I have always loved armies that were built from the get go as one cohesive theme. When I decided to pick up the ogres I knew I would have to do this with my army. The question was: what theme would I adopt? Pirates? Zombies? Breakdancers? One-legged, unicorn headed, whip-wielding, cowboys?
None of these would do. They were all done before. (maybe not that last one)
I was happy to find that the new book had some nice new tribes detailed and found one that really spoke to me. The Mountaineaters were the tribe for me*NOTE* I will be updating the 2nd post with all my pics, both WIP and finished models so they will be easy to find for new and old visitors alike.
From the Ogre Kingdoms book:
THE MOUNTAINEATER TRIBE
The hulking Tyrant Bauldig Mountaineater is the kind of Ogre of which legends are made. Bauldig has sought out and conquered may of the most menacing peaks found in the Mountains of Mourn, including the much-dreaded Mount Thug. He has defeated them all and even, it is said, toppled Bigstride Peak when he burrowed under it and ate the heart of the mountain. Naturally drawn to such a tough and charismatic leader, the growing Mountaineater tribe imitates Bauldig by eating rocks with every meal so they can become as tough and stubborn as their Tyrant. Often underground, the Mountaineater have developed a taste for the races they habitually find there, actually preferring Dwarf, Skaven or Night Goblin meat to all others.
My Mountaineater tribe live with Tyrant Bauldig in the bowels of Bigstride Peak where he had made his seat in place of its heart which he ate. Much of the mountain is toppled like a volcano that has blown its top, but the lifeblood of the mountain runs deep as evidenced by active lava flows which are a plentiful source in making new firebelly mages for the tribe.
Since the heart of Bigstride Peak was eaten, the surface of the mountain has become a rocky frozen wasteland where only the most dangerous of wild animals survive. The Rhinox, Sabertusks, Mournfang, Stonehorn, and Thundertusk that can survive there are some of the most vicious ever encountered.
Though Bigstride Peak is a ruined husk of a mountain, the surrounding peaks are hospitable to less hardy races like Skaven and Dwarves. Regular hunting forays are made to these peaks to replenish food stores with their favorite prey.
On one such foray, Tyrant Bauldig came upon an unusually large coven of Skaven headed by a renegade Master Moulder. This Master Moulder had escaped a battle with a small handful of slaves and found a safe haven deep in the bowels of a nearby peak. Presumed dead by the rest of the Skaven this Master Moulder had all the time in the world to perfect his creations. What resulted was huge breeding pens of Rat Ogres. When Tyrant Bauldig and his army came upon this clan they were ecstatic at their find. They promptly devoured the master moulder and began to feast on the giant delicacies.
Incredibly there were many more Rat Ogres than the tribe could eat in one sitting. Even more astounding than that was the fact that the Rat Ogres were not fully maddened savages like Rat Ogres normally are. Only if attacked or physically harmed would they go into their typical frenzied rages. Not only that, they seemed to be somewhat trained to follow the example of a “Master” They could be put in groups and would move, attack, retreat and defend as long as there was at least one ogre who led them by example.
Bauldig and his tribe decided to bring the rest of the Rat Ogres into the tribe as both fighting units and a mobile feast for long campaigns in far flung regions.
In a similar fashion the gnoblars of the Mountaineater Tribe have long since figured out that swelling their ranks with enslaved Night Goblins is a surefire way to ensure that they will be the last to be eaten.
Dwarfs, it turns out, are only good for eating.
The Ogres of the Mountaineater Tribe have started to develop some strange, but useful mutations from eating so many rocks. Mineral deposits and rock formations have started to form throughout their bodies. It is not uncommon to see rocks protruding through skin or even replacing limbs as more and more stone is consumed. Sometimes even replacing the need for armor plates worn by other tribes. However only the best of the best from the Mountaineater Tribe is allowed to grow a stone gutplate as it is a sign of high standing in the tribe.
PLANS FOR THE ARMY
I love to convert models and make my army unique and this tribe seemed to give me the ability to bring a set of models to the table that I have never seen before.
With the fluff I have envisioned for my tribe, I plan on having most of my Ogre units fleshed out with Rat Ogres and only a few Ogre models in the unit filling the roles needed to be staffed by “smarter” beings. Roles such as standard bearer, bellower/musician, champion and the Rat Ogre “Master”.
Any actual Ogre model should have at least some amount of rocky formation busting out of its skin at various places to show how much rock it has eaten in in its lifetime. This will allow me to bring maneaters and such that normally would look out of place and have them fit in even if they are pirate or ninja or voodoo themed.
While the Ogre models on foot are going to be based on lava and basalt bases to simulate them in their lair under Bigstride Peak, all the animal/monster models will be on a rocky/snowy base simulating their life on the outside of the ruined mountain. Kind of a fire and ice theme. This also allows me to run a snowy colored theme on the fur of the mournfangs and such which I personally love over the muddy colors I usually see.Planned conversions:
1. Rock formations on all my Ogre Kingdom humanoid models except for named characters and firebellies. The named characters don't come from the tribe and the firebellies eat lava not rocks.
2. Magnetized hands on any models that would be typically using different weapons. Eg ironfists , extra hand weapons, pistols etc.
3. Magnetized conversions for magic items and weapons such as the deathfist or fencers blades so I can add them when they are revealed during a game.
4. Rat ogres as the bulk of my Ogre (bulls) units
5. Night Goblin slaves and trap models to flesh out all gnoblar units.
6. High elf lions converted for sabertusks.
7. Most 4 legged mounts/monsters in more dynamic poses and/or different models
8. Magnetized Thundertusk/Stonehorn so I can take either one from just building one kit.
9. Cygor/Ghorgon or a Giant holding an Ironblaster cannon, magnetized, so it can function as a “counts as” Ironblaster, Giant or a Cygor/Ghorgon. Also when in Giant mode the cannon becomes a club.
10. Firebelly in a more dynamic pose.
11. Wound counters shaped as volcanoes that will hold dice in the top.
12. Tyrant Bauldig Mountaineater on his throne made from whats left of the heart of Bigstride Peak
13. Bigstride Peak display board with areas inside to showcase the humanoid models and areas outside to showcase the animals/monsters. If I get super ambitious I will even mount led lights to illuminate the lava from the inside.
14. Magnetized movement trays with borders that match the bases.
Instead of placing the whole list here and crossing off or bolding the ones I have completed I will only be adding my completed achievements so as I get more the list will grow.
7. Oooo, shiny! - buy one of the models new to the ogre range
38. Convert one of the new range of ogre models
56. Start a gnoblog for your ogre army