Today I'd like to put on my best Daytime TV Personality cheesy grin and bad suit to talk about a couple of miniatures that I would love to do a modern day resculpt of... and they're both GW Ogres.
In both cases they are figures that are remarkable for their age (both hailing from the mid eighties) but I'd just love to see a modern styled version of. Yes, these are actual projects I am considering doing from a purely hobby standpoint. And yes that means that I wouldn't be selling any. This is just a hobby geek thing...
First off we have Hrothyogg, a genuine classic of 80s Warhammer and, if memory serves was in the top ten Warhammer Miniatures of all time when this was run down on the GW website (pretty sure it was a public vote).
Yep, he's pretty awesome and, after many years of not owning one, I finally got my grubby mits upon one a few weeks ago (thanking kindly one of the readers on here). I think I shall be drowning him in Gryphonne Sepia pretty soon...
I've been thinking about an Ogre army for myself a fair bit over the years and I'd love this guy to lead them. Just one problem. As lovely as he is, stylistically he doesn't fir with modern GW Ogres and he's also pretty tiny in comparison. So, I'm thinking about sculpting my own new version the size of a Tyrant. Will probably make some design changes but would basically be this guy in the same pose but with the size and anatomical type of the new Ogres.
Secondly up is another Ogre from another game: Blood Bowl. I have a love of Blood Bowl going WAAAY back and have had the honour of sculpting a couple of teams for GW in the past. Fun projects both. The Ogre in question is the original Ogre from 1st edition Blood Bowl. Very small by Ogre standards but, for me, the best design of a Blood Bowl Ogre ever.
Like Mr Hrothyogg, it's about updating the size and style rather than the design. He'd be a great centrepiece for a new Blood Bowl team. Built like a tank and spiky like a porcupine.
Maybe I'll find the time one of these days.
It all feeds back into that idea of dream miniatures. The ones we wish we had. As a sculptor who has run his own companies I've mostly been able to achieve these (such as my 54mm Dracula which I really must paint one of these days) but others are not my IP and thus are a problem unless I can find some disposeable sculpting time. These are just two of my dream sculpts; two of the ones based on GW's IPs but there are others and I'll probably talk about them sometime.
Curiously enough, one of my dream sculpts was Mean Machine Angel from the Judge Dredd universe. I actually got to sculpt him early in my career. I'd have loved to take a better stab at that with the benefit of some actual skill... but might happen as a hobby project one day. Plus we like Mean not having any hands to sculpt... I mean... that's the sculptor's dream...
And Steve has blathered once more (with pics).