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Here's another straightforward conversion using the slapped-on-armor method. The Mordheim pit fighter ogre body is a great model for the price - much cheaper than the rat ogre torsos and legs, which total around $13 compared to $3! I sculpted straps for the armor pieces, extended the chainmail to cover the tail join, put some chainmail on the head, and then attempted a custom piece of leg armor. Actually two - first I sculpted a simple piece around the shin, then after it cured, came back and add the knee armor which flares up and down and has three ridges that run the circumference of the armor.

The knee armor was sculpted using a pointed spatula-type tool. I wrapped the green stuff about halfway around the leg from the front, and kept it fairly thick. Then I took my tool and placed the edge one-third of the way down from the top, at a 45-degree angle, and pressed in while moving it from the center of the leg to one side. I repeated this on the other side. As you push from the front center to the back, you wrap the green stuff around the leg completely, maybe even with a slight overlap in the back. Then I repeated this two-thirds down from the top, again on both sides. That gave me 3 raised ridges and 2 sunken troughs, and if you angled your tool right, the center ridge is V-shaped. The piece of armor is not completely round; it comes to a point at the front. Then take your tool and change the angle to shape the top and bottom raised ridges. The goal is to create two V-shaped sunken troughs with a V-shaped raised ridge in the center. The raised ridges on the top and bottom may be flared out or some other shape, but probably will not be V-shaped on both sides. I then smoothed the troughs out with a rounded burnishing tool, although I could have left them V-shaped instead.

Parts list:

  • Mordheim pit fighter ogre body, GW Part Code: 119901303, $3.00
  • Mordheim pit fighter ogre right arm sword, GW Part Code: 119901302, $3.00
  • Classic rat ogre head 1, GW Part Code: 9947020600902, $3.00
  • Inquisitor Quovandius left arm, GW Part Code: 9947139900904, $3.75
  • Classic Vermin Lord tail, GW Part Code: 020600106, $5.00
  • Chaos marauders armored shoulder pads, bwbits SKU: B83-1219, $3.49 (for the upper and lower pieces)
  • The center armor piece was a chopped-up vehicle bit or shoulder pad of some sort - if anyone can identify this bit, please email me
  • Necron flayed one claws 1, GW Part Code: 9947011001505, $1.75
  • Green stuff (modeling putty), GW Part Code: 99219999005, $8.00
  • Sculpting tools for chainmail, straps, leg armor, and gap filling

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

  • Piercing knife hand: 25 gold
  • Razor sharp claws: 25 gold
  • Metal plates: 30 gold