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By this time, I had stocked up a huge pile of armor bitz to use specifically for these armored rat ogre conversions. After not liking the asymmetric armor pieces that I used on #4, I decided to try a symmetric figure. Based off an excellent chaos ogre command model with the bare feet that I envisioned for my rat ogres, it uses plastic rat ogre arms and symmetric armor bitz including elbow spikes. I also went for a very spiky appearance. This guy has two grafted weapons, which is what all rat ogres should have, one sword and one cleaver. I was worried about the cleaver looking too much like an Ogre Kingdoms butcher (it's not though - it's from the chaos ogre command models), but I think that a painted Skaven symbol on the cleaver blade might make the difference.

The best bit on this figure is the new orc warboss iron gob face mask, turned upside down and used as armor plating for the rat ogre head with horns. Not only are the horns entirely appropriate on this model, but it fits the contour of the head and around the eyes almost perfectly. It needed only a slight amount of filing away at the ears to get it to fit right, although I could have stuck it on with green stuff instead. The tail was a bit tricky, having to make a serious bend to realistically look like it comes out from under the clothing.

There is still sculpting to do on this figure, since I want every piece of armor to have some kind of straps or rivets to show that it is attached somehow to something. I'm also not sure what I'm going to do with the legs. I may try to sculpt some fur down the legs that makes it look more rat-like instead of an ogre wearing a fur coat. But it's already near completion.

Parts list:

  • Chaos ogre body 1, GW Part Code: 9947020115204, $13.25
  • Classic rat ogre head 3, GW Part Code: 9947020600901, $3.00
  • Classic Vermin Lord tail, GW Part Code: 020600106, $5.00
  • Skaven Mordheim Sprue, GW Part Code: 99381106001, $10.00 (for tail mace)
  • Orc warboss iron gob face mask, bwbits SKU: B?, $?
  • 2x Orc warboss shield arm spike punch bit, bwbits SKU: B89-0514, $0.49
  • 2x Orc warboss 'uge spiked shoulder pad bit, bwbits SKU: B89-0519, $1.29 each
  • 2x 40k Ork Spiked Shoulder Pad Bit, bwbits SKU: B50-1010, $2.99
  • 2x Orc warriors single spike shoulder pad bit, bwbits SKU: B89-0630, $0.99 each
  • Skaven Rat Ogres and Giant Rats, GW Part Code: 99120206005, $40.00 (for right and left arms)
  • Green stuff (modeling putty), GW Part Code: 99219999005, $8.00
  • Sculpting tools for straps 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 blades (x2): 25 gold each
  • Metal plates: 30 gold
  • Spines: 20 gold
  • Bludgeon tail: 40 gold
  • Muscle mass increase: 60 gold