Ex-military, dinosaur hunting, reality show star and future Inquisitorial hench-abhuman reporting for duty.
Warhammer 40,000 started out as classic fantasy species, in spaaaace. Lord of the Rings of Saturn was the working title until scant weeks before Rogue Trader was printed in fact*.
Some species were integrated into the setting well, while others felt like someone had simply handed a character from Hawk the Slayer a laser gun. I liked this in some instances and not so much in others.
Four things in particular made me board the astro-ogre appreciation train when I was about thirteen:
- Jetbike Grabbing
Ogryns can grab jetcycles as they fly past and then play whack-a-biker using the vehicle in place of a hammer. In a game about fighting, this is excitingly OTT fighting.
2) Bob Olley Ogryn Sculpts
Before I knew who Bob Olley was, I knew his distinctive sculpting style. It came together on these ogryns definitively. Absolutely iconic.
3) Ripper Guns
Originally limited to Imperial “BONEhead” (Biochemical Ogryn Neural Enhancement) ogryn squad leaders, the ripper gun description as a cross between a giant tommy-gun and an oversized, metal, baseball bat stuck with me. The weapon is as uncomplicated as the vaguely lovable ogryns themselves.
The combination of 20th century military tropes with fantasy species has rarely been as irresistible as it is in the image above. One of my favourite 40k illustrations of all time. It has ogryns in it.
So I like ogryns. After picking up Chompers from Just John in 2015, I recently felt an urge to paint the figure in anticipation of an upcoming game of Dinoproof.
Dinoproof is a game about reality TV stars hunting dinosaurs for celebrity status, cash and endorsements. Its set in a dinopocalyptic Earth, but as soon as I heard about it I fancied setting it on an Imperial fringe world, making more varied “Dino Slayer” models fit in.
Chompers is the one that I have decide to pin my flag to for now.
Khaki is a classic safari colour, so I figured that would be a fun approach. I dont recall seeing an ogryn in khaki before.
I decided to try a dark skin tone largely based on this tutorial. I went with a military green finish on the weapon, to keep a vaguely plausible vibe and then blew all notions of that away with a massive set of bright orange shades (tapping the very skilled Curis for guidance).
Overall I am quite pleased with how Chompers has turned out.
Im looking forward to seeing how he performs on camera when headbutting a charging pachycephalosaurus.
Im certain that he will bring his own brand of problem solving to the entourage of Inquisitor Verhoeven not long afterwards.