son of one of the Feastmaster Tyrant's head Bruisers. Partly due to ambitions of returning strong enough to contend for the tyrantship and partly a result of his innate ogre restlessness, Thazreg began his career as a mercenary among the nations of the Old World. During his travels, he came to appreciate the variety of foods enjoyed in these nations, even if they were not always of the same quality as the food prepared by the halfling cooks adopted by his native tribe. He also learned some of the less direct tactics of warfare, such as the use of kidnapping and ransom to either incite direct conflict or to extort desired payment or resources. It was also during his travels that he was reunited with his longtime friend and lover Targani Feastmaster the Curious.
Targani the Curious was the eldest daughter of the Slaughtermaster Largegut Feastmaster of the Feastmaster tribe. She learned the arts and skills of the Butchers from her father and acquired a great deal of additional experience and skill in preparing feasts by observing and later supervising the tribe's halfling cooks. During this extensive interaction with the halflings, Targani was struck by a rather new and radical concept. She knew the legends of the ogres: where they came from, what happened at the coming of the Maw, the Great Migration and their restless history since that time. She knew the great restlessness, the gnawing hunger, that every ogre since the coming of the Maw experienced on a daily basis. She also believed the legend that the ogres had lived in a paradise before the coming of the Maw, living in a land of plenty where an ogre could eat and be satisified, with no worries and no hunger. She recognized that in some small way, the gnawing hunger was not as great after eating the foods prepared by the halflings. This led her to the rather startling conclusion that perhaps there was a special way to prepare food, and perhaps a special kind of food, that would satisfy the ogres' gnawing hunger and eliminate it, thereby allowing the ogres to unite under a common banner and rebuild their former paradise. Inspired by this grand vision, she left the tribe and began traveling the world, seeking out new and different foods and the methods of preparing them, hoping to find that special combination that would satisfy the gnawing hunger in her belly, and thereby obtain the key to uniting the ogre race and leading them back to paradise....