After the conversion of a few of my Ogre Bulls into Ogre Cows, I was uncertain enough about the results to decide that I should paint them first before building an entire army of these big lardy ladies. So here are the results, and I am happy. Although it’s not hard to tell which parts are my addition to the work (to me, the pinnacle of achievement for conversions is that people don’t realise it’s a conversion), they look good enough for my tastes. Particularly at tabletop distance, they look perfectly satisfactory, as some of Furycat‘s Tomb Kings found out last night (prior to being trampled mercilessly into bone dust).
So anyway, pretty pictures. Here’s a sight that you don’t want to see coming down a dark alley toward you. Most of the painting is as simple as my usual style (i.e. base coat, wash, drybrush), but I did quite a few layers on the skin since it is the main feature of the miniatures. I think it comes out reasonably well, with plenty of depth to go with the rather expressive Ogress faces.
Painting such large models is quite forgiving if you’re as clumsy with a brush as I am. There are plenty of large areas where even I can’t make too much of a mess and where the detail on the miniature can make even the laziest highlight come out looking lovely. By way of an example, the trousers on the club-wielding Cow are simply green paint with a single wash and a heavy drybrush to bring out the contours, and they look fine to me.
One funny thing is that people have commented on how ugly they are. Which I can’t deny, of course: they aren’t pretty. But the normal (i.e. male) Ogres are rather ugly too, as least as much so as this trio, and I’ve never heard any mention of it at all.
I definitely need to work on the hair sculpting for the next batch. In my opinion, that is the weakest part of the work I did on these. Still, I think I know how to improve, so stay tuned to see if I’m right.
I have decided that I’m happy enough with these that I’m going to embark on my all-female Ogre army in earnest. Well, maybe not all female; I’m not sculpting tiny breasts onto Gnoblars for a start. Anyway, next on the hobby table: Irongut sculpting.