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The Warcry boxed game comes with a lot of nice models, but I was particularly impressed by the ogre in the Iron Golem warband, going as far to say that it might be the nicest in the set. Due to this, I immediately started thinking of applications for the model. Having just participated in the Mordheim 2019 event with a Sister of Sigmar warband, I decided that the ogre could make a perfect hired sword with a little modification!
|The ogre carries all manner of equipment on his chain belt, from a jar of ale to a trusty holstered blade.
The first order of business with the conversion was replacing the ogre’s armored gauntlets with regular hands. The hands were replaced with ones from the Age of Sigmar Orruk brutes. While a little on the large side, they are well detailed and fit with the idea of dysmorphia that often accompanies ogres. To change the overall look of the ogre’s armor, I trimmed off most of the spikes and sculpted a few twin-tailed comets. For the ogre’s helmet, I shaved off all of the detailing and reshaped the bottom of it, removing the section covering the chin. I sculpted the ogre’s lower jaw and finally drilled two simple circular eye holes in the helmet.
|I replaced the Iron Golem ogre’s armored gauntlets with hands from the Orruk Brutes.
Since the ogre is to represent a hired sword or mercenary, I thought he should be carrying an assortment of gear. To his waist, I added a few pouches, an ale jug, and a sheathed blade. I also sculpted a pair of simple boots on the ogre’s feet, thinking he could use the added heel protection (he does a lot of walking, ha ha). Finally, I converted a double-handed warhammer to serve as his primary weapon.
|The Sisters of Sigmar welcome the aid of hired swords. The situation in Mordheim is dire.
While I wanted this conversion to be a quick one, as I worked on it, I kept being drawn to do more and more careful work on the model, like sculpting his boots and bags. Ultimately, I am glad I put in the extra effort, as I think it really distances the model from the original Iron Golem. Now that the model is completed, I have to consider how to paint him. I want the scheme to fit with my Sisters of Sigmar warband. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
- Adam Wier