i discussed recently my attempts to make an ogre tyrant and mentions the conversion I was going to try. To make a fully plastic army is my primary goal, but I also wanted to push my skills a bit. Doing the ultramarines hasn’t pushed my sculpting skills to far.
To convert a plastic in bull into an obese butcher I needed to add to the gut, an apron and a new selection of weapons. Head wise the GW butcher model is a wierd looking thing, but I wanted a fat, but normal looking butcher. The bellower head from the bull command sprue was an easy choice.
To create the belly, first i needed the gut plate to disappear. This was trimmed out and the hole filled with green. I then made a big ball of green stuff and sculpted a large paunch. I made it hang down over the belt . Whilst this will be covered with the apron. I did try to get this looking correct, especially the sides. I needed the strech marks visible on the sides, so I wanted to make this work
Apron part one
I decided to sculpt the apron in 2 parts. The lower section way just a square of flat green. Draped around the paunch and shaped. Once it had set I made a rope belt. My rope is easy too make. I take 2 long thin rolls of green and generally twist into a rope shape I make longer than I needed. This is wraped around the belly, I crossed it over loosely. It didn’t need to to neat as the crossover would be covered. I also made a small square ‘napkin’ this was draped over the belt. This will add detail. I added a knife on the belt at this time, to help shape the rope. I also made a thinner rope for the neck strap. This was added to neck of the model. A lot of this was guess work. The jowly face didn’t allow for much error. Agian I needed to wait while this cured
While the apron cured, I made a start on the left arm. It was easy decision to add a cleaver to my butcher. As the bull kit has a spare cleaver it was a simple weapon swap. I distressed it down a bit and add a hook hole at the top.
This was a real dilema. I didn’t want a club or sword, but none of the other right hands worked for me. I really struggled until I hit an idea. What if I didn’t have weapon? What could it use instead. My bits box for the ogre is very limited so it didn’t take too long.i found a big juicy steak and thought it would be great if he was offering up this chunk of meat to The Great Maw. I needed a hand to hold it. I found the hand with mantrap was the only ‘open’ hand. I trimmed the weapon out. And fitted the steak in the gap. A bit of green and it was done. I removed the hook and trimmed the steak a bit to fit snugly. This gave me a really fun looking hand and very characterful arm. Using an out streched arm he is clearly offering using a snack to the hungry god.
Apron part two.
For The 2nd half of the apron I wanted it to look draped over the belt. With a thin sheet of green stuff I stuck it to the top of the 1st half. It was the pulled down and founded back up it was tapered towards the neck line and tacked on to the rope on his neck. I sculpted it into the flow of his body with the bottom of the rope belt and napkin visible at the waist line. This left me with a long bib that can be painted up to with blood pouring from his mouth. This draped look really adds to bloated look of the butcher and his waist now looks suitable obese.
To finish him off I added some bits from the command sprue and mournfang kits. I wanted a few scars too to i sculpted. These with some green stuff. His pose is fairly fixed, as with most ogers, but the lack any armour, the apron and the big chunk of meat all add to the differnt feel from this character.
All in all I am really happy with thus guy. His girth is suitably increased, his look and weapons make him stand out and I am fairly pleased with the sculpting. I have challened my inner lee for this guy and it’s worked out ok.
Cost wise the butcher, new, from GW is £23.00 mine hase cost me around £4. Not a bad saving. The army is now 8 ogre strong and is starting to grow in stature. It’s still along way off, but by May, this lot will all be tabletop ready. I hope to add some more then and by the end of the May I am planing to be around the 1,000pts. I can then actually get a game in.
That’s it for the prophet of the Great Maw. On to painting some Bulls to get my technique down befor I paint this guy. I hope this is of some value. Till next time, see you across the battlefield.