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This may look like a lot of green stuff, but it's a pretty straightforward conversion, with an extra arm to represent the additional hand weapon. Since this is the only armored rat ogre so far that actually uses a rat ogre torso, I decided to at least put on a belly plate to at least make it armored. The first thing to come to mind may be an ogre bull belly plate, but the orc warboss shoulder pad fit great and has some real character. The left hand was just chopped off and replaced with an ogre ironfist. The extra arm just got pinned and glued into the armpit and covered with putty. The chainmail across the shoulders and head is just for looks, and the right shoulder pad is an experiment in sculpting. I decided to add some rivets, which was a good decision, so I'm going to add a few more before finishing.

I had planned on keeping all the rat ogres mostly weaponless, or at least grafting the weapons to arm stumps or making them permanent fixtures to the rat ogres in some way. But I had this arm to the Ogre Kingdoms tyrant model, and I loved the huge hammer head, so I let at least this one rat ogre hold a real weapon in its hand. Maybe because it just killed a tyrant?

I also sculpted straps to hold each of the armor pieces on, including some that wrap around the torso. I had some trouble with these because of the torso shape, and I let the green stuff cure too long so it wasn't tacking to the model like I wanted, so instead I sculpted some rings to hold the straps to the figure's back. The same straps are used to wrap the weapon haft, with an extra layer or two to define the pommel. And for a finishing touch, I carved the Skaven symbol into the ironfist.

Parts list:

  • Classic rat ogre legs 2, GW Part Code: 9947020600908, $5.50
  • Classic rat ogre torso 3 , GW Part Code: 9947020600906, $7.50
  • Classic rat ogre head 2, GW Part Code: 9947020600903, $3.00
  • Ogre Kingdoms tyrant right arm 1, GW Part Code: 9947021300210, $2.50
  • Mordheim pit fighter ogre right arm sword, GW Part Code: 119901302, $3.00
  • Orc Warboss Tabard / Shoulder Pad Bit, bwbits SKU: B89-0521, $1.29
  • 2x Orc warriors small spiky shoulder pad bit, bwbits SKU: B89-0632, $1.49 each
  • Ogre Kingdoms Bull Left Weapon Arms, bwbits SKU: B95-0628, $1.29
  • Green stuff (modeling putty), GW Part Code: 99219999005, $8.00
  • Metal or plastic rod for weapon handle
  • Plastic rod for weapon pommel cap
  • Sculpting tools for chainmail, straps, shoulder armor, and gap filling

    Pit fighting mutations: These are some possible mutations to use during rat ogre pitfighting, from the GW website.

  • Extra arm: 50 gold
  • Piercing knife hand: 25 gold
  • Chain fist: 35 gold
  • Metal plates: 30 gold